This blog has nothing to do with my family history but it’s an adventure that I went on while visiting Salem, Massachusetts Labor Day weekend 2015.
I visited the Burying Point Cemetery in historical Salem as I’ve always been interested in the history of the area (mainly the witch trials and the complete absurdity of the situation).
While there are no “witches” buried in this cemetery, there are a few notable graves which I stopped and looked at. I was mainly just amazed at just how old it was and the level of maintenance being provided.
Then there it was. Back in the corner that was fairly empty, one lonely headstone of Louisa M. Trask.
Born: Louisa M. May ~1806
Marriage: Daniel S Trask on, Nov 15, 1827.
- Joseph Henry, s. Daniel S. and Louisa, bp. June 21, 1829, CR6
Died 2/10/1845 age 16 typhus
- Nancy Caroline, d. Daniel and Louisa, bp. Mar 13, 1833, CR6.
Died Oct 5, 1910. She married William J. Lee
Death: September 12 1837, 31 years of age
Not only was here headstone alone in this corner, she had little trinkets left on and around her headstone such as little festive flowers and some more cryptic little skulls the size of a pencil topper eraser.
Why? She wasn’t a witch as she was born almost 200 years after the Salem Witch Trial events. Since I had limited time before I had to fly home, I wasn’t able to dig through any archives beyond what I could find online.
I’m also not the only one. Going back to findagrave.com, someone has made her a profile asking the same questions I am. She seems to be more interesting after her death as she’s hiding some secrets.
I was able to contact a local historian for the Salem area who became interested in Louisa after I told her the story. She dug into some archives and came up empty-handed. She believes that maybe Louisa’s section of cemetery was once full of people but the headstones may have washed way with time. She informed me that the cemetery used to be closer to the waterfront as there were many wharfs when Salem was still being used as a port. She was disappointed that she couldn’t find any additional information.