, Derry, New Hampshire


April 16, 2008

Rick Holmes: A Loyalist's grave


During the 19th century, the stone separated from its base. Around 1920, J. Frank Couch took a "silver collection" at a Derry Masonic lodge to reset the stone in a cement frame. In 1993, I found the Kast footstone buried 100 feet away and restored it to the grave site. Within 10 feet of Loyalist Dr. Kast's grave is the final resting place of James Thornton, whose son was Dr. Matthew Thornton, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Rick Holmes is the Derry town historian and the director of the Derry History Museum.

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