Tombstone Tuesday: Reverend John Sparhawk – Bristol, Rhode Island

“Here lyeth interred the body of the Reverend Mr. John Sparhawk minister of this place 23 years last past and dyed the 29th of April, 1718 in the 46th year of his age.”

John Sparhawk_gravestone2This is the epitaph of Reverend John Sparhawk, buried at the Congregational Cemetery in Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island.

According to his biography in Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University: In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Volume 3, John Sparhawk was born in “1673?” (most sources believe his birth year was either 1672 or 1673) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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    • Me too .. I love digging around and finding stories like this. Lots more to discuss on the Sparhawk family on Saturday.



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