Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Gravestone Hunting at Miles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury, MA ["America's Oldest Maintained Cemetery"]
This is the MEMORIAL gravestone for my direct line ancestor, George SOULE located in the graveyard in South Duxbury, Plymouth County, MA. Please note that he is not really buried here but was buried "somewhere" nearby.
This graveyard is also called, "Old Cemetery at South Duxbury", "Old Burying Ground" and "Standish Cemetery". It is surrounded on three sides by houses and the former location of the Second Meeting House of Duxbury, MA. A lady has posted a scan of an old postcard of this graveyard and it looks as if there was nothing but trees at that time. [Source: Find A Grave]
Luckily for us gravestone hunters, this graveyard was transcribed by Charles M. Thacher in the late 1800s and that transcription is publicly available as a PDF file from the Middleboro, MA public library. Needless to say, this reproduction of a gravestone for George Soule is not included in that record as it was placed here in 1971. (That was the year I got married). There is NO gravestone for his wife.
The town where I reside, Bridgewater, MA was set off from Duxbury in 1656 so Duxbury is the second oldest location in Massachusetts, the first, of course, being Plymouth.