Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday- Hollis, New Hampshire

Hollis, New Hampshire Congregational Church

The Congregational Church cemetery is located directly behind the church.  The graves are right up to the foundations and chimney.  Below you can see the Emerson family plot.  Reverend Daniel Emerson (1716 - 1801) was the founder of the church, and brother to my 6x great grandfather Brown Emerson (1704 - 1774).  I previously blogged about the Reverend Emerson's ledger stone at this link: http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/02/tombstone-tuesday.html    Today's post is about some of the other Emerson tombstones.

The Emerson family plot
(but there are Emersons throughout this cemetery)

In Memory of
Anna Emerson
Sister of the Rev'd
Daniel Emerson
Who departed this life
February ye 5th 1708
In the 87th year of
her age

In memory of
Daniel Emerson Esq.
Having judiciously and faithfully
served his generation as an officer of the
the church, as a defender of freedom, as a magi-
strate and legislator,  a friend to the poor,
a zealous promoter of the Redeemer's king-
dom retired from his labors, Oct. 1, 1820 aged 71

In Memory of Lieut.
Son of the Revd. Daniel Emerson
Who was instantly killed by the
accidental discharge of a Cannon
while exercising the Matross

October 4th 1790 in the
30th Year of his age
We drop apace, by nature some decay,
and some the gusts of fortune sweep away

Genealogy of the Emerson Family:

Generation 1:  Thomas Emerson, born 26 Juy 1584 in Sedgfield Parish, Durham, England, died 1 May 1666 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 1 July 1611 in Bishop's Stortford, Herfordshire, England to Elizabeth Brewster, born 24 July 1584 in England, died 10 August 1638 in Ipswich.  Nine children, two were ministers.

Generation 2. Reverend Joseph Emerson, born about 1620 in England, died on 3 January 1680 in Concord, Massachusetts; married on 7 December 1665 in Concord to Elizabeth Bulkely, daughter of the Reverend Edward Bulkely and Lucyann Coy, born about 1638 and died 4 September 1693 in Reading, Massachusetts.  Elizabeth Bulkely married second to John Brown.  Seven children.  He married first to Elizabeth Woodmansey about 1646 in Boston, and had one son. 

Generation 3. Peter Emerson, born about 1673 in Mendon, Massachusetts, died 19 January 1751 in Reading, Massachusetts; married on 11 November 1696 in Reading to Mary Brown, daughter of John Brown (see above) and his first wife, Anna Fiske.  Mary was born 23 March 1678 in Reading, and died before 1748, probably in Reading.  Ten children, including Reverend Daniel Emerson mentioned above, Brown Emerson (my 6x great grandfather), and Anna Emerson (1701- 1781), never married (her tombstone is above, too). 

Generation 4. Reverend Daniel Emerson, born 20 May 1716 in Reading, died 30 September 1801 in Hollis, New Hampshire; married on 17 October 1744 to Hannah Emerson, his cousin, daughter of Joseph Emerson and Mary Moody (great grandparents to the sage Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882).  Hannah was born 3 December 1722 in Malden, Massachusetts, died 28 February 1812 in Hollis, New Hampshire.  Thirteen children, including the Daniel Emerson (see tombstone above) and Ralph Emerson (his tombstone is also above).  

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. What a beautiful picture of the Congregational Church! My brother's Congregational Church in Castalia looks almost jsut like the picture you have featured...with a slightly different steeple! Here in Ohio we have deep New England roots!

  2. PS - Here's a link to an old picture of the Congregational Church in Castalia, Ohio: