UNDERTAKER'S BILL FOR BURIAL SERVICES, SUBMITTED TO THE ESTATE OF BENJ'N. OCKINGTON, MARCH 1, 1813. Comfort Claflen.

UNDERTAKER'S BILL FOR BURIAL SERVICES, SUBMITTED TO THE ESTATE OF BENJ'N. OCKINGTON, MARCH 1, 1813.

[Boston]: 1813. Partly printed bill, completed in manuscript, and signed by the undertaker, Comfort Claflen. Single sheet, 18 x 11 cm., closely trimmed along the left margin, taking part of the printed "Board of Health" notice. The expenses for burying Ockington include opening the cemetery or tomb, use of a funeral car, services at the house, "Notifying [5] families, 5 cents each, Tolling Bell, Placing Corps [sic] in Coffin, Carrying Corps to Car, and from thence to the Vault or Grave, Use of [1] Horse in the Car," [etc.] The bill, totaling $9.50, was signed by both Claflen, and by Josiah Snelling, Superintendent on March 1, 1813. A further manuscript note by Claflen mentions deducting "for Erno [sp?] opening and closing tomb," and acknowleges payment. Item #64507

Comfort Claflen (1762-1834) was an undertaker at Copps Hill Burying Ground in Boston, the second oldest cemetery established in the city. He is listed as an undertaker in Boston City directories between 1822-1833. Copps Hill, in active use through the 1850s, is the burial site for both Cotton and Increase Mather, Robert Newman who hung the lanterns at Christ Church on the night of Paul Revere's ride, Prince Hall a Revolutionary War soldier who founded the Black Masonic Order, and numerous African American free blacks and slaves.

Price: $250.00

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