Records of the Ring Swamp Cemetery, Hampton, New Hampshire
The Ring Swamp Cemetery as it looked c.1896
This cemetery was previously visited by an unknown individual Inclusive dates: 1800-1934. It is located on Park Avenue about a quarter mile from the intersection with Winnacunnet Road, on the left. View a map. According to Dow's "History of Hampton", page 285, the Ring Swamp Cemetery was laid out in 1797, the first interment being that of Joshua Towle, who died September 13th of that year. His stone is no longer in existence, and the earliest stone at present is dated 1800. This cemetery is laid out on both sides of a central "road", each side facing the road. The order of inclusion in this listing begins on the left side of the cemetery near the front and moves along the rows on that side. The right side of the yard is also recorded from left to right so it begins at the back of the cemetery and moves towards the front. In many cases the rows are not laid out in straight lines so it has been a judgment call to determine their order for this listing. Frequently family members have been laid out in adjoining rows. Where this is the case I have made a note to that effect, and I have numbered each gravestone to make this easier. This cemetery is in excellent condition in 1986, although many stones have been cemented to their bases recently, occasionally covering up the end of some inscriptions or verses. Thankfully the previous compiler made their record before this was done so they are not lost forever. In 2006, Winnacunnet High School senior Kevin Buckley of Boy Scout Troop 177 completed the documentation of the Ring Swamp Cemetery on Park Avenue in Hampton for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. The headstone photographs that are linked below come from this project.
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In memory of Mary Ann, wife of John Dearborn, who departed this life in hope of an eternal [rest] Sept. 15, 1844 Aged 34 Yrs. [A verse, but difficult to read. Word in brackets is illegible in 1986 and is taken from previous compiler.]
In memory of Deborah, wife of John Dearborn, who departed this life in hope of an eternal rest May [5, 1847] aged 42 yrs. [Date in brackets is illegible in 1986 and is taken from previous compiler and confirmed by the genealogical section of Dow's History of Hampton.]
Charles E. son of Tyler and Catherine R. Crane, died Jan. 18, 1849 aged 5 yrs & 4 ms. "I saw that loved one bright & fair A child he was of beauty rare: But Jesus sent his angel band, Who [have?] him to a fairer land."
Mary, daughter of Caleb & Sarah Mason, died April 5, 1835; Aged 20 yrs. "Though I am dead yet I can speak, For you I must in judgment meet; And if prepared you need not fear For Christ our Savior will be there."
Sarah, daughter of Caleb & Sarah Mason, died Oct. 31, 1834; Aged 22 yrs. "Draw near a while O, youthful friend, And read the truth that here is pen'd; And if you think you cannot die, Upon this stone just cast your eye."
Rhoda B. Daughter of Samuel & Betsey Drake died Jan. 7, 1836, Aged 11 y'rs,  mo's. [A verse, but difficult to read, and partially obscured by a crack. The number in brackets is illegible in 1986 and is taken from the previous compiler.]
Betsey, Widow of Col. Philip Towle, Died Nov. 24, 18. [Last two digits of the date are illegible in 1986, and since the previous compiler missed this stone the date given is taken from the genealogical section of Dow's History of Hampton.]
In memory of Philip Towle M.D. Son of Col. Philip & Betsey Towle died in Charleston, S.C. 1832 on his way to Florida for His Health Aet. 34 yrs.
Maj. Simon N. Towle Son of P. & B. Towle died Jan. 17, 1840. Aet. 37 y'rs.
Sarah Berry Wife of Maj. S.N. Towle, died Jan. 28, 1886. Aet. 77 yrs.
Eddie Hale Son of Hiram & Lydia H. Wood died Sept. 30, 185 AEt. 10 mos. [Last digit of year is illegible in 1986 and is taken from the previous compiler as well as the genealogical section of Dow's History of Hampton.]
Mrs. Almira Dow wife of Col. Josiah Dow died May , 1834 Aged 26 yrs. [Date in brackets is taken from the previous compiler. It looked as though it could be an 18, and the genealogical section of Dow's History of Hampton says she died on the 10th.]
Sarah wife of James Perkins Died Apr. 13, 1885 AEt.  yrs.  mos. [There appears to be another short line after this, but it is illegible in 1986, as are the two numbers in brackets, taken from the previous compiler.]
[Between 61 & 62 is a nice neat space as though a stone was there at one time.]
Sarah E. dau. of Anthony & Betsey Emery, died Augt. 12, 1841 AE 18 yrs. "Jesus can make a dying bed, Feel soft as downy pillows are While on his breast I lean my head, And breathe my life out sweetly there."
[Front] Willard Emery, Died May 15, 1836, Aged 47 y'rs. 7 mo's.
Sally, his wife Died March 30, 1866, Aged 75 y'rs. 11 mo's.
[Right] Lieut. Willard Emery, Died March 29, 1827, Aged 66 y'rs.
Sarah, his wife Died Dec. 18, 1835, Aged 73 y'rs.
[Left] Mary, Died Dec. 12, 1826, Aged 2 y'rs.
David, Died July 24, 1834, Aged 13 y'rs.
Children of Willard & Sally Emery.
Harriet A. wife of James Galloway Born Feb. 26, 1815, Died Jan. 15, 1881.
[Stone numbers 81 & 82 are directly behind nos. 67-70 in the next row]
[Stone numbers 85-87 are directly behind nos. 71-73 in the next row]
John Q.A. Son of John S. & Catherine Jenness, died Apr. 2, 1857 aged  yrs.  mo. [Numbers in brackets were obscured by concrete and are not definite, and since the previous compiler missed this stone they can not be corroborated.]
Mr. John Brown died Nov. 25, 1829, aged 63 years. "When I lie buried deep in dust, My flesh shall be thy care; These with'ring limbs with thee I trust, To raise them strong and fair." [This stone is facing backwards towards # 122 in the row behind it.]
Ann S. Wife of Simon Brown, Died June 30, 1857, aged 66 yrs. "Dear mother thou hast gone and left us, In a world of griefs and tears, But we hope ere long to meet thee, Where Jesus wipes away all tears."
[Stone numbers 81 & 82 are directly behind nos. 67-70 in the next row]
David Garland Died Aug. 8, 1858, aged 82 yrs. "For nearly forty years, a faithful defender of the Truth as it is in Christ Jesus. The conflict is o'er, the Victory's won. Being dead, he yet speaketh"
[Stone numbers 85-87 are directly behind nos. 71-73 in the next row.]
Samuel Palmer, died Dec. 31, 1833, aged 64 y'rs. 1 mo & 2 d's.
Ann, his wife died Feb. 16, 1857, aged 79 y'rs. [The 6 in 26 is obscured by a crack in 1986 and is taken from the previous compiler.]
Mr. Samuel Palmer died Dec. 31, 1833; aged 64 yrs, 1 mo, 26 days. "My flesh shall slumber in the ground; Till the last trumpet's joyful sound: Then burst the chains with sweet surprise and in my Savior's image rise." [This stone is obviously the same Samuel Palmer as in #88 above, but they are on two different stones.]
Mary K. dau. of Joseph & Miriam Palmer died Augt 26, 18 aged 4 mo. 4 days. [Numbers in brackets are illegible in 1986 and are taken from the genealogical section of Dow's History of Hampton. The previous compiler did not record this stone.]
[Stone no. 135 is behind and to the left of stone nos. 88-95 in the next row.]
In memory of Mrs. Theodate, wife of Mr. James Godfrey, who died November 22, 1839, aged 50 years & 4 months. "Her spirit has risen, and henceforth no more, Shall she strive in the race which the living must run; All her trials and tears and her sufferings are o'er, Her warfare is ended, her victory won."
Harriet S. dau. of Richard & [Tabitha] Alexander, died [Dec. 30, 1847] Aged [21 yrs. & 8 mo.] [A verse, but illegible. Sections in brackets are illegible in 1986 and are taken from the previous compiler.]
[Stone nos. 136-137 are in the row directly behind stone nos. 98- 100.]
Luella Taylor dau. of James & Mary Ann Lane died Aug. 12, 1852 Aged 2 yrs. [This stone is totally illegible in 1986 and the information was taken from the previous compiler. There is a verse, but that is also illegible. See also stone #161.]
Anna S. Wife of Josiah Dearborn [died Aug. 21, 1856] Aged 69 y'rs. [Section in brackets is obscured by a crack in 1986 and is taken from the previous compiler. This stone is cracked in two places and when it was cemented back together again the middle section was put in upside down.]
Thomas H. [son of Thomas H. & Eliza] Leavitt Died July 31, 1847; Ae 2 weeks & 2 ds [A verse, but difficult to read. Section in brackets is illegible in 1986 and is taken from the previous compiler.]
Thomas H. Leavitt was drowned [Oct. 11, 1847] Aged 31 yrs. [A verse, but difficult to read. Date is obscured by a crack in 1986 and is taken from the genealogical section of Dow's History of Hampton.] Stone is in two parts in 2006. Photo of bottom.
Samuel L. Brown, died July 25, 1838, aged 61 years. "My flesh shall slumber in the ground 'Till the last trumpet's joyful sound Then burst the chains with sweet surprise And in my Savior's image rise." [This stone is just behind stone #79 and in front of stone nos. 146-148, which is in the next row.]
[ON ONE STONE]
Abner died Sept. 10, 1822; aged 2 yrs. 6 mo, 13 ds.
Josiah died Sept. 22, 1822; aged 5 yrs, 5 mos, 9 ds.
John died Aug. 15, 1828; aged 16 mo, 9 days.
Children of David & Harriet Page.
Ann Mary, dau. of Nath'l S. & Mary Locke died June 19, 1845, aged 2 yrs. 7 mo. "She's gone, the lovely child has fled And left us here to mourn; To rest among the sleeping dead 'Till the resurrection morn."
[Stone nos. 128-130 are in the row directly behind stone #84, and in the row directly in front of stone nos. 144-145.]
Mary, daughter of Robert, & Zipporah Drake, died Nov. 28th 1827; Aged 30 yrs. "In bloom of life, she quits the stage, To rest in silent dust; While nobler scenes engaged her mind, Among the rising just."
Rhoda Jane [wife of John L. Godfrey] Died [Sept. 15, 1853 Aged 29 yrs.] [Sections in brackets are illegible in 1986 and are taken from the previous compiler. There is also a verse, but that is illegible.]
[Stone nos. 136-137 are in the row directly behind stone nos. 98- 100].
Here Lyes The Body Of Mrs. Sarah Drake ye Wife of Mr. Robert Drake Died June ye 8th 1742 In ye ----- Year of -------. [This stone is stone are broken off in 2006. It originally stood in the Pine Grove cemetery, where the footstone still remains. As originally recorded in that other cemetery the damaged portion reads "In ye 66 year of her age".]
[ON ONE STONE]
Thomas Nudd Died Feb. 11, 1850, Aged 62 years.
Abigail, Wife of Thomas Nudd, Died Sept 8, 1857, Aged 65 years.
Ann, daughter of Thomas & Abigail Nudd, Died Nov. 9, 1848, Aged 20 years.
[Stone nos. 128-130 are in the row directly in front of stone nos. 144-145.]
In Memory of Alverdo Pickering Son of Eli & Eliza Ann Brown, who died Dec. 24, 1848 Aged 4 yr's. & 7 mo's. "Go precious child. Too pure on earth to stay. Go, spend with God, An everlasting day, Go, be an angel In yon blissful skies, And rest in peace, Where pleasure never dies."
[Stone nos. 146-148 are in the row behind stone #122].
Ezra Drew, Esq. Son of Francis Drew & Phebe Ferber, of Durham, Died May 27, 1856, aged 86 y'rs. "Behold and see as you pass by, As you are now so once was I: As I am now so you must be. Prepare for death, to follow me"
Charles Albin son of James & Mary Ann Lane died Sept. 25, 1856 Aged 2 yrs. 5 mos. [This stone is almost totally illegible in 1986 and is taken from the previous compiler. There is a verse, but that is also illegible. See also stone nos. 102-103
This completes the record of those stones on the left side of the cemetery. The following Nudd monument is at the very back, with stone number 168 being the first stone on the right side of the yard.
[THE FOLLOWING ARE ALL ON ONE LARGE MONUMENT]
John A. Nudd Born Mar. 13, 1825 Died Dec. 29, 1896. Footstone
Elisabeth O. wife of John A. Nudd Born Feb. 22, 1834 Died Aug. 11, 1882.Footstone
Moses Paul, Born Dec. 4, 1863 Died Sept. 30, 1883Footstone
Electa W. Born May 15, 1859 Died Aug. 30, 1859.Footstone
Stacy, Born June 8, 1861 Died Oct. 13, 1861.
Children of John A. & Elisabeth O. Nudd.
David Nudd. Born Apl. 20, 1780, Died Nov. 2, 1858.Footstone
Abagail [sic], wife of David Nudd Born July 12, 1785 Died Mar. 2, 1865.Footstone
Sarah A. wife of Amos Tuck, died at Exeter April 21, 1847; aged 36 yrs.
Joseph W. died Oct. 11, 1847; aged 27 yrs. & 9 mo.
Maria E. died May 19, 1832; aged 4 yrs. & 3 mo.
Marcia A. died Jan. 29, 1839; aged 8 yrs. & 2 mo.
Children of David & Abigail Nudd.
Mary Died Sept. 4, 1853, aged 25 yrs, 5 mos. 20 ds. [There is no surname on this stone. It is set apart from other stones, and surrounded by four granite posts that once supported linked chains. The official Town Records have the following: "Mrs. Mary A. Watson Died Sept 4, 1853. Aged 25 years." Dow's History of Hampton, page 753, has a Mary Hobbs, daughter of Obed S. Hobbs, who was born 15 Mar. 1828, married Nathaniel Watson, and died 4 Sep. 1853. Tradition has it that Mary was a rather wild woman for her day and her gravestone was fenced in with chains to keep her spirit from roaming wild.]
Betsey, widow of James Leavitt Esq. died March 16, 1841 AE. 80. "My flesh shall slumber in the ground Till the last trumpet's joyful sound Then burst the chains with sweet surprise And in my Savior's image rise."
Edward Cary son of Oliver & Elizabeth M. Towle, died June 18 186 [aged 19 mo. 2 days.] [The 3 in 1836 is illegible and the age is buried in concrete in 1986 and are taken from the previous compiler.]
Mrs. Ann B. Leavitt, wife of John Mason, died April 4, 1837; AE 21 yrs. 6 mo. 19 ds. "She died in Jesus & is bless'd How kind her slumbers ---- From sufferings & from sins released And freed from every snare." [Missing word is obscured by a crack in 1986.]
Mrs. Lydia wife of Capt. Simon Towle died Sept. 1, 1836; aged 44 yrs. 21 days. "Cheerful I leave this vale of tears, Where pain & sorrow grow; Welcome the day that ends my toils And every source of wo [sic]."
Dorothy, daughter of Reuben and Mary Dow, died Dec. 30, 1835, aged 37 yrs. "This world of woes I've left behind And all its fading charms And bid adieu to friends most kind I rest in Jesus' arms."
Joseph A. son of John D. and Hannah Lamprey, died May 10, 1836, aged 10 months. "Dear babe, we hope again to greet thee Here, and see thee where thou art, In that world of bliss to meet thee Never, never, more to part."
Dea. Samuel Dow [Died] Feb. 22, 1800 In the 82nd year of his age and 38th of his office. "The sweet remembrance of the just, Shall flourish when they sleep in dust." [Word in brackets is illegible in 1986 and is taken from the previous compiler.]
[Stone numbers 249-252 are in the row directly behind stone nos. 203-211].
[Stone number 262 is in the row behind stone nos. 214-217].
Mrs. Sarah, wife of Maj. John Lovering [died Nov. 28, 1851 aged 59 yrs.] [Last section in brackets is illegible in 1986 and is taken from the previous compiler. Top half of stone was there in 1986 but not when the photo was taken in 2006. There is a verse, but it is also illegible.]
[ON ONE STONE]
Nathaniel Drake Born Oct. 27, 1774, died June 6, 1860
Mary, his wife, Born May 10, 1776, [Died Aug. 18,] 1861 [Section in brackets is covered by concrete in 1986 and is taken from the previous compiler.]
In memory of Sarah Toppan, Relict of Dr. Edmund Toppan who died July 10, 1801 In the 96 year of her age. "Having uniformly adorned her early profession of the Gospel, she enjoyed for a long time and to an uncommon degree, the consolation of God & hopes of immortal life. If we believe that Christ rose from the dead, them also who sleep in Jesus, shall God bring with him." Footstone
[Stone nos. 243-244 are in the row in front of stone # 286].
Mrs. Nancy wife of Thomas Lane Jr. died Dec. 15, 1833, aged 43 yrs. 3 mo. "She sleeps - in perfect silence sleeps, And moulders back to clay. Redeemed, her spirit took its flight, And broke from earth away."
[Stone nos. 249-252 are in the row directly behind stone nos. 203-211].
Moses Hobbs, [Died Feb. 7 1866]--------- [The bottom section of this stone is buried in concrete, and the section in brackets is crudely chiseled in on the top of the stone. It was like this when the previous compiler recorded it too.]
Eliza Ann, wife of Moses Hobbs, Died July , 1856, ------ [Remainder of the inscription is buried in concrete. The number in brackets is illegible in 1986 and is taken from the genealogical section of Dow's History of Hampton.]
[Stone nos. 300-303 are in the row directly behind stone nos. 267-280].
Henry William son of William & Anna Brown died Feb. 28, 1815; Aged 1 year 15 ds. [A verse, but difficult to read.][This stone was missed in the original 1986 survey and epitaph is taken from v.2 of Sanborn and Sanborn's "Vital Records of Hampton."]
George William Son of Abraham & Sarah L. Brown ------ [This stone is almost completely illegible in 1986, and the last part was illegible when recorded by the previous compiler. The genealogical section of Dow's History of Hampton has a George William Brown, son of Zaccheus and Sarah (Lewis) Brown who died Feb. 28, 1845, but no George Williams who are sons of Abraham. I cannot verify that the stone reads "Abraham" as it was totally illegible and what it written above has been taken from the previous compiler in its entirety. Photo not available.]
[Stone # 248 is in the row in front of stone nos. 287-292].
George Son of Obed S. & Hannah Hobbs, died Aug. 14, 1853 aged 1- yrs -- mos. [Parts of his age are illegible in 1986 and the grave was not recorded by the previous compiler. The genealogical section of Dow's History of Hampton says he was born May 17, 1834.]
[Stone nos. 300-303 are in the row behind stone nos. 267-280].
In ---- of ----- Blake ----- died ----- year 1826. [A very crudely written stone that is very difficult to read. This may be Eleanor (Seavey) Blake, first wife of David Blake (below) who according to Dow's History of Hampton, page 964, died 4 Mar. 1826. Both graves nos. 305 & 306 are together apart from others.]
R--MOL- Blake Died Augst  year 1822. [Another crudely written stone, difficult to read. The 17 is difficult to determine and may be some other number. This stone and stone #307 are together apart from others, and it could be Molly (Brown) Blake, wife of Jonathan above, although she died, according to Dow's History of Hampton, on 28 Aug. 1823. Though the stone is hard to read, the year looks more like 1822 than 1823, and there is no evidence of a 28.]
[Stone no. 317 is in the row behind stone nos. 305-308].
Hannah Marston, Wife Of Dr. Robert Smith, & daughter of Abraham & Deborah Marston, Died Feb. 7, 1840, Aet. 19. "That once loved form now cold and dead, Each mournful thought ------. And nature weeps her [comfort?] flesh, And wither'd all her joys." [Parts of the verse are too difficult to read.]
Betsey, widow of David Blake, died Feb. 21, 1848 aged 62 yrs. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away." [This stone is in the row directly behind stone nos. 305-308.]
Abigail Wife Of Joshua Lane, Died Feb. 9, 1848, [aged 70 yrs.] [The last part was buried in concrete in 1986 and is taken from the previous compiler. Stone is now completely broken away and missing.]
[ON ONE STONE]
Elisha S. Marston Died Apr. 11, 1833, Aged 83 yrs. 2 mos. 12 dys.
Judith, Widow of Elisha S. Marston Died Apr. 26, 1842, Aged 84 yrs.
[This is a newer stone, and both of these individuals have other stones in the cemetery, nos. 359 & 358 respectively.]
[Stone nos. 337-341 are in the row behind stone nos. 325-327].
Eliza H. wife of Col. Jona'n Marston, Died [May 8, 1877 Aged 77 yrs. 1 mo.] [The last part is buried in concrete in 1986 and is taken from the previous compiler. Scratched crudely into the top of the stone is "D. May. 8 1877. A- 77"].
[Stone nos. 337-341 are in the row behind stone nos. 325-327].
Sarah F. Only Daughter Of John & Sarah W. Dearborn, died Oct. 15, 1846; aged 22 yrs. "Mother, dear Mother, I am not sleeping, Brother, look up to the soft blue sky, where the beautiful stars bright watch are keeping Singing and [shining?] there am I."
Mrs. Mary. wife of Jona. Godfrey, died Feb. 12, 1836 AE. 74 yrs. "Lay here dear Mother & take thy rest, God call'd thee home he saw it best. We trust thy soul ascended high To dwell with God above the sky"
In memory of Mr. Joseph Ward Who was drowned In Hampton River Aug. 20, 1819, Aged 25 yrs. "Affection o'er this silent grave stone weeps Here a loved husband, son, and brother sleeps A father too, but to his child unknown His breath had ceased ere she received her own In early manhood called to yield his breath He sunk unseen and found a watery death By all respected and by many loved How short his life, how suddenly removed A warning voice is heard, prepare to die For death when least expected may be nigh"
Mrs. Lovey Tuck, consort of Mr. Josiah Tuck of Parsonsfield died Nov. 4th 1803 Aetat. 30. "Behold and 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 Mrs. Hannah Ward, who died Nov. 9, 1819, aged 82 years. "Tread lightly, stranger o'er this hallowed earth, It shields the relics of departed worth: Yet learn religion and its joys combined To raise her -----cs and exalt her mind; But cease -----n her upward flight persue, -------------hter realms to welcome you." [Portions of the verse are obscured by a crack in 1986.]
In memory of Cotton Word; [sic] who died May 4, 1802 in the 68 year of his age. "Of firmness, truth, and honesty possess'd, By all his friends deservedly carest, Greatly desir'd and usefully he liv'd, And at his death, what numbers for him griev'd May all who knew his worth like him be just, And thus inbalm their names when laid in dust."
The following stones were found by the previous compiler but are no longer to be found in 1986:
In Memory of Mrs. Sarah wife of Daniel Lamprey who died Dec. 9, 1817 aged 56. [This is the wife of Daniel Lamprey, gravestone #83.]
John S. Moulton died Aug. 5, 1847 Aged 24 yrs [According to Dow's History of Hampton, pages 874-876, this is the son of Jeremiah, gravestone # 187 and grandson of James #193 and Phebe #192.]