More About Rowley Burying Ground

The Rowley Burying Ground was set apart in 1639 when the town was first founded by Ezekiel Rogers and more than sixty families of immigrants from England.


Buried here are the early ministers of the town and, according to the sign on Main Street, “nearly all the original settlers.”


Near the street, on the left-hand side (facing the cemetery) is an 1851 memorial that marks the remains of the early ministers, including Ezekiel Rogers, Samuel Phillips, and Edward Payson.


Buried here are two accusers of Margaret Scott, the only Rowley resident hanged as a witch in 1692: Captain Daniel Wicom (alternate spelling Wycomb) (1635-1700), son of original settler Richard Wicom, and Sergeant Thomas Nelson (1636-1712), son of original settler Thomas Nelson.


Margaret Scott’s daughter-in-law, Susannah (Scales) Scott (1650-1719), married to Margaret and Benjamin Scott’s son Benjamin, is buried here.