Historical Interpretation of the Chestnut Meeting House Cemetery

Prepared by Margaret Carroll and Millville Historical Society

Rufus Aldrich Officer in the American Revolution. Represents role of the militia, Minutemen and residents of South Parish, Mendon 1776-78
Benoni Benson 1689-1761 "First white settler in the area"
John Darling 1769-1802  also Donald Frost D. 2002 - Shows role of Darling family in building 1749 and restoration 1869 of Meeting House
Peletiah Darling 1775 Kept records about Mendon's contribution to the War of Independence, with excerpt from State Archives in Boston
Lavina Darling Engley 1761-1843 Young girl who married Minute Man after war. Provided coats for soldiers along with other women from village. Parents of 12 children with Timothy Engley, some of whom are buried in cemetery.
Esty Family 1771-1847 Represents 3 generations of a family who lived in Chestnut Hill at time of War and left land to the Town of Millville on which Millville Elementary School was built.
Caleb Taft Son of Japheth Taft, a family of blacksmiths who helped build the Metting House and whose shop was moved to the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, Michigan. Possible origin of Longfellow's Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree.
Carl & Arthur Wickstrom Veterans interrred at cemetery and represents role Carl played as Association member and family's role in restoration program
Hilding and Louise Wickstrom Involved in restoration in 1900s of burial stones; Supporters of Meeting House and Association.
Daniels Family Extended family involved since 1769 in the Meeting House and who continue to endow the Association