night was suddenly awakened by his brother's outcry when the latter found him up to his neck in the river.
His father had just built a tomb in the old cemetery at Harvard Square, and the young man's body was the first to be put into it. An interesting item in the life of this unfortunate young man is that the record of his birth written in the book at Cambridge
is in the handwriting of old Dr. Holmes
, then the minister of the church, the father of Dr. Holmes
, the humorist.
Three daughters made their homes near the family rooftree.
Betsy was the first of the daughters to leave the home nest.
She married Benjamin Grover
November 13, 1803.
In 1804 there is recorded the renewal of the covenant for the baptism of children by this couple, and their residence is given as New Bridge
Later, in 1807, the baptism of another child is recorded, and they are put down as of Cambridgeport
It is evidently the same place under a new name, which still clings to it. The old custom of naming the children after the parents was followed in this case, Benjamin
They moved to Concord, N. H.
, and the present generation knows them by name only, and nothing of their descendants.
A receipt in full for the share of John Stone
's estate falling to the Grover children appears in the petition of his real estate
in 1823, and is signed by an uncle, showing that Elizabeth died before her children came of age.
Mary, whose baptismal name was Polly Tufts
, followed her sister Betsy in the matrimonial quickstep executed by this family with a wedding every year for four successive years.
She married Philip Bonner
, of Boston
, in 1804.
Their marriage only is recorded in the Cambridge Parish
records, as they lived in Boston
for a number of years, on Spear Place, off Pleasant Street. Mary Stone
is put down as of Charlestown
). They sang in the choir of the Old South Church, and later at the Hollis Street Church.
They came to Charlestown
, and lived in a house which stood under the large elm tree in the Prospect Hill School yard.
After a time it was moved a little further up the hill.
Later a larger house was built still further