Plain Burial Ground, Sherborn

This is a wonderful, little cemetery just north of Sherborn Centre on Route 27. There are many interesting stones, including a couple unique designs and one of the best urn motifs that I’ve yet seen. (See some of them in the Miscellany.) For a small burying ground — which often indicates a rural or clan-like community — the powerful and the plainfolk are buried together.

we noticed that several families had more than their share of tragedy. Adelphus and Nancy Clark buried seven infants in the span of seventeen years. Each had their own marker at a time when it was very rare for infants for to have any marker at all. Only young George Washington Clark (♂ – †1814 Æ11 mos.) was given a name. Next to him were three brothers (†1817, †1819, †1831) and three sisters (†1818, †1821, †1826). And then there are the Chamberlen orphans who also died young.

Isaiah Woodcock died by a wound in his arm that he received in the Battle of Bridgewater.* July 25, 1814. Æ28 yrs. 3 mos.

Mrs. Mary, Relict of Johnathon Leland, who died Dec. 3, 1839, in her 92 yr.

Albert Green, who died in San Francisco, Cal. Jan. 10, 1857, Aged 30 yrs, 2 mos & 3 days

  • Moses Chamberlen (Father – †1813 Æ36)
  • Sarah Chamberlen (Mother – †1815 Æ36)
  • Charolette Chamberlen (Daughter – †1819 Æ18)
  • Labez D. Chamberlen (Son – †1820 Æ16)
  • Rebekah Bigelow, Wife of Elijah (1788-1825)
  • Micah Leland (♂ – †1810 Æ69)
  • Lawson Leland (♂ – †1819 Æ9 mos.)
  • Amory Babcock (♂ – †1853 Æ60)
  • Eunice French (♀ – †1821 Æ24)
  • Ophelia Sanger (♀ – †1876 Æ64)
  • Elbridge Sanger (♂ – †1885 Æ79)
  • Ouvra Taylor (♂ – 1821-1852)
  • Angenett Davis (♀ – †1844 Æ18)
  • Miss Thankful Whelock (♀ – †1844 Æ32)
  • Rufus Lufkin, Member of Co. G. 25th Regiment Maine Vols. (♂ – †1909 Æ76)
  • Keturah Hill (♀ – †1836 Æ75)
  • Aseneth Pratt (♀ – †1804 Æ36)
  • Roxana Pratt (♀ – †1872 Æ73)
  • William Pratt (♂ – †1810 Æ15 mos.)
  • William Pratt 2nd ** (♂ – †1831 Æ20)
  • Bela Grout (♀ – †1800 Æ36)
  • Royal Grout (♂ – †1825 Æ38)
  • Rhoda Grout (♀ – †1808)
  • Almira Perry (♀ – †1836 Æ28)

* — The Battle of Bridgewater is better known as the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.

** — It was fairly common before the mid 19th-century to name children after their deceased siblings.

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