Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Coventry Historic Cemeteries at Junction of Routes 116 and 117

Not too long ago I returned to the nexus of cemeteries scattered along the old rail-bed (now the Washington Secondary Bike Path) and around the junction of Routes 117 and 116 in Coventry.

Known as Woodland (historic 66), Pine Grove (historic 109) and Manchester (historic 30) Cemeteries, many of the graves are now overgrown by woods and brush and suffering from extreme neglect. Still, the history of Coventry lies here and here I sought to find clues to the identities of who those who once forged a life out of the hardscrabble world now known as Rhode Island.

Over the next several months I'll be posting numerous gravesites, as well as Swan Point graves.


Pine Grove:


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thomas and Sarah Coles - Swan Point

Col. Thomas Coles
Born Dec. 9th 1752
Died Oct. 13th, 1844

Col. Coles was by birth
an Englishman;
he came to this Country before
the Revolutionary Period,
and served
in various Military Capacities
throughout the War of
He was for twenty years Collector
of the Port of Providence.
He was a man of Firmness
and Integrity,
and of consequence universally

Sarah Coles, his wife
Born Dec. 17th, 1761
Died Aug. 6th, 1837

Sarah Coles
was the daughter of
Ephraim and Priscilla Walker
Her kindness and affection
are held in sweet remembrance
by her friends and relatives.
A cheerful and beneficent spirit
influenced her to the
close of life.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012