The first death in Randolph was that of Mary, wife of Josiah Ward in February, 1804 Prior to her death she had remarked while walking on a hill about one mile west of the center, “What a beautiful spot this would be for a burying-ground”. She was buried on that spot upon her death. This ground is now the site of Randolph’s Hillside Cemetery and contains the remains of Bela Hubbard and many of Randolph’s past residents.