Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Colonel John Whiting, West Hartford, CT - 1767

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In Memory
of Colonel John
Whiting Who
Departed this
Life February ye 12th
1767 in ye 75
Year of his Age

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Old Center Cemetery, West Hartford, Connecticut

According to"New England families, genealogical and memorial" by William Richard Cutter, Colonel John Whiting was born in Hartford in 1693.   Like his father, Joseph Whiting, he was treasurer of the colony of Connecticut. He was a prominent man in the community and a merchant by profession.  He also served in the French and Indian Wars.  His wife, Jerusha Lord was the great grand daughter of Hartford settler, Thomas Lord.  

According to the book he died February 12th, 1766.  As you'll note above, the gravestone is dated 1767. Which one is correct?  We would need to look at other sources to verify that information.

** Please note that I have not independently verified the information in the William Richard Cutter book.

The carver of this stone is the Hook-and-Eye Man as first identified by Harriette Merrifield Forbes in her seminal work "Gravestones of Early New England." Ernest Caulfield later further identified the Hook-and-Eye Man as carver Gershom Bartlett of Bolton, CT.

For an in-depth treatment of the Gershom Bartlett see:
Caulfield, Ernest. "Wanted: The Hook-and-Eye Man." Markers 1 (1979/80): 12-49.

 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Stephen Keyes, West Hartford, CT - 1788

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IN Memory of Captain
STEPHEN KEYES
Who died April 2d
1788. Aged 71.
He was many years a 
reputable Merchant in Pom
fret. And justly esteemed
an excellent Neighbour,
husband, & parent. A good
citizen & a steady Christian

Beneath this Stone deaths priso-
     ( ner lies,
The stone shall move the Saint
 ( shall rise
What's now concealed Beneath 
( the dust
Shall then appear among the Just.


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Old Center Cemetery, West Hartford, Connecticut

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Abigail Wells, West Hartford, CT - 1758

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Here lies Interr'd
the Body of Mrs
Abigail Wells
wife of Mr Ebene
zer Wells she
died March ye 4th 
1758 aged 18 years
---------------


Old Center Cemetery, West Hartford, Connecticut

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Jonathan Cadwell, West Hartford, CT - 1760

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In Memory of
Mr. Jonathan
Cadwell who
died July 15th AD
1760 in ye 26th 
Year of his Age

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Old Center Cemetery, West Hartford, Connecticut

Friday, August 27, 2010

Samuel Stanly, West Hartford, CT -1787

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In memory of
Mr. Samuel Stan-
ly who Died
May the 4th 1787
in the 39th Year
of his Age.

Look round ----- tomb
no a-e is free

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Old Center Cemetery, West Hartford, Connecticut

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lucy Gray, West Hartford, CT - 1791

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In memory of
Mrs Lucy wife of
Mr Abiel Gray
who died August 19th
1791 in the 29th
year of her age

Fig. 2 - (c) 2010 Marian Pierre-Louis. All Rights Reserved
Old Center Cemetery, West Hartford, Connecticut

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bristol, West Hartford, CT - 1814

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In
Memory of
BRISTOL 
a native of 
AFRICA, died
March 8, 1814
Aged 83 years.

Old Center Cemetery, West Hartford, Connecticut

According to the West Hartford Historical Society, he was the slave of Sarah and Thomas Hooker.  Later he was able to buy his freedom and became very well respected in the community.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Joseph House, Glastonbury, CT - 1749

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Joseph the
Son of Mr 
Jonathan & Mrs
Elisabeth House 
Died September ye 24th
1749 aged 7 months
& 24 days

Green Cemetery, Glastonbury, Connecticut

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Nathaniell Talcot, Glastonbury, CT - 1758

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In Memory of
Nathaniell Talcot, Deacon
of ye Church of
Christ in Glastenbury
who Died January
ye, 30th AD 1758
Aged 80th year
wanting 9 days


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Green Cemetery, Glastonbury, Connecticut

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mary Taylor, Glastonbury, CT - 1773

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 Here lies Interred
the Body of
Mrs MARY TAYLOR
late Wife of
Mr JOHN TAYLOR
who departed this
Life March 20th
AD 1773
in the 40th year 
of her Age

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Green Cemetery, Glastonbury, Connecticut

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Zechariah Gurney, Brockton, MA - 1813

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In memory of
Lieut. Zechariah Gurney,
who died
June 9th, 1813
in the 85th year
of his age.

Melrose Cemetery, Brockton, Massachusetts

This gravestone is a little later than usual for me. The reason is because this
is actually an ancestor of mine. The first one I've posted. Thanks to the Gurneys I am connected to many old Rhode Island families. Do you have any Gurney, Manchester, Sisson, Ames, Edson or Barletts? If you do, let me know!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dr. Daniel Munn, Woodbury, CT - 1761

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Here Rests the
Remains of Doctor
Daniel Munn ~
Who Departed
this Life June the
11th AD 1761 In the
79th Yeare of
his Age

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South Cemetery, Woodbury, Connecticut

Book Review: A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries

In 2009 David Allen Lambert published the second edition of his book A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries. I like to wait for the second edition of guide books like this in anticipation of the additions and corrections that will be made to the first edition.

The guide provides a comprehensive listing of cemeteries in Massachusetts presented alphabetically by town. That organization makes locating cemeteries a simple process. Within each town the individual cemeteries are also arranged alphabetically.

Some basic information about each town is also provided such as the date of incorporation, parent town and contact information for each town hall. Individual cemeteries list date of consecration, first burial or oldest gravestone. Where available, typescripts or manuscripts for the cemeteries are indicated as well as the call number for where it can be found at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

This guide is useful for anyone with an interest in Massachusetts cemeteries. From genealogists to gravestone photographers, historians, and the many others who need to determine the location and available transcripts for cemeteries.

While I find the guide indispensable, I would like to see the next edition contain better addresses for cemeteries. Some cemeteries, like the Old South Cemetery in Peabody simply list the address as “Main Street, Peabody Center” (p. 191). Without a more specific address, people unfamiliar with the town could spend quite a bit of time trying to locate the cemetery. Perhaps street numbers of nearby locations or cross streets could be provided to help pinpoint the exact location. I would suggest that any cemetery seekers first check the cemeteries online in an aerial or “bird’s eye” view map to determine the precise location and parking options.

Occasionally some erroneous dates are given for the origin/oldest gravestone in a cemetery. For instance, the Old Salem Street Burial Ground in Medford was given a date of 1691 (p. 151) while the sign at the entrance to the cemetery says it was in use prior to 1683. The discrepancy is likely due to varying dates listed on the typescripts and manuscripts from which Lambert based the information.

This guidebook has the distinction of being the only book to be kept in my car at all times, ready for use at a moment’s notice. Despite the lack of exact addresses and occasionally variant dates, it is an indispensable guide that genealogists, historians and photographers will find they can’t do without. If only there was a book like this for every state in New England.

Marian Pierre-Louis
16 August 2010

A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, Second Edition. By David Allen Lambert. Published by New England Historic Genealogical Society; 99 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116; 2009. ISBN 978-0-88082-222-0.345 pages. Paperback.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Seth Preston, Woodbury, CT - 1777

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Sacred
to the Memory of
Seth Preston, who
died of the smallpox, April
the 26th AD 1777 in the 58th
Year of his Age.
His disconsolate children have
caused this monument to be
erected to an honored father
who is lost to them & to the
world, as a memorial of his
virtues & theirs affection.
Job 14th 10th Man dieth and was
teth away. yea man giveth up
the Ghost and where is he?

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South Cemetery, Woodbury, Connecticut

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sarah Morse, Norfolk, MA - 1788

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In Memory of
Mrs. Sarah, widow of
Mr. Benjamin Morse
who Died Novr. ye
19th 1788 in
[remaining text not visible]

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Norfolk Cemetery (aka Old North Wrentham Cemetery),
Norfolk, Massachusetts

Friday, August 13, 2010

Edmund Morse, Mendon, MA - 1780

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In Memory of
Mr. Edmund
Morse who Died
August 25th, 1780 in
the 86 Year
of his age.

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Old Cemetery, Mendon, Massachusetts

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hannah Benedict, Norwalk, CT - 1766

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Here lyes Buried ye Body of
Mrs. HANNAH BENEDICT Wife to
Mr. THOMAS BENEDICT & Daughter
of Capt. JOHN RAYMOND
She died hopefully July 30th
1766 in ye 34 Year of Her Age
Much beloved & much lamented

Hark from the tombs a doleful Sound
---ch far attend the Cry,
Let everyone come Veiw the Ground
Where they must shortly lie.
Great God is this our ------ Doom
--- are we Still Secure
Still walking downward to
And yet prepare no more.

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Pine Island Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hannah Clark, Millis, MA - 1775

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In Memory of Mrs.
Hannah Clark
(wd. of Edward Clark
Esq.) who Deceased
October 28th 1775.
in ye 91st year
of her
Age.

Prospect Hill Cemetery, Millis, Massachusetts

This stone was likely carved by the Fisher/Farrington Shop.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Rachel Benedick, Norwalk, CT - 1737

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Here lyes (waiting for
the Resurrection of small
& GREAT) the Body of
Mrs. RACHEL BENEDICK
the virtuous and pious
Consort of Mr. THOMAS
BENEDICK who departed
December ye 1st 1737 in ye
65 Year of her Age


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Pine Island Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Woman Finds Gravestone Behind Shower

Now I have often heard of gravestones turning up in people's basement or in their front walk way but never in a shower! In Hyde Park, Utah, a woman found one behind her shower wall. Was it an ominous warning or a teenage prank? Find out by reading the original article below.

I learned about this article from Dick Eastman's online Newsletter. I'll have to start a file on all the strange and unusual places that gravestones have turned up.

Do you have a story like this? Please share it in the comments.

Here's a link to the full original article

Monday, August 2, 2010

Eli Clark, Millis, MA - 1747

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HERE LIES YE BODY
OF ELI CLARK
SON OF MR. DAVID
& MRS. MEHETABLE
CLARK DIED
SEPT. 12TH 1747
IN YE 9TH YEAR
OF HIS AGE

Prospect Hill Cemetery, Millis, Massachusetts

These stones seem very dramatic to me with the contrasting preserved stone against the weather-beaten one. I love the way Eli's stone is nestled against the stone of his mother much in the same way she would have protected or cuddled him when he was young.


Samuel Kellogg, Norwalk, CT - 1757

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Here lyes Buried
the Body of Mr.
SAMUEL KELLOGG
Who Departed this Life
October ye 13th 1757 in ye
84th Year of His Age

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Pine Island Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut

Macy Lockwood, Norwalk, CT - 1767

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In Memory of
Macy Lockwood the
Wife of Coll. James Lock
wood who Dep. this Life
September 6th, 1767 in the 81st Year
of her Age

Pine Island Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut

James Lockwood, Esq., Norwalk, CT - 1769

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Here lie the Remains of
Colonel James Lockwood Esq.
Who departed this Life
May the 5th 1769 in ye
87th Year of His Age.

What man is he that liveth & shall not See Death

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Pine Island Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Abner Stockwell, Thompson, CT - 1780

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In Memory of Abner
son of Mr. Peter & Mrs.
Esther Stockwell who
died July 29 1780 aged
13 years

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East Thompson Cemetery, Thompson, Connecticut