Old Town Burying Ground

Sandwich’s First Official Burying Ground

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Old Town Burial Ground, Sandwich, MA

The Old Burying Ground, Sandwich, MA received its first interment by 1639, the reported date of the oldest headstone. More recently referred to as Old Town Cemetery, the headstones document the lives of most of Sandwich’s earliest families. The families are mostly Protestant, but a few Roman Catholic graves are included; not out of any discrimination, but because of the scarcity of Catholic residents in Sandwich in these early years.

Click here for a listing of every headstone in Old Town Burying Ground. Click here for a detailed map of the location of the headstones, foot-stones and monuments in the Old Town Burying Ground.

Sample Epitaphs of Old Town Burial Ground

In Memory of
Mrs. Joanna Foster
Wife of
Mr. John Foster
Deceafed Febry ??
AD 1771
Aged 73 Years

EDWARD POPE SON
TO Mr. THOMAS AND
Mrs. THANKFUL POPE
AGED 1 YEAR 6 MO
& 12 Ds. DEC. AUGT.
1737

The following stone is in such bad shape that the epitaph is not clear…

Mortals Beware
Here lies interred the Body
Of Mr. Benjamin Fessenden who
Died Octr. Ye 24th 1783 in ye
53rd year of his Age.
The many amiable Virtues which
Adorned his Character enhanced
His Memory and leave a coh?ing
Assurance to his friends that he
Participates the days of a
Happy immortality.
Oh death divine that givst us the s?
? Patron of the pa?
? thy shrine.

3 Responses to Old Town Burying Ground

  1. Jim Fleischer says:

    Thank you for creating and maintaining this site. I was looking for the headstones of some of my ancestors. Due to the condition of the stones after three hundred years, I never would have found what I was looking for without it. I hope the Town will continue to maintain this historical cemetery, it’s a real treasure.

  2. Barbara Hunter says:

    I’m looking for ancestors by the name of Edward and Susannah Dillingham. I believe they are buried on Old Time. Working on DAR registration and need to connect to this people to complete my search. Can you help? Edward was born 6/11/1779, death 1835 and Susannah was born 1779 and died 8/12/1862. Need photo of stones if possible. Thanks for any help you can give me.

  3. Paul Rentz says:

    It was a trill to finally see the cemetery back in 2010. My ancestors, the Perrys and Burgesses, are among the earliest remaining markers in the cemetery. And what a beautiful location. What’s funny is that in my college days I used to stay with friends in Eastham and even visited Sandwich with family but until being able to research on the internet never knew the full history of the family line. A photo of a Perry family reunion and a link to my Perry line (which, of course goes up to the Burgesses as well as Ezra was married to Elizabeth Burgess Perry). http://flic.kr/p/5CRGnr

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