Reverend John Hale, minister in Beverly, is buried here in the Hale family plot. Beside him are buried two of his wives, Rebecca and Sarah, and his daughter Rebecca.
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More About Ancient Burial Ground, aka Abbott Street Burial Ground
This cemetery was established in 1672 as the burial ground for the First Parish Church, on an acre of land behind the original location of the first meeting house, which was approximately where the White Whale is today. In the late 1800s, the Town of Beverly decided to lay Abbott Street through the middle of the cemetery land, requiring the relocation of about seventy gravestones, including that of Reverend John Hale. Today, the cemetery is on either side of Abbott Street. The Hale family plot is surrounded by a low stone wall within the burial ground on the north side of Abbott Street. Within the plot are Reverend Hale and two of his wives, Rebecca and Sarah, his daughter Rebecca, and other Hale descendants.
The first meeting house stood at approximately 9 Hale Street. The second meeting house was built in 1682 at 225 Cabot Street (where the First Parish Church is today). The current building was built in 1770 with major alterations done in 1835.
The grave of Reverend John Hale
This stone marks the graves of Rebecca and Sarah Hale, the reverend's first two wives, and his daughter Rebecca who died at the age of 15.
The Reverend, his wives, and daughter, buried next to each other in a corner of the family plot
The Hale family plot
Another view of the burial ground, behind the original location of the first meeting house.
The approximate location of the first meeting house, with the Ancient Burial Ground behind.
Another view of the first meeting house location.
First Parish Church of Beverly, location of the second meeting house