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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Announcing the Upcoming Dates
and Times of Our Museum
The Millbury Historical Society Proudly
Announces a New Program in the
Tradition of our Successful Cemetery
Walk of 2012!

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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.-Printers in Maine are
required to publish the above.
A Melancholy Accident

From the Worcester Spy, May 29, 1822

Courtesy of Alan Marble

Special Exhibit!

Worcester's Bloodless Revolution of 1774
and Millbury's Part In It

Before the Battles of Lexington and Concord, there
was the
Bloodless Revolution of 1774 in Worcester in which
these four
Millbury citizens prominently figured:
a deacon, a colonel, a minister, and a squire.

Please stop into the Museum and see photos and
artifacts from this era as an introduction to our
program of September 20th.