Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Mary Betton, Derry, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Derry, New Hampshire.

You never know what sort of historical trivia you will find when wandering around a cemetery! 

wife of the late
& daughter of the late
one of the Signers of the
Declaration of Independence
died May 28, 1845:
aged 77 yrs.
Faith hath an overcoming power
And triumphs in the dying hour. 

Mary Betton was the daughter of Dr. Matthew Thornton and Hannah Jack, born in 1768 in Merrimack, New Hampshire.  Both of her parents were from Londonderry.  She married Silas Betton, who was born in Londonderry (now Derry) on 26 August 1768, the son of James Betton and Elizabeth Dickey.  He graduated from Darmouth College in 1787, studied law and practiced as a lawyer in Salem, New Hampshire.  He was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, a member of the New Hampshire Senate, and a United States Representative. He also served as the high sheriff of Rockingham County from 1813 - 1818.  He died on 22 January 1822 and was buried at the Old Parish Cemetery in Salem.  Mary died on 28 May 1845 and was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, New Hampshire. 

Mary Thornton and Silas Betton had seven children: Caroline, George, Harriet, Mary, Wealthy, Thornton and Charles. 

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