The Dunbar Martrick Cemetery was located on the homestead of the families of black Revolutionary War soldiers Sampson Dunbar and his step-son-in-law Quock Martrick, today located off of Wales Avenue. It is not marked and there are no gravestones.
In the late 19th century, the Dunbar and Martrick property was called the “old Campbell campsite”, referring to the family of Chloe E. (Jacobs) Campbell, a granddaughter of Quock Martrick.
A History of Avon stated “in the early nineteenth century a family named Matrick built a homestead in the heavily forested swampland just south of Cincinnati Road [Wales Avenue]. The Matricks were either Indians or blacks, and legend persists that their place was a haven for runaway slaves…In October 1890, two men were prosecuted for opening an Indian grave and removing two skeletons, one belonging to a child and the other to a full developed man. The child’s bones were re-interred, but the relic hunters were intent upon exhibiting the other skeleton until Judge Oscar Marden, of the Stoughton District Court, ordered the bones returned to the earth.”
The precise number of burials in this cemetery are unknown, but it was likely the burial place of the immediate families of Sampson Dunbar and Quock Martrick, including some members of the Jacobs, Campbell, and Talbot families.
- Added: 10 Nov 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2627490
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