Saddle and Pillion Graves

Edmund Freeman, a founder of Sandwich, and his wife Elizabeth are buried here. Elizabeth died on 14 February 1676 and was buried on the hill of the Freeman farm. It is said that Edmund and his sons placed a large stone which in shape resembled a pillion, as a monument for her grave. Another, longer stone was placed nearby, which was similar in form to a saddle. These two large stones are known as “the saddle and pillion” and family tradition tells us that they reminded Edmund of the early years in Sandwich when he and Elizabeth traveled by horseback over the fields of their farm. Edmund Freeman died in 1682 and was buried beside Elizabeth and the longer stone, “the saddle,” was placed over his grave.

Saddle and Pillion Graves

Saddle and Pillion Graves

At one time these graves were encircled by a stone fence, remnants of which were still visible in the late 1800′s. The beautiful bronze tablets which are presently on these stone monuments were placed there on 22 August 1910 by members of the Freeman family, descendants of Edmund.

In these photos of the gravestones, note that Edmund is spelled “Edmond.” And it seems the photographer mixed up who was the “saddle” and who was the “pillion.”
PHOTOS: “pillion”; “saddle.”
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