39. Granary Burying Ground

Located on Tremont Street, beside the Park Street Church).

Samuel Sewall, a justice on the Court of Oyer and Terminer, is buried beneath a red sandstone table stone in the northwest portion of the cemetery (Plate 18). The stone's surface is inscribed: "Honl. Judge Sewall's Tomb Now the property of his Heirs Philip R. Ridgway 1810 Ralph Huntington 1812 No. 185 Ralph Huntington." Born in England in 1652, Sewall attended Harvard College and afterward served in the militia where he was commissioned a captain. His marriage in 1676 brought him great wealth and established him as one of the most prominent men in the colony. He is best known for the diary of his life which he kept for many years. Historians have used his diary to obtain glimpses into daily life in seventeenth century Massachusetts. One of his diary entries in November 1685 records that Reverend George Burroughs dined at Sewall's house in Boston. Seven years later, Sewall would sit on the court which would condemn Burroughs to death. Sewall was the lone court member to ask forgiveness publicly for his part in the Salem tragedy.