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BURIAL MAP AND SHAKER BIOGRAPHIES…

Click on the photo to enter a panorama of the approximate 300 Shaker graves at their cemetery in Shaker Village, Harvard, Massachusetts. Click again to enlarge panorama. (Panning from the left at the deep end of the cemetery to the right at its front entrance on South Shaker Road.)Click on the photo to enter a panorama of the approximate 300 Shaker graves at their cemetery in Shaker Village, Harvard, Massachusetts. Click again to enlarge panorama. (Panning from the left at the deep end of the cemetery to the right at its front entrance on South Shaker Road.)

ORIGINS OF THE SHAKER CEMETERY

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Shaker Cemetery, ca 1930.

In 1792, the year following the construction of their meetinghouse, the Shakers began clearing and fencing an acre of land for a burying ground. Four yoke of oxen were employed for eight days to haul the stone walls into place. There were at least 331 Shaker burials here. The earliest dates from 1792; the last interment was in 1929, 11 years after the community had closed. The town’s Center Cemetery contains six earlier Shaker burials, and there are a few Shakers buried in the town’s Bellevue Cemetery.

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In 1879, Harvard was one of a few communities to substitute cast-iron markers for individual stone ones. In the 20th century, at almost every Shaker site, individual markers were replaced with a single monument. This is the only Shaker cemetery that retains “lollipop” markers. In 1945, the Shakers deeded the cemetery to the town of Harvard.
(From ‘Shaker Sites in Harvard, A Guide for the Harvard Shaker Bicentennial, 1791 – 1991″, written and produced by Maggie Stier and Ralph N . Fuller for Harvard’s Shaker 200 Committee.)

FROM THE SHAKER MANUSCRIPTS

“As an introduction to the following list of names and places of interment, I amend some statements concerning the laying out, fencing, and preparing the ground in which has been deposited the remains of nearly all who have deceased in this Society (Harvard) since the gathering of the Church.

As this statement is a fair specimen of the written transactions of the first Believers, and shows plainly with what minuteness, accuracy and precision they kept their accounts, I think it worthy of notice and imitation.
Here it is as taken from the record October 28, 1799.  The Church and Society by mutual agreement began to fence the burying ground with stone wall.  The brick [sic] was done by the following persons, the number of days are placed against each name.

Aaron Jewett,  8; Hosea Edson, 1; Seth Babbit, 2; Oliver Burt, Jr., 6-1/2; Cabel Crouch, 6-1/2; Abiather Eddy, 4; Henry Godding, 8; Ezra Lathe, 8; Aron Williams, 2-1/2; Levi Warner, 6-1/2; Jonathan Crouch, 2-1/2; Ebenezar Lyon, 4; Isaac Cooper, 1-1/2; EIijah Warner, 8; Samuel Cooper, 1-1/2; David Dwinnel, 8; Solomon Cooper, 6; Jonathan Bridges, 6-1/2;
Joseph Frost, 2; Abel Jewett Jr., 3; Jeremiah Willard, 3-1/2; Barzebial Edson, 7; Solomon Frizzel, 4; Aaron Jewett, Jr., 1-1/2; Simon cooper, 7;   Total, 121-1/2

OUR HARVARD SHAKERS:  their life stories 

Shaker cemetery burials west halfThe burial map on the right presents the overall configuration of the Shaker Cemetery.  The map is shown from the viewpoint of a visitor at the front entrance of the cemetery (bottom of the map). The first table below presents the burials in the right or west half of the Cemetery that is highlighted in blue.

April 19, 2016 UPDATE:  We are very excited about a new project  with Roben Campbell, our local Shaker researcher and expert. The project builds on this map of the Shaker Cemetery. Roben is in the process of writing ‘Short Biographies’ for several of the Shakers buried in the Shaker Cemetery.  The first set of biographies have been added to the map below. The individuals whose short biographies are available are shown in bold.

HOW TO SEARCH FOR SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS:

  1. To search for a name, hold down the CTRL key and depress the ‘f’  key.  A search box will open on your browser window. Enter the  name in the search box. Your browser will highlight the name if any are found on the page.
  2. The FORUM for Historic Harvard continues to work with our local Shaker researcher, Roben Campbell to assure that this information is correct and up to date with the latest research. Roben is in the process of preparing short biographies for the Shakers who are buried here. As they are completed, they will be published and linked to their names in this Burial Map similar to the example link for ‘David Crouch’.

DOWNLOADABLE LISTINGS OF THE BURIALS BY LOCATION AND BY NAME.   This downloadable listing in PDF format first lists the burials by location in the Cemetery. A second list in the same file, gives the burials sorted by name.

SHAKER CEMETERY BURIAL MAP

 PROMENADE

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4

3

2

1

 
William Grover Barzilla Alden Elizabeth Robinson Susannah Willard David Crouch

1

Samuel Blood John Perry Lydia Winchester Oliver Adams Eunice Lathe

2

Daniel M. Robbins William Munday Mehitable Crouch Abel Jewett Ruth Keep

3

Benjamin Winchester Thomas Hammond Sr Mary Perry Abiather Babbitt Sarah Bemis

4

Luther Woodsome Silas Robbins Sarah Jewett John Stevens Rachel Adams

5

David Patch Joseph Wyeth Ruth Sterns Ezra Lathe Meriam Powers

6

Silas Temple Hosea Edson Abigail Allen David Dwinell Elizabeth Mixter

7

George W. Brown Henry Godden Hannah Eddy Lucy Clark Hannah Williams

8

Henry S. Babbitt Samuel Owen Mary Hammond Abigail Babbitt Elizabeth Shattuck

9

Joseph Parker Charles Edson Elizabeth Babbit Elizabeth Phinney Thomas Shattuck

10

Stephen Young Hiram Edson Xzena Robbins Elizabeth Crouch Francis Copper

11

William H. Manchester Hugh Morrow Delighteth Dodge Bethiah Prescott Sarah Grace

12

William Hurd Henry Ellsworth Phebe Keep Mary Jewett Sarah Cooper

13

Joshua Phelps Eliza E. Parkhurst Eunice Wythe Abigail Stanhope Elizabeth Williams

14

Augustus H. Grosvenor Obediah Rich Cynthia Pratt Mary Crouch Rachel Wood

15

Isaac Rich Jesse Myrick Keziah Blood Susannah Daby Elhanan Winchester

16

Robert Jones Luke Fosgate Elizabeth Crouch Mercy Clark Mehitable Grace

17

Sally Meehan William Whiskins Anna Lathe Ezra Turner Deborah Prentice

18

Elizabeth Persons Belle Florence Locke Rebecca Robbins Deborah Williams PK, MW, EC., HW, MJ.

19

Emma Miller Ann E. Persons Mary Sparrow Abigail Cooper Rebecca Hamlin

20

Martha H. Sparrow Mercy Dring Phebe Lyscom Elizabeth Dunham Mary F. Colburn

21

Sarah Whiting Lucy A. Hammond Bathsheba Winchester Evangeline Carr Sarah A. Church

22

Mary Floyd Susan G. Kendall Sarah Hannum Lizzie Ranse Anna D. Mayo

23

Betsy Knowles Eunice Bathrick Susan Babbit Asenath Blanchard Eliza Mitchell

24

John Cloutman Betsy M. Hall Polly Edson  Mary Fosgate Elizabeth D. Raymond

25

 Lucy G. Clark Sophia S. Niles Sarah Mason Sarah Sargent Polly Babbit

26

Mary Chandler Susan Giddings Elizabeth H. Jones Nancy Fairbanks

27

Mary A. Kelley Mary Robbins Sarah Pratt

28

Olive F. Chandler Elizabeth Sears Ruth Robbins

29

Henrietta Cook Charlotte Priest Lucy Knowles

30

Mathilda S. Persons Mahaleth Pratt Sarah A. Robbins

31

William Davidson Harriet P. Hart Sally Robbins

32

Susannah McGooden Martha Ann Carr Hannah Hall

33

Ezra B. Newton Catherine Walker Sophronia Alden

34

Maria Foster Olive Hatch Sylvia Atherton

35

Eliza Babbitt Elizabeth E. Grover Relief Edson

36

Mary R. Hill Annie L. Walker Abigail Temple

37

Lottie Tremper Gillette

38

     
     

Shaker cemetery burials east half

 

 

 

The second table below presents the burials in the left or east half of the cemetery which is highlighted in blue.

 

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9

8

7

6

 

PROMENADE

1

Sally Myrick Rachel Bridges Sarah Hammond Grove Blanchard Seth Blanchard

2

Maria Barrett Roxalama Hill Persis Bridges Daniel Tiffany Thomas Robbins

3

Patience Crouch Betsy Chandler Rachel Keep Eleazer Rand Levi Warner

4

Lucy Myrick Rebecca Chandler Sarah Keep Hannah Kendall George W. Thomas

5

Minerva Hill Susan Winchester Anna Kilburn Hannah Kendall Seth Babbitt

6

Martha Farrar Hannah Clark Selah Trask John Warner William Kendall

7

Charles  Priest Harriet Capen Lucy Hildreth Elizabeth Keep Timothy Dolliver

8

Jemima Blanchard Polly Winchester Sally Robbins Asa Farnham Joseph Frost

9

Susan K. Myrick Rebecca Procter Elvira Winchester Mary Frost Benjamin Hammond

10

Eliza Myrick Sarah Crouch Lydia Cox Daniel Jewett Joseph Bridges

11

Elmira Adams Sarah Robbins Mary E. Crouch Solomon Frizzle Jonathan Crouch

12

Anna Orsment Bulah Cooper Deliverance Whittlemore Elijah Warner Jesse Myrick

13

Selah Winchester Dolly Perham Mary G. Farr Abiathar Eddy Oliver Robinson

14

Sally Loomis Elizabeth Jewett Sarah Lyscom Abel Jewett Abijah Worster

15

Mary C. Sherer Abigail Babbitt Bethiah Willard Aaron Jewett Caleb Crouch

16

Eunice Wilds Mary A. Hammond Sarah Barrett Frederic Winchester Nathan Kendall

17

Mary Channel Margeret Orsment Sarah Ann Robbins Solomon Cooper John Orsment, Sr.

18

Elizabeth Myrick Elizabeth Fletcher Martha Draper Samuel H. Myrick Joseph M. Myrick

19

Mary M. Parkhurst Amanda Haynes Deliverance Cooper Joseph Mayo Jonathan Chandler

20

Betsy F. Sparrow Molly Lyon Mary G. Haskins Moses Crouch William Robbins

21

Margaret McGooding Sarah Thomas Sarah Dodge Lemuel Tompkins Ebenezer Grosvenor

22

Anna Babbitt Hannah Babbitt Abigail Blanchard William Hall Moses Tenny

23

Elizabeth Winchester Tabitha Babbitt Sarah Kendall Charles H. Wood Isaac Myrick

24

Mary Babbitt Mary Grosvenor Anna Robbins Charles N. Kelley Godfrey Sparrow

25

Olive B. Blanchard Lucy McIntosh Sarah Jefferson Daniel Myrick

26

Desire Chandler [Nancy Orsment] Martha Crouch William Leonard

27

Betty Babbitt Caroline King Hannah Bridges John Orsment Jr.

28

[Susan Channel] Betsy Maynard Joseph Swasey

29

Helen H. Hall Abigail Osgood Thomas Hammond

30

Stephen McKnight Simon T. Atherton

31

Nathan Nilant Elijah Myrick

32

Catherine Hall

33

Marcia Bullard

34

Phillip Mayer

35

Maria M. Wood

36

Louisa Green

37

Ellen Green

38

Almyra E. McLean
   
   

Burial Map Version 1.0  June 1, 2015

6 thoughts on “BURIAL MAP AND SHAKER BIOGRAPHIES…

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  2. Hello Kit… Margaret Egleson is not buried in the Harvard Shaker’s Cemetery. However, I consulted with our local researcher on Shaker history, Roben Campbell and this was her response:

    “Very quickly I can tell you that Margaret Egleson, or Egleston, was born in 1844 in Ireland, and joined the Lebanon Shakers at a time unknown to me. She was transferred to Harvard in 1883, and was put into the ministry in 1899, and became first in the ministry in 1906. This bothered many of the old timers in the Harvard Village. She returned to Lebanon, by their request in 1908.”

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  3. I am looking for biographies on Catherine Beeton Walker and Annie Lucy Walker, Catherine being my g g grandmother and Annie my G great aunt. I would be willing to share my research.

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