Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tombstone Tuesday - Joanna Sawtell (1701-1786) in Groton MA
Joanna (Wilson) Sawtell was born 6 January 1701 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Foster) Wilson. She married Hezekiah Sawtell on 1 August 1723 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, and died 11 September 1786 in Groton. Her stone in the Old Burying ground in Groton leans a bit to the right:
The tombstone has a cherub's head with large wings (perhaps befitting Joanna's motherhood of 11 children?). The inscription says:
In Memory of
Mrs. Joanna Sawtell, Relict of
Lieut. Hezekiah Sawtell
Who died Sept. 11th 1786
In the 85th Year
of her Age.
This is another beautifully carved stone in this graveyard. There are many well-preserved stones like this in the Old Burying Ground in Groton. Transcriptions of the stones in this cemetery are provided in the US GenWeb archives here. A book (Epitaphs from the old burying ground in Groton, Massachusetts, By Samuel Abbott Green, Arthur Bruce Coburn, Published by Little, Brown, & Company, 1878) is available on Google Books here.
I don't recall where I obtained this photograph, and others from this cemetery. I may have taken them myself on a trip to New England in 1994 or 1995, and I may have obtained them from a kind correspondent who took them and sent them to me years ago.
Joanna (Wilson) Sawtell is one of my 6th great-grandmothers.