Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Mercy Smith in Medfield MA

Mercy Smith (1772-1850) was one of my 4th-great-grandmothers. I believe that her gravestone stands in Vine Lake Cemetery near the center of Medfield, and is probably next to or near that of her husband, Aaron Smith (1765-1841). I received this photograph from a friend in the early 1990's (thank you, Linda T!):

The stone reads:

Mercy Smith
the wife of
Aaron Smith
died April 13,
AE 78.

Mercy Plimpton was born 9 September 1772 in Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, the daughter and fifth (and last) first child of Amos and Mary (Guild) Plimpton. She married Aaron Smith, son of Moses and Patience (Hamant) Smith, on 6 October 1795 in Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Mercy (Plimpton) Smith died on 13 April 1850 in Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Aaron and Mercy (Plimpton) Smith had eight children - Susanna, Patience, Mary, Alpheus, Lucy, Elizabeth, Nancy and Aaron Smith. Alpheus (1802-1840) is my ancestral connection to Aaron and Mercy.

There are a number of photographs of tombstones standing in Vine Lake Cemetery in Medfield at http://www.gravematter.com/cem-ma-medfield.asp, courtesy of Bill Boyington.

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