Monday, January 05, 2009

Granary Burying Ground anno 1660




















Only a stone's throw away from Boston Common you find the Granary Burying ground, the resting place for many prominent Bostonians since 1660. Once a part of Boston Common, it was established as the burial ground around Kings Chapel was full. Here rests a few of the heroes of the revolution as well as more anonymous citizens of Boston.

It is strange to find a cemetery in the middle of a modern American metropolis. It is actually one out of three grounds that was established in this area. You may visit the oldest, around Kings Chapel, as well. Here you have the graves of some of those buried here.

Here lieth.....

Mary Goose (1648-1690)

HERE LYES YE BODY OF MARY GOOSE WIFE TO ISAAC GOOSE AGE 42 YEARS OCTOBER YE 19TH 1690 HERE LYES ALSO SUSANA GOOSE YE 3RD AGED 15 MO(NTHS) DIED AUGUST YE 11TH 1687.

Mother Goose is a well known character in English and American folklore through fairy tales and nursery rhymes. She is an archetype of a country woman.

The two wives of Isaac Goose, Mary or Elisabeth are believed to be the inspiration for this character.

After Mary died Isaac Goose married Elisabeth Foster from Charlestown in Massachusetts, outliving her husband and giving birth to 6 children. Isaac had 10 children with Mary.

Elisabeth Peck (died 1757)

HERE LIES BODY OF MRS ELIZABETH PECK WIFE OF MR. MOSES PECK DIED AUGUST 7TH 1757.

The theme of this head stone is the same as the one found on Mary Goose's, a skull flanked by two wings.

I have found several Elizabeth Pecks on the net, but not as the wife of Moses Peck.

Close by you also find the grave of their daughter.



Abigail Peck (1744-1751)

ABIGAIL PECK DAU(GHTER) TO M. MOSES & MRS. ELIZABETH PECK AGED 6 YEARS 6 MONTHS APRIL 23RD 1751.















An American icon - Paul Revere (1734-1818)


REVERES TOMB are the only words on a stone marking the resting place of an American icon. Paul Revere was born in Boston as son of Apollos Rivoire, a French huguenot escaping religious persecution and Deborah Hichborn from Boston.

He is renowned as the messenger in the battles of Lexington and Concord.

His home, located in Boston North End, is built in 1680 and is the oldest building in Boston. It is now a museum and a stop along the Boston Freedom Trail.

Read more on Old North Church and the Paul Revere statue in Boston North End

Paul Revere was a freemason. Read story on the masonic role in the American revolution here

Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

HERE LIES BURIED SAMUEL ADAMS
SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
GOVERNOR OF THIS COMMONWEALTH
A LEADER OF MEN AND AN ARDENT PATRIOT
BORN 1722 DIED 1803

If you go into a Boston bar you may order a freezing cold Sam Adams. This as the 4th Governor of the Commonwealth was a politician, writer, statesman, political philosopher - and a brewer.

He is one of the signers of the Decalaration on July 4th 1776.

Read more on the true Boston lager here

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