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Whether Goody Glover chose not to speak English, or couldn’t speak it well enough is unclear, but either way she was sentenced to death on November 16, 1688, becoming the first Catholic martyr to be killed in Massachusetts.
300 years later, Boston City Council proclaimed November 16 as Goody Glover Day.
Losing a spouse to disease meant that remarriage was not only encouraged but was important to the survival of their families.
Headstone carving designs often symbolized the omnipresence of death.
Buried here are Paul Revere, the five victims of the Boston Massacre, and three signers of the Declaration of Independence: Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine.
Paul Revere also created the famous engraving of the Boston Massacre of 1770 in which British soldiers shot and killed people while under attack by a mob.
Disease and the difficulties of childbirth sent many men, women, and children to an early grave.
Almost a quarter of Boston’s 17th-century grave markers are for children below the age of 10.
Although charges were later dropped, his ship was never returned—instead being refitted for service in the British Royal Navy.
Allegedly, Bostonians working for Hancock had locked a British customs official in the ship’s cabin to evade taxes while they unloaded a cargo of Madeira wine.
As one of the colonies’ wealthiest men, Hancock used his money and influence to support the colonial cause.
Accused by the British of smuggling in 1768, his sloop Liberty was confiscated.