Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Deacon Caleb Wallis, died 1780 ringing the church bell, and his wife

This Tombstone was photographed in the "Ancient Burial Ground" or Abbott-Hale Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts

Memory of
who suddenly departed
this life Febry 9th, 1780
Aged 53 years
Come hither mortals cast an eye,
And go they way prepare to die;
Here read your doom for die you must
One day like me return to dust.

In Memory of
Mrs. Rebecca Wallis
wife of
Deacon Caleb Wallis
who departed this Life,
Sepr. 25th, 1786
Aged 62 years.

Deacon Caleb Wallis was born 14 May 1727 in Beverly, and died suddenly on 9 February 1780 while ring the “old South bell”.  He married Rebecca Giles on 24 November 1752 in Beverly.  She was the 2x great granddaughter of the immigrant Edward Giles (about 1610 – about 1656), who was also my 10th great grandfather.   She was the daughter of Eleazar Giles and Rebecca Chapman, born on 5 November 1734 in Beverly, and died 25 September 1796 in Beverly.  They had at least one son, Bartholomew Wallis (1753 – 1828) who married Judith Wood.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Deacon Caleb Wallis, died 1780 ringing the church bell", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 13, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/tombstone-tuesday-deacon-caleb-wallis.html: accessed [access date]). 


  1. I'd love to hear an account of how he died ringing the church bell. Maybe he got swept upward by the bell rope and fell.

    1. Oh, me too! I searched the vital records which didn't mention the bell, and I searched a history of Beverly, which mentioned the bell but no details. An accident? A heart attack? Tell me more!