Image from page 16 of "Lancaster on the Nashua, picturesque and historical;" (1904)
Publisher: Leominster, Mass., M. A. Tolman
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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of granite, and tlie brief inscriptions, now almost illegible, seem to have been incised by an <ir(li-nary blacksmiths chisel in unskilled hands. It will be noticed that over the grave of John Prescott,as wxll as over the other ancient graves about it, there is laid a large, flat slab of stone, supposed tohave been so placed to guard against its being disturbed by wolves. The graves of four of the earlier minis-ters. Whiting, (iardner. Prentice and Harrington, are grouped together in this yard. Doubtless, this fieldcontains many unmarked graves of former dwellers in the town. Why it has been absurdly called theOld Indian Cemetery it is hard to see, except that it was in use during the period of Indian depreda-tions. This picture was taken on the occasion of the first family reunion of the descendants ot Jonas andLydi.-i (Prescott) Fairbanks. Inder the direction of Hon. Henry S. Nourse, Historian of the NashuaValley, each grave was pointed out and the story of the occupant was told.
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The Grave of John Prescott, the Founder of Lancaster. Near this ancient headstone in tlie Ohl [Uiiv-ing Field a sulistaiitial slate tablet has recenth- lieen placed by a lineal descendant, liearing an inscriplicinprepared b_v the late Senator George F. Hoar. HERE WITH HIS CIULDRE.N ABOIT HIM LIES JOHN PRESCOTT FOUNDER OK LANCASTER AND FIRST SETTLER OF WORCESTER COUNTY BORN AT STANDISH, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND DIED AT LANCASTER, MASSACHUSETTS, DfiCEMIlER, 16S1. INSPIRED BY THE LOVE OF LIBERTY AND THE FEAR OF GOD THIS STOUT-HEARTED PIONEER FORSAKING THE PLEASANT VALES OF ENGLAND TOOK UP HIS ABODE IN THE UNBROKEN FOREST AND ENCOUNTERED WILD BEAST AND SAVAGE TO SECURE FREEDOM FOR HIMSELF AND HIS POSTERITY. HIS FAITH AND VIRTUES HAVE BEEN INHERITED BY MANY DESCENDANTS WHO IN EVERY GENERATION HAVE WELL SERVED THE STATE IN WAR, IN LITERATURE, AT THE BAR, IN THE PULPIT, IN PUBLIC LIFE, AM) IN CHRISTIAN HOMES, Grave of Jonathan Fairbanks and His Daughter Grace. Jonas Fairbanks of Dedhani, and Lydi
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