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South Side Cemetery

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Located on Rowley Bridge Road in Topsfield, South Side Cemetery sits on a hill and is noted for its variety of well-tended trees.  The original one-half acre of land was deeded on March 13, 1740 by Joseph Herrick to a group of 15 men, including members of the Cummings, Estey, and Towne families.  The land was “to be used as a burying place forever,” and is known to have been used for this purpose prior to 1740, including for Revolutionary War soldiers.  
The cemetery was enlarged by a gift of land from the Cummings family in 1814.  The name “South Side Cemetery” was officially adopted in 1894, when a permanent fund was established with the town for care of the property.


There is a binder containing listings of the plots in the Topsfield Room of the Topsfield Town Library.




"South Side Cemetery Inscriptions," copied by George Warren Towne.  In The Historical Collections of the Topsfield Historical Society, (5). Topsfield, Mass. : Topsfield Historical Society. 
View Library Catalog record; read online at the Internet Archive.


Dow, G. F. (1940). “Cemeteries and Burying-grounds” in History of Topsfield Massachusetts. Topsfield, Mass. : Topsfield Historical Society. Reprinted 1982. 
View Library Catalog record; read online at the Internet Archive



External Links


Find A Grave: Southside Cemetery



Topsfield Times: A Community and Local History Resource


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