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Baptist Burial Ground, Five Ashes, Odcombe, Somerset

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Some buried: Samuel Geard was buried in B24 chest tomb with his son Samuel Geard died 18 October 1824 (not 1844).

Another son of Samuel Geard, brother of Samuel died 1824: Jesse Geard in B40 with Martha (Trask) Geard and their children Martha Geard and Elizabeth Geard

Another son of Samuel was John Geard the Baptist minister of Hitchin Hertforshire. In his memoirs he describes Five Ashes: My father had had a tomb erected for my mother, on one side of which there was an inscription to her memory. I directed the following inscription to be put on the other side in memory of him.

"In memory of Samuel Geard,Who departed this life, August 4th, 1786. Aged 58. The Graves of all Christ‟s Saints He blest, / And softened every Bed; / Where should the dying Members rest, / But with the dying Head?

"It is remarkable that, during the little time I was in my native country, there was a marriage, a death, and a birth, in my family. I had a sister who married, a father who died, and a niece who was born, as my sister Pittard was safely delivered of a daughter, August the 18th

Family Graves - I shall now give some account of the place of my father’s sepulchres. The spot where the dust of my ancestors for more than one generation is deposited is called Five Ashes. It is thus called because there is a clump of trees in the public road near the gate that leads up to this spot. This clump of trees are all ash trees, and formerly were five in number, though now, strictly, there are but four.

The Burying Ground is perhaps about half a furlong from this clump of trees, and is generally denominated Five Ashes from that circumstance. Such an one, and such an one are said to have been buried at Five Ashes. This spot was taken out of the corner of a field, and is perhaps a quarter of a mile from any house whatever, and the field of which it is a part is in a high situation, and lies in the Parish of Odcomb. It is about a mile from Montacute. It was originally the property of a Mr Miller who was, I believe, the first pastor of the church at Yeovil. He was pastor of that church as far back as 1706, and how long before I know not. He was pastor of the same church in 1720 and it appears that he died in that or the following year. This Mr. Miller or his father had been a Captain in the Duke of Monmouth’s army, at the time when he opposed King James the 2nd, and whose army was defeated by the King’s army in King’s Sedgemore in the same County. Somehow or other Captain Miller escaped with his life, not-with-standing so many were put to death by that horrible tyrant James, and his not less horrible Judge Jefferies, for siding with Monmouth. [1]





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