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Barnstable County
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Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Barnstable County

Index to Locations

  • Barnstable Cobb's Hill Cemetery
  • Centerville, Barnstable Beechwood Cemetery
  • Cotuit, Barnstable Mosswood Cemetery
  • Osterville, Barnstable Hillside Cemetery
  • Bourne Massachusetts National Veterans Cemetery
  • Centerville St. Francis Xavier Cemetery
  • West Dennis, Dennis West Dennis Cemetery
  • Harwich Port, Harwich Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
  • Provincetown Provincetown Cemetery
  • Sandwich Bay View Cemetery
  • Sandwich Old Town Cemetery
  • Waquoit Unknown location
  • Yarmouth Woodside Cemetery
  • South Yarmouth, Yarmouth Quaker Burial Ground
  • Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth Woodside Cemetery


    Cobb's Hill Cemetery
    Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Politicians buried here:
      David Bursley (1803-1884) — of Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass. Born in Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass., November 3, 1803. Postmaster at Barnstable, Mass., 1851-52. Died November 7, 1884 (age 81 years, 4 days). Interment at Cobb's Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Bursley (1772-1836) and Susannah (Crocker) Bursley (1773-1828); first cousin thrice removed of Gilbert E. Bursley (1913-1998) and Mary Carter.
      Political family: Bursley-Carter family of Ann Arbor and Jackson, Michigan.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Beechwood Cemetery
    Centerville, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Politicians buried here:
      Augustus Davis Ayling (1840-1918) — also known as Augustus D. Ayling — of Concord, Merrimack County, N.H.; Centerville, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., July 28, 1840. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; Adjutant General of New Hampshire, 1879-1907. Member, Loyal Legion; Grand Army of the Republic; Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died March 9, 1918 (age 77 years, 224 days). Interment at Beechwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William L. Ayling and Margaret (Hurley) Ayling; married 1869 to Elizabeth F. Cornish (1850-1939).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Mosswood Cemetery
    Cotuit, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Founded 1819
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      John Thomas Connor (1914-2000) — also known as John T. Connor; Jack Connor — Born in Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y., November 3, 1914. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1965-67. Catholic. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Phi Kappa Psi. President and CEO of the Merck pharmaceutical company from 1955; chairman and CEO of Allied Chemical, 1967-79. Died, of cancer, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., October 6, 2000 (age 85 years, 338 days). Interment at Mosswood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Mary O'Boyle.
      Epitaph: "Semper Fidelis"
      See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Charles Laceille Gifford (1871-1947) — also known as Charles L. Gifford — of Cotuit, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass. Born in Cotuit, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass., March 15, 1871. Republican. School teacher; real estate business; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1912-13; member of Massachusetts state senate Cape and Plymouth District, 1914-19; delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1922-47 (16th District 1922-33, 15th District 1933-43, 9th District 1943-47); died in office 1947. Congregationalist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Elks. Died in Cotuit, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass., August 23, 1947 (age 76 years, 161 days). Interment at Mosswood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Mary Abbie (Baker) Gifford (1842-1919) and William Coleman Gifford (1843-1928); married, September 6, 1892, to Fannie Hallet Handy (1871-1951); father of Florence Gifford (1897-1975).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Florence Gifford Claussen (1897-1975) — also known as Florence G. Claussen; Florence Gifford — of Wellesley Hills, Wellesley, Norfolk County, Mass. Born in Cotuit, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass., February 12, 1897. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1948; member of Massachusetts Republican State Central Committee, 1949. Female. Congregationalist. Died in 1975 (age about 78 years). Interment at Mosswood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Fannie (Handy) Gifford (1871-1951) and Charles Laceille Gifford (1871-1947); married, September 23, 1922, to Howard P. Claussen (1894-1973).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Hillside Cemetery
    Osterville, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Politicians buried here:
      Zeno Scudder (1807-1857) — of Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass. Born in Massachusetts, 1807. Member of Massachusetts state legislature, 1840; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1851-54 (10th District 1851-53, 1st District 1853-54). Died in 1857 (age about 50 years). Interment at Hillside Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Massachusetts National Veterans Cemetery
    Bourne, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Politicians buried here:
    John F. X. Davoren John Francis Xavier Davoren (1915-1997) — also known as John F. X. Davoren — of Milford, Worcester County, Mass. Born in Milford, Worcester County, Mass., July 27, 1915. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1955-66; Speaker of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1965-66; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1964; secretary of state of Massachusetts, 1967-74. Catholic. Member, Elks; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; Knights of Columbus. Died in Dennis, Barnstable County, Mass., August 24, 1997 (age 82 years, 28 days). Interment at Massachusetts National Veterans Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: Francis Xavier
      See also Wikipedia article
      Image source: Public Officers of Massachusetts, 1969-70
      Nancy C. Cosgrove (1922-2017) — also known as Nancy Carr — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio; South Orleans, Orleans, Barnstable County, Mass. Born in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, March 24, 1922. Republican. Singer; performed, Republican National Convention, 1952. Female. Died in Massachusetts, July 22, 2017 (age 95 years, 120 days). Interment at Massachusetts National Veterans Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Robert Chalmers Cosgrove (1910-2010).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    St. Francis Xavier Cemetery
    Pine Street
    Centerville, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. (1915-2011) — also known as R. Sargent Shriver, Jr.; "Sarge" — Born in Westminster, Carroll County, Md., November 9, 1915. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; organized and directed the Peace Corps, 1961-66; U.S. Ambassador to France, 1968-70; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1972; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1976. Catholic. German ancestry. Member, Delta Kappa Epsilon. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. Died, from Alzheimer's disease, in Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., January 18, 2011 (age 95 years, 70 days). Interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Robert Sargent Shriver (1880-1942) and Hilda (Shriver) Shriver (1883-1977); married, May 23, 1953, to Eunice Mary Kennedy (1921-2009; daughter of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr.; sister of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, Robert Francis Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith and Edward Moore Kennedy; aunt of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend); father of Maria Owings Shriver (who married Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger) and Mark Kennedy Shriver (1964-); nephew of James Causten Shriver; grandson of Thomas Herbert Shriver; great-grandson of Thomas Johns Perry.
      Political family: Kennedy family.
      Sargent Shriver Elementary School, in Silver Spring, Maryland, is named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Books about R. Sargent Shriver: Scott Stossel, Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver — Mark Shriver, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver


    West Dennis Cemetery
    Fork and Pond streets
    West Dennis, Dennis, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      George Hamilton Garfield (1858-1931) — also known as George H. Garfield — of Brockton, Plymouth County, Mass.; West Dennis, Dennis, Barnstable County, Mass. Born in West Dennis, Dennis, Barnstable County, Mass., July 18, 1858. Republican. Grocer; meat merchant; real estate business; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1892-93, 1900-04; member of Massachusetts state senate Second Plymouth District, 1905-08; member, Massachusetts Fisheries and Game Commission, 1908-13. Died in West Dennis, Dennis, Barnstable County, Mass., December 19, 1931 (age 73 years, 154 days). Interment at West Dennis Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Lyman Garfield (1837-1894) and Erzelia (Baker) Garfield (1837-1887); married, September 17, 1885, to Mary Gertrude Bruce (1867-1912); fourth cousin of Benjamin Alden Faunce (1874-1941).
      Political family: Faunce-Garfield-Krider family of East Lansing, Michigan.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
    Harwich Port, Harwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
    Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Thomas Phillip O'Neill, Jr. (1912-1994) — also known as Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.; "Tip" — of Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass., December 9, 1912. Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1937-52; Speaker of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1949-52; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952, 1960, 1964; Honorary Chair, 1984; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1953-87 (11th District 1953-63, 8th District 1963-87); Speaker of the U.S. House, 1977-87. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991. Died, of cardiac arrest, in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., January 5, 1994 (age 81 years, 27 days). Interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas P. O'Neill and Rose Anne (Tolan) O'Neill; married, June 17, 1941, to Mildred Anne Miller; father of Thomas P. O'Neill III (1944-).
      The O'Neill Tunnel (opened 2003), which carries Interstate 93, Highway 1, and Route 3, in Boston, Massachusetts, is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
      Books by Thomas P. O'Neill: Man of the House : The Life and Political Memoirs of Speaker Tip O'Neill (1989)
      Books about Thomas P. O'Neill: John Aloysius Farrell, Tip O' Neill and the Democratic Century: A Biography — Chris Matthews, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked
      Image source: Public Officers of Massachusetts, 1979-80


    Provincetown Cemetery
    Provincetown, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Politicians buried here:
      Norman Kingsley Mailer (1923-2007) — also known as Norman Mailer — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Long Branch, Monmouth County, N.J., January 31, 1923. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; novelist, essayist, magazine editor, Hollywood screenwriter, director, and actor; among the founders of the Village Voice newspaper newspaper in New York City; in November, 1960, while drunk at a party, he stabbed and wounded his wife, Adele; he was arrested and held for psychiatric evaluation, and eventually pleaded guilty to third-degree assault; arrested and jailed in 1967 in connection with an antiwar protest; candidate in primary for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1969. Jewish ancestry. Won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1969 and for fiction in 1980. Died, from acute renal failure, in Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., November 10, 2007 (age 84 years, 283 days). Interment at Provincetown Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Isaac Barnett 'Barney' Mailer and Fanny (Schneider) Mailer; married 1944 to Beatrice 'Bea' Silverman (divorced 1952); married 1954 to Adele Morales (divorced 1962); married 1962 to Jeanne Campbell (divorced 1963); married 1963 to Beverly Bentley (divorced 1980); married 1980 to Carol Stevens (divorced 1980); married 1981 to Norris Church (1949-2010); father of Michael Mailer (film producer).
      See also NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
      Books by Norman Mailer: The Executioner's Song — The Fight
      Fiction by Norman Mailer: The Deer Park — The Naked and the Dead — An American Dream — The Gospel According to the Son
      Books about Norman Mailer: Mary V. Dearborn, Mailer : A Biography — Barry H. Leeds, The Enduring Vision of Norman Mailer — Carl Rollyson, The Lives of Norman Mailer : A Biography — Jennifer Bailey, Norman Mailer: Quick Change Artist
      Critical books about Norman Mailer: Bernard Goldberg, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37)


    Bay View Cemetery
    Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Politicians buried here:
      Samuel Fessenden (1845-1903) — of Sandwich, Barnstable County, Mass. Born in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Mass., May 28, 1845. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1888. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., January 22, 1903 (age 57 years, 239 days). Interment at Bay View Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Fessenden (1791-1881) and Lucy Parker (Pope) Fessenden (1814-1908); married, November 6, 1872, to Mary Morse (1850-1924); first cousin once removed of Benjamin Fessenden and Charles Backus Hyde Fessenden; third cousin of Walter Fessenden and Austin Wells Holden; third cousin once removed of Samuel Clement Fessenden (1784-1869) and John Milton Fessenden; fourth cousin of William Pitt Fessenden, Samuel Clement Fessenden (1815-1882), Thomas Amory Deblois Fessenden, William Fessenden Allen and Joseph Palmer Fessenden; fourth cousin once removed of James Deering Fessenden, Francis Fessenden (1839-1906), Joshua Abbe Fessenden, Samuel Fessenden and Oliver Grosvenor Fessenden.
      Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Old Town Cemetery
    Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Politicians buried here:
      Nathaniel Freeman, Jr. (1766-1800) — of Massachusetts. Born in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Mass., May 1, 1766. U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1795-99 (5th District 1795-97, at-large 1797-99). Died in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Mass., August 22, 1800 (age 34 years, 113 days). Interment at Old Town Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Nathaniel Freeman (1741-1827) and Tryphosa (Colton) Freeman (1743-1796); nephew of Jonathan Freeman (1745-1808); uncle of Benjamin Fessenden and Charles Backus Hyde Fessenden; first cousin twice removed of Samuel Allyne Otis; second cousin once removed of Harrison Gray Otis and Reuben Eaton Fenton; second cousin thrice removed of Desda Chapin; third cousin once removed of Asahel Otis and James Otis; third cousin thrice removed of Frank Elisha Reed and Robert Helyer Thayer; fourth cousin of Day Otis Kellogg, Dwight Kellogg and Asa H. Otis; fourth cousin once removed of David Waterman and Charles Augustus Otis, Sr..
      Political family: Otis family of Connecticut (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Unknown Location
    Waquoit, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Politicians buried here:
      Dana Gardner Munro (1892-1990) — also known as Dana G. Munro — of New Jersey. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., July 18, 1892. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; economist; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Consul in Valparaiso, 1920-21; U.S. Minister to Haiti, 1930-32. Episcopalian. Member, Delta Phi; Phi Beta Kappa. Died in 1990 (age about 97 years). Interment somewhere.
      Relatives: Son of Dana Carleton Munro and Alice Gardner (Beecher) Munro; married 1920 to Margaret Bennett Wiley.
      See also U.S. State Dept career summary


    Woodside Cemetery
    Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Politicians buried here:
      John Simpkins (1862-1898) — of Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Mass. Born in Massachusetts, 1862. Republican. Member of Massachusetts state legislature, 1890; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 13th District, 1895-98; died in office 1898. Died March 27, 1898 (age about 35 years). Interment at Woodside Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Quaker Burial Ground
    South Yarmouth, Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Politicians buried here:
      Irving K. Taylor (died c.1939) — of Orange, Essex County, N.J. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1912; chair of Essex County Progressive Party, 1914. Died about 1939. Interment at Quaker Burial Ground.


    Woodside Cemetery
    Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Politicians buried here:
      Thomas Chandler Thacher (1858-1945) — also known as Thomas C. Thacher — of Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Mass. Born in Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Mass., July 20, 1858. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 16th District, 1913-15; defeated, 1910 (14th District), 1914 (16th District); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916 (Honorary Vice-President). Died in 1945 (age about 86 years). Interment at Woodside Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Morris Berthold Abram (1918-2000) — also known as Morris Abram — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County, Ga., June 19, 1918. Democrat. Rhodes scholar; lawyer; served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; served on prosecution staff at Nuremburg war crimes trials; U.S. Representative to United Nations European office; worked on Marshall Plan for postwar reconstruction of Europe; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Georgia 5th District, 1952; candidate for nomination for U.S. Senator from New York, 1968; president of Brandeis University, 1968-70; member, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, 1984-86. Jewish. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; American Bar Association; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Jewish Committee; Urban League; Council on Foreign Relations. Died, from a viral infection, in a hospital at Geneva, Switzerland, March 16, 2000 (age 81 years, 271 days). Interment at Woodside Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Samuel Abram (1883-1957) and Irene (Cohen) Abram (1897-1979); married, December 23, 1944, to Jane Isabella Maguire (1920-2009; divorced 1974); married, January 25, 1975, to Carlyn (Feldman) Fisher (divorced 1987); married, August 26, 1990, to Bruna Molina.
      Epitaph: He established "one man, one vote" as a principle of American law.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


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