There are 14 graveyards and several homestead private burial sites in the current town of Salisbury New Hampshire:
Baptist Graveyard, at Salisbury Heights
Bean/Smith’s Corner now adjacent to Maplewood
Calef Yard, off Bog Road
Fellows, off Rt 127
Mary Baker Gravesite, off Rt 4
Mills/Pingry, West Salsibury
Oak Hill/Shaw, off Oak Hill Rd
Severens, through private property north Salisbury
South Road, off Rt 127
Whitaker, off Dunlap Road
Watson, off Quimby Road thorugh private land
The 2 lost graveyards are Searles Hill and Quimby on the side of Mt. Kearsarge which were both early settlements.
Prior to 1791 the only church in Salisbury and West Franklin was located atop Searles Hill. The Searles Hill fort and remaining settlement ruins are up what is now a nearly impossible to travel(private) road off of Route 127 near Easy Street/North Road. Another access is off of New Road and is difficult as well. The location of the cemetery is reasonably assumed. Further research requires sonar exploration of the soil. ther are no stones.
After 1791 the Congregational Church relocated to the junction of Rte 4 and 127. The earlier church on Searles Hill was dissembled.
Both the Webster Place Graveyard by the Merrimack River and Shaw’s Corner have Salisbury residents (as Franklin was created in part out of Salisbury). Shaw’s Corner graveyard has: Moses Quimby 1790, Benjamin Gale 1772, Widow Achsah Gale 1780, Ruth Webster 1793, Aaron Adams 1791. (Currently researching Webster Place).
The major task of maintaing the cemeteries of Salisbury falls under the supervision of The Town of Salisbury. It is not an easy task caring for the older graveyards as there are often lovely old trees and hanging thick branches serving as umbrellas over fragile tombstones. Often this tree removable must be delicately done and can be quite costly. As historians, we appreciated the tireless work of the Cemetery Committee who work at this never ending task.
Each year the severe New England weather with spring frost heaves create erosion and movement to the tombstones but for the most part our cemeteries are in good condition compared to others in many parts of the country. Efforts are always being made, by volunteers, to clean stones (according to strict guidelines) or to upright the stones themselves.
On occasion, in addition to weather, vandals have done their part in adding to the destruction. The Watson Cemetery is a prime example where there are no longer any intact tombstones. What is possibly worse is that one of the missing stones is that of a Revolutionary War veteran Caleb Watson who valiantly fought for our freedom!
At one time the Calef or Bog Cemetery was once adorned with forged (or foundry cast) metal hands on the gate it is believed. Any information (supplied anonymously or otherwise) on finding these missing items would be appreciated.
Hope springs eternal that one day any of these missing items will reappear, in the middle of the night, by the steps of the Salisbury Historical Society perhaps. (No questions will be asked).
Some of our graveyards are on private land. Some of the smaller remote sites have poison ivy. Please be aware of this before considering a visit and obtain permission if on private land.
Each Cemetery is listed above and contains a link to the Burial list for that site.
In addition each listing is available via a link on the Burial Records Homepage.
3) Salisbury’s Veterans list with data from several sources including data from the current
Salisbury Cemetery Committee.
Link to information on tombstone decoration:
Tombstone Symbols for meanings behind tombstone artwork