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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Robert Adams Buried in Newbury, MA and a Nice Surprise -- Tombstone Tuesday


One lovely June day, I was in search to find the gravestone of my 10th Great-grandfather, Robert Adams. FindAGrave indicated he was buried in the First Settlers Burial Ground in Newbury, MA.
With directions, we soon spotted the above sign on the side of a street.
Cautiously we walked along the grass path to the opening and although it was about 9:30 am on a Sunday morning, somebody was cutting the grass!


We noticed almost all the cemetery stones were reproductions, very few originals. The grass cutter, who happened to be a trustee, seemed to know where everybody was buried, and pointed out my Robert Adams' stone, also an ancestor of his wife's. He mentioned another old cemetery, which was too hard to find with verbal directions, so he offered to drive there, so we (I) jumped at the chance to follow in our car for five miles. Below is a reproduction stone of my ancestor.
In
Memory
of
Robert Adams
Who Died
October 12, 1652
Aged 80 Years
He knew the roads, and drove mighty fast. Below is the entrance to the Byfield Cemetery. He lead us up the long hill, to the open space and found the much older stone, a memorial to the Adams family. I brought home a souvenir of 13 mosquito bites.
Our guide was a remarkable man, a non-stop talker who filled us in on a lot of information. As nice it was having the kid-glove treatment, a bonus was seeing the most beautiful scenery. A few days later, I received a print-out about the First Settlers Burial Ground.

Mr. Robert Adams,
who came from Devonshire,

England about the year 1629, and;
died Oct. 16 1682. AEt 82.

Capt. Abraham Adams,
his grandson, died April 3, 1768 AEt 87.

Samuel Adams,
his son, died May 8, 1791. AEt 74.

Mary Adams,
his wife, died Nov. 17, 1812. AEt 90.

Joseph Adams,
their son, died Oct 6. 1815 AEt 67.

Mary Adams,
their dau, died Oct 27, 1771, AEt 21.




3 comments:

Doug Peabody said...

There's a nice stone monument just down the road from this cemetery which marks the place on the Parker River were the first settlers landed from their ocean journey.

Very nice post. I've driven by the Byfield cemetery but never stopped in.

Barbara Poole said...

Yes, Doug I went there. Posted it to fb the other day, and will put it in with some other Newbury photos to be posted soon. Thanks, and isn't it a pretty area?

Carol said...

OOOO, gravestone envy! I never did find anything on my Richard Bowen. Arrived ca 1638.

NICE stones! great story! Great good luck. WOOT!