Thursday, October 25, 2007

RI Historical Cemetery #5 Westerly

RI Historical Cemetery #5 is in Westerly RI.

It is called Barber Ground (1) or Barber Lot and is off the road down in a section of land that is still farmed. It is in the meadow. It is marked by this sign and does have a fence around it.

I visited this cemetery on 30 May 2007 with my husband and Jean Breen Barber of Westerly. The conditions for photographing it were less than ideal but we did manage to take shots of each stone we could find.

I came home and looked it up in the RI Historical Cemeteries database (at NEHGS). It is listed as 100 ft south of Shore Road, 100 feet south of telephone pole #537. This is how the RI cemeteries are marked in many books. Makes you wonder what people will do when there are no telephone poles (GPS, I hope)

Rev Frederick Dension recorded this lot in 1867-1868 when it was on the Case Chapman Farm (which may now be owned by P.S. Peckham). When he recorded this cemetery most of the stones were prostrate and broken as they are today. Very sad.

He listed 11 burials with 6 inscriptions. We could only find six stones plus one footstone that we could identify. Fortunately they matched the cemetery database and what is recorded on page 276 of Rev. Dension's book, 'Westerly & its Witnesses".

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