A Guide to Plymouth's Historic Burial Hill
Stories from Beneath the Gravestone
Stories of: Shipwrecks, and Witches Curses, Pilgrim Love Stories, Puritan History, Forgotten Wars, Tragedies, Intriguing Epitaphs plus an
Added Bonus -
Names and Location of those Buried here Indexed with a Grave Finder Map.
This book is meant to be a guide through one of the oldest and most historic cemeteries in the United States of America. Clues into our history and evolution into the country we are today can be gleaned from the gravestones found high upon Old Burial Hill overlooking Plymouth Harbor, the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock. ?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" /
It is ironic that the cemetery in the town that has memorialized the “First Comers,” as they referred to themselves, with so many streets, schools, businesses, shoals, streams and more all bearing their names, does not have a single gravestone marking a Mayflower passenger’s grave contemporaneous with their death. Yes, the “First Comers" buried their dead in unmarked graves!
There are several good reasons for this:
As a result, headstones had to be imported from England at great expense. The only headstone erected contemporaneous with the death of a Mayflower passenger can be found in Salem. It marks the resting place of Richard More who died 1692 at 79 years of age. He was six when he landed in Plymouth.
The names of over 2,000 persons buried here are indexed alphabetically with the location of the grave stone referenced to its location on a map of the cemetery. This unusual feature will save you countless hours searching for an ancestor's stone.