In May, 1798, a committee, elected to procure and layout new burial grounds, bought of Reverend Nathaniel Thayer and Honorable John Sprague one acre and twenty-four rods of land lying in rectangular form, sixteen rods in length on the highway, and eleven and one-half rods in width. According to their report, they "agreed to pay Mr Thayer fifty dollars on his executing a deed to Mr Sprague of the Gore of Land between the old and new burying fields, which he agrees to receive in exchange for what the Town will have of him, and each of them giving a deed to the Town, agreeably to the plan." In 1842, this field being crowded with graves, about one-half acre was added to it, on the west end, by purchase of the widow of Nathaniel Thayer, D.D.; and space for two tiers of lots along the whole front was gained by enclosing common land on the highway, removing therefrom the hearse-house and town pound which had for many years been obtrusive features of this locality. The following is a carefully revised transcript of all inscriptions in this populous field bearing date earlier than 1850.
Source: Birth, Marriage & Death Register, Church Records & Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts by Henry S. Nourse, A.M., Lancaster, 1890. Contributed by C Purinton.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as LAN.800.
GPS Coordinates: 42.4492, -71.6758
- Added: 1 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #91228
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