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William Wells gravestone.

Charles Wells Hayes comments: "In the old Burial Ground of Southold, near the edifice (Presbyterian) which occupies the site of the first meeting house, and not more than ten or twelve yards from the west end of the Cemetery, is the tomb of William Wells, a substantial, structure of brick and covered with cement, and now (1876) after the lapse of two centuries, in perfect preservation, thanks to the reverent care of his descendant in the sixth generation, the late William H. Wells, of Southold. The top of the tomb is a single slab of dark brown stone, five feet by two and a half, and four or five inches in thickness, completely filled by the curious inscription, a facsimile of which is here given, photographed from the rubbing taken by me Oct. 13, 1875."


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Southold First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Southold Hamlet, Suffold County, Southold Town, NY, USA


The old burying ground of the First Presbyterian Church, Southold, Long Island, New York (organized in 1640, incorporated in 1784), has stones dating back to 1672. The church is said to be the oldest English church society in the State of New York.

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