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Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Vital records of Lee, Massachusetts, 1777-1801 :
from the records of the town Congregational Church and
inscriptions in the early burial grounds,
all the family birth records continued beyond 1801 given as fully as recorded ;
containing also the baptisms and names of church members in the records of
the Congregational Church from its organization in 1780 to 1801
Lee, Mass.: Valley Gleaner, 1899,
Pages 76-83

Transcribed by Coralynn Brown

[Note: Originally known as Center Cemetery, now known as Fairmount Cemetery. Thanks to Mal Eckert & Ray Brown for this information. -jd]

In the old grave-yard, now in the north-east corner of the cemetery near the center of town, there are 72 monuments with memorials to 84 persons who died before 1801. Mattey, daughter of Joseph and Lois Henry, is supposed to have been the first person buried there. Doubtless there were earlier deaths among the settlers here, but no certain record of any has been found.

In Holland's Hist. of Western Mass., (vol 2, p. 516) is the following: "The first death that occurred in Lee befell a child of John Winegar. The death occurred at Crow Hollow, and the chld was buried on the West side of the river." Probablyh the statement was made on traditional authority.

It is supposed one of the earliest graves is marked by a rough stone bearing only the rudely carved letters S.B. The name for which these letters stand has not ben detrmined. The stone with the letter L.V.D., marks the grave of Lasso VanDeusen, 8 years old, a son of Matthew VanDeusen.

Only two dated before 1801 are in the South Lee cemetery; one at the grave of Isaac Davis, the first settler, the other at the grave of Abijah Stearns.

A few early graves in each cemetery are marked with uninscibed, unhewn slabs of stone. There are, also, several early graves marked in the same manner near the residence of C.E. Morely, Cape St., where, according to tradition, some of the settlers in that section named Gifford and Roberts were buried.

If any of the early inhabitants were buried elsewhere in town, all knowledge of their graves is lost.

Owing to weathering, probably some of the punctuation has been effacef from some of the stones.

The interined letters and words in the insciptions here given, are shown, as well as possible with ordinary type. On the stones they are close to the lines to which they belong.



Joseph F., son of Mr. James & Mrs. Achsa Austin. died May 16, 1791, aged 12 Month.
Also: Zesna, their son died August 26th, 1793, aged 18 Month.
Margaret, their daughter died at Salem State of N. York Oct. 21, 1786, aged 3 Months.

An Infant Son of Mr. James & Mrs. Achsah Austin who was stillborn Oct. 20, 1794

In memory of Zasna son of Mr. James & Mrs. Achsah Austin, died April 16, 1797, aged 18 M. also their son was born & died May 3d, 1798



Sarah, daughter of Mr. Nathan & Mrs. Ruhamah Ball, died August 1, 1784, aged 11 Years & 3 Mos.



Annah Bassett, was born June 12, 1780 and died June 5, 1798, aged 18 years.

In memory of Harriot, daughter to Mr. Cornelius & Mrs. Abigail Bassett, who died Jan. 19th, 1798, aged 2 years & 9 days.

Nancy, dau of Mr. Cornelius Bassett, Jr. by Mrs. Abigail his wife, died with the Small pox March 19th, 1785, aged 12 Months & 19 days.

In Memory of Joseph Bassett, son to Mr. Nathaniel & Mrs. Bethiah Bassett, who died August 10th, 1800, aged one years & 3 days.



Phebe died August 30th, 1777, aged 1 year & 9 Months.
Thomas Died February 17th, 1788, Aged 14 Months.
Permela Died April 3d, 1793, Aged 2 years & 3 Months.
Children of Mr. Thomas & Mrs. Phebe Beecher



Betsey, dau of Mr. George & Mrs. Elisabeth Bennet, died Sept. 7th, 1790, aged 5 Months.



Mrs. Desire Chadwick, the late consort of Mr. Abiathar Chadwick died August 13th, 1790 in the 35th year of her age.

No age nor sex can Death defy, ~ Think Mortals what it is to die.



In Memory of Mrs. Content, the late Consort of Mr. Noah Crocker, who Died July 23dd, 1794, in the 65th year of her age.

Mercy Hamblin Crocker, Died Sept. 8th, 1795, in the 4th year of her age.
Joseph Crocker Jun., Died July 24th, 1796, aged 7 Months & 6 Days.
The above were the Children of Insign Joseph & Mary Crocker.
The blooming cheeks, the lovely charms, ~ Lie clasped in Deaths cold Icy arms.

In memory of Miss Zeruiah Crocker who died Sept 2nd 1798, in the 21st year of her age.
Tis long since death had the majority ~ Yet strange: the living lay it not to heart.



Mrs. Hannah Davis, the wife of Mr. Hope Davis, Died February 23d, 1795, in the 65th year of her age.
How sudden was the stroke ~ when the Almighty spoke ~ My Friends & Children now draw near ~ And see that you for Death prepare.



Polly, daug of Mr. Silas & Mrs. Rachel Easton, died February 15th, 1795, age 16 days.



Mrs. Marcy Ewer the wife of Mr. Paul Ewer, died March 18th, 1795 in the 39th year of her age.
Farewell my friends ~ dry up your tears ~ Here sleeps my dust ~ till Christ appears.



David, son of Mr. David & Mrs. Elisabeth Foot, died Oct. 14th, 1790, age 3 Months.
Sleep on my babe ~ and take your rest ~ God called you home ~ He felt it best.

In memory of an Infant son to Mr. Alvan & Mrs. Sally FOOT, who died August 5th, 1799, age 9 hours.
Ye active babes & children all ~ Behold the seene of childrens fall ~ My day was short my hours few ~ And bid this world & all adieu.



Thomas, son of Mr. Elisha & Mrs. Elisabeth Freeman, died June 28th, 1780, aged 3 years.
The God that * * *(stone broken)



Jared died May 15th, 1785, aged 2 Years & 8 Months
Eunis died Mar. 19th, 1794, aged 3 Years.
The heirs of Mr. Elisaha & mrs. Mary GRANT



Nansey, Daut of Mr. Moses & Mrs. Relief Hall who Died February 19th, 1797, aged 16 days.


William Phinney Hamblin, son to Mr. Cornelius & Mrs. Marcy Hamblin, died October 23d, 1797 aged 1 year 4 Months & 15 days



In Memory of Mrs. Mariam Hatch wife to Mr. Josiah Hatch who died Nov. 9th, 1800, aged 83 years.



In Memory of Charles son to Mr. Benjamin & Mrs. Puella Hinckley, who died Jan. 5th, 1795, aged 16 months & 20 days.



Leua, Daugt to Mr. Samuel & Mrs. Lydia Hodges, died April 14, 1795, aged 2 months.



Rochana, daut of Mr. Abraham & Mrs. Easther Howk, who died Janurary 3d, 1799, in the 4th year of her age.



Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Eunice Ingersoll, consort of Mr. Moses Ingersoll, who departed this life Nov. 19, 1795, in the 51st year of her age.
Surviving friends altough you morn ~ Let this console I shall return ~ The righteous Judge can by his word ~ Bring me trumphing w
ith the Lord.



In memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Jenkins, consort of Mr. Ebenezer Jenkins (late of Barnstable, deceased), who died Oct. 28th, 1788, aged 91 years.
Behold my friends while passing by ~ This stone informs you where I lie ~ Tho I have lived to ninety one ~ Yet you may died while you are young.



Here lies Worthy to be lamented, Mrs. Sibyl Hurd, wife of Stephen Leonard, who departed this life July 19th, 1787, in the 24th Year of her Age.
My glass is run my Grave you see ~ Prepare for Death and follow me.



Stephen Leonard Junr, died May 1787



In memory of Thomas Nye, son to Deacon Levy & Mrs. Sarah Nye, who Died Nov. 2nd, 1792, in the 19th year of his age.

In memory of an Infant dautr of Mr. Joshua & Mrs. Charity Nye, who died July 23d, 1783, aged 5 days.


Huldah, the daughter of Mr. Levi & Mrs. Catherine Porter, died March 13, 1794, aged 8 years & 13 days.

Rhoda, daut to Mr. Levi & Mrs. Catharine Porter, who died June 5th, 1795, in the 4th year of her age.


In memory of Mrs. Lydia Tobey, consort to Mr. Stephen Tobey, who died April 3d, 1799, in the 43d year of her age.
Gods people are made willing ~ in the day of his Power.

In memory of Miss Remember Tobey, daut to Mr. Stephen & Mrs. Lydia Tobey; who died Feb. 6th 1799. in the 22 year of her age.
The blooming cheeks the lovely charms ~ Lie clasp'd in Deaths cold icy arms. ~ THIS STONE was erected by Seth Backus, Junr.


In Memory of Mrs. Lucy, wife of Mr. John Williams, who Departed this Life, Aug. 28, A.D., 1786: age 24
Farewell my loving wife ~ We bid a short Adieu ~ You can not come to me again ~ But I must come to you.


Mary, Daut of Mr. William & Mrs. Sarah Whitney, Died July 27, 1790, aged 1 Month.


In Memory of Mr. Arhur Perry who died May 7, 1794, in the 73d year of his age.
Adieu my spouse my children dear ~ I leave this world of pain ~ Let virtue by your Practice here ~ we do meet [indistinct]


M RS [indistinct] Rebecca, wife of Mr. Oliver Hatch, died May 1st, 1788, in the 33d year of her age.
Farewell my friends ~ dry up your tears ~ My dust lies here ~ Till Christ appears.


On stone to the memory of Esthe and Lydia Bradley
Decaying mortals here's the place ~ The house destined(?) for Adam's race ~ Be ready then to meet the Lamb ~ Of God, the Judge, the Great I AM.


This stone erected by Rowland THATCHER Junr., to perpetuate the memory of Miss Electa WILCOX who departed this Life May 16th 1800, Aged 19 years 2 months & 14 days.
All you that stop my tomb to see ~ As I am here so you must be ~ Repent, repent now you have time ~ For Iwas taken in my prime.


On stone erected to the children of Jonathan Foot Jr:
Those guiltles charmes, those ~ marks of genius are surpest, ~ Which nust the foundest hopes ~ in tender parents breasts.



In memory of Mr. JOHN WINEGAR, who Departed this Life the 14th of March, 1798, Aged 55 years & 2 mo.
In solemn silence here I lie ~ Pray from me learn that you must die ~ All youthful scenes of pleasure bright ~ must end as watches of the night. ~ ~ O may this be your happy case ~ That he who gives you length of days ~ May raise you to His corts above ~ There to pertake of boundless love.

Two infants of Jacob & Anna Winegars, One died March 3, 1797, The other died June 16, 1802



In Memory of Mrs. Mary Bassett, the late Consort of Mr. Nathan Bassett, who Died May 4th, 1796, in the 44th year of her Age.
Death is a debt to Nature due, ~ Which I have paid & so must you, ~ Here let me rest my weary head, ~ Till Christ my Lod shall raise the Dead

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