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Clement Bates
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Birth: Oct. 4, 1792
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jul. 13, 1885
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA

Those who have made an annual
pilgrimage to Plymouth of late
years have missed the genial and
kindhearted "OLD SEXTON." He no
longer can be seen at he entrance
of the church door, tolling the bell,
nor travelling among the graves of
those he long since laid away. His
name was Clement Bates, a native of
Hanover, Mass., born Oct. 4 1792.
He was the son of Clement and Rebecca
(Stetson) Bates, and died July 13, 1885,
at the age of nearly 93 years. Mr Bates
came to Plymouth in 1809, and previous
to 1831 worked at the trade of caulker
and graver. In that year he was chosen
sexton of the First Parish and of the
town, to which which position he was
annually chosen to the year 1883, when
he resigned. His duties have been to
bury the dead. And it is said he has
buried 3250 persons, equal to about
one-half the present population of the
town. He rang the bell four times a
day, besides those for church services
on the Sabbath, for funerals and for fire
alarms for fifty-two years, without a
failure and only two mistakes. His
mental and physical faculties he retained
to an unusual degree till his death, and
his memory of occurrences was clear and
reliable. In early life he was quite an
athlete, of jovial disposition and fond
of jokes, besides being a good story
teller, of cheerful temperament, loved
and respected by all. We can almost see
him, with bowed form and leaning on his
cane, making his way around the town at
a rapid pace.

Source: Epitaphs from Burial Hill
Plymouth, Massachusetts
From 1657 to 1892
By Bradford Kingman
Published Brookline, Mass.
New England Illustrated Historical
Publishing Company.
Family links: 
  Irene Sanger Burgess Bates (1794 - 1823)*
  Betsey Burgess Bates (1797 - 1880)*
  Sarah H. Bates (____ - 1845)*
  Sarah H. Bates (____ - 1832)*
  Ozin Bates (1816 - 1903)*
  Hira Bates (1819 - 1870)*
  Augusta Bates Doten (1831 - 1914)*
  Lucretia Bates Blackmer (1834 - 1913)*
  Charles C Bates (1835 - 1850)*
*Calculated relationship
Clement Bates.
July 13, 1885.
aged 92 y'rs 9 mo's
9 days.
Oak Grove Cemetery
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Lot 179
Created by: Sandra Lennox
Record added: Mar 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86878604
Clement Bates
Added by: Sandra Lennox
Clement Bates
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Clement Bates
Added by: Sandra Lennox
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