Hingham Cemetery Note Worthy Burials

Mr. William Hersey

1596 - 1658


One of Hingham’s first settlers (came to Hingham in 1635); Town Selectman 1642, 1647, 1650

He also is the earliest recorded Date of Birth within the Cemetery.

Mr. Thomas Barnes

1602 - 1672

  Oldest Gravestone still standing. His parents are not known with certainty, but they may have been Roland Barnes from Leeds, Yorkshire and Alice Cooper from Swanage, Dorset, England. Children: Thomas Barnes Jr, John Barnes, Elizabeth Barnes Mulford, Anna Barnes, James Barnes, Sarah Barnes, and Peter Barnes.

Reverend Peter Hobart

1604 - 1679

  Three Ministers Tomb

Containing the remains of Hingham's first three ministers.
 a. Rev. Peter Hobart (1604-1679) - First minister
 b. Rev. John Norton (1651-1716) - Second minister
 c. Rev. Ebenezer Gay (1696-1787) – Third minister

Mr. Thomas Joy

1610 - 1678


Thomas Joy was a carpenter, millwright, and builder. He was the framer an builder of the first State House in Boston (1657), a wooden building on the site of the present “Old State House.?

His replicated headstone reads that he was “ put in Irons for laying hands on Dr. Child’s Memorial: Joy became involved in a dispute concerning the right to vote being given only to members of local Puritan churches, excluding about ¾ of the adult male population. He was put in prison by Gov. Winthrop for being party to this petition to the British Parliament.

Captain John Thaxter

1625 - 1686

  Second oldest Headstone - early ancestor of Cemetery founders Adam Thaxter. Located at foot of walk leading to the Adam Thaxter Monument.

Reverend John Norton

1651 - 1715

  Three Ministers Tomb

Containing the remains of Hingham's first three ministers.
 a. Rev. Peter Hobart (1604-1679) - First minister
 b. Rev. John Norton (1651-1716) - Second minister
 c. Rev. Ebenezer Gay (1696-1787) – Third minister

Col. Samuel Thaxter

1665 - 1748


One of His Majesty's Council and Col. of his Regiment; delegate to the General Court; town Selectman.

Reverend Ebenezer Gay

1696 - 1787

  Three Ministers Tomb

Containing the remains of Hingham's first three ministers.
 a. Rev. Peter Hobart (1604-1679) - First minister
 b. Rev. John Norton (1651-1716) - Second minister
 c. Rev. Ebenezer Gay (1696-1787) – Third minister

Col. Benjamin Lincoln

1699 - 1771

  Father of Major General Benjamin Lincoln; town Selectman; Town Clerk; Representative of the town at the General Court; member of His Majesty’s Council.

Madame Sarah Langley Hersey  Derby

1714 - 1790


Sara Derby outlived two husbands, Dr. Ezekiel Hersey and Richard Derby, a wealthy shipping merchant from Salem, to inherit great wealth and a large farm, now the site of the South Shore Country Club. One thousand pounds of her inheritance from the doctor was given to Harvard to start the medical school. As she had no children, she was persuaded to leave her wealth to establish an independent academy to educate boys and girls, as Hingham’s tax-supported college preparatory school had closed in 1779. One year after her death, Derby Academy was established, today the oldest private co-educational secondary school in New England.

Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln

1733 - 1810


Benjamin Lincoln was an American army officer. He served as a major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Lincoln is notable for being involved in three major surrenders during the war: his participation in the Battles of Saratoga (sustaining a wound shortly afterward) contributed to John Burgoyne's surrender of a British army, he oversaw the largest American surrender of the war at the 1780 Siege of Charleston.

As George Washington's second in command, he formally accepted the sword of Gen. Cornwallis which was presented by Cornwallis's second in command at British defeat at the Battle of Yorktown, which effectively ended the Revolutionary War in 1781.

After the war Lincoln was active in politics in his native Massachusetts, running several times for lieutenant governor but only winning one term in that office. He served from 1781 to 1783 as the first United States Secretary of War. In 1787, Lincoln led a militia army (privately funded by Massachusetts merchants) in the suppression of Shays' Rebellion, and was a strong supporter of the new United States Constitution. He was for many of his later years the politically influential customs collector of the Port of Boston.

Captain Thomas Hersey

1734 - 1810

  Thomas Hersey Captain (1735 - 1810) was a farmer; a soldier in the Crown Point Expedition to Canada in 1755 (French and Indian War); Constable, 1756; Capt. of military company in the Revolution. He resided on Lincoln Street, Hingham, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Mary Revere  Lincoln

1770 - 1853

  Daughter of Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere.

Reverend Joseph Richardson

1778 - 1871

  Born in Billerica, Massachusetts, Richardson attended public and private schools. He was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1802. He was a teacher in Charlestown 1804-1806. He studied theology and was ordained a minister and assigned to the first parish of the Unitarian Church in Hingham on July 2, 1806. He served as delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1820. He served as member of the state house of representatives in 1821 and 1822. He served in the state senate in 1823, 1824, and 1826. Richardson was elected as an Adams candidate to the Twentieth Congress and reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congresses (March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1831). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1830 to the Twenty-second Congress. He was Succeeded by John Quincy Adams. He resumed his ministerial duties, and died in Hingham, Massachusetts, on September 25, 1871.

Mr. Adam Wallace  Thaxter

1779 - 1858

  Hingham benefactor, Hingham Cemetery founder and first president

Rev. Calvin Lincoln

1799 - 1881

  Minister at Old Ship Church from 1855-1881

Gov. John Albion  Andrew

1818 - 1867

  John Albion Andrew as an American lawyer and politician from Massachusetts. He was elected in 1860 as the 25th Governor of Massachusetts, serving between 1861 and 1866, and led the state's contributions to the Union cause during the American Civil War. He was a guiding force behind the creation of some of the first African-American units in the United States Army, including the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, which is featured in the Hollywood production “Glory". Educated at Bowdoin College, Andrew was a radical abolitionist from an early age, engaged in the legal defense of fugitive slaves against owners seeking their return. He provided legal support to John Brown after his 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, raising his profile and propelling him to the Massachusetts governor's chair. Andrew was a persistent voice criticizing Abraham Lincoln's conduct of the war, and pressing him to end slavery. By the end of the war his politics had moderated, and he came to support Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction agenda. In Massachusetts, Andrew opposed the Know Nothing movement and the state's strict alcohol prohibition laws, and oversaw the state takeover of the Hoosac Tunnel construction project. In 1865 he signed legislation establishing the Massachusetts State Police, the first statewide police force of its type in the nation. He died of apoplexy at the age of 49. Governor John Albion Andrew is buried in the family plot close to the town’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ (Civil War) Monument. The imposing statue of the Governor by the noted American sculptor Thomas R. Gould stands next to his gravesite.

Sergeant Peter Ourish

1845 - 1864

  Peter Ourish, the youngest volunteer (16) to the Civil War from Hingham MA. Peter lived with his parents and 6 siblings on the corner of Lincoln St. and “Crow Point Lane. Born April 15, 1845 and died at Stanton Hospital in Washington D.C. from wounds received at the battle of Tolopotomy Swamp, June 8, 1864 at age 19 He is buried in Hingham Cemetery to the left of the town's Civil War ( Soldiers and Sailors) Monument.

Battles Peter participated in:

Blackburns Ford
Rappahannock Station
New Hope Church
Malvern Hill 
Second Bull Run
Mine Run
Laurel Hill
North Anna
Tolopotomy Swamp

Hingham Cemetery Trivia:

Top 10 Burials by
Family Surnames

243 -  Lincoln  
59 -  Humphrey  
141 -  Hersey  
57 -  Cushing  
89 -  Barnes  
56 -  Thaxter  
74 -  Hobart  
54 -  Marsh  
70 -  Whiton  
50 -  Andrews  

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