Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Boston

By the Freedom Trail, you pass Copp's Hill Burying Ground, the second oldest cemeteries in Boston. It was founded as far back as 1659, and house a number of notable citizen from Boston's old history.

I have already told the story of the Granary and King's Chapel Burying Ground. These cemeteries hold the graves of some of the most renowned members of Bostons pre and post revolutionary era. Copp's Hill is not resting place for the same number of famous men or women, as the two other.

It is located on a hill, facing the North End on one side, and Charlestown on the opposite side. It has been extended in 1711, 1809, and 1895. It fell into disrepair in the late 19th century.

Famous people buried on Copp's Hill

Here are the most famous habitants of Copp's Hill Burying Ground.

Increase Mather (Left) (1639 - 1723) a Puritan minister involved with the government of the colony, the administration of Harvard College, and most notoriously, the Salem witch trials.

Cotton Mather, (1663-1728) socially and politically influential Puritan minister, prolific author and pamphleteer. Son of Increase Mather. Remembered for his role in the murders of several people accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials.

Robert Newman, the patriot who placed the signal lanterns in the steeple of Old North Church for Paul Revere's midnight ride to Lexington and Concord

Prince Hall (1735-1807), the father of Black Freemasonry.

George Worthylake, (died November 3, 1718) was the first lighthouse keeper in what was to become the United States. He was also the first to die in the line of duty.

Two other graves

William Clark (1670-1742)

This is the tombstone of William Clark Esq, trader and councellor of the Bay State Colony.

He was born in Boston in 1670. About 1713 he built a large house in the North End.

In 1702 he married Sarah Brondson; their children included Robert Clark and Benjamin Clark.

His grave at Copp's Hill features the coat of arms of his family.

John Wall (1644-1720)

This tombstone marks the grave of John Wall. Hie died 76 years old in 1720.

It resembles many of the stones found on Granary Burial Ground and Kings Chapel Burial Ground.

The symbol of winged skull or deaths head on top of the headstone is a symbol going back to medieval times. It is found on 8 out of 10 headstones on Copp's Hill.

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