Two Cemeteries in Holliston

What better way to take advantage of the first beautiful weekend of spring than to go for ice cream after visiting some cemeteries with Lisa? I drive by these smallish cemeteries every Friday evening when I take back roads to avoid the traffic delays on the Masspike, but I’d never visited. Today we drove part of the route (in the opposite direction) and stopped at three different cemeteries in Holliston and Sherborn.

I love having Lisa come along with me, because she always notices so much more than I do about what’s written on the gravestones, while I usually look at the stones themselves. She notices who had multiple wives, the children who were named after deceased siblings, the spinsters, the families decimated by a sickness in the house, etc.

Here are some of the highlights from Holliston, which is a great town for visiting burying grounds. (Previously I wrote about the Old Indian Cemetery and Central Burying Ground.) Most of the cemeteries are small and well maintained, and there are a lot of great names.

South Cemetery — Holliston

  • Gilbert Lovering — “A hopeful and engaging youth” (♂ – †1803 Æ17)
  • Hepsibeth Adams (♀ – †1852 Æ66)
  • Elial Littlefield (♂ – †1865 Æ88 yrs 6 mos)
  • Tabatha Littlefield (♀ – †1819 Æ81)
  • Loammi Littlefield (♂ – †1874 Æ90)
  • Isanne Littlefield (♀ – †1837 Æ20)
  • Ephraim Littlefield (♂ – †1828 Æ74)
  • Huldah Bullard (♀ – †1853 Æ46)
  • Bathsheba Hill (♀ – †1825 Æ82)
  • Mrs. Zilpha Clark (♀ – †18?? Æ27)
  • Abijah Clark (♂)
  • Silence Claflin (♀ – †1828 Æ74)
  • Achsah Pond, wife of Phillip Pond (♀ – †1832)
  • Achsah E. Pond, daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth Pond (♀ – †1833 Æ12 days)
  • Admiral Albee Sr. (♂ – †1848 Æ68)
  • Admiral Albee Jr. (♂ – †1849 Æ29)
  • Althira ? (♀ – †18??)

East Holliston Cemetery

  • Cyrus Marsh (♂ – †1873 Æ90)
  • Thomas Honey (♂ – †1863 Æ59)
  • Libert Ekensteen — “Born in Sweden” (♂)
  • Arlow A.E. Giles (♂ – 1861-1907)
  • Marietta G. Joslyn (♀ – 1845-1911)
  • Lavinia Joslyn (♀ – 1815-1851)
  • Lucius G.(?) Joslyn (♂ – 1843-1844)
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3 Responses to Two Cemeteries in Holliston

  1. Leslie M-B says:

    Awesome names. I love “Hepsibeth” and “Zilpha.”

  2. jacki says:

    I was looking for Laommi Littlefield. Are you saying you found him? and recorded this date? Pictures?

  3. Jeff Mather says:

    Yes, I did! Would you like a picture? I can go back and grab one.

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