Nasson Graveyard

Corner of Main Street and Roberts Street
Sanford, York County, Maine, USA Add to Map
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One of the oldest burying grounds at Sanford Corner, Maine. The first person interred there was Peter, eldest son of Major Samuel Nasson, who died December 15, 1784, aged eighteen years, eight months.

His grave was marked by a rough, unhewn stone, bearing the inscription, "P. N., Died Dec 1785." This is an error, as the family record shows that he died a year earlier.

Beside him was buried his sister, Susannah Colcord, and by her side, Mrs. Joanna Nasson, wife of Major Samuel.

Others of the family were also buried there, and in May of 1900, this cemetery contained fifty-six known graves.

In that month, however, the bodies were removed to other localities, owing to the need of the lot for a public building site.

The necessity for such a lot had been apparent for some time, and Hon. E. M. Goodall, after consulting other prominent men, of the town, concerning the matter, generously offered to defray all the expenses of removing the bodies, and monumental fixtures of the cemetery, providing the owners would deed the land to the town to be used as the site of a public building, to which the owners readily agreed.

The work of exhumation was duly performed, a large majority of the bodies being transferred to Oakdale cemetery, although several were sent to distant points.

The lot has a frontage of eighty feet on Main Street and one hundred and twenty-seven feet on Roberts Street. The opposite sides measure eighty and one hundred and thirty-seven feet respectively.

Published: The history of Sanford, Maine, 1661-1900 By Edwin Emery, William Morrell Emery Page: 344.

  • Added: 7 Feb 2011
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