|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Ashby First Parish Burial Ground is also referred to as the Old Burial Ground as it was established on the Common in 1767 at the time the town was incorporated. This less than two-acre burial ground is located just behind the First Parish Church and is bordered by New Ipswich Road on the east side where a brick receiving tomb is located at the road edge.
In the northwest corner is the marker of a black Revolutionary War veteran, Prince Estabrook, who is reported to have been wounded at the Battle of Lexington. He was originally buried outside the burial ground wall but re-interred inside the wall in the recent past.
This burial ground is listed in the State Register of Historic Places as part of the Ashby Historic District (a local historic district) which includes the Common and surrounding resources.
(The above is an excerpt from the Ashby Reconnaissance Report - June 2006)
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as ASY.800 Ashby First Parish Church Burial Ground.
The earliest death date in the cemetery is 1773, the latest 1907.