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Chester H. Comey (1832-1881) family & Arthur E. Cummings

Updated: Apr 28

Chester Holbrook Comey was born on February 22, 1832, in Foxboro, Massachusetts. He was educated at Pierce Academy in Middleboro, and at Bridgewater Normal School, graduating from there in the class of 1852. He married Sarah D. Rich on August 27, 1855 in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The couple had four children, only one of whom (Charles Rich Comey, born in 1856) reached adulthood. Three of their children are buried in this lot in Old Parish: Frank Holbrook Comey (1859-1859); Louisa Greenby Comey (1862-1867); Phillip Robinson Comey (1871-1872).

Comey, Cummings Lot


Chester Comey was the Everett School master in South Dedham from 1857 through July, 1863.

Everett School presently the site of Norwood Post Office




Sarah D. Rich Comey (6 June 1835 – July 1907) later remarried Mr. W. E. Pevear, he predeceased her as well. Sarah Rich Comey Pevear died in Cambridge in July, 1907. She is buried in this lot with her first husband and children.


On the left side of this enclosed plot lie the Cummings family.

Comey, Cummings Plot ca. 1890

Arthur E. Cummings, the son of George S. Cummings and his wife Sarah A. Cummings, was born c. 1857. George was a cabinet maker from New Hampshire. Arthur E. Cummings died on 24 March 1861 in Dedham of congestion of the brain when he was only four years old. His small stone stands to the left of the plot.


The gravestones within this plot were vandalized but, during the winter of 2020, Norwood’s Cemetery Department reset the granite curbing that surrounds the plot and restored the stones to their proper places. The gravestone of one of the Comey children remains missing.




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