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Epitaphs, Old Burial Field, Lancaster, MA

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Epitaphs, Old Burial Field, Lancaster, MA
Fall 2003 and Revised 30 Aug 2003

By email of 29 Aug 2003, Ray Brown has kindly provided us with Prentice epitaphs from the Old BurialField at Lancaster, MA contained in his website at www.ray-splace.com . His information is set out below:

EPITAPHS FROM THE OLD BURIAL FIELD, LANCASTER, MA
Source: The Birth, Marriage and Death Register,
Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, MA, 1643 to 1850
by Henry S. Nourse, A.M. 1890
Transcribed for the web by Janice Farnsworth
63. In Memory of Dr Stanton Prentice who Deceased on ye first of Dec.
 Anno Domini 1769 AEts 58. 
 "This Life's a Dream, an empty show; But ye bright World to which
 I go, Hath Joys substantial & sincere; When shall I wake & find
 me there?"

67. Ye Rev'd Mr. John Prentice Pastor of Ye First Church in Lancaster
 Died Jan 6th A. D. 1747/8. AETAT 66. In His Doctrine He Was 
 Learned, Judicious, Plain, Seasonable, & Unreproveable. In his
 Conversation, Steady, Sober, Temperate, Peaceable, Watchful, In-
 structive, Prudent and Blameless. In His House Ruling With All
 Gravity A Tender Husband, A Good Father, A Kind Master & Given
 To Hospitality. In His Public Charecter, A True Gospel Bishop,
 In His Private Capacity A Gentleman & An Exemplary Christian; His
 Memory is Precious & His Praise in ye Churches.

 68. Here Lyes the Body of Mrs. Mary Prentice, Wife to ye Rev'd Mr.
 John Prentice, Who Dec'd March ye 9th 1717/8 in ye 37th Year of
 Her Age.

 69. In Memory of Mrs. Mercy, ye wife of Dr. Stanton Prentice who
 Deceased on ye 26 of Octob'r AD 1756 in the 40th Year of her Age.
 In Character of a wife, she was kind and faithful. Of a Parent
 tender, Provident & conssientious. Of a Christian, Cheerful,
 Charitable & generous, humble & self-denying. In Her the poor
 have lost a Benefactress. The Sick a skillful Assitant and her
 acquaintance a much regretted Friend. Her husband, he praiseth
 her and her Children Rise up and call her Blessed.

 70. Here lies Buried ye Body of Thomas Prentice Son of Doct'r Stanton
 Prentice & Mrs. Marcy Prentice, Who Dec'd May 2d AD 1752 Age 6 
 Years 7 Mos.

 71. Here Lies Buried Ye Body of Thomas Prenties [Prentice], Son of
 Doc'tr Stanton & Mrs. Mercy Prentice Who Dec'd August Ye 17th
 1745 Age 3 Years 10 M and 19 D.

 72. Here Lies Buried Ye Body of Mary Prentice, Daft'r [daughter]
 of Doc'tr Stanton & Mrs. Mercy Prentice Who Dec'd May 23d A D
 1749 Age 1 Year & 3 mo.

 73. Here lies the Body of Daniel Prentice, son of Dr Stanton Prentice
 and Mrs Mercy his wife, who died Sept 21st 1756 Aged 5 years.

 74. Here Lies the Body of Mercy Prentice, Daughter of Dr. Stanton
 Prentice and Mrs. Mercy his wife, who died Oct'r 6th 1756, aged
 2 Y.

 75. Here lies the Body of Mercy Prentice, Daughter of Dr. Stanton
 Prentice and Mrs. Rebecca his wife, who died January 12th 1759
 Aged 3 M.

 76. Here Lies the Body of Peter Prentice son of Dr. Stanton Prentice
 and Mrs. Rebecca his wife, who died July 1766 Aged 5 years and
 6 months.

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