Oak Grove Cemetery

Fall River, Massachusetts

BUILT: 1855
STATUS: Still standing


Visitors of Oak Grove Cemetery have reported seeing lights and hearing screaming coming from the Borden family plot. Many have felt bad feelings in the area as well. The cemetery was built in 1855, and added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 16th, 1983.

Notable Burials

  • Thomas Almy – The co-founder of The Herald News. (1819-1882)
  • Abby Durfee Borden – The second wife of Andrew Jackson Borden, and a murder victim. (1828-1892)
  • Andrew Jackson Borden – A businessman and a murder victim. (1822-1892)
  • Nathaniel Briggs Borden – The Mayor of Fall River from 1856 to 1857, a US Congressman, and the founder of Pocasset Mill. (1801-1865)
  • Colonel Richard Borden – An industrial pioneer and businessman. (1795-1874)
  • Lizzie Borden – An alleged and acquitted murderer. (1860-1927)
  • Sarah Morse Borden – The first wife of Andrew Jackson Borden and the mother of Lizzie Borden. (1823-1863)
  • Spencer Borden – A manufacturer, a delegate to 1924 Republication National Convention, and the director on boards of a number of local concerns. (1872-1952)
  • Charlie Buffinton – A Major League Baseball player. (1861-1907)
  • James Buffington – The first mayor of Fall River. (1817-1875)
  • Earle Perry Charlton – Founder of E.P. Charlton & Co.5 & 10 stores chain. Eventually became co-founder of F.W. Woolworth Company.
  • Benjamin Cook – A District Court judge.
  • Sarah M. Cornell – Murder victim fund on the John Durfee Farm near Tiverton, Newport County, Rhode Island. (1803-1832)
  • Robert T. Davis – The mayor of Fall River and a US Representative from Massachusetts. (1823-1906)
  • Bradford Matthew Chaloner Durfee – A philanthropist who died early. His mother helped create the B.M.C. Durfee High School in his honor. (1843-1872)
  • Dr. Nathan Durfee – An early industrialist and deacon of the Central Congregational Church. (1799-1876)
  • William Thomas Grant – The founder of the W.T. Grant Department Store chain and a philanthropist. (1876-1972)
  • William S. Greene – A US Representative from Massachusetts and the mayor of Fall River. (1841-1924)
  • Cornelius Hargraves – An English immigrant who founded the Hargraves Manufacturing Company in 1851. (1809-1874)
  • Reuben Hargraves – Son of Cornelius Hargraves buried in the Hargraves Mausoleum. (1834-1905)
  • Thomas Hargraves – Son of Cornelius Hargraves buried in the Hargraves Mausoleum. (1836-1904)
  • James Holehouse – A soldier who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3rd, 1863. He was a private in Company B, 7th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. (1839-1915).
  • Grace Hartley Howe – The wife of Louie Howe and a delegate in the 1936 Democratic National Convention. (1874-1955)
  • Louis McHenrey “Louie” Howe – A political strategist behind Frankling D. Roosevelt’s presidential election in 1932. (1871-1936)
  • Andrew Jackson Jennings – A notable local attorney most remembered for successfully defending Lizzie Borden. (1849-1923)
  • Lewis Howard Latimer – An African-American inventor and engineer who collaborated with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison. (1848-1928)
  • John O. Milne – The co-founder of The Herald News. (?-?)
  • James Madison Morton – An Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. (1837-1923)
  • James Madison Morton, Jr. – A Federal judge. (1869-1940)
  • Maude Frances Darling Parlin – A pioneer female architect and a 1907 M. I. T. graduate who designed many Fall River buildings and homes. (1885-1979)
  • Richard Sears – The owner of the Sears Mill. (1853-1925)
  • Cornelia Otis Skinner – An actress, biographer, dramatist, essayist, novelist, and a screen writer. (1899-1979)


  1. Forgotten USA. “Oak Grove Cemetery,” www.ForgottenUSA.com



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