Sevilla Jones

Birth Name:
Sevilla Jones
Birth Date:
April 13, 1836
Birth Place:
New Boston, New Hampshire
Death Date:
January 13, 1854
Place of Death:
New Boston, New Hampshire
Cause of Death:
Murdered - 4 gunshot wounds to the head
Cemetery Name:
New Boston Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
In the 1800s Sevilla Jones was a 17-year-old girl who was shot dead by Henry Sargent one morning as she was walking to school with her younger brother. Henry loved Sevilla, and he believed that she had “given him encouragement.” However, he had a rival in another young man, named Bartlett. Henry used a revolver to shoot Sevilla four times, killing her instantly. He then shot himself, but with less immediate success. It has been said that a doctor was fetched, but this doctor was so angry that he refused to treat Henry’s wound. Henry died hours later. What makes this horrible deed so fascinating is the Sevilla's mother made sure the history would not forget her daughter and named the murderer and his deed right on her tombstone.

The inscription on New Boston’s most notorious gravestone reads:

SEVILLA, daughter of George and Sarah JONES.
Murdered by HENRY N. SARGENT, January 13, 1854.
[At the age of] 17 years and 9 months.
Thus fell this lovely blooming daughter
By the revengeful hand – a malicious Henry
When on her way to school he met her
And with a six self-cocked pistol shot her.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

New Boston Cemetery

99-1 Cemetery Rd

New Boston, New Hampshire, 03070

United States

North America


map of New Boston Cemetery New Boston New Hampshire

Grave Location:

Old Cemetery, Peabody and Jones Family Plot, 98L

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery gates look to your right for a hillside vault and drive about 100 feet and park. Walk to your left through the Old Cemetery towards the white Hearse House. Go up the hill about 4 rows from the Hearse House and you will find Sevilla Jones buried between her father and brother Plummer.

Grave Location GPS

42.97412292, -71.68790832



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