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 Jerusha Howe

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Jerusha Howe

  • Birth 6 Jul 1797 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 27 Feb 1842 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 113777264

Jerusha Howe was born on July 6th, 1797 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts which is now the location of The Wayside Inn, it was once called Howe's Tavern and was originally built in 1707. The Wayside Inn has been in operation since 1716, for almost 300 years, and is the oldest inn still in service in all of the United States Of America. She was the daughter of Adam Howe (1763) & Jerusha Balcom Howe (1767). Her brothers and sisters were Rebecca Howe (1799), Lyman Howe (1801), Winthrop Howe (1804), Adam Howe (1805), and Abiel W. Howe (1807). She was a hopeless romantic and a kind young lady that everyone in the community loved. She met a man from London, England by the name of Benjamin Smith he promised her marriage, and they instantly fell in love. She was known as "the Belle of Sudbury". He eventually left and never came back. She did not know if he was lost at sea trying to return back home to England. She never married for the rest of her life. Jerusha Howe died of a broken heart on February 27th, 1842 at just 44 years old. Reverend Thomas May conducted the service and had a prayer service in the cemetery at the sight of the burial. She was buried in the Wadsworth Cemetery in the town of Sudbury, Massachusetts. Some people say that her spirit can still be felt at The Wayside Inn.


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  • Originally Created by: Sir Mark Linn
  • Added: 13 Jul 2013
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jerusha Howe (6 Jul 1797–27 Feb 1842), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113777264, citing Wadsworth Cemetery, Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .