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Two More Historic Cemeteries

10 Jul

The day we went to Long Island is because we wanted to go to Shelter Island, New York.  It is a small island that only took another fifteen minute ferry ride to reach from Long Island.  This is where my ninth-great grandparents Lawrence (1594-1660) and Cassandra Burnell (1598-1660) Southwick went when they were persecuted as Quakers living in Salem, Massachusetts.

Yep, before the witch trials, Salem persecuted Quakers.  My eighth-great grandfather, Daniel Southwick (1637-1719), and his sister, Provided (1639-1727), were to be sold into slavery by the town leaders, but they could not find a ship captain willing to take the teens to the Barbados to sell.  I believe they both lived the rest of their lives in Salem.  Provided is later found in court records testifying during the witch trials.

Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick

Quakers were hung in Salem and Boston throughout the 1650s before there was a bit more tolerance.

Nobody knows where on the island they were buried for sure, but there is a monument to them and other Quakers who were banished from the community.

The next historical cemetery we visited was Newman Cemetery in Rumsford, Rhode Island.

For the longest time, I could not find my ancestors.  I never knew why, but then I discovered that Rehoboth, Massachusetts was much larger.  Part was divided off into the town of Seekonk, Massachusetts, and finally, another section, the original section, was divided off into Newman, Rhode Island.  No wonder I couldn’t find them.

The church which was founded in 1643.

Once I found the historic cemetery, records indicate that I have fourteen direct ancestors buried there, ranging from seventh to eleventh great-grandparents.

Eighth great-grandfather Captain Timothy Ide (1660 – 1735)

It also includes William Carpenter (my 10th great-grandfather), who was the first burial in the cemetery in 1658.

William Carpenter (1605 – 1658)

My furthest back Perin ancestors were also in this cemetery.  One thing I find interesting is the way the art on the headstones reflect the beliefs and attitudes of the time period.  In the stone below, it is one of the earlier pieces of art which reflects their common place attitude about death and decomposition with the skull.  It isn’t until later with a softening of attitudes that you start to see winged faces and angels.  So the early stones look a bit scary, but it really was just a reflection of the reality that only the body is buried, and the soul has already left this world.

Ann (Hubert) Perrin, (1616-1688) my 10th great-grandmother

It was really an amazing stop.  And I have learned that there might be snips of the church and cemetery in the upcoming movie, Hocus Pocus 2.  I’m certainly going to be watching it now.