BARRE TOWN, VERMONT
transcribed by Robert M. Murphy
Wilson Cemetery is located in Barre Town, Vermont, at
the southwest corner of the intersection of two town highways, Quarry
Hill Road and Websterville Road. The earliest burial date appearing
on gravestones in this cemetery is 1793. The cemetery is still active
and is well maintained; some of the old marble gravestones, however,
are badly worn and difficult to read.
A map obtained from the Barre Town Cemetery Commission
shows owners for many of the cemetery lots. However, the map is
apparently not to scale, incomplete, and made determining to which
lot broken, uninscribed or unreadable gravestones belonged difficult.
This cemetery has been transcribed in twelve sections,
as indicated on the cemetery layout map. (Click here to view
a rough map of the cemetery. Distances were determined by pacing;
therefore, the dimensions shown are approximate.) For the most part,
the gravestones are laid out neatly in well-defined rows. However,
in some sections, notably sections X and XII, there are some areas
where selecting a row to which a stone belongs is somewhat arbitrary.
At the beginning of the transcriptions for each section, the orientation
of the rows is described, and the point at which transcriptions
was begun is also indicated.
How to use the index.
To the extent possible,
inscriptions are copied exactly as they appear on the stones. However,
epitaphs were not transcribed. Where portions of the inscription
were uncertain, they are included in brackets, e.g., 1. Portions
unreadable or missing are indicated by dashes in brackets, e.g.,
son of [---]. On some of the stones, a birth date was given, but
no death date has been inscribed; in those cases, the missing date
is indicated by underline, e.g., 1823-____. Where I felt additional
explanations were necessary, I have added my comments within brackets.
appear on many stones, indicating membership in an organization
or society. Although some are self-explanatory, the following is
a list of abbreviations or other text encountered, and some comments
||Order of Scottish Clans. Significance of the "B"
is unknown to this compiler
||Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.
|F. of A.
||Foresters of America.
||These initials usually appear within three joined
links of chain, and stand for Friendship, Love and Truth. F.L.T.
often appears as part of the I.O.O.F. emblem.
||Grand Army of the Republic.
||Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
|I.O.R.M. or Imp’d. O.R.M.
||Improved Order of Red Men
|K. of C
||Knights of Columbus.
||Modern Woodmen of America.
|P. of H.
||Patrons of Husbandry (Vermont State Grange)
||This appears on the Vincitia Temple emblem. Meaning
is unknown to this compiler.
||This is an affiliate of the I.O.R.M.
|St. Aldemar Commandery
||Associated with the Masonic organization
||Often appears as part of the I.O.R.M. emblem.
Meaning is unknown to this compiler
||Associated with the Knights of Pythias
It is to be noted that on some stones, the relationships
between persons listed and the surnames that go with those persons
was not always obvious. In such cases, I have generally listed the
person under all likely surname interpretations. I have also made
some assumptions in the case of females’ maiden names. Where, for
instance, a John Jones and his wife, Mary Smith Jones, appear, I
have assumed that Smith is Mary’s maiden name and have indexed her
under both Jones and Smith. (Maiden names are shown in parentheses.
An unknown maiden name for a married woman is shown as “(--)”.)
It is hoped that by taking the liberties just described, the search
for persons within this cemetery will be aided. I apologize for
any errors made in my assumptions of surnames and maiden names.
Robert M. Murphy
To locate an individual grave use the burial lot index. Next to
the name is a page number. Use the page number to determine which
link below you will select.