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Mar. 31 1790.
Mr. Scollay & Co.19. Crafts, on the application of Mr. Honnywell for buliding three Tombs at the Chapel Buryal Ground, are appointed a Committee to view the Ground and permit or not permit as they shall Judge best.
April 7 1790
Mr. Ludden Sexton of the old Brick Meeting appointed to the care of the Chapel burying Ground.
April 21 1790
The Committee on Mr Hunnewells Petition for liberty to erect three Tombs at the Chapel Burial Ground — Report, that liberty be accordingly granted, – and said Report is accepted by the Selectmen — See March 31 — given
On the application of Mr. Treasurer Hodgsdon Mr Hunnewell is permitted to build a Tomb on the Spot prayed for.
Mr Hunnewell having applied for his Father, has liberty to build a tomb At the Chapel Burying Ground.
March 20 1793.
Voted. that Mr Scollay be directed to put the Gates to the Chapel Burying Ground in good order, and if necessary have new Gate Posts—
At a meeting of the Proprietors of Tombs. in the Chapel Burying Ground., bounding on Tremont Street, holden Augst 12 1829
Voted — That a Committee be appointed to ascertain what the expence would be of a brick wall of similar dimensions with the present, using or selling the bricks. now on the ground, with such new bricks as may be necessary & the amount of such cost shall be assessed equally on each Tomb, provided the City will erect a good and sufficient wall the proprietors reserving all their present rights to them, their heirs & assigns it being understood the owners of each Tomb will be answerable for their proportion of such expence and no more. Messrs Samuel Aspinwall & T. W. Phillips were appointed a Committee to ascertain what the expence would be, of such a wall and should it not exceed twelve dollars to each Tomb to make the above offer to the City. Said Committee ascertained the wall might be rebuilt at an expence of Eleven dollars & 50 cents for each Tomb.
That the Mayor with such of this Board as are of the Committee on Public Buildings are authorized to build a Wall of Granite in front of the Burying Ground near the King's Chapel so called, and that a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars be appropriated to this purpose, provided a sum sufficient to defray the residue of the expence of such wall can be obtained by assessment on the Proprietors of the Tombs or otherwise —
Subscribers Thomas Dennie 20 $265 Benjamin P. Homer 20 Paul D. Richards 5 L. M. Sargent 20 Elizath & Lydia Gale 11,50 T. W. Phillips 11.50 Salisbury 10 for Revd. Mr Holmes James Andrews – 12 Sam H. Hewes 20 Jonathan Phillips 100 for Paine & Newman heirs *Thomas Howe 11.50 $403.50 Joseph Tilden 20 John Welch 20 Non subscribers assessed Paul Wheelock 20 Wm H. Boardman heirs William Wild 20 John S. Tyler Calvin W Clark 11.50 Samuel Wheenwright George Brindley 11.50 Boutineau's heirs Turner Phillips 5 Hinkley & Aspinwall Jesse Putnam 4 Murphy – Chauncey Place Church 20 Jonathan Hunewell— Thomas L. Winthrop 20 eleven dollars each Pliny Cutler 10 $80.50 265 — $484 The wall was built by Daniel Copeland Aug 1830. and cost — 935 lron Gate — 50 $985
This agreement made this twenty first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty. By and between Daniel Copeland Juno. Mason and the City of Boston, Witnesseth; That said Copeland promises and agrees for a sum hereafter mentioned to furnish all the labour, and materials that shall be required in taking down and rebuilding a Fence in front of the Chapel burial ground on Tremont Street. Vizt. Said Copeland is to take down the old brick wall to the surface of the ground and carefully preserve the Inscription Stones, Repair the old foundation and build thereon a fine hammered Granite Stone Wall of the following description. The length, height and style of architecture to conform to a plan drawn by Mr I: Rogers and signed by the parties. The base course. is to be eighteen inches thick making the whole thickness of the wall, height as proplan. The posts the same thickness, and the caping of the wall twenty inches thick, all these stones are to be of the blue Quincy Granite and of a uniform colour. The four intermediate courses between the cap & base are to be of the white Concord or Chelmsford stone, these four courses are to be backed up with bricks making the wall above the base. sixteen inches thick, the inside four inches is to be laid with hard burned face bricks & jointed, leaving a recess over each Tomb for the old inscription stones fix in said, in a faithful manner with Iron clamps, All of said Stone Wall, and the posts that will be seen from the Street are to be as well hammered as the front of the Tremont Theatre and the whole pointed with a raised joint., except the cap which is to be laid in and pointed with Roman Cement. The whole work is to be done in a substantial manner and under the direction of the Committee and to their acceptance: Said work is to be commenced forth with and finished as soon as practicable. In consideration for all such work and materials said City of Boston promises and agrees (by its Committee) to cause to be paid to said Copeland the sum of Nine hundred and thirty five dollars in full compensation for all labor and materials to be furnished by him in the execution of said work.
In testimony. whereof, the said City of Boston by the Mayor for that purpose. authorized by a Vote of the Mayor and Aldermen on the 14th day of June current, and the said Copeland have hereunto set their hands the day and year before written —
Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of.
S. F. McCleary
H. G. Otis
The Chapel ground contains a tomb called the Charnel-house which belongs to the City which has not been used for a great number of years. It would be for the interest of the City to have this old tomb repaired and fitted up for the deposit of Children which is much wanted. The expence is estimated at about $100— For the Committee HENRY FARNAM
That the same Committee be authorized to repair the Charnel house (so called) in the Chapel Burying Ground, and fit the same for the deposit of the bodies of Children —
NOTE. – In 1833 the Wardens and Vestry of Kings Chapel were given permission to “enlarge the vestry of the chapel on the east line.
TO HoN. MAYOR & ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF BOSTON.
It being desirable to enlarge the Westry room of Kings Chapel, permission to extend it to the easterly wall of the burying ground is Tespectfully requested by FRANCIS J. onvo Wardens of WM. MINOT Kings Chapel.
BosTon 4 Augt. 1833.
The Committee report that permission be and hereby is granted to the petitioners to extend or enlarge the Vestry of “ King's Chapel ” in the manner they propose, but under the direction and agreeable to the plan of the superintendent of burying grounds, as to preserving a free passage, sufficiently large & commodious to enter the burying
ground from School Street. J. BINNEY
CITY OF BosTon,
Ordered, that the Committee on burying grounds be authorized to expend a sum not exceeding twenty dollars, chargeable to the appropriation for burying grounds, in the erection of an iron gate on the south side of the King's Chapel burying ground in School Street
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EPITAPHS AND HISTORICAL SKETCHES
Gov. JoHN ENDECOTT, died in 1665, and was buried in his tomb in the South (Granary) burying-ground. Although the bronze tablet on the gate of King’s Chapel ground has his name inscribed thereon as having been buried in that ground, the record of 1721 gives the South ground as his place of burial, and the fact that the selectmen of the town ordered burials to be discontinued in the old burying-place in 1660, tends to strengthen the record of 1721 that the Governor built his tomb in the South ground between 1660 and 1665, the time of his death.
The record from the Selectmen’s book is as follows:
At A Meeting of the Select men, Mao. 5th 1721.
Upon a petition of mo. John Edwards of Boston Sheweth. That whereas there is a Tomb in the South [Granary) Burying place belonging to the late Governour Endicot, which has bin unimproved for many years, and there being no family in Said Town nearer Related to the Said Governour Endicot famaly then his, Desires he may haue Liberty granted him to make use of it for his family.
Granted that the Said John Edwards has Liberty to Improue the Said Tomb until a person of Better Right to it appears to Claim it.
JOHN ENDECOTT was a native of Dorchester, in Dorsetshire, England, where he was born in 1588. He came to New England in the ship “Abigail,” which sailed from Weymouth, England, with the company of emigrants on board, on the 27th of June, 1628, and arrived at Salem (ancient Naumkeag) on September 8th. He was one of the six original purchasers, of Massachusetts, named in the patent granted by the Council of Plymouth, March 19, 1628. He was soon given the command of a military company organized by the settlers, with the rank of Captain. He was chosen in London to be Governor of the Plantations. in New England, and held that office until the arrival of Governor Winthrop, in 1630. . He was an assistant in 1630, 1631, 1632, 1633 and 1637 to 1640 inclusive. He succeeded Governor Dudley in 1645 as Sergeant Major General, the highest military officer in the Colony, and held the Office until 1649. He was Deputy Governor, 1641 to 1644, 1650 to 1651, 1654 to 1655. Governor, April 30, 1629, May 29, 1644, May 2, 1649, May 7, 1651, 1658, May 23, 1655, 1664, fifteen years in all.