Elwell burial ground found. This is the final resting place of a man with the last name Ellwell and his Native American friend. The two were fishing upon the Goose Ponds when Ellwell fell into the water. He wasn’t a good swimmer and began to struggle in the water. His Native friend jumped in after him, but wasn’t able to bring them back to shore. Both tragically drowned. When their families came searching for them and discovered what had happened, they buried them side by side upon the highest point of the side along the south side of the causeway between Lower and Upper Goose Pond. Two uncarved but obvious headstones and two matching footstones still mark their graves.

They rested there undisturbed until in the 1940s, two boys hunting for worms to fish with, turned a skull out of the earth. By then the site was overgrown with trees and underbrush and they might not have recognized it as a gravesite. The boys, unsure what to do with their find, brought the skull back to town. They showed it to a local doctor who figured the bones to have been in the ground for at least 75 years and that the skull displayed features that would indicate that it was from an individual of Native decent.

The skull was then given to the local police who transported it back to Goose Pond and reburied it with the rest of the man’s bones. Knurow docs by Tom Hoffman.

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