Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Charter Street Burying Ground, Salem MA


The town of Salem in Massachusetts is the proclaimed witch capital of the United States. This due to the gruesome witchcraft trials that took place here in the 17th century. One of the main judges in these trials is buried in Charter Street Burying Ground that dates back to 1637. 




HERE LYES INTER'D Y(E) BODY COLO(NEL) IOHN HATHORNE ESQR AGED 76 YEARS WHO DIED MAYY 10 1717. 

This headstone marks the spot where John Hathorne was buries in 1717. He  was born in August 1641 as son of Major William Hathorne an early settler of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The family's ancestral name may come from Bray Berks England

John Hathorne was a merchant in Salem, and served as an executor (often portrayed as a judge) in the Salem witch trials, and the only one who never repented of his actions. Nathanael Hawthorne, the author of the Scarlet Letter was one of his descendants. 


HERE LYETH BURIED YE BODY OF CAPT RICHARD MORE 84 YEARS DIED 1692 MAYFLOWER PILGRIM 

Richard More was the only surviving Pilgrim child of four that his father Commander Samuel More left aboard the Mayflower in the Care of Carver, Winslow and Brewster. Only Richard survived this act of abandonment that as nothing less than a family tragedy. 
Their father Samuel More, was married aged 16 to his third cousin Catherine More, the heiress of  Larden, then aged 23, "presumably in order to keep that property in the family.  Four children were born and baptised as Samuel's before he became aware of "the common fame of the adulterous life of said Katherine More with one Jacob Blakeway."  He also came to note the resemblance between most of the children to the said Jacob Blakeway.  
He subsequently divorced Catherine and rejected the children, Samuel ultimately arranged with "honest and religious people" to transport them into the new world; to see that they were properly lodged, maintained fed and clothed; that at the end of seven years they should have 50 acres apiece. It was his desire to remove them from "these partes," where   "great blotts and blemishes may fall upon them."
Sadly only one child, Richard, survived. With a marred paternal heritage and a mother who callously abandoned him, he nevertheless arrived in the New World with a heritage that traced to Malcolm III, King of Scotland 1058-1093.

See more on the More family in the United States here

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