Two Cemeteries in Dighton

Today I finally got out and photographed a bit. How do I pick where to go? Usually I look somewhere west of me (about 1/2 of the Commonwealth) because I’m on a suburban/rural swing right now. I’ve been thinking, though, that I might be missing out when I just jump onto the turnpike.

So last night I got out my Metro Boston atlas — which includes 167 of the 351 cities and towns and roughly 4.3 million people — closed my eyes, flipped through the pages, and stopped at Dighton. I had never heard of this small town, known as Taunton’s “Southern Purchase” when it was founded in the 1690s. Nor was I aware of Norton, a northern neighbor of Taunton and another place I photographed today.

There are many, many cemeteries in Dighton, far more than one would expect for a town of 5,000 people. I visited two: Hathaway Cemetery and Dighton Cemetery, perhaps the oldest in town. Here are some highlights.

Hathaway Cemetery

Submit, Wife of Isaac Babbit
1799-1877

Victory and through victory Life

  • Ardelia Hathaway (♀ – 1843-1921)
  • Roxcy Hathaway (♀ – †1833 Æ26)
  • Mercy Austin (♀ – 1821-1880)
  • Almedia Wheeler (♀ – †1886 Æ53)
  • Anjenette Pettis (♀ – †1898 Æ81)
  • Benjamin P. Jones (♂ – †Jan.? 9, 1864 Æ49, Died at Bermuda Hundred, Virginia) [1]
  • Adeline Woodward (♀ – †1864 Æ24)
  • Gideon Walker (♂ – 1838-1907)
  • M.J.H. (†1870), L.B.H (†1908), R.P.H (†1918), G.L.H. (†1958), B.M.H. (†1949)

Dighton Cemetery

In Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Richmond, the Worthy Consort of Silvester Richmond Esq. who paid the Debt of Nature June the 23d Annodomini 1772 in the 65th year of her Age.

Sincerely lamented by her disconsolate Partner & Children

  • Thomas King (♂ – †1713 Æ70)
  • John Reed (♂ – †1720/21 Æ2 yrs)
  • Mr. Matthew Briggs, “who died of the smallpox” (†1703 Æ58)
  • J. Emmons Briggs, M.D. (♂ – †1867 in Burlington, Iowa, Æ25)
  • Patience Ann Briggs (♀ – †1832 Æ15)
  • Mercy Briggs (♀ – †1783 Æ30)
  • Huldah Horton (♀ – †1884 Æ81)
  • Nathaniel Bower (♂ – †1728 “Æ3 yrs & 3 mo. wanting 5 days”)
  • Elizabeth Bowers (♀ – †1748 “Æ3 yrs & 9 mo. wanting 5 days”)
  • Abigail Bowers (♀ – †1748 Æ30)
  • Bathsheba Baylies (♀ – 1745-1822)
  • Lusannah Turner (♀ – †1844 Æ31)

[1] – It’s likely that the date was actually May 9, 1864, not January 9, 1864.

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