Presented At The Annual Fall Meeting
Friends of the Old Burying Ground
November 14, 2010

gravestone of Anna Mather
courtesy Tom Elwertowski,
This is the gravestone of Anna Mather, the second wife of Increase Mather, and step-mother to Cotton Mather. She died in Brookline of small-pox in 1737, and was buried in the old Walnut Street Ground. Presumably she was not inoculated by Dr. Boylston. There was a good deal of controversy about that procedure, as you can imagine; not everybody trusted it initially.
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