William “The Immigrant” and Mary Ball Munroe
lie near the entrance to the Old Lexington Burial Ground. Nearly three
after they put him here, Grandpa William still leans tenderly toward Grandma
Mary. When she died in 1692, her stepson John Munroe had just donated this
Ground to the Precinct of Cambridge Farms, in the Towne of Cambridge in His
Majesty’s Province of Massachusetts Bay, and she was among the first
to be buried here.
Nobody would have predicted such a place of honor and distinction for Mary
in 1672, when she reached her majority. Had William and his Martha
not rescued her then…but I get ahead of myself.