The North Cemetery is on the west side of Maplewood Avenue, between the intersections with Vaughan Street and Raynes Avenue.
Portsmouth’s main burial ground during the early Colonial period was the Point of Graves, south of Mechanic Street near Prescott Park. The land was donated to the town by the Pickering family in 1671. Additionally, several families had private burial grounds, such as the Cottons' Burying Ground, which is now part of the South Cemetery.
|Governor John Langdon, 1741-1819|
|General William Whipple, 1730-1785|
Reverend Joseph Buckminster, pastor of the North Church from 1779-1812, is also buried here, as well as African slaves, including Prince Whipple and his daughter, Esther Whipple Mullinaux.
|Judge Woodbury Langdon, 1739-1805|
The vintage photograph above is the oldest I can find, from C. S. Gurney's 1902 book, Portsmouth . . . Historic and Picturesque. I have been unable to verify its exact location, probably because some gravestones have aged, been moved, or fallen. Both photographs are of the original North Cemetery, with the railroad tracks bordering on the left.