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American Patriots ~ part 2


This year, an additional flag has been placed in the Point of Graves honoring the American Revolutionary Patriots buried there. Captain Daniel Huntress joins Captains James Drisco, Tobias Lear, and Joshua Lang Huntress.

Daniel Huntress was the son of George (1727-1765) and Sarah (Lang) Huntress (1729-1768). He was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, September 23, 1755 and died May 5, 1820.

Daniel was a Master Mariner and served in the Continental Navy. He was captured by the British during the American Revolution and taken to the Old Mill Prison at Plymouth, England.
(reference: Mariners of the American Revolution by M. J. Kaminkow)

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Photo taken by Susan Straw at night with an LED light bar to the side. This allows shadows and faint writing to be seen.

The inscription of his gravestone reads:

At his own special request we have
Here deposited the remains of
who departed this life
May 5, 1820
Aged 65 Years.
[A verse, illegible now.]


Huntress stones

Daniel is buried in the Huntress plot in Point of Graves cemetery, next to his brother, Joshua Lang Huntress.

Don’t Forget the Children

It has been awhile since finishing the Genealogy documentation of the children buried in the Point of Graves. But was I truly finished? There is a memorial on Find a Grave for a 16 year old boy named Stanley W. Shattuck as being buried in the Point of Graves. The problem is that the year of his death was listed as 1972, and the last known burial in the Point of Graves was the later part of the 1800’s. I set out to find the truth and if necessary, make the correction to his memorial.

I first contacted the Manager of Stanley’s memorial on Find a Grave. She sent me an online copy of the newspaper article that lists the details of Stanley’s death and where he was interred. Stanley tragically drown, May 24, 1972, while boating with friends. The article listed his place of rest to be the Point of Grave in Portsmouth. Both the Memorial Manager and I wanted to make sure of that information, though.

It was several months of research, footwork, and emails in my quest for the truth. I am sure many people thought I was nuts or questioned why I should care. The church that Stanley’s family attended in Maine had a record of them, but no one could remember the circumstances of Stanley’s death. The records of burial permits in Portsmouth, NH had long been either lost or purged. I received no answer from the funeral home listed. In desperation, I even emailed the Principal of the school Stanley had attended, in hopes that someone there would remember or connect me with someone from his graduating class. No reply back.

By now, I am frustrated and feeling that we should be resigned to never know where exactly Stanley rests. The night of July 24, 2016, I made a visit to the cemetery to see if I could make some kind of connection. If I felt at peace with the information I had gathered, then so be it. Search over.

I didn’t feel that Stanley was physically buried there, but I could feel his ‘presence’. Maybe his ashes were spread there? I stood under the large tree where I had picked the leaf last summer and heard “Don’t forget the Children”. Had Stanley been forgotten?

I left the cemetery and suddenly felt sick to my stomach. Something within my energy field was off. My husband and I decided at the last minute to take a scenic way home through the countryside. Turning down a road, I glanced at the street sign… SHATTUCK. It felt like a sign from Spirit. (It is interesting that as I write this, the exact moment I typed SHATTUCK, the time was 11:11.)

I continued my search the next day, but asked for Divine assistance, because frankly, I was stuck. On a nudge, I did a search for Stanley Shattuck on There was ONE family lineage with his name and correct info. The administrator hadn’t signed into Ancestry in over a year, so I wasn’t too encouraged. I took the information given and searched Google and then went to Facebook.

I found a listing on Facebook that could have been one of his brothers. Then I found one that could have been his sister. Although her last name was not Shattuck, her first and middle name were the same [unusual] spelling. I sent her an inquiry message. YES, her maiden name was Shattuck and she had a brother named Stanley that drown. A conversation ensued and she gave me the information that I had been seeking.

Stanley is buried in the family plot in the Rye Central Cemetery (Rye, NH). His father, mother, grandfather, and grandmother are buried there as well. I had the honor of visiting the cemetery, taking photos, and paying my respects. The family now has memorials on Find a Grave and Stanley’s information has been corrected.

Why was I feeling Stanley’s energy in the Point of Graves? I think it was because of the story that he was buried there. Even though it was incorrect, the BELIEF gave rise to the energy. Its an example of how powerful our words and thoughts can be.

Thank you for the lesson, Stanley. And I won’t forget the children. I promise…

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Stanley W. Shattuck 1955-1972

Weeks_Stattuck stone 7-26-16

American Patriots

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Memorial Day 2016, I visited two of my favorite cemeteries in Portsmouth, New Hampshire — The Point of Graves, located on Mechanics Street across from the beautiful Prescott Park and Pleasant Street Cemetery, located on Pleasant St. next to the Mark Wentworth Home [for Assisted Living]. I like both these cemeteries because they are small and I can easily get to know those buried there through Genealogy research. I was saddened to find there were no American flags in either cemetery to honor those that served in a military capacity.

I knew from precious researches, that there were Revolutionary Patriots buried in both cemeteries. It was such an important time in American history, that it bothered me to have these men forgotten for their contributions. So, I set out to do something about it.

I talked to many people on the proper procedure to honor these Patriots. I was passed from agency to agency. No one seemed to know what to do or who might be in charge of doing anything at all. My husband and I finally ended up at the Portsmouth VFW. They used to place flags, but they have trouble keeping up with newer Veterans and have had to forgo placing flags on older graves. They leave it up to the families or private citizens to honor them.

For this Fourth of July holiday weekend, my husband and I put American flags on the graves of the Patriots buried in Point of Graves and Pleasant St. Cemeteries. They will remain for the weekend and be removed late July 4th or 5th at the latest. It might be against protocol, considering they should have been placed on Memorial Day, but I find it appropriate that these men be honored during the time we Americans celebrate our country’s birthday.


Click on a name to view grave

American Patriots buried in The Point of Graves
Captain James Drisco
Captain Joshua Lang Huntress
Captain Tobias Lear
Captain Daniel Huntress
American Patriots buried in The Pleasant Street Cemetery
John Evans
Captain Ephraim Ham
Benjamin Partridge
Captain James Shores
John Wendell



I found an interesting newspaper article concerning those who had been captured from their sailing vessels and imprisoned in an English jail during the war. One of the names mentioned was Nathaniel Marshall of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. There is is a Nathaniel Marshall buried in the Point of Graves that lived during the time period of the Revolutionary War. I have not been able to confirm that he is the same one as mentioned in the article. If indeed he is the same, I will honor him next year with a flag, also.

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A Law Case

I find all kinds of interesting newspaper stories while researching. Some just beg to be shared.

The gist of this story, once you decipher 1800’s jargon and Latin, goes something like this…

At a certain time, prior to the year 1819, a local Medical Doctor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire was accused of stealing the body of a man named Brodus from the Point of Graves. It is not told how ‘fresh’ the body of Mr. Brodus was, nor his condition.

The Court issued a warrant for the house of the Medical Doctor to be searched and both the Doctor and Brodus be brought before the judges. The search found the body of Brodus in a chamber (coffin-like container) in the Medical Doctor’s study, but no Doctor was found. It was assumed that he had hidden himself away from the authorities. The Constable arrested the body of Brodus and then bailed him to another to keep watch over him while the Constable inquired of the Court what to do with the body.

The Court asked if the dead man had given any account of how he came out of the grave. It seems the Court was in much doubt as to whether they were to try the Medical Doctor or the dead man and called upon the lawyer for the dead man to show cause why he came out of the grave. But the lawyer declined giving reason that he was not fully instructed by his client. It was decided that they would adjourn for the day for advisement and the Constable was ordered to re-commit the dead Brodus to his grave and strictly order him to remain there until he be in mercy.

The Medical Doctor appeared before the Court later and it was unanimously decided that he should be convicted of Grave Robbing. Unfortunately, the Court was in doubt if the offense was a common law or statute and Counsel were asked to argue the point. The Court still being in doubt, could not render a judgement against the Medical Doctor.


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May 15 1819 Daily National Intelligencer Washington DC District of Columbia Volume 7 Issue 1979 Page 2

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A Law Case

An obliging friend has furnished us with the following authentic report of a case lately adjudged in a neighboring state. As it will not probably appear in any book of reports, we hope that we render in service to the profession by giving it a place in our paper. {Boston Daily Advertiser}

State of New Hampshire vs ______, M D

Rockingham, ss _____ One H. complained, in the name and behalf of the state, that on, &c. [etc.] at ____ in said county, some evil minded person did break and enter a certain public close, alias a public burying ground, situate [located], &c. [etc.] and then and there called the Point de Grave (vulgo dictum [commonly called], the Point of Graves) and then and there being, violent assault in and upon a certain grave then and there siutate [located], and in and upon the body of one Brodus, then and there lying, then and there did make, and said body of said Brodus, then and there lying in said grave, with force and arms did dig up, take, steal and carry away, and a violent assault in and upon said body of said Brodus, so dug up, taken, stolen, and carried away, then and there with force and arms, as aforesaid, did make, against the peace and dignity of said state, &c. [etc.]

And the said H. had cause to suspect, and did suspect, that one M.D &c. [etc.] assaulted said grave, &c. [etc.] dug up and carried away said body, &c. [etc.] and had said body in his possession, &c. [etc.] contrary to the form of the statute, &c. [etc.] wherefore he prayed process, &c. [etc.] — Whereupon J. Y. B. Esq one of the justices, &c. [etc.] issued his warrant, &c. [etc.] commanding the dwelling house &c. [etc.] of said M D to be diligently examined and searched, &c. [etc.] and the bodies of said M D and said Brodus to be brought before him, wheresoever, &c. [etc.] And afterwards curia sedent [court sitting], B H. jr one of the constables, returned the warrant, and certified that he had diligently searched, &c. [etc.] and that he had arrested the body of said Brodus, in a chamber in said M D’s study, and had then and there bailed him to one J. P. R. , who kept him in said chamber, &c. [etc.] but, that said M. D. had cloigned himself, &c. [etc.] and he prayed the court to instruct him whether the body of the dead man should be sent to the bar, &c. [etc.] Curia advisare [Court advisant], &c. [etc.] and A. justice inquired if the dead man had given any account how he came out of the grave. The court were in much doubt, ut semble [it seems], whether they were to try M D or the dead man; and justice called upon C. of counsel with the dead man, to show cause &c. [etc.] why he came out of the grave. But C. declined speaking to the point — alledging that he was not fully instructed by his client. And afterwards, justiciarius omnibus magn dubit [justice to all the great thrill] it was resolved that they would adjourn sum die [a day] for advisement; and A justice, ordered the constable to re-commit the dead man to his grave, and to enjoin him stricly there to remain until, &c. [etc.] and the said Brodus be in mercy, &c. [etc.] And afterwards, the said M D re-appearing, it was adjudged unaninously by the whole court, that he should be convicted according to the complaint and warrant ut audivi [I heard], to wit, of being suspected by said H. Whereupon a doubt arose whether this offence were by a common law or statute and counsel were directed to argue this point — but the court being still in doubt, no judgement was rendered.

&c. – etc.
situate – located
vulgo dictum – commonly called
curia sedent – court sitting
Curia advisare – court advisant
ut semble – it seems
justiciarius omnibus magnus dubit – Justice to all the great thrill
sum die – a day
ut audivi – I heard
cloigned – hidden or withdrew

Point of Graves Wrap Up

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Dusk falling at the Point of Graves ~ photo taken 5-21-16

I have completed my genealogical look into the families of the Children buried at the Point of Graves. It has been a fascinating experience and I’ve enjoyed getting to ‘know’ the Ancestral residents of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the surrounding seacoast areas. In a way, I feel like we could have been neighbors at some time in the past.

There are 36 known children buried in the cemetery, with another probable five more based on documented information and family circumstances. The sad reality, though, is that there are many, many more that will forever be unknown and forgotten.

The Point of Graves was established as an official cemetry in 1671, although most likely there were burials on the land well before that time. Burials stopped in the 1800’s due to over crowding. Many records of burials have been destroyed over time or were never recorded at all.

It has been estimated that 33 % of children died before the age of nine in the early years of our country. The number was higher in populated areas. Diseases such as Smallpox, Measles, Whooping Cough, Diptheria, several Fevers (Yellow, Scarlet, Typhoid) to name some, wiped out entire families. Because of certain religious beliefs, children who had not been Christened or Baptized before they died, did not have an official name and were buried simply as “child of…”.

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Paupers’ Field ~ photo taken 5-21-2016

The Point of Graves cemetery has a open, grassy section, barren of gravestones. This is known as the Paupers’ field — the place for criminals and those who were too poor to pay for a burial. Portsmouth, New Hampshire can boast the building of the first Poor House in the United States. Many children passed through those doors and the conditions were not the best. Many died there and consequently were buried in the Paupers’ Field… unnamed.

To the memory of All the Children…