Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday- Derry's First Settlers

Behind East Derry's Historic First Church
is the Forest Hill Cemetery
and the oldest graves there are labeled "First Settlers"




These are the gravestones of the first founding families of Nutfield, New Hampshire,
the Scots Irish Presbyterians who came in 1719. The first burial was about 1722.
At this time the name of the town changed to Londonderry,
and later split into two towns, the Eastern portion renamed Derry.
For the next few weeks I will highlight some of these gravestones individually
and show the artwork, epitaphs and inscriptions, along with some genealogical information.

For more information on Forest Hill Cemetery, in Derry, New Hampshire click here
http://www.forest-hill-1721.webs.com/ Friends of Forest Hill Cemetery
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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

6 comments:

  1. Nice pictures taken on such a cold day.

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  2. I'm looking forward to your series, since some of them are my ancestors. Look for Archibalds and Taylors!

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  3. Oh, I think I need to take a walk through there! :)

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  4. I would love to see anything about the Steeles and Morisons as well! Thanks!

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  5. MY ANSESTOR, JUSTISE JAMES MCKEEN, WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SETTLERS. I AM DESCENDED FROM HIS SON JOHN MCKEEN. ARE EITHER ONE OF THEM BURRIED IN THIS CEMETARY?

    CHARLOTTE WINTERS

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  6. Charlotte,
    See this blog post http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/08/tombstone-tuesday-james-mckeen-derry.html for James McKeen's toomstone. It is in Forest Hill Cemetery.

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