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Epitaphs from the Cemetary of Worcester Common
[The abbreviations need are, for Instance, a. for aged, b. born, d. died, dr. daughter, da. days, Line. Hlst. for Lincoln's History of Worcester, m. month, a. eon, T. R. Town Records, w. wife, y. year, and the like. J
1. Hannah Hubbard, w. of John Hubbard ; d. Ap. 18, 1727;
[This was the earliest recorded death found in the old Cemetery; and see No. 4, of the inscriptions. The gravestone may be seen near the path through the centre of the grounds, almost prostrate.]
2. John Young, b. in the Isle of Bert, near Londonderry, Ire
land ; d. June 30, 1730; a. 107!
[Town Record says : d. June 27, 1730 ; a. about 93. The same stone notices the death of his son David Young (post, No. 174), and has this inscription
" The aged son, and the more aged father,
Beneath this stone their mouldering bones
Here rest together."
William Young, a connection of John Y. was the author of many of the inscriptions found in the following pages.]
3. James Taylor, [s. of James and Elizabeth T.; d. June 31;
by T. R.] 1730; a. 22.
4. Ephraim Roper, d. Feb. 16, 1730 (Old Style) ; a. 43.
[It is stated in Lincoln's History of Worceste', that this Burial Place was opened "in 1730, when Ephraim Roper, accidentally killed in hunting, was interred there." Those, therefore, who have already been named, may have been removed to these grounds afterwards. In the same history, we learn that Roper was a vigilant soldier and guard in this place, during the early Indian and French wars.]
5. Hannah Chadick, w. of John Chadick, d. May ' 1732; a. 53.
[Chadick is probably a corruption of the name Chadwick.)
A Note About These Pages
This is the total extent of what I currently have on cemetaries in Worcester.
I don't have a list of graves from any other cemetaries available.
I don't know how to find your long lost relatives online, etc.
Futher information on this subject can be probably be found at the Worcester Historical Society. I'm not a member, and don't know much about what they have, but I'm sure it's more than I have.
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