BAPTIST CORNER CEMETERY GRAVESTONES
MARCH ROAD, ASHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
Inscriptions read and recorded by Carol Booker and Nancy Gray Garvin, September 2004

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The "History of the Connecticut Valley" and the Ellis book both assume that the Baptist Corner Cemetery is the oldest in town, but there does not seem to be proof that the first burial in the town was there… In 1772 it was voted [in town meeting] to purchase a burial place of Chileab Smith for 12 s. 6d. – this the Baptist Corner yard.[1]


On 18 June 1910 Houghton Z. Smith and his wife, Sarah Smith, sold to the Ashfield Burial Ground Association for one dollar "all my right, title and interest in and to a certain parcel of land… known as the Baptist Corner cemetery…bounded on the north, east and south by the land of the grantor…and comprises three fourths of an acre of land more or less."[2]

In 1851 Aaron Smith wrote, in a letter to his cousin, Ziba Smith, that the first person buried in the Baptist Corner Cemetery was a sister of Ziba's father, Chileab Smith, 3rd. Mary, a child of Chileab Smith, Jr., was born 16 July 1769 and died 17 July 1769. If she was the sister mentioned by Aaron Smith, burials occurred in Plain Cemetery and probably Beldingville Cemetery prior to this. A stone in Plain Cemetery for Phebe Lilly is dated 21 May 1764.[3] A monument in the Beldingville Cemetery for Richard Ellis and his wife, Jane Phillips, erected in 1887 by their descendents, says Jane died in 1760; we have found no primary record to prove that she was buried there.


There are many unmarked graves in the Baptist Corner Cemetery. The graves of the three Chileabs [Smith] near together are pointed out, but are unmarked. Unless something is done to mark the spot, in a few years the location will be unknown. Several others of the Smith family who were Revolutionary soldiers are buried here…[Japheth Chapin] has no stone, but an iron marker at his grave. The Shepards, Lyons and Elmers are also here. The stone of the grandfather of Mary Lyon on her mother's side [Deacon Isaac Shepard] … and the stone of the father of Mary Lyon [Aaron Lyon] [are] here… This cemetery has been sadly neglected, but a movement for its improvement has lately begun …[4]


In 1834 Reverend Thomas Shepherd noted that the five people who drowned in Ashfield Lake on 25 May 1827 were buried in this cemetery following a funeral held at the home of Deacon Lyon. The gravesites of Deacon David Lyon and his son, Aaron, have engraved stones. We did not find stones for Arnold Drake, age 28, or for William and Robert Gray, sons of Eli Gray, age 15 and 13.[5] These gravesites either had no markers or they were marked with unengraved fieldstones.

Many of the earliest people buried in this cemetery were members of the Baptist Church. A marble monument across the road from the cemetery marks the location of the original Baptist Church, organized in 1761 by Chileab Smith, Sr. The church building was erected in 1775 about 20 rods north of Chileab's house. His son, Elder Ebenezer Smith, was the first preacher. In 1789 Chileab Smith, Sr. and his son, Enos were ordained as elders and founded a second church in Buckland a few rods north of the Ashfield line. In 1831 the original church building was moved further east to a site on Baptist Corner Road. It later went to decay and the Baptist Corner schoolhouse was moved to this site.[6]

Many of the footstones were reset arbitrarily by a former caretaker. Consequently some footstones are not near their respective headstones. Some of the stones are broken or illegible. Walter E. and Lottie S. Corbin recorded the vital information on the stones in this cemetery sometime before 1960; fortunately they were able to read some of the inscriptions that are illegible now.[7] If a gravestone was too damaged for us to read or if we did not agree with their reading, we have included the Corbin data in a footnote.

We have copied the stones, to the best of our ability, exactly as the engraver inscribed them. We have made note of unengraved fieldstones that appear to be positioned as grave markers. We used the entrance gate as our reference for determining the left and right sides. We read the stones from left to right starting in the northwest corner, which is left of the gate and nearest March Road. We have used an asterisk (*) to designate a veteran who has a gravesite marked with a U.S. flag.

We have added from public records, as footnotes, the year of birth and/or death, if the vital record differs from that engraved on the stone. We have indexed married women by their maiden and married names for the convenience of the researcher. We have footnoted names not engraved on the stone with the source(s) we used. This gravestone project was never intended to be a genealogical study of the people buried here. Therefore we do not claim to have included all the available information. The accuracy of our information is determined by the accuracy of the public records we have used.



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ROW 1 – LEFT SIDE:

  CHLOE, [8]
wife of
JOTHAN
WHITNEY,
died March 12.
--33 A--- 30

William Son of
Capt. Israel &
Lavina Williams
died 2, Jan. 1811.
AEt. 2 ds.

ZEBULON PAYNE,

DIED
Oct'r 1, 1859,
AE. 57.
Naked as from the earth we came,
And rose to life at first,
We to the earth return again,
And mingle with the dust.


  BENJAMIN PAINE
,[9]
died
March 8, 1834.
aged 57 ye---

  MEHETABLE,
[10]
wife of
Joseph R. Paine,
died
--- 18, 1831.

*JOSEPH R. PAINE,
died
April 17, 1822.
aged 88 years.

(two fieldstones with no apparent inscriptions)

In memory of
Mrs. Hannah Mallory,
the Amiable Consort of
Mr. Niram Mallory,
who died Aug. 21, 1818,
AEt 50
Her time now in Eternity is lost
Her body moulders to primeval dust
Her soul is soaring on the wings of love
To praise her God in the bright worlds above
When the arch Angels trumpt shall rend the skies
Her soul and body then shall in God's image rise
And Joyfully meet her Saviour in the skies


(fieldstone with no apparent inscription)

Lurilla wife of
Osee Munson
died
Sept. 19, 1835.
Aged 36.
No mortal woes can reach the
peaceful sleeper here, while
Angels watch the soft repose.


HANNAH,
Widow of
R
EV. ENOS SMITH
died
Dec. 28, 1844.
Aged 80 years.
In that calm rest beyond the tomb
No care disturbs the tranquil breast.
It is the pilgrim's happy home
The Christians everlasting rest.


Elder
* ENOS SMITH
DIED
March 8, 1836,
aged 87.
Faith that dispels affliction's
darkest gloom,
And hope, that looks beyond
the tomb.
Peace, that not hell's dark le=
=gions can destroy,
And love, that fills the soul
with heavenly joy,
Lab'ring, he preached, till sum=
=moned, from on high,
To quit his toil, and rest above
the sky.

  L. M.
[11]

  L M
[12]

ROW 1 – RIGHT SIDE:


JOHN M. MANSFIELD
Died
Mar. 21, 1870.
AE. 78 yrs.

SALLY,
Wife of
JOHN M. MANSFIELD,
Died July 21, 1860,
AE. 65.

  SAMUEL
[13],
Son of
John M. & Sarah
Mansfield
DIED
18 April 1849.
AE. 24 Ye. 8 Mo.

(fieldstone with no apparent inscription)

BARTLET CATLIN,
DIED
June 28, 1854.
AE. 20 Y's 10 Mo.
Jesus, to thy most faithful hand
Our living souls we trust.


ROW 2 – LEFT SIDE:


WASHINGTON
Son of
Z. P. & A. P.
PAINE
DIED

Nov. 8, 1827,
AE. 6 y'rs.

LUCINA
dau. of
Z. P. & A. P.
PAINE
DIED

Feb. 14, 1844.
AE. 2 y'rs

  SARAH J.
[14]
dau. of
Z. P. & A. P.
PAINE
DIED

-----

  J. R. P.
[15]

(large fieldstone with no apparent inscription)

   July 1769
[16]

(large fieldstone with no apparent inscription)

ROW 2 – RIGHT SIDE: no gravestones evident

ROW 3 – LEFT SIDE:



  W. W
.[17]

   C. W.
[18]

  (four fieldstones with no apparent inscriptions)
[19]

  R S AEt. 60
[20]
SEPt 15 1795

In Memory of
Mrs. ESTHER,
Consort of
Eld'r Ebenezer Smith,
who Died Oct' 14.
1814.
AEt 78.
Tho' here her body sleeps in dust,
Her soul is gone, we hope & trust,
To live with Christ, in worlds above
And celebrate Redeeming love.


   DURWIN E
.[21]
son of
Erastus & Susan
ELMER,
Died Dec. 20, 1859,
AE 27.

POLLY,
daughter of
Zenas & Mary
ELMER,
Died
May 7, 1844
AE. 46.

ROW 3 – RIGHT SIDE:


MARY,
Wife of
Zenas Elmer,
DIED
April 20, 1844,
AE. 69.

ZENAS ELMER
DIED
May 6, 1813:
Aged 45.

  RACHEL P.
[22]
Wife of
ANSIL ELMER
DIED
July 28, 1874,
AGED 70

ANSEL ELMER
DIED
Apr. 17, 1865,
AE. 69.

CHOE.(sic)
Wife of
Samuel Elmer,
died June 27, 1848.
AE. 76.


  SAMUEL ELMERJr
 [23]
died
June 25, 1828:
Aged 62.

CONSIDER,
Son of
Samuel & Chloe
Elmore
died May 2d.
1841: AE 26 Ye.
Dear,st brother, thou hast left us
Here thy loss we deeply feel.
But tis God that hath bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal.


NATHAN ELMER
DIED
Mar. 8, 1863.
AE. 62.

JULIA SMITH
Wife of
NATHAN ELMER
DIED

Mar. 18, 1881.
AE. 73 yrs. 11 mos.

ROW 4 - LEFT SIDE:


EBENEZER EAMES,
died
May 10, 1839,
aged 72 years.

Mrs. BETSY EAMES,
wife of
Ebenezer Eames,
died
28. Nov. 1821:
Aged 51 Years.

In memory of Deacon
I¦aac Shepard, who de
parted this life May 13th
1802; aged 69 years:
A huƒband dear, a father kind,
A pious heart a patient mind;
He's left all things below in peace
And gone we truƒt where ƒorrows cease
His body reƒts within this bed,
Till Gabriel's trump ƒhall raiƒe the dead


ROW 4 – RIGHT SIDE:


LOUISA JANE
Dau. of
A. & R. Elmer
DIED
Aug. 20, 1831,
AE. 4 m's 5 d's.

  E. S
.[24]


Deac.
David Lyon.
Died May 25.
1827.
AEt. 63 years.

In memory of Mrs.
Hepzibah Lyon who
died the 12 of January
1803: aged 36 years.
Kind reader as you paƒs by,
Lend an ear, and caƒt an eye
As you are ƒo was I;
As I am ƒo ƒhall you be;
Prepare your heart to
follow me.


In memory of Mr.
*Aaron Lyon who di-
ed Dec. 21ƒt 1802: age-
d 45 years, & 7 days.
A loving huƒband, kind & true:
A tender father was alƒo
A faithful ƒon, a brother dear:
A peaceful neighbor was while here.
Tho' now his body here doth reƒt
We truƒt his ƒoul's among the bleƒt.


In memory of
*Mr. AARON LYON
who died Feb. 7
th
1806 aged 77 ye
ars lacking 17 days

In memory of
Mrs. Mary Lyon consort
of Aaron Lyon who
Died 23. June 1815.
AE. 83 years.

  In Memory of
[25]
Flavilla, Daugh
ter of M
r. John
& M
rs.Nancy
Alden who Die
d
Apr'l 9
th., 1804
Aged 10 month
and 7 days

  In Memory of
[26]
Lucy Daughter of
Mr. John & Mrs. Nancy
Alden Who Died
March 8 th. 1809 Aged
11 years, 8 months:
& 10 days.


JOHN ALDEN,
died
April 16, 1845;
Aged 83 years.
  NANCY
,[27]
Wife of
John Alden,
died
March 18. 1814;
Aged 42 years.
Ashes to ashes dust to dust return.
Thy children with this tablet grace thy urn.
Feebly this filial tribute can set forth.
How much we prized thee and revere thy worth.


  Mr
.[28]
Aaron Lyon.

  Mrs
.[28]
Hepzibah
Lyon

(four fieldstones with no apparent inscriptions)

ROW 5 – LEFT SIDE:


  EZRA SHEPARD
[29]
of Stockton
DIED
In Buckland
Sept. 11, 1828
AE. 29.

STILMAN SHEPARD
DIED
Feb. 25, 1839.
Aged 30.
Prepare to meet thy God

  Deacon
[30]
Iƒaac Shepard

ROW 5 – RIGHT SIDE:


Aaron Son of
Deac. David &
Mrs. Betsey Lyon.
Died May 25, 1827
AEt. 18 years.

  In memory of
.[31]
Cyrus Lyon Son of
Deac. David & Betsey Lyon
who departed this life 12 Jan.
1821. AE 22 years


In memory of
David Lyon J
r Son of
Deac. David & Betsey Lyon
who departed this life
23 Nov. 1815.
AE. 20 years.

Mr.
Joseph Clark
Died Feb. 25th
1811
AEt. 61 years.

  LYDIA E.
[32]
wife of
Capt.
Luther Chapin
DIED
April 9, 1845
AE. 31.

(fieldstone with no apparent inscription)

  Eliza C.
[33]
Daughter of
Elijah & Harriet
Brownson
Died July 9th
1822
AEt. 1 yr.
& 5 ms.

(fieldstone with no apparent inscription)

  (-)LONZO
[34]
(-)ied Aug. 13, 1830
Aged 10 years.
MILO
died Aug. 15, 1822
Aged 3 y's. & 3 m.
Sons of Luther &
Eliza Elmer

  LAURA ANN
[35]
Dau. of
John R. &
Achsah B. Hale,
died
Oct. 8, 1849.
AE. 2 y'rs & 4 mo.
So fades the lovely blooming flower
Frail smiling solace of an hour.
So soon our transient comforts fly
And pleasures only bloom to die.


ROW 6 – LEFT SIDE:


(small stone with no apparent inscription)

  FREEMAN DRAKE
[36]
Died
Jan. 21, 1845,
AE. 38 yrs. 9 mos.
& 27 d's.

JEHIEL DRAKE
Died Mar. 12, 1848,
AE. 73 yrs.
CHLOE
Wife of
Jehiel Drake
Died Feb. 24, 1841,
AE 64 yrs.

  -- BINA L. ELME-
[37]
Died
Feb 3, 1894
----------

  DANIEL ELMER
[38]
Died
Oct. 4, 1866,
AE. 78.

ELECTA
Wife of
Daniel Elmer
DIED
Jan. 6, 1855,
AE. 66.

ROW 6 – RIGHT SIDE:


  LYDIA
[39]
wife of
-----------
DIED
Feb. 18, 1834:
AEt. 60.

HULDAH.
wife of
ENOS HERVEY
DIED
August 6, 1839
AEt 52.

ENOS HERVEY
DIED
Dec. 16, 1839;
AEt. 60.


An Infant Son of
Marshall & Chloe Lyon
Born & Died Jan. 10, 1828.

Lydia S. Dau. of
Marshall & Chloe Lyon
Died Aug. 7, 1825.
AEt. 1 yr. 4 ms. & 10 ds.

(three or four fieldstones with no apparent inscriptions)

   M. L.
[40]

  D L [40]

  A. L.[40]

RACHEL
wife of
NOAH WILLIS,
DIED
Feb. 22, 1853
Aged 75 years.

NOAH WILLIS
DIED
Mar. 18, 1863,
AE. 91.

(fieldstone with no apparent inscription)

   A & M. E
.[41]

ROW 7 – LEFT SIDE:


Mrs.
Anna Elmer
Wife of
Mr. Gad Elmer
Died 3, March
1812.
AEt. 48 years.

Mr
*Gad Elmer
Died 13 Nov.
1819.
AEt. 59 years.

RHODA LYON
Widow of
ADOLPHUS ELMER
DIED
May 23, 1856.

ADOLPHUS ELMER
OF ASHFIELD
DIED
Aug. 20, 1839.

(A small marble stone with no apparent inscription)

  E. H
.[42]

In memory of 3 Children of
Esq. Japhet & Mrs. Lucy Chapin.
Born & Died as follows
Japhet Died June 16, 1794. AEt. 2 ys.
Cynthia Died Jan. 8, 1795. AEt. 10 ms
Japhet Born & Died July 20, 1796.


(fieldstone with no apparent inscription)

ROW 7 – RIGHT SIDE:


SARAH.
daught. of
Enos & Naomi
Hervey died
Feb. 25, 1841
Aged 17 ds.

(fieldstone with no apparent inscription)

Widow
Mary Carpender
died
Sept. 10, 1836,
aged 86.

JOSIAH,
son of
Otis & Sarah
ANDREWS,
DIED
April 19, 1811;
Aged 9, Years.

JAMES ANDREWS
died
April 21, 1837,
aged 37.

OTIS ANDREWS,
DIED
July 2, 1844,
AE. 74.

SARAH J.
Wife of
H. G. WOODARD,
Died Oct. 11, 1861,
AE. 37.
She rests in peace.

(fieldstone with no apparent inscription)

  O. A
.[43]

  J. A.[43]

  Mr.
[44]
Samuel Elmer
died
-----

OZIAS WILLIS
DIED
Feb. 5, 1846,
AE. 37.
The radiance of thy mild blue eye,
Thine own sweet smile of love,
Are lost, O no! they could not die,
They live with thee above.


  O. W
.[45]

  R. W.[45]

ROW 8 – LEFT SIDE:


Emerjane
Dau. of
Adolphus &
Rhoda Elmer
Died 26 Jan.
1826.
AEt. 5 years.

*PAUL CHESTER STEINER
PFC US ARMY
KOREA
JAN 15 1934 OCT 3 1975

STEINER
PAUL C. STEINER
Jan. 15, 1934 – Oct. 3, 1975
His wife
MAREEN A. WOODWARD
July 13, 1937

ROW 8 – RIGHT SIDE:


  Timothy Son of
[46]
Timothy & Electa
Catlin died
July 7, 1829
aged 17 months.
Weep not for the babe
which thou could'st
not save, Oh give [it]
with joy to th[e God]
who first g[ave,]
firm is [the promise
our Saviour has given]
Who [said that of ]
such is [the kingdom]
of Heaven.

  J. –
[47]

  Mr.
[48]
HENRY ALDEN
died Feb. 7, 1831.
AE. 63.
My glass is run my
days are spent.
My voice to you is
----------

  HANNAH wife of
[49]
Henry Alden
died Jan. 30, 1842
Aged 69.
Farewell my children one and all,
From you I suddenly was call'd
And now God loudly speaks to the(sic)
That also ready you must be.


*DALE A KIRKPATRICK
TEC 5 US ARMY
WORLD WAR II
NOV 15 1924 JUL 8 2001

   J. C.
[50]



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INDEX FOR BAPTIST CORNER CEMETERY

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Alden, Electa

Alden, Flavilla

Alden, Hannah (Smith)[51]

Alden, Henry

Alden, Infant[See note 27]

Alden, John

Alden, Lucy

Alden, Nancy (Gray)[52]

Andrews, James

Andrews, Josiah

Andrews, Mary (Paddleford)[53]

Andrews, Otis

Andrews, Sarah (Shaw)[54]

Bigelow, Anna

Bronson, Achsah

Brownson, Elijah

Brownson, Eliza C.

Brownson, Harriet

Carpender/Carpenter, Mary (Paddleford) (Andrews)[53]

Catlin, Bartlet

Catlin, Electa (Alden)[55]

Catlin, Timothy (infant)

Catlin, Timothy (father)

Chapin, Chloe/Choe

Chapin, Cynthia

Chapin, Japhet

Chapin, Japhet

Chapin, Japhet, Esq.

Chapin, Japheth[See note 4]

Chapin, Lucy (Ware)[56]

Chapin, Luther, Capt.

Chapin, Lydia (Elmer/Elmore)[57]

Clark, Joseph

Drake, Arnold [See Note 5]

Drake, Chloe (Steel)[58]

Drake, Freeman

Drake, Hannah

Drake, Jehiel

Eames/Emes, Ebenezer

Eames/Emes, Eliza

Eames/Emes, Elizabeth /Betsy (Jewett)[59]

Ellis, Remember/Remembrance[See note 20]

Elmer, Adolphus

Elmer, Alfred[See note 23]

Elmer, Alonzo

Elmer, Anna/Anne (Phillips)[60]

Elmer, Ansel/Ansil

Elmer, Chloe/Choe (Chapin)[61]

Elmer, Consider

Elmer, Daniel

Elmer, Durwin/Darwin E.

Elmer, Electa (Ward)[62]

Elmer, Eliza (Eames/Emes)[63]

Elmer, Emerjane

Elmer, Erastus

Elmer, Gad*

Elmer, Infant Son[See note 38]

Elmer, Julia (Smith)[64]

Elmer, Louisa Jane

Elmer, Luther

Elmer, Mary (Phillips)[65]

Elmer, Milo

Elmer, Naomi

Elmer, Nathan

Elmer, Polly

Elmer, Rachel (Phillips)[66]

Elmer, Rhoda (Lyon)

Elmer, Samuel

Elmer/Elmore, Samuel, Jr.

Elmer, Susan (Smith)[67]

Elmer, Zebina

Elmer, Zenas

Elmore/Elmer, Consider

Gillings, Mehetable/Mehitable

Gray, Nancy

Gray, Robert

Gray, William

Hale, Achsah (Bronson)[68]

Hale, John Rogers Goodnough[69]

Hale, Laura Ann

Harvey, Esther (____)

Hawks, Huldah

Hervey, Enos [See note 39]

Hervey, Enos, Jr.

Hervey, Huldah (Hawks) (Moody)[70]

Hervey, Lydia (____)

Hervey, Naomi (Elmer)[71]

Hervey, Sarah

Jewett, Elizabeth /Betsy

Jones, Chloe

Joy, Lavina/Levina

Kirkpatrick, Dale*

Lyon, Aaron* (son, d. 1802)

Lyon, Aaron* (father, d. 1807)

Lyon, Aaron (grandson, d. 1827)

Lyon, Betsey (Washburn)[72]

Lyon, Chloe (Sherman)[73]

Lyon, Cyrus

Lyon, David, Dea.

Lyon, David, Jr.

Lyon, Hepzibah

Lyon, Infant Son

Lyon, Lydia S.

Lyon, Marshall

Lyon, Mary (Mason)[74]

Lyon, Rhoda

Mallory, Hannah (Richmond)[75]

Mallory, Niram

Mansfield, John Mantor[76]

Mansfield, Sarah/Sally (Phillips)[76]

Mansfield, Samuel

Mason, Mary

Moody, Huldah (Hawks)[70]

Munson, Lurilla/Laurilla (Smith)[77]

Munson, Osee

Paddleford, Mary

Paine, Anna P. (Bigelow)[78]

Paine, Benjamin

Paine, Joseph Ruggles*[79]

Paine, Lucina

Paine, Mehetable/Mehitable (Gillings)[79]

Paine, Sarah J.

Paine, Washington

Payne/Paine, Zebulon P.

Phillips, Anna/Anne

Phillips, Mary

Phillips, Rachel

Phillips, Sarah/ Sally

Ranney, Sarah Jane

Richmond, Hannah

Sawyer, Elizabeth[See note 16]

Shaw, Sarah

Shepard, Ezra

Shepard, Isaac, Deacon

Shepard, Stilman

Sherman, Chloe

Smith, Chileab (father, son, grandson)[See notes 4 and 19]

Smith, Chileab, Jr.[See note 16]

Smith, Ebenezer, Elder

Smith, Elizabeth (Sawyer)[See note 16]

Smith, Enos, Elder*

Smith, Esther (____), (Harvey)[80]

Smith, Hannah

Smith, Hannah (Drake)[81]

Smith, Julia

Smith, Lurilla/Laurilla

Smith, Mary[ See note 16]

Smith, Remember/ Remembrance (Ellis)[82]

Smith, Susan

Stacy, Rachel

Steel, Chloe

Steiner, Mareen (Woodward)

Steiner, Paul Chester*

Ward, Electa

Ware, Lucy

Washburn, Betsey

Whitney, Chloe (Jones)[83]

Whitney, Jothan/Jotham

Williams, Israel, Capt.

Williams, Lavina/Levina (Joy)[84]

Williams, William

Willis, Noah

Willis, Ozias

Willis, Rachel (Stacy)[85]

Woodard, Douglas[See note 86]

Woodard, Mareen (Woodward) (Steiner)[86]

Woodard/Woodward, Harding G.

Woodard/Woodward, Sarah Jane (Ranney)[87]

Woodward, Mareen

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NOTES

1Frederick G. Howes, History of the Town of Ashfield 1742– 1910 (Ashfield, Mass.: the Town, 1910), 239. Back

2 Franklin County Registry of Deeds, Greenfield, Mass., 561: 84. Back

3The 1764 date on Phebe's gravestone should read 1767. She was b. 13 Sept. 1765 and d. 21 May 1767. Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS, 1942), 72, 104, 202, 250 and 264; Congregational Church Records, Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1767– 1845, LDS Microfilm #902896, Ashfield Historical Society, 2: 2; Howes, History of the Town of Ashfield [note 1], 239; E. R. Ellis, Biographical Sketches of Richard Ellis, The First Settler of Ashfield Massachusetts and His Descendants (Detroit, Mich.: Wm. Graham Pinting Co., 1888), 401-402. Back

4 Howes, History of the Town of Ashfield [note 1], 240-241. His prediction came true. The location of the graves of the three Chileabs is no longer known, nor is the location of the iron marker for Japheth Chapin. Back

5 Thomas Shepard, "Sketches in the History of Ashfield, Mass., From Its First Settlement to the Year 1833," as quoted in Howes, History of theTown of Ashfield [note 1], 45-46, and as quoted in Ellis, Biographical Sketches of Richard Ellis … [note 3], 295-296. Their probable burial here is supported further by the fact that Arnold Drake's parents and brother were buried in this cemetery, Row 6, Left. Betsy Lyon, daughter of Deacon David Lyon, was the stepmother of the Gray boys. Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 73, 162. Back

6Howes, History of theTown of Ashfield [note 1], 150-154; Ellis, Biographical Sketches of Richard Ellis … [note 3], 328 and 333. Back

7 Walter E. Corbin, Corbin Manuscript Collection (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS, 1982), Roll 34:SG III, Franklin County, Reel 1: Series A, Ashfield. Walter Corbin d. 20 July 1960. Michael LeClerc, "Crossroads of Migration: Researching Western Massachusetts in the Walter E. Corbin Papers," New England Ancestors (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS, 2003), 4: 19. Back

8 This stone is broken at the base and part of the last line is difficult to read. The Corbins read this stone as "died March 13, 1833, AE. 30." The date and age taken from an earlier reading of this gravestone was recorded as "died March 12, 1833, a. 30." Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 270. Back

9 This stone is broken and part may be missing. Back

10 This stone is broken at the base. The Corbins recorded it as "died Feb. 18, 1831, AE. 85." The listing in Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 254, taken from this stone, agrees with their reading.Back

11 This broken footstone resembles the headstone for Lurilla Munson in Row 1, Left. It probably was reset and misplaced.Back

12 This small marble stone is leaning against a small fieldstone.Back

13 The Corbins recorded this name as Sally; the name on her gravestone is Sally, but this one says "Sarah."Back

14 The stone is broken at the base. The Corbins read this as "died Nov. 11, 1827, AE. 8 mos." The listing in Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 254, taken from this stone, agrees with their reading.Back

15 This stone could be a reset and misplaced footstone for Joseph Ruggles Paine. His headstone is in Row 1, Left.Back

16 This large fieldstone has a hand-carved inscription. It could be marking the grave of Mary Smith, who d. 17 July 1769, the infant daughter of Chileab and Elizabeth (Sawyer) Smith, Jr. If so, it probably marks the site of the first burial in this cemetery. See note 3.Back

17 This could be a reset and misplaced footstone for William Williams. His headstone is in Row 1, Left.Back

18 This could be a reset and misplaced footstone for Chloe Whitney. Her headstone is in Row 1, Left.Back

19 Three of these fieldstones are directly in front of the stone that may mark the grave of Mary Smith and in the same area as the grave of Remember (Ellis) Smith. It is possible this is where the three Chileab Smiths were buried. See note 4.Back

20 This fieldstone is hand-carved. It probably marks the grave of Remember (Ellis) Smith, first wife of Elder Ebenezer Smith and daughter of Richard Ellis, one of the first settlers of Ashfield. Ellis, Biographical Sketches of Richard Ellis,The First Settler of Ashfield, Massachusetts and His Descendants [note 3], 71 and 401; Vital Records of Deerfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS, 1920), 231.Back

21 The Corbins recorded this name as "Durnin." We have verified that it says "Durwin."Back

22 This stone is badly worn and part of the 'P' is missing. The Corbins recorded this name as "Rachel P." Her maiden name was Phillips. The Corbins recorded her death date as "1847." We have verified that the date on the stone is "1874." Massachusetts Vital Records: Ashfield (Oxford, Mass.: Holbrook Research Institute, 1987), Fiche 25: 55, #14. Back

23 Alfred Elmer, son of Samuel and Chloe Elmer, Jr., d. 4 Nov. 1868, age 67, at the Northampton Hospital for the Insane, and was buried in Baptist Corner Cemetery on 5 Nov. 1868. Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records, 1841-1910: Northampton, 212 (1868): 65, #189; "Burials," Parish Register, St. John's Church, Town Clerk's Office, Ashfield; "Ashfield News," Gazette and Courier, Greenfield, Mass., 16 Nov. 1868, 2.Back

24 This could be a reset and misplaced footstone for Ezra Shepard. His headstone is in Row 5, Left. Back

25 The footstone directly behind this headstone reads F. Alden. Her birth was recorded as 4 June 1804. Town Records, Town Clerk's Office, Ashfield, 2: 15. Back

26 The footstone directly behind this headstone reads Lucy Alden. Back

27 Mr. Ellis says that Nancy Alden was buried with her fifteenth child on her arm. Infant Alden was b. 15 March 1814 and d. the same day, age one hour. Ellis, Biographical Sketches of Richard Ellis,The First Settler of Ashfield, Massachusetts and His Descendants [note 3], 365; Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 224.Back

28 These two footstones have been misplaced and reset in the same row as the respective headstones. Back

29 This stone is broken into three pieces. One break is across the date, making it difficult to read. The Corbins recorded this as "died September 11, 1828." The listing in Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 262, agrees with their reading.Back

30 This footstone is located directly behind the headstone for Deacon Isaac Shepard which is in Row 4, Left.Back

31 The listing in Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to 1850 [note 3], 251, recorded from an earlier reading of this gravestone, says he d. 12 January "1824." We have verified that the date on the stone is "1821." Back

32 The listing in Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to 1850 [note 3], 233, recorded from an earlier reading of this gravestone, says she d. "19" Apr. 1845. We have verified that the date on this stone is "April 9." Back

33There are several variations of this surname in the vital records. Her name was recorded as "Brunson" in the First Congregational Church Records and as "Brownson," from an earlier reading of this gravestone. Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 231. Back

34 This stone is broken on the top left side. The Corbins recorded the first name on this stone as "Alonzo." The listing in the Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 239, recorded from an earlier reading of this gravestone, agrees with their reading. The Corbins recorded the parents' last name as "Eliner." We have verified that the name on the gravestone is "Elmer." Back

35The Corbins recorded this last name as "Hall." We have verified that the name on the gravestone is "Hale."
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36 The Corbins recorded this date as "1843." His death notice in the newspaper gives his date of death as 29 Dec. 1844. Franklin Democrat, Greenfield, Mass., 28 Jan. 1845, 3; Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, Mass., 4 Feb. 1845, 3. Back

37This stone is worn and patched. The Corbins commented that the stone was broken. They recorded it as "Zebina L. Elmer died Feb. 3, 1894." They could not read the first number of his age and recorded it as, "AE. ? 4 ys 6 m." He d. 3 Feb. 1894, age 67 years. Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records, 1841-1910: Springfield, 445 (1894): 733, #62. Back

38 This broken gravestone is propped up on a small stone that says G. E., probably a reset and misplaced footstone for his father, Gad Elmer, whose headstone is in Row 7, Left. An infant son of Daniel Elmer d. 18 Jan. 1848 in Ashfield. Massachusetts Vital Records: Ashfield [note 22], Fiche 20: 92, # 11. Back

39 This stone is broken and the letters in the third row were filled with cement. The Corbins recorded this as "wife of Enos Hervey." The listing in the Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 245 agrees with their reading. Back

40 These could be reset and misplaced footstones for members of the Lyon family. Their headstones are in Rows 4 and 5, Right. Back

41 This could be a reset and misplaced footstone for Alonzo and Milo Elmer. Their headstone is in Row 5, Right. Back

42 This stone could be a reset and misplaced footstone for Enos Hervey. His headstone is in Row 6, Right. Back

43These could be reset and misplaced footstones for members of the Andrews family. Their headstones are in this same row.Back

44 This headstone is broken and much of it is missing. The Elmer family history says he died in 1818 "in Ashfield, Massachusetts where he and his wives are buried." William Wallace Johnson, Elmer/Elmore Genealogy (North Greenland, Wisconsin: the compiler, 1899), 9 and 10. Back

45 These could be misplaced footstones for Ozias and Rachel Willis. Ozias' headstone is in this row; Rachel's is in Row 6, Right.Back

46 This stone is broken into two incomplete pieces. The missing words of the epitaph [in brackets] are copied from Howes, History of the Town of Ashfield [note 1], 248. The pieces of this stone are resting against a small stone with a 'J' at the top left. The second letter was filled with cement. It appears that at one time the bottom part of the Catlin stone was cemented to the front of this smaller stone. The Corbins did not include this Catlin stone in their readings of this cemetery. Back

47 See note 46. Back

48 The rest of this epitaph is illegible. The stone appears to have been broken and later reset in its base.Back

49 The engraver ran out of space and was unable to complete the word 'thee'.Back

50 This small stone is far to the right of the other stones in this row in the back right corner of the cemetery.Back

51 Vital Records of Conway Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS, 1943), 117.Back

52 Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 129.Back

53 Vital Records of Taunton Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (3 vols.) (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS, 1928– 1929), 2: 21; Vital Records of Attleboro Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1934), 360.Back

54 Barbara L. Merrick and Alicia C. Williams, Middleborough Massachusetts Vital Records (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1990), 2: 150.Back

55 Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 143.Back

56 Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records, 1841– 1910, Deaths, Buckland, 60: 172, #11 on microfilm. Back

57 Vital Records of Buckland Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1934), 17 and 74. Back

58 Harrie B. Drake, Descendants of John Drake of Windsor Connecticut (Rutland, Vt.: Tuttle Co., 1933), 129.Back

59 Vital Records of Deerfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 20], 182.Back

60 Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 156.Back

61 Ibid., listed under "Elmore." Back

62 Massachusetts Vital Records: Ashfield [note 22], Fiche 20: 112, #306 as "Esther Elmer;" Administration for Caleb Ward, Franklin County Probate Court, Greenfield, Mass., Docket #4963, 1841. Back

63 Will of Ebenezer Emes, Franklin County Probate Court, Greenfield, Mass., Docket #5976, 1830.Back

64 Greenfield Gazette and Courier, Greenfield, Mass., 21 Mar. 1881, 3.Back

65 Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 156, listed as "Zenos Elmore."Back

66 Massachusetts Vital Records: Ashfield [note 22], Fiche 25: 35, #14.Back

67 Massachusetts Vital Records: Buckland (Oxford, Mass.: Holbrook Research Institute, 1988), Fiche 4 and 6, 1878.Back

68 Gravestone in Plain Cemetery, Ashfield, Section E (south), Row 1, for John R. Hale and his wife, Achsah Bronson Hale. Ashfield Burial Ground Association, Book A: 103.Back

69 Vital Records of Athol Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, Mass.: Franklin P. Rice, 1910), 39.Back

70 Vital Records of Shelburne Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1931), 108 and 117, listed under "Harvey;" Will of Enos Harvey, Franklin County Probate Court, Greenfield, Mass., Docket #2206, 1839.Back

71 Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 166.Back

72 Ellis, Biographical Sketches of Richard Ellis,The First Settler of Ashfield, Massachusetts and His Descendants [note 3], 376; DAR Patriot Index Centennial Edition (Washington, D.C.: National Society of the DAR, 1990 and 1994), 103: 186.Back

73 Vital Records of Conway Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 51], 167. Back

74 Vital Records of Sturbridge Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS, 1906), 228.Back

75 Joshua B. Richmond, The Richmond Family, 1594 – 1896 (Boston, Mass.: the author, 1897), 126.Back

76 Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 181.Back

77 Will of Enos Smith, Franklin County Probate Court, Greenfield, Mass., Docket #4429.Back

7 8Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 186. Back

79 Marriage Intentions, 13 Mar. 1758. Samuel A. Bates, Ed., Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640-1793 (Randolph, Mass.: Daniel H. Huxford Printer, 1886), 817. Back

80 Vital Records of Montague Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1934), 111; Will of Esther (Harvey) Smith, Franklin County Probate Court, Greenfield, Mass., Docket #2207, 1815.Back

81 Drake, Descendants of John Drake of Windsor, Connecticut [note 58], 84.Back

82 Vital Records of Deerfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 20], 231.Back

83 Town Records, Book 2A, Town Clerk's Office, Halifax, Vt.Back

84 Vital Records of Ashfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [note 3], 218.Back

85 Ibid., 220.Back

86 State of Maine Marriage Certificate, 1980, Abstract of Record of Marriage #10, Town Clerk's Office, Ashfield, Mass. She was m. 27 Dec. 1980 to Douglas Woodard.Back

87 Massachusetts Vital Records: Ashfield [note 22], Fiche 24: 19. Back