Center Cemetery Peru, Berkshire Co., MA
Center Cemetery is, I believe, the oldest cemetery in Peru, Massachusetts, famous as being the "highest town in Massachusetts." It is about 1/2 mile south of the town center, on a hilltop facing eastward. The stones in the cemetery are all quite old. It was recently repaired and on the day I visited was mowed and in good condition. The Selectmen of Peru have passed a town law that allows only residents to be buried in Peru cemeteries. There are only a few graves in the cemetery dating from recent times.
THOMPSON, Mr. Peter
Note: Peter Thompson was originally from Bellingham, MA. In 1767, he and his brothers Daniel and Nathan (my ancestor) were among the original settlers of Peru (then called Partridgefield), Massachusetts. They were the sons of Joseph Thomson (1698-1755) and Mary Holbrook (1702-1781):
THOMPSON, Mrs. Elizabeth, consort of Mr. Peter
THOMPSON, Mr. Daniel
Note: Daniel Thompson was originally from Bellingham, and a brother of Peter Thompson.
THOMPSON, Simeon, Esq.
Note: Simeon Thompson was the son of Daniel Thompson (above) They are buried side by side.
Source: Read by Nancy Thomson, August 22, 1998
THOMSON, Hiram, Son of Simeon & Sibbel
THOMSON, Hipsey 2
Note: Hipsey 2 was the dauther of Nathan Thomson Jr. and granddaughter of Nathan Thomson Sr., one of the three Thomson brothers who were among the first settlers of Peru. She was preceeded in death by another sister named Hipsey (see below).
Other stones in this cemetery that I didn't find (but are recorded elsewhere) read:
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