Below are inscriptions from monuments in Old First Cemetery, Upton, which I viewed on May 10, 2002.
On this page are:
BARROWS, CARPENTER, JOHNSON, WHITE
The cemetery is located at 42° 09' 36" N, 071° 35' 55" W. This map image is a piece of the 1953 Milford quadrangle from the UNH collection, Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York. The scale is in feet.
Upton Historical Society has searchable abstracts of Upton cemetery inscriptions. There is a page of abstracts of all inscriptions in Old First Cemetery. The photo on that page is looking North; the stone in the foreground shade whose edge is sunlit is Sally Carpenter's. As genealogy folklore has it, "they want to be found."
Warning: there's poison ivy.
These are the headstones of Reuben Carpenter, father of the illustrious Seth Prime Carpenter, and Reuben's two wives.
The stones read as below, from East to West (the inscriptions are on their North sides). South of them is a corresponding row of footstones, inscribed (on their South sides) "Mrs. Sally Carpenter" and "H. C."; Reuben's is broken off, with some engraved border lines but no text that I can discern. All stones are nearly lichen-free slate, and the engraving wonderfully sharp. They are 15 or 16 inches wide and about 3 feet tall. There are slate shards and broken glass; presumably smashing bottles contributed to broken slate. Sally's and Reuben's have curved tops in which a winged face (effigy of the escaping soul) appears; Sally's is flanked by small rising (or setting - how do you tell?) suns. The long verse lines are completed with the last words on the line above, presumably the engraver letting us know that he didn't just run out of space. The superscript comma after Hannah's "March 20" is an oddity to me. Hannah's is also the first verse I've seen that is attributed.
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The original transcriber was interested only in the verses, and noted at most the name or age on the stone. Using the inscriptions transcribed by the Upton Historical Society I've identified the stones as well as I can without a physical visit.
Either Marie Antoinette daughter of Mr. William & Lucy Barrows, November 10, 1817, 5th y 7m or Elmira daughter of Mr. Wilder & Mrs. Thirza Johnson, May 27, 1816, 5th y 3m
Miss Eleanor Barrows, January 11, 1821, 21st y
Eliza Ann daughter of Jesse & Ruth White, April 10, 1819, 7th y
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