West Parish Burying Ground

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West Parish Burying Ground
Also known as:  River Street Cemetery

In 1778 the inhabitants of the west part of Newton, many of whom had been attending services in their own Meeting House for 14 years, were authorized by the General Court to incorporate as the West Parish. In 1781 Col. Nathaniel Fuller gave the Parish about 1.5 acres of ground a short distance north of the Meeting House for a burial ground. It might have been used "informally" before that time as a number of markers bear the date 1777.

In 1882 the Second Congregationalist Society voted to deed the burial ground to the City, and this was done two years later with the provision that it be kept in order. Not many grave markers remain; of those that do a large number are the work of Daniel Hastings (1749-1803) who lived near Newton Center.

The cemetery sits on 1.5 acres and has approximately 236 gravestones (exclusive of tombs). The earliest death date in 1777, the latest 1908.

The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as NWT.802 West Parish Burying Ground.

This cemetery is referred to as GR2 River Street Cemetery, West Newton in the "Vital Records of Newton Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849."

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GPS Coordinates: 42.35239, -71.22957

  • Added: 25 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2190501