Barre, Vt. - Historians have recovered what they believe to be the oldest gravestone in Barre. It even has ties to the founding of the town.
Do you know how Barre got its name?
According to local folklore, Jonathan Sherman had the honor of renaming it after defeating Captain Thomas in a boxing match centuries ago. Harry Harrington told this story at a rededication ceremony for a more than two centuries old gravestone on Saturday. Harrington said Sherman decided to name it Barre after his victory exclaiming, "There! The name is Barre by God."
Both competitors are laid to rest in the Wilson Cemetery.
Harrington is a military historian and amateur genealogist. He said the stone belongs to Susanna Sherman Scott– the sister of Jonathan Sherman who may (or may not) have named Barre. How Barre got its name may be folklore or fact, however, the stone being the oldest in Barre is true.
Susanna's stone dates back to 1763.
Earl Kooperkamp the Pastor of Church of Good Shepard was at the rededication. He said, "It's a really great event to remember one of our everyday ancestors."
The Barre Town Cemetery Commission decided to move the stone to her family plot. You can find Susanna's stone in between her parents Asaph and Lucy Whitney Sherman– part of the founding family of Barre.
Many members of the Sherman family rest in the oldest section of Wilson Cemetery, which is a resting place for many other founders of Barre as well.
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