Burials in the North Weymouth Cemetery
This stone is in front of the Civil War Memorial. The picture was taken in about 1989. About 5 years later, the stone was defaced by the chipping out the name 'Robert'.
Before I begin, I would like to note that all the people buried in this and every cemetery have a story to tell. We may not always know that story, but surely it is there. The following are only some of the many interesting people and their histories that are buried in Old North.
Rev. William Smith and his wife Elizabeth Quincy Smith, parents of Abigail Adams.
Thomas A. Watson, inventor, assistant to Alexander Graham Bell in the creation of the telephone, and founder of the Fore River Shipyard.
General Solomon Lovell, made infamous by the events of the 1779 Siege of Penobscot.
Albert Tirrell, first person in America to use sleepwalking as a defense in a murder case, which he won. He was accused of the murder of his prostitute mistress, Maria Bickford in Boston.
Gen. Benjamin F. Pratt, Civil War veteran and Lieut. Col of the 36th U.S. Colored Troops. Also served as a Representative and Senator from Weymouth.
Robert Treat Paine, died 1727. The infant brother and namesake of the Robert Treat Paine, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independance. From the Waldo Sprague Files, copied July 1953, " Intombed in this vault are Robert Treat Paine, born Oct. ye 9th, 1727 and died ye 21st of ye same month, and Thomas Paine born July ye 3 1729 and died Augt ye 19 173? both of them successively ye sons of Thomas Paine Pastor of this Church".
Clarence D Okerfelt Jr., Painters Union Local 391, painted the rainbow on the Boston Gas tank in 1971 that was designed by Sister Corita Kent. His son Robert repainted the tank in 1995.
Amy Hill Duncan, one of the founders of the Abigail Adams Society who helped save the birthplace and home of this famous First Lady from destruction by having it moved to a plot of town owned land next to the cemetery, close to it's original site.
John McCulloch, who as a Marine Air Corps pilot, died in Florida in 1942 during a training flight. The McCulloch School (now the Whipple Senior Center) is named after him.
William C Shores, killed in action in Korea,1952.
William H Little, killed in action in Vietnam, 1967.
Paul Quill, killed in action in Vietnam, 1968.
Laban Pratt, philanthropist who donated funds for a hospital for the people of North Weymouth, which was eventually used to build a wing on the South Shore Hospital. He also donated the iron gates for the cemetery and part of the funds used to build the Laban Pratt, Clara Rogers Memorial Chapel, the main office of the cemetery.
Wituwamat and Pecksuot, two headless skeletons believed to be the remains of the Indians killed by Myles Standish in 1623. The skeletons were found when Edward Blanchard was digging the foundation of his house at 236 Sea St. He had the remains interred in the embankment behind his lot in the North Weymouth Cemetery.