First Burial Ground

First Burial Ground (HMZD0)

Location: Norton, MA 02766 Bristol County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 58.184', W 71° 7.579'

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The First Burial Ground is the presumed buying place of Norton's pioneer settler's.

William Witherell, who died in September 1691, is buried in the West end of the burial ground. When the land was passed to Nathaniel Witherell by his father,the deed stated that the pioneer William Witherell was buried in that place.

In an unmarked grave lies the body of Daniel Woodward, a Revolutionary War soldier.

Originally located in an open field,the burial ground was not fenced in until 1894 when the town appropriated money to enclose it with granite posts and iron pipes. Many of the graves are marked by ordinary field stones with no markings on them. Others are marked and dated from 1759 to 1822. All of the marked stones contain the names Weterell, Dean or Lincoln.

The site was situated on wet ground and was not used after 1822. Lloyd S. Lincoln and his wife Mary A. Lincoln transferred the burial ground to the Town on November 29, 1894

HM NumberHMZD0
Year Placed2007
Placed ByNorton Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 12:58am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 323815 N 4648602
Decimal Degrees41.96973333, -71.12631667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 58.184', W 71° 7.579'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 58' 11.04" N, 71° 7' 34.74" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-27 Bay Rd, Norton MA 02766, US
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