Records of the Pine Grove Cemetery, Hampton, New Hampshire>
This cemetery was previously visited by Holmes, Dow, Bartlett, and Carpenter. Current inclusive dates are 1680-1834, although interments occurred for years before this date. It is located on Winnacunnet Road opposite the end of Windmill Lane. View a map. Dow writes about this cemetery on page 48 of his history: "The first notice of a cemetery, found on our Records, is a memorandum of an order of the selectmen, made January 26, 1654. From this is appears that a lot for the purpose of burial had already been laid out ten rods square, and consequently containing five-eights of an acre. 'The selectmen'--for so the record reads--'taking into consideration the commendable decency of enclosing in the place appointed by the town for burial:' and thinking themselves sustained in their views by 'the word of God and the practice of Christian nations,' ordered and agreed that this lot should be enclosed with a substantial five-rail fence, before the end of the following May. The posts were to be of white oak, of sufficient length and thickness, and the rails, which were not to exceed twelve feet in length, to be well jointed into them. This place of burial, afterward enlarged, was in the eastern part of the Meeting-house Green--the Old Burying Ground of the present day--and continued to be used as a place of burial about a century and a half. The ground still remains enclosed, but the earliest monuments which affection erected here at the graves of friends have all crumbled to dust, or, having fallen to the ground, lie hid beneath the surface."
Information on purchasing the booklet "Markers of the Pine Grove Cemetery, Hampton, New Hampshire", published in 2000 by the Hampton Heritage Commission and local Boy Scout Troop 177.
8. here Is Interrd Mrs Rachel Moulton consort to Mr William Molton [sic] who Dcst January 21[?] 1774 In the 80th year of her Age [Dow gives the death date as 20 and Bartlett as just 1, but Holmes gives 21 and that is what it appeared to read to this writer].
10. here Is Interrd Dcn Josiah Moulton who Dcst Novr ye 21st 1776 in the 90th year of his age & 57th year of his offis "The sweet rememnc of the just will flourish when he sleeps in dust" ["Rememnc" probably stands for "remembrance".
Here [is Interrd] Benjamin Dole the son of Mr John & Mrs [Anne] Dole who [Died May] ye [7th 1766] in the [18th year] of [his] Age [Bracketed words were illegible in 1986, and are taken from the work of previous writers].
Here lyes Interred the body of the Revd. MR NATHANIEL GOOKIN M.A. & Late the Pastor of the 1st Church of CHRIST in HAMPTON, who died Augt. 25th. MDCCXXXIV in the 48th. Year of his Age, & the 27th. of his Ministry. He was A Judicious DIVINE, A Celebrated Preacher, A most Vigilant & faithfull PASTOR, a bright Ornament Of Learning and RELIGION & An excellent Pattern of PIETY, CHARITY, & HOSPITALITY
1767 SM A72 [This is probably Sarah (Leavitt) Marston, daughter of John (6) Leavitt who according to Dow's History of Hampton, page 812, was born 29 Sep 1694 and died 7 Oct 1767. She married Reuben (20) Marston (Dow, page 842).]
[A three-sided monument reading "Marston DIED 1690, Marston DIED 1790, Marston DIED 1890", one phrase per side].
Simon Cotton Son to the Reverand Mr. John & Ann Cotton aged 8 Years Died January ye 2d. [1710/11] [Remainder buried in concrete] [This stone was not found by any one of the three previous writers, and the year of death was taken from Dow's History of Hampton in the genealogical section on the Cotton family. It is illegible in 1986, but it is possible to make out that it is a "Double-year" date].
In memory of Rev. Seaborn Cotton Born at Sea 1633 Graduated at Harvard College 1651 Ordained 1660 Died 1686 Rev. John Cotton Born 1658 Graduated at Harvard College 1678 Ordained 1696 Died 1710 Rev. Nathaniel Gookin Born 1687 Graduated at Harvard College 1703 Ordained 1710 Died 1734 "Blessed are the dead who die in the LORD" Erected by the Colonial Dames of New Hampshire 1909 [For more follow this link]
In memory of Reverend Ebenezer Thayer, who for nearly twenty-six years dispensed the bread of life to the Society in this place and on September 6th 1792 fell asleep in Jesus, supported by the Christian hope of a resurrection to eternal life. AE 58 "While o'er this modest stone religion weeps, Beneath an humble, cheerful Christian sleeps, Sober, Learned, free from care and strife, He fill'd the useful offices of Life; Admired, endeared as Husband, Father, Friend, Peace bless'd his days and innocence his end; Blameless throughout, his worth by all approv'd, True to his charge, and by his people lov'd, He liv'd to make his hearers' faith abound, And died that his own virtue might be crown'd."
Here is Interrd Capt Nathaniel Drrake [sic] who Departed this Life Sept 11th 1763 in ye 69th year of His Age [This stone is mostly illegible in 1986, the lower part being better than the top. Most of it has been taken straight from Bartlett].
di Sep 6 1787 A.M. age 23 [This was scrawled rather sloppily and is difficult to read. This may be Abigail (Knowles) Moulton, daughter of Amos (8) Knowles, who according to Dow's History of Hampton, page 780, was born 17 Nov. 1764 and died 6 Sep. 1787. She married James (48) Moulton (Dow, page 874).]
In Memory of Miriam Lamprey Wife of Dudley Lamprey Who died June 25th 1796 Aged 23. Years. "As love and charity was her fame I can but record her ever memorable name, Since she is gone Let this forever be A lasting emblem of her memory."
[I]D 1718 [Probably just a foot stone; actual head stone missing. First letter could be something else; it has a slash mark across the middle of the "I" identical to the marks at the top and the bottom of the letter.]
Here Lyes Buried the Body of Mrs. Abigail Prescott Formerly Consort of Deacon Philemon Dalton, of This Town. She Died May ye 8th 1751. In The 82d Year of Her Age. "The memory of the just is blessed, and blessed are they that have not, seen and yet have Believed."
Here lyes In[terrd] Mrs Ann To[wle] the wife of M[r] Zechariah Towle who dest Fe- ye 16 17-- in ye 59 ---- of he ----- [The letters in brackets are all that remain legible of this stone in 1986. The remainder is taken verbatim, including the omissions, from Bartlett. Neither Dow nor Holmes recorded this stone. In the genealogical section of his History of Hampton, Dow writes that Anne (Godfrey) Towle died in Feb 1766.]
S.D. [Just a foot stone with these initials, however both Bartlett and Drake record the following, which could not be found in 1986 because it had at some point been moved to the Ring Swamp Cemetery: Here Lyes The Body Of Mrs Sarah Drake ye Wife of Mr Robert Drake Died June ye 8th 1742 in ye 66 Year of Her Age].
AD 1759 [Footstone, nothing else. These last two footstones could be Sarah Drake (6 Aug. 1754 - 30 Dec. 1759) and her sister Abigail (bapt. 4 Dec. 1757 - 2 Jan. 1760), granddaughters of Robert and Sarah Drake above. (Dow, page 690-1)]
Jonathan Palmer [Only the foot stone exists in 1986, however Holmes in 1856 recorded the following: "Jonathan Palmer, son to Mr. Christopher & Elizabeth Palmer. Decs June ye 8th, 1744, in ye 6th year of his age."
Joseph Parlmer [sic] [Only the foot stone exists in 1986, however Holmes in 1856 recorded the following: "Here lyes ye body of Joseph (M*) Palmer. Died Decbr ye 16th, 1717, in ye 33d year of his age." * = Not distinct, according to Holmes.
Here Lies Buried The Body Of Mrs Abagail ye Wife of Mr Samuel Palmer Of Hampton, Died May 19th 17 Aged 68th [Year] [Figures in brackets are broken off in 1986 and are taken from Bartlett and Dow].
1755 Dc.S.D Died march ye 29 aged 62 [Difficult to read. This is probably Deacon Samuel (15) Dow, who according to Dow's History of Hampton, page 680 & 682, was born 25 May 1693 and died 29 Mar. 1755.]
RS [died?] the 16 of July 1736 [This is probably Rachel Sanborn, daughter of Mephibosheth (13) Sanborn, who according to Dow's History of Hampton, page 948, was born 15 Feb. 1708 and died 16 Jul. 1736.]
Samuel [Towle] Son of Mr Caleb and Zeper [Towle] Who Died May ye 10th 1736 Aged 13 Years [The name "Towle" was misspelled in both places on the stone, the last two letters running together to make it impossible to tell what the sculptor intended. Dow interpreted it to read "Touil" and Bartlett wrote "Toule"].
In Memory of Mrs Hannah Towle Wife of Mr Jeremiah Towle Who Departed this Life August 28 178 In the 75th Year Of Her Age [The last digit of the date was difficult to read because of a crack, but appears to be a 9. None of the other three writers recorded this grave at all, but Dow in the genealogical section of his History of Hampton writes that she died in 1789].
In Memory of Sally, Wife of Joshua Mace, who died June 22nd 1795; in the 28 year of her age "Behold & see as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you must be, Prepare for Death & follow me."
In memory of William Lane Eldest son of William Lane who Departed this Life March 6 1793 Aged [15 Years 4 months & 7 Days] [The last section of this inscription was buried and has been taken from Bartlett].
In Memory of Mary Lane Daughter of William Lane Who Departed this Life April  178 age [18 mo] [The sections in brackets were very difficult to read. None of the other three writers recorded this grave, but the genealogical section of Dow's History of Hampton agrees with what is here].
The following Lane family inscriptions are all from one large monument erected in 1888.
[BACK] The Children of Dea. Joshua Lane
Samuel 1718-1806 Stratham Bathsheba 1729-1757 Hamp.
Mary 1720-1795 Hampton Isaiah 1730-1815 H. Falls
Joshua 1721-1723 Jeremiah 1732-1806
William 1723-1802 Ebenezer 1733-1796 Hampton
Josiah 1724-1729 Abagail 1734-1826 No.H
Joshua 1724-1794 Fremont Elizabeth 1736-1806
John 1726-1811 Kensington Josiah 1738-1821 Hampton
Sarah 1727-1784 Seabrook Anne 1741-1780 Readfield, Me.
[End of Lane monument]
[ON ONE STONE]
Here Lyes ye Body of Sarah Hobes [sic] Wife To Morres [sic] Hobes Aged 66 Years Died Decr ye 18th  [The year is broken off in 1986, and is taken from Dow, Holmes and Bartlett].
Here Lyes ye Body Of Joseph Hobes [sic] Aged About 25 Years Died Decr ye 21st 1717
Here Lyes Ye Body of Edward Gove Aged 55 Years Dyed May ye 29 1691 [Neither Dow nor Holmes records this grave, however Bartlett found the following: In Memory of Edward Gove b 1636 d 1691]. View image of stone.
[Here is Interrd] the Body of Mr Jeremi[ah] Lampre who Departed this Life June -- 1762 in ye 23 year of his Age [The day of death is very difficult to read. Dow gives it as 14, Bartlett as 3, and Holmes as 3d. This writer could make out a 3, but there may be another digit or letter along with it. It is definitely not 14].
RT AG 57 1794 [This is possibly Rachel (Elkins) Towle, daughter of Jonathan (6) Elkins and married Samuel (31) Towle. According to Dow's History of Hampton, pages 698 & 1007, she was born 20 Dec. 1737, but Dow gives no date of death.]
In Memory of Mr. John Moulton, who died March 4th, 1794 aged 45 Years "In his death, his Consort has Lost an affectionate & Loving Husband; his sisters a kind & friendly Brother; & the publick a useful member of society & one courteous & hospitable to strangers."
In Memory of Capt Jeremiah Moulton who died June 19 1795 Aged 38 years "In his death his aged mother has Lost a dutiful & affectionate Son [his Brothers & Sisters a Kind & Loving Brother the publick an useful member of society; the Stranger a courteous and hospitable friend.] [Sections in brackets is buried in 1986 and is taken from Bartlett].
That completes the graves as recorded by this writer in 1986. Previous writers however did find other graves, and they follow:
Lydia Sanderson. A gravestone may have existed in 1940 for Lydia, wife of Robert Sanderson, according to the book ""Hands that built New Hampshire: the story of granite state craftsmen past & present", compiled by workers of the WPA in NH and published in Brattleboro, VT by Stephen Daye Press, 1940. On page 138, in a chapter about metalworkers, is the following:
The first New Hampshire silversmith of which there is any record was Robert Sanderson, a highly trained English 'goldsmith'. In 1638, at the age of thirty, he took up eighty acres in the town of Hampton and lived there for four years. Then he went to Boston, where he became associated with his friend, John Hull, silversmith and master of the mint which was established by the General Court in Boston, 1652. There are no proofs that Sanderson ever worked at his trade in Hampton. The only evidence of his New Hampshire sojourn is found in the neglected grave of his wife, Lydia; in the tradition that his daughter, Mary, was the first white child born in Hampton; and in the positive record that he owned property on the plantation.
The line about the "neglected grave of his wife, Lydia" seems to imply that the authors knew of a gravestone for her in Hampton, and, if so, it most likely was in the Pine Grove Cemetery. Robert Sanderson moved to Watertown, Mass. in 1642, so Lydia probably died before that time.