Rhode Island USA
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In his will, Caleb Arnold directed his son Josiah to keep fenced "the three rods square that I ordered for a burying place in upper part of my orchard where my son Peleg was buried." (John O. Austin, Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, p 243) Three rods square is literally a plot of land that is 48 feet by 48 feet in size, which is large enough to bury several dozen people.
The location of this cemetery has not been determined by modern historians, but an extensive land deed search might provide the general area of its location. Since there were no public cemeteries in Portsmouth during the early 18th century, it is almost certain that other members of the family were buried in this lot, including Caleb Arnold and his wife Abigail.