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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Tombstone Inscriptions from The Old BuryingGround, Lynn, Mass. Part 3
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 18:58:27 EDT
>From The Old Burying Ground, Lynn,
by John T. Moulton, Lynn, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Eliza, wife of Jacob Bartells, died Nov. 30, 1852,
Aged 46 years.
Though snows may heap thy grave serene,
When winter raves along the plain,
Hearts kindred keep thy memory green,
And ne'er will let her torches wane!
In Memory of Mrs. Eliza, wife of Mr. Nathaniel Bartlett,
Who died June 5, 1847, aged 30 years.
The pure in heart shall see God.
Also their son, Eugene H. Bartlett, died Jan. 14, 1848,
Aged 4 years & 10 months.
Their happy spirits dwell secure,
In realms of glory blest,
Sickness and sorrow shall no more
Distur their peaceful rest.
In Memory of Mrs. Hannah Norwood, wife of Mr. William
Who died Aug. 18, 1835, AEt. 22. Also Lucy Baker Barton, their
daughter, died Sept. 8, 1835, AEt. 15 mos.
Happy spirits cannot mourn,
Raised by a celestial birth,
On etherial wings they're borne,
Far above the things of earth.
In Memory of Mr. James Berry, who died Feb. 23, 1821,
Friends nor physicians could not save,
This mortal body from the grave,
Nor shall the grave confine it here,
When my dear Saviour shall appear.
In Memory of Mrs. Sarah, widow of Mr. James Berry,
Who died Aug. 11, 1835, AEt. 70.
No more the weary pilgrim mourns,
No more affliction wrings her heart,
The happy soul to God returns,
Forever she and sorrow part.
p.15 The Old Burying Ground, Lynn, Mass.
In Memory of Mrs. Mary, wife of Mr. John Berry,
Who died September 11, 1834, AEt. 29.
In God she trusted, but in early bloom
Shrunk like a flower and hastened to the tomb.
Yet, as she faded, ripened for the skies,
And blooms unfading now in Paradise.
Lydia, wife of Henry Berry, died November 19, 1851, AEt.
In Memory of George Henry, son of Mr. Henry & Mrs.
F. Berry, who died May 10, 1833 AEt. 3 years.
His image 'tis to memory dear,
That clings around our hearts,
And makes us fondly linger here,
Unwilling to depart.
Here lies ye body of Captain Elisha Bennett.
Here lies ye body of Mrs. Dorothy Bennett, wife of
Insert: A Documentary History of Chelsea by Mellen Chamberlain, Jenny
Chamberlain Watts &
William Richard Cutter - Massachusetts Historical Society.
Throughout his life, Captain Elisha Bennett, son of Samuel Bennett, retained
a part of his
father's farm. He was a prominent citizen of Boston and of Rumney Marsh,
latter on the Board of Assessors and hold other offices. December 18, 1727,
of Boston, mariner, representing that Dorothy Bennett, executrix, had died
fully administering on her husband's estate, was appointed administrator. -
Suff. Deeds, L.
p.291 Appendix 15. Chapter VI.
The Inventory of "Captain Elisha Bennet, deceased, of Rumney Marsh" was
taken by Nathaniel
Oliver, Thomas Pratt and Samuel Tuttle, Decemember 26, 1727. "The farm &
thereon" were valued at £1200; one half a brick house on Middle Street in
Boston, at £300
There were also inventoried an Indian man and boy £90, "an old calash &
cart," two horses,
14 cattle, 12 small pictures, a "silk quilt," brass andirons, "cloth
chairs," books valued
at £2 10s; 169 pewter at 20d - £14, £63, etc" Three children inherited the
Bennet, born, according to the Boston Records, April 4, 1690; Ellis b. Aug
9, 1699, and Sarah,
who m. (1) Nathaniel Viall, July 12, 1708 and (2) John Floyd of Chelsea,
Nov. 23, 1732. In
1739 the daughter, with her husband, John Floyd, conveyed her rights in her
that is one-third of all the real estate of which he died seized, to "our
son, Samuell Viall"
of Chelsea, tanner. In 1745, the farm was described as still held by the
heirs of Elisha
Bennett, undivided. It contained about 200 acres, having been reduced, as
has been already
shown, since 1674 by sundry conveyances from Samuel Bennett and his heirs.
bachelor, of Walthamstow, County of Essex, England, by Will dated January
12, 1750/51, and
probated in England, August 28, 1751, appointed as his heir his nephew, John
went ouf Third Mate of the ship Benjamin, Capt. Meard, to the East Indies."
He left a legacy
of £1000 to his neice, Sarah Bennett, daughter of his brother, Captain Ellis
and made her residuary legatee, if his nephew died. He gave to Mrs. Sarah
Partridge, with whom
he was then living, an annuity of £40, etc. He wished to be buried in the
"Church or Chapel
at Walthmstow," and have "a small monument - put upon ye pillar fronting the
South Door of
Walthamstow Church." He gave mourning rings to several friends." March 28,
Bennett, widow, and Sarah Bennett, spinster, of Boston, as executors of the
Will of Ellis
Bennet, conveyed for £333, 6s, 8d. to Benjamin Henderson of Boston,
boatbuilder, 81 & 3/4
acres in four parcels - 27-1/2 acres "on the lower side of the Country road"
to Lynn, bounded
N.W. on the road and on land of Robert Wait; thence the line ran sougth and
west on John
Hutchinson; south on marshland; west on marsh-land of Thomas Cheever; "then
as the Creek runs; then N.E. on John Bennett to the Country
Suffolk Probate Records L. 26, f. 69.
Suffolk Deedcs, L. 58, f. 26; L. 71, f. 102.
Suffolk Probate Records, L. 50, f. 317.
road. The 48 acres north west of the road were bounded N.E. on John Bennett;
N.W. on Jonathan
Hawkes; and S.W. on Samuel Breeden and Robert Wait. A woodlot of 6-1/4
acres was bounded
by Samuel Breeden, Joshua Cheever, Samuel Berry and John Bennet. There was a
reference to a
plan made according to an award for the division of the premises by Samuel
Collins and John Steel. John Bennett of London, sold to Henderson in 1755.
January 13, 1786,
Benjamin Henderson of Boston, yeoman, for £800 conveyed to John Slade of
Chelsea, yeoman, a
farm of 137 acres, 51 acres lay south west of the Country road. The bounds
were similar to
those in the deed from Sarah Bennett, except that the lands of Samuel Vial
deceased lay to the
N.E. and E. instead of land of John Bennett. The land of John Hutchinson
was then "possessed"
by Thomas Wait; 86 acres lay N.W. of the road with similar bounds, lands of
Samuel Viall to
the N.e. and N. All the abbutters of 1752 are described as deceased." On
the same day, Slade
conveyed to Henderson a farm in Needham. His wife's name was Hannah.
Henderson sold his wood-
land, 13 acres, in 1793 to Nehemiah Oakes, Winslow Sargeant and George
Shute. In 1772, Samuel
Viall with his wife Mary, mortgaged to Henderson (later released) 16 acres
27 rods S.E. of
the Country road, 23 acres N.W. of the road and 8 acres of woodland;
buildings were mentioned
He was described as of Lynn, tanner.
The Lynn line bounded this land to the N.E., and he appears to have owned
land across the
boundary." When the direct tax of 1798 was assessed, Hannah Slade, widow of
John Slade, was
owner and occupant of the southwestern portion of Elisha Bennett's farm.
The house covered
1,368 feet; was of two stories, had 18 windows and was "Verry Old." With a
shed and chaise
house (319 sq.ft. of one story) a corn barn at $495; 137 acres of land and a
barn 40 x 30
were appraised at $2,235. This house, according to the site marked on a plan
of the Slade
farm, stood on Park Avenue, almost due east from the Franklin Park Railway
station. The farm
of which Elisha Bennett died seized included apparently the land within the
of Revere north of the creek or Pines River, except the lands on Malden line
already described. The line between the Slade and Vial farms, an irregular
northwest line, passed
near the point where the railroad crosses Salem Street.
INSCRIPTIONS FROM THE OLD BURYING GROUND, LYNN, MASS.
In Memory of Mr. Henry Benson who died June 10, 1846.
Gently the passing spirit fled,
Sustained by grace divine;
Oh! may such grace on us be shed,
And make our end like thine.
In Memory of Mr. Solomon F. Beede, who died April 9,
1843, AEt. 29 years & months.
Friends nor physicians could not save,
This mortal body from the grave;
Nor can the grave confine him here,
When Christ shall call him to appear.
Juliet, daughter of Philo and Ruth M. Beverly, died Sept 8, 1852,
2 years and 10 months.
Insert - Bennett
History of Lynn, Mass.
Samuel Bennet was a carpenter and a member of the Ancient Artillery Co. in
1639. A pine forest in the northern part of Lynn still retains the name of
Swamp. He resided in the western part of Saugus and when the towns were
line passed through his land, eastward of his house, so that afterward he
called an inhabitant of Boston.
The Old Mill
July ye 12, 1633 - I Clement Coldam aged abt 55 do testifie that the grant
the old mill was in July ye 12, 1633 to Edward Tomlins which was the 2nd
mill in the
colony. The 2nd owner of the mill and then Mr Howell did sell same to John
and he sold it to Mr. Bennet and Mr. Bennet did sell it to Goodman Wheeler
Lands given to inhabitants of Lynn 1638:
To Samuel Bennett 20 acres.
At the Quarterly Court on the 5th of July, 1645, Samuel Bennet was presented
"for saying in a scornful manner, he neither cared for the Towne nor any
Towne could make."
William Hooke of Salsibury conveys to Samuel Bennet of Lynn March 15, 1649,
"all that upland that was given him by arbitration betwixt Thomas Dexter and
him or his father Humphrey Hooke" (Humphrey Hooke was prob. the Bristol
referred to as mortgagee of some of Mr. Dexter's lands under date 1640.
Samuel Bennet, carpenter sold his corn mill to Thomas Wheeler April 1, 1653
Mr. Samuel Bennet sued Mr. John Gifford, the former agent of the Iron Works
and attached the property to the amount of £400 for laber performed for the
Inscriptions from the Old Burying Ground, Lynn - to be continued Part 4 - p.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
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