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brought here and buried in the field about fifty or sixty rods north of Gravelly Bridge. The late John Russell found bones there, in 1849, when engaged in digging for a cellar and fence at a point almost directly in front of us. That the finding was a matter of interest is indicated by the fact that instead of tossing them aside he took them to his home, where many people went to see them. What disposition was made of them is told by this record from the report of the selectmen, 1848-49: Cash paid Jacob Brooks for burying box of bones from land of N. H. Bishop, supposed to be the bones of Revolutionary soldiers, $2.50. Further evidence of the interest in this matter is found in the fact that Jacob Brooks, the town sexton, a few years later, when his grandson was assisting him in mowing the grass here, told the boy the story, and pointed out the spot with the admonition, Remember what I tell you. Some time some one will want to know. If the story of the finding of these bones r