Born in 1772 in Sherborn, Catherine Knowlton married first Oliver Partridge in Medfield
on 14 June 1794. Three of their seven children died in 1806 from spotted fever which
put Medfield on the world health map. After Oliver died on 20 January 1831 at age
64, she married second Deacon Jeremiah Smith on 19 April 1841. Caty died in Medfield
on 30 August 1855 from dropsy at age 83.
The symbolism of roses depicts beauty.
Born in 1703 in Medfield as the third child of Nathaniel and Abigail/Elizabeth (Davis)
Lovell, Lydia married 1740 in Medfield Ezekiel Adams, son of Jonathan and Thamazin
(Sheffield) Adams. Their issue: Silence (1741-1741), Nathan (1742-1794), Gershom
(1744-1744), and Gershom (1745-1834). Lydia died in Medfield on 13 Jan 1774 at age
The symbolism of a winged cherub depicts a) the flight of the soul from the body
in death, b) rebirth. This art was a common motif in the second half of the 1700s.
Born 26 May 1674 in Medfield as the third child of Samuel and Elizabeth (Turner)
Smith, Samuel married 14 August 1695 in Medfield Elizabeth Adams, daughter of Eleazar
and Elizabeth (Harding) Adams. A life-long resident of Medfield, he survived the
1676 Indian attack as a twenty month old falling unconscious from his mother’s arms
after she was tomahawked to death. In adulthood he became a church deacon, served
many years on Town boards, and was a representative to the General Court. Samuel
died 12 January 1742 in Medfield at age 68.
The symbolism of a winged skull is the deceased’s ascension to heaven.