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Burying Grounds, Cemeteries, Gravestones & History of Boston, Massachusetts

Cemeteries & History of Boston, Massachusetts

Copp's Hill Burying Ground

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Granary Burying Ground

Founded in 1660, the Granary is the third oldest burying ground in Boston proper. In 1737, when grain was stored where the present Park Street Church stands, the burying ground was renamed the Granary. Located on Tremont Street, it is the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War-era patriots, including three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine along with Massachusetts Governors, Clergymen, and Mayors are buried here. Paul Revere and the five victims of the Boston Massacre. The cemetery has 2,345 graves, but historians estimate as many as 5,000 people are buried in it. For more information visit


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Samuel Adams d. 1803, Governor of Massachusetts, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and ardent Patriot.
Crispus Attucks d. 1770, victim of the Boston Massacre
James Caldwell d. 1770, victim of the Boston Massacre
Patrick Carr d. 1770, victim of the Boston Massacre
Edward Carter d. 1742
Capt. John Decoster d. 1773
Peter Fanueil d. 1743, a wealthy American colonial merchant and philanthropist best known for his donation of Boston's Market and Town Hall, Faneuil Hall.
Elizabeth Fenno d. 1713
Abiah Franklin d. 1752, mother of Benjamin Franklin
Josiah Franklin d. 1727, father of Benjamin Franklin
Capt. Nicholas Gardner d. 1782, "who was wounded by the Enemy of which he died"
Samuel Gray d. 1770, victim of the Boston Massacre
Mary "Mother" Goose d. 1690
Susana Goose d. 1687
Anne Hall d. 1745
John Hancock d. 1793, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Alexander Mackay d. 1787
Polley Burk Mackay d. 1783
Ellen Marion d. 1744
Samuel Maverick d. 1770, victim of the Boston Massacre
Sarah Messinger d. 1697
Ebenezer Mountfort d. 1756
Paul Revere d. 1818, silversmith, bell and canon caster, grand master of the Masonic order, Revolutionary War Patriot and rider to warn American Colonists that indeed, the British were coming.
Christopher Snider d. 1770, victim of the Boston Massacre, "The innocent, first victim of the Struggles between the Colonists and the Crown, which resulted in INDEPENDENCE"

King's Chapel Burying Ground

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