Old Methodist Cemetery

Methodist Cemetery Sign

Lyons Rd. West Brookfield, Worcester County, MA

The land for the cemetery was given to the Methodists by parishoner David Barlow along with a piece of land on which the First Methodist Church as built in 1823. Lot is 80’ x 80’. Earliest burial in this cemetery appears to be 1812. Latest burial was 1904. It is sometimes referred to as Ragged Hill Cemetery.

Methodist Cemetery

Methodist Meetinghouse

This church was built in the summer of 1823 and dedicated, free of debt, the following November, with a sermon by Rev. Joseph A. Merrill. The building was 32 X40 feet and cost $600, beside much donated labor. The large stone over which the porch was built was drawn to its place by eight yoke of oxen.  The church was regularly supplied by conference with a pastor until 1847. The old church remained until 1864, when it was taken down.

Old Methodist Cemetery

 Burials

1- Mr. Darius Eaton -  Died 3/23/1828 at 58 yrs.

2- Phebe Eaton, wife – Died 11/9/1831 at 81 yrs.

3- Hope Leonard – Died 2/18/1843 at 65 yrs.

4- Mr. Dan Leonard – Died 5/2/1839 at 82 yrs.

5 -Mrs. Hope Leonard, wife of Dan Leonard – Died 7/12/1833 at 79 yrs.

6- Mrs. Ruth Ross, wife of Mr. Lemuel Ross- Died 6/20/1828 at 72 yrs.

7- Mrs. Christian Bonney, wife of Job Bonney – Died 7/6/1829 at 82 yrs.

8- William Bonney- Died 9/11/1852 at 65 yrs.

9- Fanny Bonney- wife of William Bonney 11/16/1790-11/8/1863-73   yrs.

10- Aphia Bonney- daughter- Died 10/18/1812

11- Harrison H. Hooker- Died 9/29/1855 at 37 yrs, 9 mo.

12- Mary Ann Hooker- wife – Died 10/23/1904 at 87 yrs, 9, mo.

13- Lydia Bartlett- Died 7/8/1852 at 57 yrs.

14- Betsy Bartlett- wife of Ezra Bartlett- Died 11/26/1851 at 79 yrs.

15- Miss Maria C. Bartlett- Died 10/21/1831 at 32 yrs.

16- Tutus Eddy- Died 9/3/1872 at 77 yrs.

17- Elizabeth Eddy, wife- Died 7/1/1859 at 61 yrs.

18- Eunice Eddy- Died 8/8/1867 at 66 yrs.

19- Mary Eddy- Died 10/3/1861 at 55 yrs, 7mo.

20- Isaac S. Bonney- 1824-1897

21- Olive Eaton, his wife- 1824-1857

22- Mary Ella, daughter 1848-1849

23- Hepzibah Stone- Died 11/2/1860 at 79 yrs.

24- Mrs. Hepzi, wife of Rev. Luther Paine- Died 6/11/1828 at 27 yrs.

25- Lydia Paine, daughter- Died 7/3/1826 at 10 yrs.

26- Francis Paine, son – Died 2/5/1828 at 13 mo.

27- Mrs. Laura Leonard, wife of Mr. Alvin Leonard-Died 10/8/1825 at 23 yrs.

28- Norman A. Leonard, son- Died 10/14/1825 at 4 weeks.

29- David Barlow- Died 8/22/1885 at 92 yrs.

Patience Barlow, wife- Died 9/2/1880 at 82yrs.

30- Edwin Barlow- Born 4/20/1819- Died 5/23/1892 at 75 yrs.

31- Elizabeth Barlow, wife- Died 6/22/1881 at 61 yrs, 10mo.

32- Avalena Frances Bush, only child of John & Laura Bush- Died -3/25/1858 at 5yrs, 6 mo.

33- Atwell Barlow- Died 6/5/1890 at 73 yrs.

34- Clarrissa Barlow, wife- Died 3/18/1855 at 36 yrs.

35- Eliza Jane Barlow, daughter- Died 10/25/1855 at 15 yrs, 8 mo.

36- Elizabeth L. Barlow, daughter of Ira & Sarah Barlow- Died 4/9/1840 at 3 yrs.

37- Elizabeth M. Barlow, wife of Ira Barlow- Died 3/17/1838 at 29 yrs.

38- Mr. Seth Tinkam- Died 9/4/1833 at 14 yrs.

39- Mrs. Mary Tinkam, wife of Mr. Levi Tinkam- Died 5/15/1834 at 68 yrs.

40- Isaac Barlow- Died 8/19/1854 at 83 yrs.

41- Hannah Barlow, wife of Isaac Barlow, Died – Jan.20,1846

42- Miss Lucinda, wife of Mr. Benjamin Armitage- Died 10/19/1834

43- Maryan, daughter of Benj. & Lucinda Armitage- Died- 2 yrs, 11 mo.

This burial place is referenced to in the book “Vital Records of Brookfield, Massachusetts to 1850” as G.S.5.

Internments can be found at:

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