Dorchester North Burying Ground, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA


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Latitude: 42.31700, Longitude: -71.06458
Dorchester North Burying Ground

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(National Register of Historic Places, added 1974 - District - #74000915)

Dorchester North Burying Ground, lies at the corner of Columbia Road and Stoughton street, Upham's Corner. The oldest section of the cemetery, was established in 1633 and several expansions bring the total acreage of the settlement's only cemetery for two centuries to 3.27 acres. The burying Ground is contained by a solid concrete wall, nearly 5 feet high; the wall replaced a 19th century decorative iron and granite fence. Gates from this earlier period still provide entrance to the cemetery and are marked by large commemorative bronze tablets placed by the city in 1883.

Dorchester North contains approximately 1200 markers.

The Dorchester North Burying Ground, also known as First Burying Ground of Dorchester, is a locally significant historic site due to its association with Dorchester's prominent founding citizens. The Burying Ground was established on the southern outskirts of the agrarian community. The first of the existing markers, those of Bernard and Joan Capen, were set in 1638, are now displayed in the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The next oldest and the earliest stone existing in the ancient burying grounds of Boston, is the horizontal slab belonging to Abel and Submite Clarke, 1644-1648.

Trask, William B. "Inscriptions from the Old Burial Ground in Dorchester, MA." NEHGR, vol.4 (Apr 1850).

This burying ground is locked but can be opened if you call the Cemetery Division at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan at 617-635-7361. At least 24 hours notice is required and the burying ground can not be opened on a Sunday.

This cemetery is referred to as BOS.809 Dorchester North Burying Ground in the "MACRIS Survey of Massachusetts Cemeteries". It was established in 1633.


Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Barnard & Joan (Purchase) Capen gravestone
Barnard & Joan (Purchase) Capen gravestone
Courtesy of the Dorchester Atheneum.

Here
lies the bodies of
Mr Barnard Capen
& Mrs Joan Capen his
wife; He died Nov 8,
1638 Aged 76 years
& She died March
26 [sic], 1653:
Aged 75 years.

 
Located  Latitude: 42.31700, Longitude: -71.06458  CAPEN Barnard (d. 8 Nov 1638)
PURCHASE Joan (d. 25 Mar 1653)
 
Captain John Breck gravestone
Captain John Breck gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.31700, Longitude: -71.06458  Capt. BRECK John (d. 17 Feb 1691/2)
 
Captain John Capen, Sr. gravestone
Captain John Capen, Sr. gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.31700, Longitude: -71.06458  Captain & Deacon CAPEN John, Sr. (d. 4 Apr 1692)
 
Clement Topliff gravestone
Clement Topliff gravestone
Clemment Topliff
Aged 69 years
Dyed the 24 Day
of December 1672

 
Located  Latitude: 42.3171952, Longitude: -71.0640792  TOPLIFF Clement (d. 24 Dec 1672)
 
Elizabeth (Capen) Swift gravestone
Elizabeth (Capen) Swift gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.31700, Longitude: -71.06458  CAPEN Elizabeth (d. 26 Jan 1678)
 
Elizabeth (Oliver) Wiswall gravestone
Elizabeth (Oliver) Wiswall gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.31700, Longitude: -71.06458  OLIVER Elizabeth (d. 31 May 1712)
OLIVER Elizabeth (d. 31 May 1712)
 
Enoch Wiswall gravestone
Enoch Wiswall gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.31700, Longitude: -71.06458  WISWALL Enoch (d. 28 Nov 1706)
WISWALL Enoch (d. 28 Nov 1706)
 
Patience (Somes) Topliff gravestone
Patience (Somes) Topliff gravestone
Here Lyes ye Body of Mrs. Patience Topliff Widow of Elder Samuel Topliff Died Sep't ye 8th in ye 76th Year of her age.

 
Located  Latitude: 42.3171952, Longitude: -71.0640792  SOMES Patience (d. 8 Sep 1728)
 
Samuel Topliff gravestone
Samuel Topliff gravestone
Here Lyes ye Body of Elder Samuel Topliff who departed this life ye 12th Day of October Anno Domini 1722 in ye 77 year of his age.

 
Located  Latitude: 42.3171952, Longitude: -71.0640792  Rev. TOPLIFF Samuel (d. 12 Oct 1722)
 
Sarah Topliff gravestone
Sarah Topliff gravestone
Sarah Topliff
Widdow
Aged 88 Years
Died ye 29 of
July 1693

 
Located  Latitude: 42.3171952, Longitude: -71.0640792  [TOPLIFF] Sarah (d. 29 Jul 1693)
 
Thomas Swift, Sr. gravestone
Thomas Swift, Sr. gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.31700, Longitude: -71.06458  SWIFT Thomas (d. 30 May 1675)