Sawyer Hill Burying Ground, Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, USA


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Latitude: 42.82086423032797, Longitude: -70.92482686042786
Sawyer Hill Burying Ground

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Sawyer Hill Cemetery is on Curzon Mill Road adjacent to Maudslay State Park.

In 1689, a meeting house, built by a few individuals, on the way "thro the plaines to Sergeant Emery's Mill," in Newbury was occasionally used for religious worship by the inhabitants of the town residing in that locality.

In 1696, Reverend Samuel Belcher was called to the work of the ministry there, and was installed pastor November 10, 1698. At or about that date a burying ground was laid out, in the vicinity of the meeting house, on what is now known as the Curzon Mill Road. It was enclosed with a stone wall as early as 1708.

Joshua Coffin notates in three places: pages 204, 206, and 208 some facts about the throat distemper in his "A Sketch of The History of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury." The term throat distemper was used in the 17th-19th century before advances in medicine allowed for specific infectious agents to be identified. Based on the symptoms recorded, most throat distemper was diphtheria, with scarlet fever and other forms of strep throat also called by this name.

Many of the families buried in Sawyer Hill were victims of the "throat distemper" epidemic that ravaged the town during the 1730's.

In 1851 all the territory east of the Artichoke River, including this burying ground, called the Sawyer Hill Burying Ground, was annexed to Newburyport. [History of Newburyport, Mass. 1:213]

It is still active on a limited basis. The wooded site with several hundred headstones and burial monuments is located back from the road and is not easily visible or well known. It appears to receive rudimentary care but has not been documented on an MHC inventory form. Some of the headstones and monuments are in need of stone conservation.


Headstones

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 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Abel & Judith (Emery) Huse gravestones
Abel & Judith (Emery) Huse gravestones
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  EMERY Judith (d. 24 Apr 1753)
HUSE Abel, Jr. (d. 11 Mar 1757)
 
Abel Huse gravestone
Abel Huse gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  HUSE Abel, Jr. (d. 11 Mar 1757)
 
Abigail & brother Albert Little gravestones
Abigail & brother Albert Little gravestones
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  LITTLE Abigail (d. 14 May 1871)
LITTLE Albert (d. 6 Dec 1852)
 
Abigail (Bartlet) Bayley gravestone
Abigail (Bartlet) Bayley gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.82086423032797, Longitude: -70.92482686042786  BARTLET Abigail (d. 21 Jan 1757)
 
Abigail (Bayley) Morse gravestone
Abigail (Bayley) Morse gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  BAYLEY Abigail (d. 22 May 1802)
 
Abigail (Goodridge) Sawyer footstone
Abigail (Goodridge) Sawyer footstone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.82086423032797, Longitude: -70.92482686042786  GOODRIDGE Abigail (d. 14 Oct 1722)
 
Abigail (Goodridge) Sawyer gravestone
Abigail (Goodridge) Sawyer gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.82086423032797, Longitude: -70.92482686042786  GOODRIDGE Abigail (d. 14 Oct 1722)
 
Abigail (Longfellow) Emery gravestone
Abigail (Longfellow) Emery gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8208634, Longitude: -70.927616  LONGFELLOW Abigail (d. 10 Dec 1843)
 
Abigail (Lowell) & Hannah (Rogers) Cooper gravestone
Abigail (Lowell) & Hannah (Rogers) Cooper gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  LOWELL Abigail (d. 27 Apr 1758)
 
Abigail (Morss) Chisemore gravestone
Abigail (Morss) Chisemore gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  MORSE Abigail (d. 31 Mar 1804)
 
Abigail (Ordway) Rogers gravestone
Abigail (Ordway) Rogers gravestone
A loving wife, a mother dear,
A sincere friend lies buried here. 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  ORDWAY Abigail (d. 9 May 1838)
 
Abigail (Ordway) Sawyer gravestone
Abigail (Ordway) Sawyer gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.82086423032797, Longitude: -70.92482686042786  ORDWAY Abigail (d. 22 Sep 1778)
 
Abigail (Ropes) Bartlet footstone
Abigail (Ropes) Bartlet footstone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  ROPES Abigail (d. 16 May 1727)
 
Abigail (Ropes) Bartlet gravestone
Abigail (Ropes) Bartlet gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  ROPES Abigail (d. 16 May 1727)
 
Abigail (Webster) Merrill gravestone
Abigail (Webster) Merrill gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  WEBSTER Abigail (d. 12 Aug 1712)
 
Abigail Little gravestone
Abigail Little gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  LITTLE Abigail (d. 14 May 1871)
 
Albert Little gravestone
Albert Little gravestone
"youngest son of Moses & Elizabeth Little."
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  LITTLE Albert (d. 6 Dec 1852)
 
Ann (Follansbee) Chase footstone
Ann (Follansbee) Chase footstone
This is the foot stone accompanying the grave of Ann (Follansbee) Chase.
This foot stone is actually a recycled head stone converted to a foot stone. Traces of the original can be seen with close inspection. 
Located  Latitude: 42.8208634, Longitude: -70.927616  FOLLANSBEE Anne (d. 18 Apr 1708)
 
Anna (Ordway) Rogers gravestone
Anna (Ordway) Rogers gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  ORDWAY Anna (d. 1 Aug 1747)
 
Anna (Short) Hale gravestone
Anna (Short) Hale gravestone

This gravestone of Anna (Short) Hale is gradually eroding.
She is buried to the left of her husband Thomas Hale, Jr.

 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  SHORT Anna (d. 15 Nov 1770)
 
Anna Chisemore gravestone
Anna Chisemore gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  CHISEMORE Anna (d. 27 Nov 1792)
 
Anna Emery footstone
Anna Emery footstone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  EMERY Anne (d. 16 Sep 1778)
 
Anna Emery gravestone
Anna Emery gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  EMERY Anne (d. 16 Sep 1778)
 
Anna Little gravestone
Anna Little gravestone
Corruption earth and worms
Shall refine her flesh,
Till her triumphant spirit comes
To take it afresh.

 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  LITTLE Anna (d. 13 Aug 1775)
 
Anne (Follansbee) Chase gravestone
Anne (Follansbee) Chase gravestone
oldest original Chase stone in America 
Located  Latitude: 42.8209803, Longitude: -70.9245933  FOLLANSBEE Anne (d. 18 Apr 1708)
 
Anthony Morss footstone
Anthony Morss footstone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  MORSE Anthony (d. 7 Feb 1729)
 
Anthony Morss gravestone
Anthony Morss gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  MORSE Anthony (d. 7 Feb 1729)
 
Bayley plot
Bayley plot
Hannah (Griffin) and daughter Hannah Morrison are in forefront left to right. 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  BAYLEY David (d. 26 Dec 1721)
BAYLEY David (d. 8 Jan 1757)
Deacon BAYLEY Edmund (d. 24 Nov 1801)
BAYLEY Isaac (d. 26 May 1726)
BAYLEY Isaac (d. 13 Oct 1743)
BAYLEY Isaac (d. 9 Aug 1736)
GRIFFIN Hannah (d. 9 Oct 1700)
 
Benjamin & Catherine (Gerrish) (Adams) Poor gravestones
Benjamin & Catherine (Gerrish) (Adams) Poor gravestones
 
Located  Latitude: 42.82086423032797, Longitude: -70.92482686042786  GERRISH Catherine (d. 22 Jul 1827)
POOR Benjamin (d. 18 Mar 1817)
 
Benjamin & Susannah (Merrill) Morss gravestones
Benjamin & Susannah (Merrill) Morss gravestones
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  MERRILL Susanna (d. 23 Oct 1733)
MORSE Benjamin, Jr. (d. 25 Oct 1743)
 
Benjamin Emery footstone
Benjamin Emery footstone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  EMERY Benjamin (d. 13 May 1736)
 
Benjamin Emery gravestone
Benjamin Emery gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  EMERY Benjamin (d. 13 May 1736)
 
Benjamin Morss, Jr. footstone
Benjamin Morss, Jr. footstone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  MORSE Benjamin, Jr. (d. 25 Oct 1743)
 
Benjamin Morss, Jr. gravestone
Benjamin Morss, Jr. gravestone

HERE LIES BURIED
THE BODY OF
MR. BENJAMIN
MORSS WHO
DIED OCtr 25 IN
1743 IN ye 76th
YEAR OF HIS AGE.


 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  MORSE Benjamin, Jr. (d. 25 Oct 1743)
 
Benjamin Poor gravestone
Benjamin Poor gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.82086423032797, Longitude: -70.92482686042786  POOR Benjamin (d. 18 Mar 1817)
 
Bethiah (Bridges) (Dalton) Morss footstone
Bethiah (Bridges) (Dalton) Morss footstone
Foot stone with hourglass and coffin motifs. 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  BRIDGES Bethiah (d. 13 Jun 1726)
 
Bethiah (Bridges) (Dalton) Morss gravestone
Bethiah (Bridges) (Dalton) Morss gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  BRIDGES Bethiah (d. 13 Jun 1726)
 
Caleb & Elisabeth (Emery) Moody gravestones and footstones
Caleb & Elisabeth (Emery) Moody gravestones and footstones
Mr. Caleb Moody's stone is nearly unreadable but can still be
identified.

Elizabeth wife of Mr. Caleb Moody, 1754 is marked on headstone and
footstone.

Mr. Caleb Moody is on his footstone next to Elizabeth's footstone.

 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  EMERY Elisabeth (d. 14 Sep 1754)
MOODY Caleb, 3rd (d. 16 Jan 1776)
 
Caleb & Sarah (Huse) Kimball gravestone
Caleb & Sarah (Huse) Kimball gravestone
Engraving by Paul Noyes. 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  HUSE Sarah (d. 16 Apr 1793)
KIMBALL Caleb (d. 1 Jan 1795)
 
Caleb Moody 3rd footstone
Caleb Moody 3rd footstone
1705-1776 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  MOODY Caleb, 3rd (d. 16 Jan 1776)
 
Caleb Moody gravestone
Caleb Moody gravestone
1705-1776 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  MOODY Caleb, 3rd (d. 16 Jan 1776)
 
Caleb Rogers gravestone
Caleb Rogers gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  ROGERS Caleb R. (d. 4 Sep 1847)
 
Capt. Joseph Little gravestone
Capt. Joseph Little gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.80762, Longitude: -70.87650  Capt. LITTLE Joseph (d. 6 Sep 1740)
 
Capt. Moses & Elizabeth (Dummer) Little gravestones
Capt. Moses & Elizabeth (Dummer) Little gravestones
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  DUMMER Elisabeth (d. 21 Nov 1840)
Capt. LITTLE Moses, 3rd (d. 28 Apr 1857)
 
Capt. Moses Little, 3rd gravestone
Capt. Moses Little, 3rd gravestone
1767-1857 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  Capt. LITTLE Moses, 3rd (d. 28 Apr 1857)
 
Caroline (Little) Phillips gravestone
Caroline (Little) Phillips gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  LITTLE Caroline (d. 7 Jun 1853)
 
Caroline G. (Stevens) Little gravestone
Caroline G. (Stevens) Little gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  STEVENS Caroline G. (d. 28 Jul 1873)
 
Catherine (Gerrish) (Adams) Poor gravestone
Catherine (Gerrish) (Adams) Poor gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.82086423032797, Longitude: -70.92482686042786  GERRISH Catherine (d. 22 Jul 1827)
 
Charles Moody gravestone
Charles Moody gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  MOODY Charles (d. 21 Feb 1875)
 
Col. Moses & Abigail (Bailey) Little gravestone
Col. Moses & Abigail (Bailey) Little gravestone
 
Located  Latitude: 42.8202142, Longitude: -70.92477209999998  BAILEY Abigail (d. 6 Feb 1815)
Colonel LITTLE Moses, Jr. (d. 27 May 1798)
 

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