The reverend was called to the First Parish congregation in 1827. He was given a salary that equaled 1/3 of the town's budget in addition to a house that was considered the finest in town, 3 acres that were fenced in, and free firewood. In exchange, he pastored the church for over 60 years. The parish was large; he served not only religious needs, but also the medical needs of the people. It was said that he was known for his money-making schemes that included buying old land titles — this might be how he came to own the land that included the now Eastern Cemetery. The reverend swatted requests by the town to sell the property and it was forced to create "Funeral Lane" as a way to get to the grounds from Congress Street. It wasn't until he was on his death bed that Mr. Smith gave up the property. The deed read, "... convey all the land I now own, possess or claim, on the southeast side of Smith [Congress] Street, between the stone wall of the neck." to the town of Falmouth. The Reverend Thomas Smith passed away 19 days later on May 25, 1795. - Provided by Spirits Alive
"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLT-3KQ4 : 13 December 2015), Thomas Smith, 1795; Burial, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States of America, Eastern Cemetery; citing record ID 101709788, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
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