~ Ancientest Burial Place, New London, Connecticut ~

From the name on the map I was hoping for an American Indian burial site, however I was pleasantly surprised to find a pre-Revolutionary War grave yard.

Ye Antientist Burial Ground in New London, Connecticut is one of the earliest graveyards in New England, and the oldest colonial cemetery in New London County. The hillside lot of 1.5 acres adjoins the original site of the settlement's first meeting-house. Reservation of the lot for its purpose had been recorded in the summer of 1645. The first decedent "of mature age" was duly interred there in 1652. But it is the ordinance of June 6, 1653 that legally sets the place apart and declares, "It shall ever bee for a Common Buriall place, and never be impropriated by any." Few of the early graves ever had inscribed markers. The New London of that time possessed no skilled stonecutters, and those early planters simply had not the means. A few surviving families did, however, seek to address the deficiency in later years. At least four stones dated in the 17th century have been found that could not have been placed before 1720.





Driving to The Antientest

1732 the oldest marker I could read




Unreadable

1753
Most of the markers are unreadable. Some have new markers or plaques to designate who is buried there.

1743

Unreadable


The plaque reads
In memory of
Jonathan Brooks
1768 - 1848
A Boy Patriot of the American
Revolution









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