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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Bedford Street, Concord, MA, USA

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

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South Burying Ground, Main Street, Concord, MA, USA

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Old Hill Burying Ground, Monument Square, Concord, MA, USA

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Bronson Alcott

Born - November 29, 1799

Died - March 4, 1888

The Alcotts came to Concord at the invitation of Ralph Waldo Emerson. They moved often, living in several homes in Concord and beyond including a utopian community in Harvard, MA, before purchasing Hillside (later renamed The Wayside by Nathaniel Hawthorne) and Orchard House. Hillside is where Louisa May and her three sisters lived their teen…

Louisa May Alcott

Born - November 29, 1832

Died - March 6, 1888

The Alcotts came to Concord at the invitation of Ralph Waldo Emerson. They moved often, living in several homes in Concord and beyond including a utopian community in Harvard, MA, before purchasing Hillside (later renamed The Wayside by Nathaniel Hawthorne) and Orchard House. Hillside is where Louisa May and her three sisters lived their teen…

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Colonel James Barrett

Born - July 31, 1710

Died - April 11, 1779

Colonel Barrett was a veteran of the French-Indian War and a leader of the town in April of 1775. He had overall command of the Middlesex Militia. Military supplies were hidden on his farm about two miles north of the North Bridge. When Samuel Prescott rode into town in the early morning of April 19th,…

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Mary Merrick Brooks

Born - 1801

Died - 1868

Though she was a slave-owner’s daughter, Mary Merrick Brooks was one of Concord’s leading abolitionists. She was the founder of the Concord Female Anti-Slavery Society and worked tirelessly to recruit her neighbors to the cause and bring anti-slavery speakers to Concord even though that was considered controversial in the 1830s.

Ephraim Wales Bull

Born - March 4, 1806

Died - September 26, 1895

Ephraim Wales Bull moved to Concord from Boston in 1836 for health reasons. In 1849 he cultivated a grape that could thrive in the cold New England climate. His gravestone in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery reads “He Sowed Others Reaped” because others earned more money off his grapes than he did, including a man named Thomas…

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Major John Buttrick

Born - July 20, 1731

Died - May 16, 1791

Old Hill Burying Ground

Major Buttrick was second in command under Col. Barrett on April 19th, 1775. He led the march to the bridge to confront the Regulars and issued the famous command: “Fire, fellow soldiers, for God’s sake fire!” which was the first time the Colonists were ordered to fire on the King’s troops and their fellow countrymen…

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Katherine Davis

Born - June 25, 1892

Died - April 20, 1980

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Katherine Davis was a music teacher at Concord Academy. She composed over 600 compositions, including the famous Christmas Carol “The Little Drummer Boy” in 1941 while living in Concord. She is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Mary Moody Emerson

Born - August 23, 1774

Died - May 1, 1863

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Mary Moody Emerson was only two years old when her father, Reverend William Emerson, mounted his horse and road off in to the Revolutionary War never to return. Mary was sent to live with her impoverished grandmother and insane aunt in Malden, MA. She was a voracious reader and in spite of any formal education,…

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Born - May 25, 1803

Died - April 27, 1882

Perhaps Concord’s most prominent citizen in the 1800s, Ralph Waldo Emerson was a beloved neighbor and generous friend to many. He was the grandson of the Reverend William Emerson and a former Unitarian Minister, writer, lecturer, philosopher and mentor to Henry David Thoreau who built his one room house on Emerson’s wood lot at Walden…

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Reverend William Emerson

Born - May 31, 1743

Died - October 30, 1776

Old Hill Burying Ground

Reverend William Emerson took over as Concord’s minister in 1766. He married the previous minister’s daughter, Phebe Bliss, and a built a fine home by the Concord River which later became know as the Old Manse. He was a town leader in 1775. After the Revolutionary War began he volunteered to be a chaplain in…

Daniel Chester French

Born - April 26, 1850

Died - October 7, 1931

Mourning Victory

Daniel Chester French is best known as the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Though born in New Hampshire he spent his teen years in Concord. His first art teacher was Louisa May Alcott’s youngest sister, May. The Minute Man statue at the North Bridge was his first commission when he was 23…

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Born - July 4, 1804

Died - May 19, 1864

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - Authors' Ridge

At the invitation of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Hawthornes moved to the Old Manse on July 9, 1842, the day of their wedding. A well-known short story writer at the time, Nathaniel, haunted by his ancestor’s role in the Salem witch trials, became one of America’s greatest novelists of the nineteenth century. Sophia was the…

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Sophia Hawthorne

Born - September 21, 1809

Died - February 26, 1871

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - Authors' Ridge

At the invitation of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Hawthornes moved to the Old Manse on July 9, 1842, the day of their wedding. A well-known short story writer at the time, Nathaniel, haunted by his ancestor’s role in the Salem witch trials, became one of America’s greatest novelists of the nineteenth century. Sophia was the…

Judge Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar

Born - February 21, 1816

Died - January 31, 1895

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Ebenezer Hoar was a member of Concord’s Royal Family. His father, Samuel, was a lawyer and politician. Ebenezer was also an American politician, lawyer, and justice. He was appointed U.S. Attorney General in 1869 by President Ulysses S. Grant. When federal marshals came to Concord in April of 1860 to arrest Franklin Sanborn for his…

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John Jack

Born - 1713

Died - 1773

Old Hill Burying Ground

John Jack was an enslaved African American who bought his freedom from his owner’s widow and made a living as a shoemaker. He hired Tory lawyer Daniel Bliss to settle his estate. Daniel Bliss wrote the famous epitaph on John Jack’s headstone at Old Hill Burying Ground which calls out the hypocrisy that those who…

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Ellen Garrison Jackson

Born - 1823

Died - 1890

Ellen Garrison’s mother, Susan Garrison was a founding and only black member of the Concord Female Anti-Slavery Society. Her grandfather was Caesar Robbins, an enslaved African American who earned his freedom by fighting in the Revolutionary War. Her father, Jack Garrison was also a former enslaved African American in New Jersey. After the Civil War…

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Samuel Prescott

Born - August 19, 1751

Died - 1776 or 1777

It was not Paul Revere who rode into Concord in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 19th 1775 but a young, local doctor who had been visiting his fiancée, Lydia Muliken, in Lexington. Samuel Prescott joined Paul Revere and William Dawes on the road to Concord as he headed home to Concord after identifying…

Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley

Born - July 31, 1793

Died - 1817

Sarah Alden Bradford was born in Boston. Her mother suffered from tuberculosis and her father was a sea captain who encouraged her to study Latin and anything she pleased. And study she did. She read her brothers’ books when they attended Harvard College, taught herself German and Greek and became a noted scholar and educator….

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Caesar Robbins

Born - 1745

Died - 1822

Enslaved African American who fought in both the American Revolution and the French Indian War. He earned his freedom after fighting in the Revolution and moved to Concord from Chelmsford in the 1780s. He likely served at the North Bridge. In 1776 he was with the forces that fortified Dorchester Heights. He was probably emancipated…

Henry D. Thoreau

Born - July 13, 1817

Died - May 6, 1862

Henry David Thoreau was born on Virginia Road in Concord and baptized David Henry Thoreau; he changed his name after graduating from Harvard College in 1837. Perhaps Concord’s best known resident, Thoreau lived here all his life and knew the land intimately. For two years he lived in a one-room house that he built on…

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Captain Artemas Wheeler

Born - 1781

Died - 1845

Artemas Wheeler was a gunsmith who invented the first automatic, revolving, multiple chambered cylinders. Unfortunately, he died before he was able to get a patent on his invention. A man named Colt was able to do that so what we know today as the Colt 45 was actually originally conceived by a Concord resident. Artemas…