Cemetery notes and/or description: This cemetery is referred to as GR11 Walnut Grove Cemetery in the "Vital Records of Danvers Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849".
Walnut Grove is one of the earliest, still functioning cemeteries of Danvers. Started in the mid-19th century there are numerous re-internments from other, presumed private, cemeteries. A large number of Putnams were re-interred here in 1852. The cemetery reflects the towns history with surnames that date back to the towns founding “Putnam”, “Trask and “Nourse” to name a few. There are veterans of the Revolutionary War buried here as well as a number of veterans of the 2nd Mass Heavy Artillery and 17th Mass Infantry from the Civil War. In the 20th century a number of Eastern European surnames begin to appear.
A map of the cemetery indicating plots is available from the link above. Plot numbering is somewhat haphazard, especially in the oldest section “C”. It should be noted that 10% or more of the memorials listed in the cemetery records have typos. These look to be transcription errors from handwritten records. Find-a-Grave has been updated for every headstone found, these corrections have been forwarded to the cemetery, who may eventually update their online records. There appears to be some duplication as well numerous missing headstones which have either been damaged or buried over the years. The entire cemetery has been photographed as of July 2015. If you are looking for a relative buried here who has not been photographed, please reach out to the cemetery to have their stone located and uncovered before making a photo request. If you are looking for a name that does not show up in the online records, figure out who else is in the same plot, then look up the plot to see who is buried there - most of the time you will find your person with a typo.