The Coburn-Lyon Cemetery on Pulpit Rock Road in Pelham, NH, is the only private family cemetery surviving in Pelham today, and is maintained by the town at this time. We stumbled upon this little place serendipitously one lovely afternoon while looking for off-the-map cemeteries. It’s not off the map, and certainly hard to miss, tucked in as it is between the much-larger Hebrew (Israel Brotherhood) and Polish (St. Casimirs) cemeteries – both were for Lowell, MA residents, although located just over the border in NH – but it was a sweet little place, and very well cared for (having had a Pelham, NH police chief named Lyon in charge of the cemetery department may have helped. ).
There are many more people buried here than there are stones for, but efforts can be seen that show plaques bearing multiple family member names and new monuments that are intended to remedy the missing stones to some degree.
“It received its formal documentation in 1875 (it was actually built in 1843) when Bradley F. Lyon and George D. Coburn recorded a deed which read in part “Therefore in consideration of the love and affection we bear to our kindred we hereby donate, give, grant, convey and confirm to the lineal descendents of said William R. Lyon and Gilbert Coburn through all succeeding generations forever, an equal right and privilege with ourselves in said lot for all entombment or burial uses and for no other use or purposes whatsoever except to ornament and improve the same in a manner suitable for such use.” -Town of Pelham
Tapho has found little information regarding these two families, but they must have been the closest of friends. To the rear of the plot, in the photo above, can be seen what we presume is a receiving tomb built into the hill. The dedication in 1843 by William and Gilbert is carved into the granite lintel. It’s difficult to make out, but we think it says:
Mjr. G. Colburn & W. R. Lyon
Some of the monuments at Lyons:
A similar stone missing it’s plaque – also note the beautiful 12-15″ thick stone walls that look recently redone:
Below is an old listing of burials at Coburn-Lyons. One can see from the photos that there are a few later burials that would not be included in the following historic list. Taph has included this for genealogical purposes, as there is seemingly so little readily available online for this graveyard.
Edward Coburn , Died Jan. 26, 1809, aged 88.
Hannah Butterfield Coburn , Died Oct. 3, 1806 , aged 84
Roger Coburn , Died Apr. 16, 1833 , aged 68
Sarah Reed Coburn , Died Nov. 13, 1844 , aged 81
Gilbert Coburn , Died Jan. 12, 1863 , aged 66
Cynthia Spalding Coburn , Died Nov. 5, 1888 , aged 84
Sabrina Coburn , Died Oct. 31, 1864 , aged 64
Gilbert Sylvester Coburn , Died May 19, 1864 , aged 34
Nathaniel Coburn , Died , Oct. 1, 1835 , Ae 58 y’rs & 9 mo’s.
Gilbert Tenney , Died March 27, 1852 , Aet. 24 yrs
Silas G. Tenney , Died March 13, 1851, , Aet. 21 yrs.
Stephen Wood , Died , Sept. 9, 1849 , Aet. 62 y’rs.
Cloe wife of Stephen Wood , Died Aug. 2, 1872 , Aged 86 y’s, 5 m’s.
William Wood , Died , Feb. 28, 1873 , Aged 45 y’rs 5 mos.
Solomon Wood , Died , Oct. 7, 1844 , Aged 21 y’rs 4 mo’s.
Martha J. dau. of Eliphalet & J. Coburn , Died Dec. 18, 1861 Aet. 21 y’rs.
Almira F. Dau. of Eliphalet & Jaminah Coburn , Died Apr. 4, 1838 ,Ae. 1 yr & 3 m’s.
Sophronia B. Coburn , Died Oct. 25, 1853, Aet. 47
Jeptha Coburn , Died Feb. 18, 1860 , Ae. 74 yrs
Hannah , his wife, Died May 24, 1868 , Ae. 77 yrs
William , Died , July 31, 1840 ,Ae. 22 yrs.
Benjamin , Died Nov. 12, 1834 , Ae. 5 ms.
Isaac Coburn , 1815-1896
Augustus Coburn , 1820-1898
Sybbel , Died , Jan. 3, 1865 , Ae. 27 yrs.
Alice Coburn , 1824-1901
Thomas J. Bailey , Died Oct. 1847 , Ae. 36 yrs.
Caroline Coburn , His wife, Died , June 5,1865 Ae. 52 yrs.
Emeline , Their Dau. Died , Nov. 3, 1857, , Ae. 20 yrs.
Jonathan Lyon , Died Aug. 2, 1831 Aged 2 yrs.
Lucy Read Lyon , Died Feb. 1,1844 , Aged 90 yrs.
Wm Read Lyon , Died Aug. 14, 1849 , Aged 68 yrs.
Mary Richardson Lyon , Died Oct. 10, 1831 , Aged 45 yrs.
German Senter Lyon , Died June 18, 1826 , Aged 12 yrs.
Bradley Varnum Lyon , Died Oct. 13, 1875 , Aged 52 yrs.
George W. , son of G.S. & C.R. Lyon, Died Sept. 16, 1855 , Aged 1 yr. 8 ms. 8 dys.
Almira Lyon , Aged 42 yrs. , Called home , May 5, 1859.
Joseph E. Lyon , Died , Aug. 1, 1857 , Ae. 37
Edwin W. , Son of J.E. & S.T.Lyon , died Apr. 20, 1852 Ae. 6 ms.
Sarah Clark Lyon , Nov. 1, 1817 – Apr. 14, 1903
Sophia Jane Lyon , Apr. 26, 1821 – Apr. 29, 1903
Cynthia Senter Lyon , Feb. 14, 1829 – July 1, 1898
William Lyon , Born Oct. 28, 1807 , Died Jan. 19, 1854
Lavinia R. his wife Born Oct. 26, 1814 , Died Sept. 2, 1847 ,
Ann S. his wife , Born May 1, 1819 , Died (illegible) Age unknown.
Feb. 10, 1869 , Ellen Leora , Dau. of , Wm & Ann S. Lyon , Born June 19, 1852 Died Sept. 10, 1852
– Listing courtesy of the Pelham NH Historical Society; from the William Thomas Historical Collection
-All photos: TaphoTribes.