Old Man Scanlon's

Monument Inscriptions, Timothy Plain Cemetery, Norton, Bristol, Massachusetts

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Below are inscriptions from monuments in Timothy Plain Cemetery, Norton.

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aerial photo, Timothy Plain Cemetery

The cemetery is located on Plain St., Norton, approximately a quarter-mile east of Rte 495. This aerial photo is from MassGIS. The scale is in feet. North is at the top.

History of this Document

08 August 2003, revision 1.
Initial publication.
05 February 2007, revision 2.
Routine maintenance.

CLAPP Inscriptions

Timothy Plain Cemetery is on the north side of Plain St., which runs roughly east-west. It appears still, or at least very recently, in use. The Clapp stones below are in the easternmost section of the cemetery, bounded by Plain St., in three rows running perpendicular to the street. They are immediately east of large Newcomb and Stickman monuments. I did not explore the entire cemetery, so I may very well have missed some Clapp stones, although every Clapp death in the Norton Vital Records whose provenance is a Timothy Plain Cemetery gravestone record is shown below. Row 1 is located roughly at 41.97672° N, 071.14558° W. Going east, Rows 1 and 2 are adjacent; row 3 is a few rows farther on. Each row of headstones has a row of footstones to its east. All inscriptions are on the west sides of the stones. Left-to-right order in the rows is preserved in the tables below. Most of the stones are slate and easily legible, though there is some lichen; Capt. David's is marble and the small lettering is severely worn. In these inscriptions spelling, punctuation, and capitalization are all preserved as well as I could copy. My comments are in square brackets. The signature of stonecutter Samuel R. Lincoln on Samuel Clapp's stone was an interesting first for me.

Row 1

In Memory of
Jonan Son of
Mr Jonan Clap.
& Sarah his
wife. he died
March ye 2d
1756 in ye 10th
year of his
In Memory of
Mr Jonathan Clap
who died Septr. 11th
1800 in ye 86th year
of his Age
In Memory of
Sarah ye Wife
of Mr Jonathan
Clap who died
Octr. 29th 1756
in ye 47th year
of her
In Memory of
Jerusha widow of Mr
Jonathan Clapp. Who
died Octr 3 1807
Aged 93.
David ye son of
Capt David
Clap & hannah
his wife. He died
March ye 6th
1778 Aged 6
Months and
9 days
Silas Son of Capt
David Clap. &
Hannah his wife.
he died Feb ye
14th 1787. in ye
4th year of his
David Clapp

died Sept 5 1823
in his 80th year
[illegible verse and attribution]
G. C.
April 9, 1787,
Feb. 9, 1872.

Row 2

died June 14, 1849
Æ 30 y-rs & 10 mos.
[stone broken here]
died June 13, 1849
Æ 22 y-rs & 9 mos.
In Memory of Mr
Samuel Clap.
Who died June
ye 13th 1762
in ye 80th year
of his Age
In Memory of
Bethiah ye widow
of Mr Samuel
Clap who died
Octer ye 12 1778
in ye 83d year
of her

Row 3

In Memory of
Miss Content Clapp
who died May 23, 1835.
[Norton VR says May 25, need to reread stone]
in her 51st year

To sorrow pain and sin a long adieu
And christian friends a short farewell to you
Receive kind earth the mortal part of me
And O my Saviour my soul receive to thee.

In Memory of
Polly Clapp

who died
May 4, 1833.
In her 56th year.

Her brest [sic] is no longer the seat
Of trouble and torturing pain;
Her lungs are no longer a striving to beat,
They never will falter again.

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was,
and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Ecclesiastes XII 7th.

In Memory of
Who died Nov. 10, 1820.
Aged 73 Years.

Blessed are the dead
for they rest from their labours
and their works do follow them.

Behold and see as you pass by,
As you are now so once was I;
As I am now so you must be,
Prepare for death and follow me.

In Memory of
Mrs. Olive
wife of
Dea. Noah Clapp,
who died
Feb. 13, 1845
Aged 90 years.
In Memory of
Mr. Samuel Clapp
Jun. Who died
July 28th 1773
in his 28th year

Samuel R. Lincoln sculptr

[broken stone]