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The Cemetery on Sutton Island, Maine

Compiled Summer 2000 by Bruce Komusin
Great Cranberry Island Historical Society

read the report
names in alphabetical order
virtual tour: "stroll through" the cemetery


Path to the cemetery is straight back
from the Town Dock,

then up the hill along
the wheelbarrow ramp...

until you glimpse the obelisk off to the left.



The Sutton Island Cemetery is a small plot situated in the middle of the island.  When you land at the Town Dock (don't miss the smallest "Post Office" in the world, Zip 04662) follow the boardwalk path straight back over the beach stones, through the grass field, up the hill via the wheelbarrow ramp, past the Town Road, and then another 300 feet or so until you see the cemetery on the left.

Grave Site Layout

To "stroll through" the cemetery:
  1.  click on a stone to see the inscription
  2.  click your browser's "Back" button to return here to the cemetery

click on any stone...

The original cemetery, dominated by the metal Fernald obelisk, is roughly rectangular in shape, about 25 feet north-south and 21 feet east-west.  It is surrounded by a heavy chain fence held up by ten stone posts as shown in the grave site layout above.  Within the chained-in area there is a smaller, slightly-raised area 8.5' north-south by 10' east-west which is formed by a stone border filled with earth.  There are two stones and two footstones in this raised area.  Other than those, there are two stones, two footstones, and one obelisk in the chained-in area.

The cemetery has been expanded by later burials outside the chained-in area.  There are nine stones, two footstones, and two minor stones to the south of the chained-in area, and three stones to the north of it.

Inscriptions

The following list gives our best rendering of all the inscriptions.  All stones are in good condition; the inscriptions are still easily readable without resorting to rubbings.

All stone inscriptions face west.

A3
ANDREW CLARKE
CHAPIN
DECEMBER 20, 1973 - MAY 8, 1997

[flat stone]

B1
HOYT
CLARKE
HOTTEL JR
1936 - 1999

[painted, not chiseled, on stone]

B2

          HOTTEL
NELLIE RICH   HOYT CLARKE
 1905-1994     1903-1998

[flat stone]

C6
CAPT. WILLIAM MOORE
DIED
Dec. 12, 1874
AE 73 yrs. 5 mos.
& 7 days.

When we cross the cold dark river
When we reach the golden shore
May thy face be there to greet us
Then we'll meet to part no more.

[Bottom part of the second "I" in "WILLIAM" is broken off.]

D6
MRS. ELIZA,
wife of Capt.
William Moore
DIED
June 1, 1870
AE 62 y's. 1 mo.
& 3 d'ys.

When lingering pains her bosom tore
Resigned she kissed the chastening rod
Each mortal pang with meekness bore,
And smiled in death to meet her God.

E5
The Fernald Obelisk

North-facing sidecloseup
closeup of shield
Deviceanchor
Inscription[on shield]
MRS. ELIZA,
WIFE OF
CAPT. WM. MOORE
DIED JUNE 1, 1870
AGED
62 Y'RS 1 MO. 3 D'YS
CAPT. WILLIAM
MOORE,
DIED DEC. 12, 1874,
AGED
73 Y'RS 5 MO'S 7 D'YS
BaseMOORE

 

South-facing sidecloseup
Devicesheaf of wheat
Inscription-none-
BaseFERNALD

 

East-facing sidecloseup
Deviceflying bird
Inscription[below device]
EMORY GILLMAN
DIED MAR.13,1864,
AGED 1YR. 3MO'S, 10 DYS.
ORA ELBERT,
DIED DEC.18, 1867,
AGED 2 MO'S 25 D'YS
SONS OF A.C. & N.L. FERNALD

[shield blank]

BaseFERNALD

[Emory Gillman is referred to as "Amory Gilman" on stone F4]
 

West-facing sidecloseup
Devicemasonic
Inscription-none-
BaseFERNALD

 

F4
<flower bud>
AMORY GILMAN
Son of
A.C. & N.L. Fernald
died Mar. 13, 1864
AE. 1 yr. 3ms. 10 ds.

Farewell Amory Gilman,
Thou art gone to rest.
God called thee home,
When he thought best.

[referred to as "Emory Gillman" on the Fernald obelisk]

G4
ORA ELBERT
son of
A.C. & N.L.
Fernald,
DIED
Dec. 18, 1867
AE. 2 mos. 25 ds.

H1
FATHER.
Capt.
WM. M. RICHARDSON
DIED
July 4, 1864,
AE 41 ys. 7 ms. 18 ds.

I5
WYNCIE KING
1884 - 1961
HORTENSE FLEXNER
KING
1885 - 1973

J6

             PAINE
GEORGE LYMAN        CLARA MAY
 1874-1967          1872-1948

ALFRED WHITE       G. LYMAN JR.
 1903-1944          1901-1978

CAROLA WORMSER  FRANCES D. FREDDY
 1908-1988          1912-1999

["FREDDY" is written at a slight angle after "FRANCES D."; probably a nickname.]

J7
James Boggs
1919 - 1993

[painted, not chiseled, on natural shape flat stone]

K1
ISAAC RICHARDSON
Died Mar. 7, 1874.
AE. 82 yrs. 9 mos. & 26 d'ys.

JOSEPH M.
AE. 4 mos. & 23 d'ys.
Died Mar. 31, 1822

SOPHIA E.
AE. 1 year 2 mos. 15 d'ys.
Died Sept. 11, 1825

Children of Isaac & Nancy Richardson

K4
RUTH RODNEY KING
NORRIS MANLEY
1906 - 1973

[flat stone]

L4
KIRTLAND MANLEY
1909 - 1975

[flat stone]

M2
HELEN KING HOWE
1903 - 1992
FREDERICK GILMAN HOWE
1907 - 1994

[flat stone]

M3
LINWOOD A McDONALD
US AIR FORCE
APR 12 1933   JAN 28 1996

[flat stone]

N8
[apparently a pet]
<homemade wooden cross>

Forever        Be in my
R.I.P.          heart
               ALWAYS

[painted, not chiseled, on natural shape flat stones; stone on right has a heart painted around inscription]

+ end of inscriptions +


Table of Names in Alphabetical Order

This table duplicates all the names mentioned in the Sutton Island Cemetery inscriptions, but here they're in alphabetical order by family name, so you can find a particular name easily by eye.  Click the grave coordinate -- immediately to the left of the given name -- to see the inscription.

Please be aware that a person may be mentioned on more than one inscription.  They may have their own stone, as well as being mentioned on another stone as "son of ..." or "father of ..." for example.  However, the table has only one link to an inscription.  It may not be the only reference.  So study the inscriptions carefully for multiple references.

Stones with "dau. of ..." are especially useful as they reveal a woman's maiden name.  Where possible, I've listed women under both their maiden and married names.

Family members were often buried close to each other.  Note but don't click on the grave coordinate immediately to the left of the given name.  Then click on "Sutton" to go to the grave site diagram, and click on nearby stones to see their inscriptions.

CEM_LOC GIVEN FAMILY BORN DIED AGE NOTES
    * 0 0 -1 Sutton Island Cemetery database last updated 25 Jan 2001
Sutton J7 James Boggs 1919 1993 74  
Sutton A3 Andrew Clarke Chapin 12-20-1973 5-8-1997 23  
Sutton F4 Amory (or Emory) Gilman Fernald 1862 3-13-1864 1y3m10d son of A.C. & N.L. Fernald
Sutton G4 Ora Elbert Fernald 1867 12-18-1867 2m25d son of A.C. & N.L. Fernald
Sutton B2 Hoyt Clarke Hottel 1903 1998 95 husb. of Nellie R.
Sutton B1 Hoyt Clarke, Jr. Hottel 1936 1999 63 son of Hoyt C. & Nellie R.
Sutton B2 Nellie Rich Hottel 1905 1994 89 wife of Hoyt C. Sr.
Sutton M2 Frederick Gilman Howe 1907 1994 87 husb. of Helen K.
Sutton M2 Helen King Howe 1903 1992 89 wife of Frederick G.
Sutton I5 Hortense Flexner King 1885 1973 88  
Sutton K4 Ruth Rodney King 1906? 1973? 67?  
Sutton I5 Wyncie King 1884 1961 77  
Sutton L4 Kirtland Manly 1909 1975 66  
Sutton K4 Norris Manly 1906? 1973? 67?  
Sutton M3 Linwood A. McDonald 4-12-1933 1-28-1996 62  
Sutton C6 Capt. William Moore 1801 12-12-1874 73y5m7d husb. of Eliza
Sutton D6 Eliza Moore 1808 6-1-1870 62y1m3d wife of Capt. William
Sutton J6 Alfred White Paine 1903 1944 41  
Sutton J6 Carola Wormser Paine 1908 1988 80  
Sutton J6 Clara May Paine 1872 1948 76  
Sutton J6 Frances D. "Freddy" Paine 1912 1999 87  
Sutton J6 G. Lyman, Jr. Paine 1901 1978 77  
Sutton J6 George Lyman Paine 1874 1967 93  
Sutton H1 Capt. William M. Richardson 1822 7-4-1864 41y7m18d father

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Variations of Names Mentioned on the Stones

If a search engine brings you to this page, please scan the Table of Names in Alphabetical Order to find the person you're looking for.  The following list is not for human consumption.  It has several variations on all the names mentioned on the stones, for the benefit of web search engines such as AltaVista.

Andrew Clarke Chapin, Andrew C. Chapin, Andrew Chapin, A.C. Chapin, A. C. Chapin, A. Chapin
Hoyt Clarke Hottel, Jr., Hoyt C. Hottel, Jr., Hoyt Hottel, Jr., H.C. Hottel, Jr., H. C. Hottel, Jr., H. Hottel, Jr., Hoyt Clarke Hottel Jr., Hoyt C. Hottel Jr., Hoyt Hottel Jr., H.C. Hottel Jr., H. C. Hottel Jr., H. Hottel Jr.
Nellie Rich Hottel, Nellie R. Hottel, Nellie Hottel, N.R. Hottel, N. R. Hottel, N. Hottel
Capt. William Moore, Capt. W. Moore, Capt. Wm. Moore
Eliza Moore, E. Moore
Emory Gillman Fernald, Emory G. Fernald, Emory Fernald, E.G. Fernald, E. G. Fernald, E. Fernald, Amory Gilman Fernald, Amory G. Fernald, Amory Fernald, A.G. Fernald, A. G. Fernald, A. Fernald
Ora Elbert Fernald, Ora E. Fernald, Ora Fernald, O.E. Fernald, O. E. Fernald, O. Fernald
A.C. Fernald, A. C. Fernald, A. Fernald
N.L. Fernald, N. L. Fernald, N. Fernald
Capt. William M. Richardson, Capt. William Richardson, Capt. W. Richardson, Capt. Wm. M. Richardson, Capt. Wm. Richardson, Capt. W.M. Richardson, Capt. W. M. Richardson
Wyncie King, W. King
Hortense Flexner King, Hortense F. King, Hortense King, H.F. King, H. F. King, H. King
George Lyman Paine, George L. Paine, George Paine, Geo. L. Paine, Geo. Paine, G.L. Paine, G. L. Paine, G. Paine
Clara May Paine, Clara M. Paine, Clara Paine, C.M. Paine, C. M. Paine, C. Paine
Alfred White Paine, Alfred W. Paine, Alfred Paine, Al W. Paine, Al Paine, A.W. Paine, A. W. Paine, A. Paine
G. Lyman Paine, Jr., G.L. Paine, Jr., G. L. Paine, Jr., G. Paine, Jr., G. Lyman Paine Jr., G.L. Paine Jr., G. L. Paine Jr., G. Paine Jr.
Carola Wormser Paine, Carola W. Paine, Carola Paine, C.W. Paine, C. W. Paine, C. Paine
Frances D. Paine, Frances Paine, F.D. Paine, F. D. Paine, F. Paine, Freddy D. Paine, Freddy Paine
James Boggs, J. Boggs
Isaac Richardson, I. Richardson
Joseph M. Richardson, Joseph Richardson, J.M. Richardson, J. M. Richardson, J. Richardson, Joe M. Richardson, Joe Richardson
Sophia E. Richardson, Sophia Richardson, Sofia Richardson, S.E. Richardson, S. E. Richardson, S. Richardson
Nancy Richardson, N. Richardson
Ruth Rodney King, Ruth R. King, Ruth King, R.R. King, R. R. King, R. King
Norris Manley, N. Manley
Kirtland Manley, K. Manley
Helen King Howe, Helen K. Howe, Helen Howe, H.K. Howe, H. K. Howe, H. Howe
Frederick Gilman Howe, Frederick G. Howe, Frederick Howe, Fred Gilman Howe, Fred G. Howe, Fred Howe, F.G. Howe, F. G. Howe, F. Howe
Linwood A. McDonald, Linwood McDonald, L.A. McDonald, L. A. McDonald, L. McDonald

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