Gateway to the Blackstone Valley
The Millbury Historical Society
Incorporated 1972
Millbury, Massachusetts

Preserving Millbury's Past for its Future
Our Mission

"As a bridge from the past to the future, the Millbury
Historical Society is committed to preserve, protect,
present and promote the history of Millbury."
P.O. Box 367
Millbury, MA
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Drowned, in Singletary pond (so called) in Sutton, on the 29th inst., Miss Nancy Tenney, aged 14
years, daughter of Daniel Tenney, Esq- Miss Adeline Lumbard, aged 17 years, daughter of Mr.
Nathan Lumbard- and Misses Hannah G. and Mary H. Marble, the one aged 22 years, the other
24, daughters of the Widow Sally Marble, all of Sutton.

The circumstances attending this distressing event are these-

About 4 o’clock, P.M. 14 young people repaired from Major Tenney’s to the pond with a view to
cross it, in two boats, to the opposite shore, and from thence to an island in the West part of the
pond. This they accomplished with safety. Having returned from the island to the shore where
they first landed, they went on board, about an hour before sunset: eight into one boat, and six
into the other, in order to re-cross the pond. When they had passed rather more than half-way
across, it was discovered that by the exertion made in rowing the boat, which carried eight
persons, it rocked so as to admit a small quantity of water through some holes near the top of it.

At this, they became alarmed, and whilst one of them, who was exceedingly terrified,
attempted to change her position, the boat upset, and they were all, in a moment, plunged into
the water, where it was about 20 feet deep. Being unable to swim, they all went down, it is
supposed, to the bottom; and when they came up the second time, four of them, namely three
young gentlemen and one young lady, were so nigh the boat as to be able to reach it; two of
them were on one side of the boat which was bottom upwards and the other two were on the
other side of it. In this situation they reached across the boat and supported each other by the
hand until the other boat went to the shore, landed those within it, and returned to their relief.

The other four young Ladies, whose early exit we deplore, were involved in a watery grave-
One of them was found floating on the surface of the water, where the boat upset, and with all
possible dispatch, conveyed to the shore, and another of them was found under the boat; when
it was turned over after it was dragged to the shore. All possible means were used to
resuscitate them but in vain. The vital spark had fled, and their eyes were closed in death.

The alarm was given, and in a short time, hundreds of people were collected around the pond in
search of the other two. They continued their exertions through the night, but in vain; but
during the next day they found one of them, and during the next night, the other.  On Friday,
their remains were carried to the Meeting House when an appropriate and pathetic prayer was
made by the Rev. Mr. Holman of Douglas and a solemn and impressive discourse delivered by
the Rev. Mr. Mills of Sutton.

Their remains were then conveyed to the graveyard, and all deposited in one grave-And to
conclude this solemn and affecting scene, Rev. Mr. Holman made a prayer, and Rev. Mr. Mills
addressed the people while standing around the grave.

No event has ever occurred in this vicinity, which has been so extensively felt, and which has
caused so much weeping and lamentation. Four blooming youth who were sprightly and active,
amiable and virtuous, and universally beloved and respected, at an unexpected moment were
ushered into eternity!

The distressing event above narrated is a solemn memento to all the living, that they too must
die, and that there may be but a step between them and death.
A Melancholy Accident

From the Worcester Spy, May 29, 1822

Courtesy of Alan Marble

In January of 2013, The Millbury Historical Society
received a generous donation of military artifacts from
Mr. Harold Granish of Dunwoody, GA.

These obviously very old items belonged to his
deceased wife's family whose ancestors hailed from

A military expert proclaimed the artifacts (a shako, a
saber, an epaulette, a belt and its buckle/shield) to be
one collection from the Millbury Light Infantry and said
they were in remarkably good shape for items almost
two-hundred years old.

The Millbury Historical Society heartily thanked Mr.
Granish, eighty-nine, for his donation and invited him to
stop in to Millbury if he should ever be up this way.

Well, recently, Mr. Granish, now ninety, did just that! He
drove up
alone in his brand new Buick Lacrosse to
Syracuse, NY for his sister’s funeral and thought that
“while he was in the area,” he would make a side trip to

He visited the
Museum of the Millbury Historical Society
and was delighted to see the display of his military
artifacts! You can do the same by stopping into the

P.S. Mr. Granish also owns a 2008 red Mazda Miata
convertible, but that stayed in Georgia!
Harold Granish Admires His Military Display
Special Thanks to:

Tour Guides Tracy Charbonneau, Karen Levitre,  and Jen

Photographer Edd Cote

Program Designer Walter Nelson

Maintenance Crew Adam and Asa Army, Gary Levitre, Rick
Lavallee, Brian Iandoli, and Patrick Mosley

The Weeping Mary Chaplin, Lauren Francis

Goretti's Super Market

18th Century Gentlemen Relaxing in Asa Waters II's
(L to R) Colonel Jonathan Holman (Joe Barbato), Monitor
Ken Dumas, and Asa Waters I (Tom Fox)
Waters' Housekeeper Sharon Anderson
accompanies her boss Susan Holman Waters (Jeri
Squire Amos Singletary (Roger
Desrosiers) welcomes the public
into his domain.
Reverend Ebenezer Chaplin (Alex Belisle) of the
Lord's Barn, North Parish, Sutton holds forth on
the injustices against him.
Maids and housekeeper of the Mansion: L to R is Maureen
Army, Debbie Pousland, Karen Levitre , Mary Lou Mulhane,  
Jen Kenary , Tracy Charbonneau, and Sharon Anderson
Mr.. Granish Comes to Millbury!
Driving Alone! At the Age of
Sutton Town Cemetery (Behind Town Hall): The site
of the communal grave of the four girls. The
inscription reads as follows:

In Memory of the Following Persons

Mary H. Marble AET
(in the year of her age) 23

Hannah C. Marble AET 22

Daughters of Mr. Andrew and Sarah Marble

Adeline M. Lumbard AET 17

Daughter of Mr. Nathan and Delight Lumbard

Nancy Tenney AET 14

Daughter of Maj. and Betsey Tenney

Who were drowned May 29, 1822

PS. XXXIX  Behold Thou hast made my days as an
handbreath and mine age as nothing before Thee

(Psalms 39:5)
Special Exhibit at Our Museum: Millbury’s Firefighters

The job of Millbury’s firefighters is both challenging and physical.
In emergency situations, they extinguish and prevent fires as well as administer first aid.

Duties also include rescuing victims from cars or buildings, carrying fire hoses up stairs or ladders, and breaking down
doors. Millbury’s firefighters usually perform all of these tasks while wearing heavy protective clothing in dangerous,
smoky and hot environments

In addition, firefighters’ tasks include maintaining the building facilities and emergency vehicles and giving firehouse
They must also set aside time for further training so that they can practice and thoroughly understand firefighting
procedures, operational techniques and first aid methods.
Since the very beginning of the Town of Millbury in 1813, Firefighters have played a crucial role in the town’s
development and safety.

Be sure to visit this exhibit of Millbury’s venerable fire-fighting history.
Planning for June? Be Sure to Include Our Annual Meeting!

Free to all, members and public alike! Refreshments provided, too!

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Asa Waters' Mansion
Program: A Revolution of Her Own
performed by Judith Kalaora

Deborah Samson Gannett, (1762-1827), the first woman to enlist, to fight in, and to be honorably discharged
from the American Military captivates audiences in an hour-long program chronicling her life. An indentured
servant by the age of five, Mrs. Samson Gannett, who hails from Plympton, Massachusetts, grew up in a man's
world, where women were naught but second-class citizens.  After ten years working as a farm hand, Mrs.
Samson Gannett had grown strong and possessed the physical capabilities of her male counterparts. And
then, on May 20, 1782, wearing an old soldier's uniform, Mrs. Samson Gannett bound her chest, tied back her
hair, and walked from Middleborough to Bellingham, MA, where she enlisted in the 4th Massachusetts
Regiment of the Continental Army, under the alias "Robert Shurtlieff."

Experience Mrs. Deborah Samson Gannett's arduous upbringing, eighteen months of active combat service,
and success as the first female professional soldier, through interactive stories and authentic colonial attire.
Mrs. Deborah Samson Gannett's passion will take you back in time!