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First Burial Ground

The historic First Burial Ground on Park Street is the City’s first and oldest cemetery. It is also the final resting place of Woburn’s early settlers, military heroes, church leaders, oldest families, and descendants of several U.S. Presidents.  After Woburn founding in 1640, the first burial occurred in 1642 following the death of a child, Hannah Richardson. Woburn’s most important outdoor museum saw the burials of most of the original founders and their families, the first ministers of the First Parish, direct descendants of eight American Presidents, the many veterans of the King Philip’s War, French and Indian Wars and Revolutionary War, Colonel Loammi Baldwin, architect of the Middlesex Canal, his son, Loammi, the younger, the “Father of American Civil Engineering,” Daniel Thompson, Woburn’s first military casualty of the Revolutionary War shot on April 19, 1775 and numerous others who gave of themselves to build a better town for their progeny. When the First Burial Ground was full, the First Parish opened the Second Burial Ground in 1794. Interred is the next generation of Woburn families including 56 veterans of the Revolutionary War.


As the town grew and families arrived, it was necessary for the church to create a cemetery.

established as the First Burial Ground in 1642. While it is clear from Town records that the first death in Woburn occurred in 1642, it is not as certain whether one month old Hannah Richardson was buried there. Woburn historian William Cutter does, however, note that early records indicate the Burial Grounds use in 1642.


Located on a rocky hill, the location of the cemetery might symbolically reflect a closeness to God but more likely the decision was made as a thrifty use of land not suitable for farming. Many headstones face west, that is, the inscriptions faced west and the footstones faced east with mounded graves between the pairs. This represents the readiness of the deceased to “rise up and face the new day (the sun)” when “the trumpets shall sound and the dead shall be raised” at the coming of Christ. In most cemeteries of the period, the North side was less desirable and is often the last section to be used. Often the area is set aside for slaves, servants, suicides or unknowns.


Records indicate that family members of six of the seven founding fathers are buried in these sacred grounds but for many there are no headstones especially for the original founders. Captain Edward Johnson, the “Father of Woburn,” was the leader of the seven explorers that set out in 1640 from Charlestown and founded Woburn. He and his wife, Susan, had 7 children. He died in 1672 and curiously, no headstone marks the location of Captain Johnson but history records note his burial there.


BURDETT MANSION

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Woburn Historical Society

7 Mishawum Road

PO Box 91

Woburn, MA  01801

781.933.5002

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10 am to 2 pm

Saturdays

10 am to 12 pm

Bill and ​Joyce Cummings

The Society is extremely grateful to be a recipient of a Cummings Foundation Grant.

Thank you to these Woburn businesses for their generous support!

SPONSORS

George's Auto Body

Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home

J. Mul​kerin Realty

J. Sallese & Sons, Inc.


BENEFACTORS

Kiwanis Club of Woburn

Lawton Real Estate, Inc.

Little Folks Day School


SUPPORTERS

Ellen Baugh

Kevin J. Greeley

Andrew Libsett

McLaughlin-Dello Russo Funeral Service

Tocci

Phillip Alexanders

          DoB:  ~~

          DoD:  05/13/1754 

died in Army at Lake George

Revolutionary War

Colonel Loammi Baldwin

DoB:  01/10/1744

DoD:  10/20/1807

Revolutionary War

John F Barrett

DoB:  10/04/1832

DoD:  10/14/1903

Jonathan Blanchard

DoB:  1720

DoD:  09/14/1727

Son of Jacob & Abigail

Elizabeth Blogget

DoB:  1695

DoD:  05/24/1713

Wife of Caleb

Headstone shows DoD as 1717

Martha Bordman

DoB:  ~~

DoD:  08/25/1752

Widow of Andrew

of Boston

(spelled 'Boardman' in death records)

Benjamin  Brooks

DoB: 01/1749

DoD:  09/01/1749

Son of Benjamin & Susanna

Benjamin Brooks

DoB:  1750

DoD:  03/17/1753

Son of Benjamin & Susanna

Betty Brooks

DoB:  ~~

DoD:  07/03/1764

Wife of Josiah

Elizabeth Brooks (left)

DoB: ~~


Elizabeth Brooks (right)

DoB: ~~


Hannah Brooks

DoB:  1716

DoD:  04/04/1742

Hephzibah Brooks

DoB:  ~~

DoD:  01/01/1746

Wife of Jabez

Isaac Brooks

DoB: ~~

DoD: 03/23/1768

King's Philip's War

Jabez Brooks

DoB: ~~

DoD: 01/30/1747

Jemima  Brooks

DoB:  ~~

DoD:  11/15/1774

Nathan Brooks

DoB: ~~

Nathan Brooks - Child​

Sarah Brooks

DoB: ~~

DoD: 02/21/1747

Rose Bruce

DoB: ~~

DoD: 09/21/1723

John Burbeen

DoB: ~~

DoD: 01/08/1713

King Philip's War

Abigail Carter (left)

DoB: ~~

DoD: 02/03/1772

Elizabeth Carter

DoB: ~~

DoD: 05/06/1691

Capt John Carter

DoB: ~~

DoD: 09/14/1692

King Philip's War

John Carter

DoB: ~~

DoD: 05/21/1705

Lt John Carter

DoB: ~~

DoD: 04/08/1727

King Philip's War

Joseph Johnson Carter (right)

DoB: ~~

DoD: 09/15/1775

Son of Jonathan & Sibyl

Margery Carter (right)

DoB: ~~

DoD: 09/23/1723

Daughter of Samuel & Margery

Margery Carter (left)

DoB: ~~

DoD: 09/27/1769

Wife of Captain Samuel

Ruth Carter

DoB: ~~

DoD: 01/11/1724

Sibyl Carter (middle)

DoB: ~~

DoD: 08/27/1775

Daughter of Jonathan & Sibyl

Susanna Carter

DoB: ~~

DoD: 08/12/1751

Wife of Thomas

Thomas Carter

DoB: ~~

DoD: 03/17/1753

William Carter

DoB: ~~

DoD: 10/06/1728

Revolutionary War

William Carter

1798

Aaron Cleveland

DoB: ~~

DoD: 09/14/1716

Henry Coggin

DoB: ~~

DoD: 03/29/1693

Son of John & Elizabeth

Henry Coggin

DoB: ~~

DoD: 03/29/1703

Son of John & Elizabeth

John Coggin

DoB: ~~

DoD: 03/09/1693

Son of John & Elizabeth

Capt John Coggin

DoB: ~~

DoD: 02/17/1725

Joseph Coggin

DoB: 09/22/1698

DoD: 09/22/1698

Son of John & Elizabeth

Ann Converse

DoB: ~~

DoD: 08/10/1691

Wife of Lt James

Ebenezer Converse

DoB: ~~

DoD: 11/09/1693

Son of James & Hannah

Edward Converse

DoB: 10/26 /1691

DoD: 10/28/1691

Son of Edward & Sarah

Edward Converse

DoB: ~~

DoD: 07/26/1692

Elizabeth Converse

DoB: ~~

DoD: 07/27/1694

Daughter of James & Hannah

Hester Converse

DoB: ~~

DoD: 11/07/1703

Daughter of Josiah & Ruth

Major James Converse

DoB: ~~

DoD: 07/08/1706

King Philip's War

Lt James Converse

DoB: ~~

DoD: 05/10/1715

King Philip's War