In Memory of
Mr. Nathaniel Raymond
Who departed this Life
June 11th 1789
Aged 79 years
Nathaniel Raymond, son of Nathaniel Raymond and Rebecca Conant, was born 1 April 1712 in Beverly, and died 11 June 1789 in Beverly. He married Martha Balch, daughter of Samuel Balch and Mary Colburn Baker on 3 October 1735 in Beverly. They had seven children - Hannah, John, Sarah, Samuel, Martha, Hepzibah, and Nathan.
Nathaniel's wife, Martha Balch is my 2nd cousin, 7 generations removed. We are both descendants of Benjamin Balch (1628 - after 1715), son of the immigrant ancestor John Balch, who died in 1648 in Beverly. Martha's mother was Mary Colburn (b. 1673), granddaughter of Edward Bishop, my 9th great grandfather. Edward Bishop (1620 - 1705) had three wives, and his second wife, Bridget Playfer Oliver Bishop was hanged as a witch in 1692.
This slate tombstone was broken, and to save the pieces from being lost it was encased in cement so it could stand upright, and reconstructed. There are several other tombstones in this cemetery (Old North Beverly Cemetery) that were repaired this way. I've seen this method used all over New England.
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Nathaniel Raymond, died 1789, North Beverly, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 6, 2016, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/12/tombstone-tuesday-nathaniel-raymond.html: accessed [access date]).