John Smith Family Cemetery, Bay Rd Newmarket, NH
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The two remaining grave stones below have been the only stones visible for at least the last 100 years. An article about the Davis-Smith Garrison was published in The Granite Monthly, New Series Vol x1, pg 327 in 1916. At that time, it is noted these two are the only graves left "of the many that were buried here". It is unclear to me if Capt. John Smith (1669-1744) & his wife Susanna were buried here or not. They very well could have been, or they may have been buried in his father's cemetery on Oyster River discussed below. In either case, markers no longer exist for either of them.
Joseph Smith Family Cemetery, Oyster River/Durham, NH
Graves now located in Durham Cemetery
It is clear these two graves, & others, were originally in the Joseph Smith Family Cemetery which was on the north-side of Oyster River about a half mile up from the mouth. This land was later owned by Forrest Smith Emery & he is the one who had them moved. The cemetery is said to have been near where the Garrison once stood on that property. As late as 1914 the grave yard was noted in History of Strafford County, pg 297, "In that burial ground you saw the gravestones of six generations of the Smith family, who in turn had been owners of that land; it is a condition which probably no burial ground in New Hampshire can duplicate. "
Part of the Joseph Smith property is still a farm today worked by Joseph's descendants. It is known as Emery Farm. Now owned by David Hills, you can read how he has protected the Hills Family Farm by ensuring its conservation with The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests here. There is also a Town Conservation area next to where Joseph's land was known as Wagon Hill Farm.
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