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Old Cemetery Inscriptions <*>

By Charles D. Elliot.

In Memory of Sarah Ann, wife of Albert Tufts, who died May 2, 1842, aged 30 years.

‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; they rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.’

Also their daughter, Sarah Ann, who died Aug. 10, 1842, aged 3 mos.

‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.’

Sacred to the Memory of Mr. Luther Mitchell, who died in Somerville, Mass., Sep. 5, 1846, aged 37 years 3 months. [66]

Dearest Husband, thou hast left us,
     And thy loss we deeply feel;
Yet 'tis God that hath bereft us,
     He can all our sorrows heal.

Erected to the Memory of Mary Ethelinda, youngest daughter of James M. & Catherine W. Littlefield, who died April 10, 1847, aged 3 years.

And can it be that Ethelinda's gone?
Shall we no more that smiling face behold?
Are those sweet accents hushed upon her tongue?
Father, ‘thy will, not ours, be done.’

Phineas Howe, born in Norway, Me., April 7, 1823; graduated at Brown University 11847; studied theology at Newton, Mass., and Halle, Germany. He was chosen first Pastor of the First Baptist Society, Somerville, April, 1852; died Aug. 26, 1852, aged 29 yrs. 4 mos.

‘He being dead yet speaketh.’

In Memory of Mrs. Rebecca, wife of Mr. Charles D. Wild, who died November 17, 1844, aged 34 years. Also their son, George W., who died Aug. 4, 1844, aged 4 months.

Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
     Peaceful in the grave, so low;
Thou no more wilt join our number,
     Thou no more our songs shall know.

Mary Ella, daughter of Edwin and Caroline M. Grant, died Aug. 25, 1855, aged 6 months.

Farewell, sweet babe, to us thou wert given
     A fair bud of promise, to cheer life's rude way;
But death has severed the tie which bound thee,
     And angels have borne thee in their bosoms away.

In Memory of James A. Fisk, son of J. W. and Mary Fisk, who died Aug. 9, 1847, aged 1 yr. 9 mos. & 15 ds. [67]

Dear little one, thy pains are ended,
     Thou hast found a better home;
Thy songs are now with angels' blended,
     Where no death or sorrow come.

Betsey S., wife of Mark Fisk, died May 27, 1848, aged 38 years.

Free from sickness, pain, and grief,
     All earth's weary hours are past,
Thy spirit soars to seek relief,
     To dwell with God in Heaven at last.

William H., son of George & Mary Teasdale, died June 22, 1855, Aet 3 yrs. & 2 mos.

Allena A., dau. of Benja. F. & Frances Adams, died Aug. 4, 1850, aged 10 mos. & 19 dys.

Eugene, youngest son of Francis G. & Hannah T. Gay, died August 23, 1850, aged 3 years 8 months 9 days.

The grave is but the mansion
     Where rest his mortal dust,
His spirit is in Heaven,
     O mourner, hope and trust.

Sylvia Ellen, dau. of John & Julia P. Gordon, died May 10, 1855, aged 2 yrs. 9 mos. & 10 days.

‘Whom the gods love die early.’
     This little seed of life and love,
Lent to us for a day—
     This benediction from above,
Now in the ground we lay.

Phidelia Jane, died Dec. 30, 1848, aged 3 years.

Martha D., died Jan. 13, 1849, aged 5 years & 10 mos.

Children of Alfred B. & Hannah A. Chase.

I took these little lambs, said he,
     And laid them in my breast; [68]
Protection they shall find in me,
     In me be ever blest.

Sarah L. A., Daughter of Solomon & Sarah Story, died Sept. 13, 1847, Ae 1 yr. 10 mos. & 16 ds.

Of such is the Kingdom of God.

Otis H., son of Lowell and Caroline A. Goodridge, died May 10, 1851, aged 19 yrs.

James Gaw, died July 16, 1851, aged 31 years.

The memory of the just is blessed.

William Farmileo, died Sep. 24, 1845, Ae 19.

Donato Gherardi, died April 21, 1850, aged 52 years.

Elizabeth, daughter of John J. & Annie McLearn, of Maitland, Nova Scotia, died April 8, 1855, aged 20 yrs. & 21 days.

She was respected in life,
And lamented in death.

In Memory of Emma F. Edgerly, daughter of L. C. and M. A. Edgerly, who died Feb. 11, 1845, aged 7 months. Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.

[Monument for the three families below.]

Joshua Littlefield, died Dec. 12, 1832, aged 39 yrs.

Martha, his wife, died July 30, 1854, aged 68 yrs.

Joshua, Jr., their son, died Sept. 17, 1829, aged 18 mos.

Martha A. Littlefield, died August 19, 1851, aged 17 mos. 19 ds., daughter of R. and A. M. Littlefield.

Martha Ella, daughter of J. P. and Mary Hastings, died Feb. 11, 1854, aged 2 yrs. 23 ds, [69]

Children of L. C. And M. A. Edgerly.

Emma F., died Feb. 11, 1845, aged 7 mos.

Jerome B., died Oct. 10, 1852, aged 3 mos. 11 ds.

Martha Anna, died Aug. 19, 1851, aged 17 mos. & 19 ds.

Lord, she was thine and not my own,—
Thou hast not done me wrong;
I thank thee for the precious loan
Afforded me so long.
Little Roxy.

Geraldine E., daughter of George K. & Eliza R. Fullick, died Sept. 9, 1853, aged 2 yrs. & 3 mos.

Sweet child! God called thee home.

Frances C. Sherman, wife of James K. Harley, died at Norwalk, Conn., May 6, 1853, aged 26 yrs.

Also her infant, Leonora, aged 6 mos.

Adeline Frances, daughter of Clark & Hannah Bennett, died Aug. 18, 1852, aged 5 yrs. & 9 mos.

Bright, joyous, but fleeting.

In Memory of William W. Watson, born March 16, 1835, died Sept. 13, 1852, aged 17 yrs. 6 mos.

Nathaniel Mitchell, died Sept. 15, 1851, aged 46 yrs.
Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his.

To the Memory of Albert Henry, only child of Albert & Nancy J. Kenneson, died Jan. 26, 1846, aged 9 mos. & 6 days.

Here thy toys, neglected lying,
     There thine empty cradle bed;
Here thy little dress, O Henry,
     Can it be that thou art dead? [70]
He's dead! yet death can scarcely chill
     His smiling beauties, though he lay
With cold, extended limbs, for still
     His face looked fairer than the day.

Nancy Jane, wife of Albert Kenneson, died July 9, 1856, aged 32 yrs. 1 mo.

She has gone to Heaven before us,
     But she turns and waves her hand,
Pointing to the glories o'er us
     In that happy spirit land.
‘Not dead, but sleepeth.’

Jonathan C. Clark, died May 26, 1841, aged 36 years.

Not lost, but gone before.

Irene Adalaid, daughter of Leonard and Irene G. Arnold, died June 21, 1855, aged 4 yrs. and 7 mos.

Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.

John Leland, Jr., died of Small Pox Jan. 8, 1840, aged 46 years.

Go home, dear friends,
     Dry up your tears,
I must lie here
     Till Christ appears.

Francis Green, died Mar. 22, 1848, Ae 41.

See noble manhood laid in dust,
     The loved one sleeps among the dead;
In Christ 'mid death he put his trust,
     To him we trust his soul has fled.

Joseph Swett, died Sept. 4, 1849, aged 40 years.

My husband's grave, that hallowed spot,
By me it ne'er shall be forgot;
The tombstone that doth mark the place,
And shall it be by time defaced.


Sacred to the memory of Moses Young, Jr., who died Dec. 14, 1844, aged 35 years.

In the silent grave we leave him,
     Till the Resurrection morn,
Then, O Lord, thy word shall raise him,
     And restore his lovely form.

Anna, wife of John Leland, died Aug. 26, 1846, aged 78 years. To die is your gain, my Mother.

John Leland, died April 11, 1851, aged 90 years.

At rest, my Father.

Emeline, daughter of Osgood and Mary Dane, died April 10, 1846, aged 25 years.

We loved her on earth,—
May we meet her in heaven.

[It may be well to add here that since 1857 many removals have been made from this to neighboring cemeteries.—Ed.]

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