Cemeteries of Southwest Harbor - Old Burying Ground        
Old Burying Ground
Southwest Harbor, Hancock County, Maine

a service of
V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
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(19 September 2010)





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)
ADAMS
   Gracie - d. 16 December 1889 Æ 5 y., 1 m., 13 d.
ARNOLD
   Carl F. - [...]1
   Eulalie M. - b. 1887; d. 1888
   John M. - b. 1880; d. 1889
CLARK
   [Nancy Caroline - see COUSINS]
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.
CROCKETT
   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]
DOUGLASS
   Susan (wife of Robert [no stone]) - d. April 1858 Æ 74 y.
EATON
   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.
FREEMAN
   [Julia S. - see CROCKETT]
G.
   D. R. [footstone only]
GILLEY
   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
GOTT
   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
HOLMES
   Elmer E. (son of William T. and Amelia M. [no stones]) - d. 27 October 1868 Æ 7 y., 2 m., 10 d.
HOPKINS
   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
MAYO
   Isaac P. Jr. - d. 19 December 1842 Æ 20 y., 6 m.
   Joshua - d. 10 August 1843 Æ 34 y., 8 m.
ROBERTS
   Robert - b. Wales; d. 1 September 1872, "on Board U. S. S. Powhatan", Æ 28 y.
ROBINSON
   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.
ROSS
   L. Viola (wife of James F. [no stone]) - d. 26 September 1870 Æ 17 y., 8 m.
SAVAGE
   [Lavinia - see ROBINSON]
WHITMORE
   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]
YOUNG
   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.

Notes:
   1A tree root grown (2000) over the stone obscures any date(s).
   2Stone broken.
   3Footstone: “D. E. F. G. H.”
   4Different on different stones.
   5Remainder of stone is in concrete, thereby obscuring any further information it may contain.

Literature cited:
   Thornton, Mrs. Seth [Nellie]. 1938. Traditions and records of Southwest Harbor and Somesville, Mount Desert Island, Maine. Acadia Publishing Company, Bar Harbor, Maine.



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