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The truth behind burials in the garden in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist


Recently while searching for a friend I noted some of their ancestors had died in Chelsea, Massachusetts.  Can you explain to me why they would be buried in their garden?  That is what I learned from their death records in the 19th century.  Can you advise if this is correct? 



Chelsea, Massachusetts was annexed from Boston, and formed as a town on January 10, 1739.  Your friend’s relatives most likely were not buried in a “garden” but in an actual cemetery.  On Shawmut Street in Chelsea is the Garden Cemetery which was created in 1842.  The surviving gravestone inscriptions were published under the reference [G.R. 2] in the Vital Records of Chelsea, Massachusetts to the year 1850 (Boston, Wright & Potter, 1916).  I am not aware of a full transcription of all the gravestones in this cemetery.

Posted by David Lambert at 09/16/2010 03:39:08 PM | 

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