I grew up in that area and visit periodically so I have tried to find his ancestor's grave for him, but have been unsuccessful in the past. I'll be visiting again and was asking for help in how to locate this particular grave. It's quite a large cemetery so I was looking for a method to find his grave other than just walking around until I found it (I try to do a little of that each trip). We have tried findagrave, talking to the cemetery custodians, and google searches. We did come across a partial plot map in a proposal to restore a small portion of the cemetery but unfortunately he was not in that section.
We have found several Eells (Robert Eells in Lot 62 Section F and George Eells in Lot 60 Section F)but unfortunately not the Robert Eells he was searching for.
The particulars are:
Robert Lenthal Eells: b. 17 Feb 1732 Hanover, d. 19 Jun 1800 Hanover
m. 01 Dec 1757 Scituate
Ruth Copeland: b. 16 Sep 1735 Scituate, d. 21 May 1831 Hanover
He has a findagrave photo request posted, but has not had anyone locate his gravesite yet.
Capt Eells was a cousin of the Barstows, and a leading citizen of his time, and reportedly one of the wealthiest ship builders in the town. His grave was listed in several books of town records with tombstone transcriptions compiled in the late 1800's. Not sure what happened to his marker now.
The lady from the Hanover Department of Public Works tried to help my friend. She was not able to find Capt. Eells in the card file or computer index she had on hand. She said that someone had many years ago walked off with a lot of the old records. They have been trying to restore their database ever since.
I did make another 'walk around' looking for Capt Eells this Thanksgiving (2012) but was unsuccessful. I did upload 86 photos to BillionGraves.com and have some others to upload to findagrave.com. BillionGraves' app is certainly easier to use but I didn't realize I don't get the photo's so I switched back to findagrave mid walk.