Location: Set back from the southeast side of High Road. UTM: 19T 0554256, 4903224; Lat./Long.: N 44°16′48.9″ x W 68°19′12.2″
Directions: From the intersection of Routes 3 and 102/198 at the north end of Mount Desert Island, go straight ahead (south) onto Routes 102/198. In approximately 10.6–10.7 miles (6.3–6.4 miles of which are south of the traffic light at the intersection of Routes 102/198 and 198/233), turn left onto Clark Point Road at the blinking light in the center of the village of Southwest Harbor. In about 0.2 miles, turn left onto High Road. The cemetery is on the right in less than 0.1 miles.
History: This cemetery is on land that was part of a 270-acre parcel owned by Ebenezer Eaton in 1808 according to the Salem Towne Jr. map. Thornton (1938) reported that the cemetery was started by Ebenezer Eaton, minister of the Congregational Church, who “allowed his parishioners to lay their dead to rest on his dry, sunny hillside in what was then his field” (p. 209).
Notes: The paint on a sign that reads, “Old burying ground/first public cemetery/on Mt. Desert Island” was touched up in 2001.
Names and dates on gravestones and other markers: (complete as of 19 September 2010)
Gracie - d. 16 December 1889 Æ 5 y., 1 m., 13 d.
Carl F. - [...]1
Eulalie M. - b. 1887; d. 1888
John M. - b. 1880; d. 1889
[Nancy Caroline - see COUSINS]
Irene B. - d. 13 December 1887 Æ 75 y., 1 m., 13 d.
Isaac R. (son of Nehemiah H. and Nancy Caroline (CLARK; widow of Israel CLARK)) - d. 29 March 1858 Æ 2 y.
Nancy Caroline (CLARK; widow of Israel CLARK; wife of Nehemiah H.) - d. 23 September 1886 Æ 60 y., 7 m., 11 d.
Nehemiah H. (husb. of Nancy Caroline (CLARK; widow of Israel CLARK)) - d. 22 March 1858 Æ 42 y.
Birtie ([dau.?] of John T. and Julia S. (FREEMAN)) - [no dates]
John T. (husb. of Julia S. (FREEMAN)) - b. 1835; d. [no date]
Julia S. (FREEMAN; wife of John T.) - b. 1836; d. 1910
Katie (dau. of John T. and Julia S. (FREEMAN)) - [no dates]
Susan (wife of Robert [no stone]) - d. April 1858 Æ 74 y.
Abigail H. ("consort" of Rev. Ebenezer [no stone]) - d. 24 April 1830 Æ 72 y.
Joshua Herrick - b. 20 September 1795; d. 16 December 1835 Æ 40 y.
[Julia S. - see CROCKETT]
D. R. [footstone only]
Clarrisa [sic] (wife of William) - d. 15 July 1837 Æ 26 y.
Elizabeth (wife of Benjamin [no stone]) - b. 3 June 1832; d. 27 October 1894
Phebe H. (wife of William) - b. 5 April 1809; d. 29 December 1893
Rebecca E. (wife of Benjamin [no stone]) - d. 25 April 1871 Æ 23 y., 2 m., 9 d.
William (husb. of Clarrisa [sic] and Phebe H.) - b. 8 July 1805; d. 6 January 1894
Josephine (dau. of Robert and Lydia) - d. 28 May 1857 Æ 8 m.5
Lydia M. (wife of Robert) - d. 16 March 1891 Æ 73 y., 2 m., 14 d.
Rebecca (wife of Robert) - d. 5 April 1848 Æ 35 y.
Robert (husb. of Rebecca and Lydia M.) - [...]2
Elmer E. (son of William T. and Amelia M. [no stones]) - d. 27 October 1868 Æ 7 y., 2 m., 10 d.
David E. F. G.3 (son of Allen and Clarrisa [sic] [no stones]) - d. 16 September 1857 Æ 36 y., 7 m., 16 d.
[Mary E. - see YOUNG]
Mary L. (wife of Alen [sic] [no stone]) - d. 1 November 18395
Isaac P. Jr. - d. 19 December 1842 Æ 20 y., 6 m.
Joshua - d. 10 August 1843 Æ 34 y., 8 m.
Robert - b. Wales; d. 1 September 1872, "on Board U. S. S. Powhatan", Æ 28 y.
Daniel, Jr. (son of Daniel [no stone] and Joan[na]4) - d. 20 March 1846 Æ 14 y., 7 m.
J. W. - [no dates]
Joan[na]4 (wife of Daniel [no stone]) - d. 1 May 1860 Æ 44 y., 17 d.
Lavinia (SAVAGE; wife of Levi) - d. 7 July 1847 Æ 33 y.
Levi (husb. of Lavinia (SAVAGE)) - b. 8 February 1808; d. [...]5
Levi, Jr. (son of Levi and Lavinia (SAVAGE)) - d. 18 September 1841 Æ 15 m.
Sarah (WHITMORE; dau. of James WHITMORE and [Rebecca or Rebeckah]4; wife of Smith [no stone]) - d. 2 November 1850 Æ 27 y.
L. Viola (wife of James F. [no stone]) - d. 26 September 1870 Æ 17 y., 8 m.
[Lavinia - see ROBINSON]
Hannah (dau. of Capt. James and [Rebecca or Rebeckah]4) - d. 12 April 1850 Æ 17 y., 6 m.
James (Capt.; husb. of [Rebecca or Rebeckah]4) - d. 2 February 1883 Æ 86 y., 1 m., 22 d.
John G. (son of Capt. James and [Rebecca or Rebeckah]4) - d. 30 November 1850 Æ 16 y., 3 m.
Joseph (Capt.) - d. 24 January 1847 Æ 29 y.
[Rebecca or Rebeckah]4 (wife of Capt. James) - d. 19 March 1872 Æ 82 y., 5 m.
[Sarah - see ROBINSON]
Adelbert O. (son of Willard W. [no stone] and Mary E. (HOPKINS)) - d. 13 July 1862 Æ 7 y., 21 d.
Mary E. (HOPKINS; dau. of Allen HOPKINS [no stone]; wife of Willard W. [no stone]) - d. 22 September 1863 Æ 26 y., 6 m.
1A tree root grown (2000) over the stone obscures any date(s).
3Footstone: “D. E. F. G. H.”
4Different on different stones.
5Remainder of stone is in concrete, thereby obscuring any further information it may contain.
Thornton, Mrs. Seth [Nellie]. 1938. Traditions and records of Southwest Harbor and Somesville, Mount Desert Island, Maine. Acadia Publishing Company, Bar Harbor, Maine.