Monday, April 18, 2011

Old Western Burial Ground

The Old Western Burial Ground is one of Lynn's oldest cemeteries.  The graveyard is located in West Lynn, west-side of Lynn Common by Market Square.  Most of the stones are engraved with the willow tree motif, appearing to be a common theme in this era.  

A few Lynn residents have taken the interest to clean the old burial ground of litter.  Scouts, back in the day, organized the names found on each stone. This data will be organized onto a site plan, for historic documentation by a member of the Historic Commission (this will be a good summer project). 

Among the several interesting names which are found here, Rev. Samuel Whiting is believed to be the first minister to have settled in Lynn MA, after arriving in Boston Harbor on May 26, 1636.  His obelisk will be observed this year by his descendants, to commemorate the 375th anniversary of his arrival in Lynn.

Steve (Lynn resident who cleans the grounds (in his own will)), Carl Greenler (Chair of LHC), Caroline Whiting (descendant of Rev. Whiting), Patricia Lee & Calvin Anderson (both members of LHC).


  1. I had so much fun looking at these gravestones. Lynn was actually named after King's Lynn, the town in England where the Rev. Samuel Whiting emigrated from. Glad there is interest in keeping it clean. There is a website that lists many of the gravestones. I will look to find it and put it in a comment asap.

  2. The website is Funny, the Rev. Samuel Whiting isn't listed in the list. Great website with pictures, too!

  3. Thanks Colleen! This will make the work easier.

  4. Reverend Sam's grave isn't listed in gravematter because the stone/obelisk is a replacement that was installed in the mid 1800's by William Whiting, the original stone having been lost/buried/weathered. The list of stones was compiled before the installation of the replacement gravestone. Some of the markers of the early settlers were made of wood. He died 12 December 1679. His burial in the old western burial ground is chronicled in several of the old histories of Lynn. Reverend Sam lived on Whiting Street, just across the common from the burial ground.

  5. I am so glad that I found this blog. I am currently researching an individual that i think was buried in this cemetery- his name is Daniel Parrott. Your pictures are great and I wish i could come down to look for Daniel's tombstone along with any other relatives. Have you seen any Parrotts buried in this cemetery? I think the plot he is buried in is #56. I would be willing to pay for a rubbing or two... or more... :)

  6. Hi,
    Our research is just beginning. I'll take a note of the name Parrot, and message you when I find something. There are actually 3 historic grave yards in Lynn that are slayed for inventory. No need money... Happy to help :)

  7. Thank you so much! That is quite kind of you... and thanks again for this blog. :)

  8. Here is a book on it from 1886!

  9. Lot of mixed emotions looking at this as I am the 12th great grandaughter of Samuel Whiting. His son James was unable to go with him to the Colonies as he was likely in apprenticeship at the time, some articules state that his sons from his first marriage died, this is clearly not the case.

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