Greenfield Hill Burial Ground

Fairfield, Connecticut

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Greenfield Hill

Greenfield Hill Burial Ground is located on Bronson Road in the Greenfield Hill section of Fairfield, Connecticut. Most of the graves date from the late 1700s and 1800s. Veterans of the French and Indian War, the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War are interred here, along with the remains of Native Americans. In fact, Greenfield Hill Burial Ground contains more Revolutionary War veterans than any other cemetery in the country. Unfortunately, the condition of the cemetery is less than desirable; numerous stones are broken, off their pedestals, or have fallen, and a number have been stacked against the cemetery wall or other tombstones.

Photos were taken 10 November 2008 and 29 October 2009.

plaque

The outside wall, to the right of the entrance is a plague,

"In memory of the men of Greenfield Hill who fought in the American Revolution."

interior plaque

Inside the wall is a plague,

"In memory of Elizabeth Fleming Shackleton 1871-1936 Historian Antiquarian Civic Leader

This tablet has been erected by her friends and neighbors of Greenfield Hill and fellow citizens of Fairfield

in grateful recognition of a life of inspired service to her community."

Greenfield Hill

A view of Greenfield Hill Burial Ground.

Merwin

The shield reads, "Francis B. Merwin

Co. I 23rd Reg't C.V.

Died in the service of his country at Lafourche La.

April 17, 1863, aged 23 y'rs & 11 mo."

The base of the monument is inscribed:

"Erected by his young associates as a last sad tribute

of their affection and esteem for their departed Comarade."

Goodsell

Lewis Goodsell

Esther Hill

"In memory of Miss Esther Hill Daughter of Cap't Ebenezer and Mrs. Mabel Hill

who departed this life Aug. 27, 1804 aged 18 years and 10 months.

Neither the sighs or tears of Friends,

this lovely youth could save;

Nor bloom of years, nor virtue,

protect her from the grave:

Desiring to live, yet called to die,

she in no thought repin'd;

But was in this last, most solemn act,

to the will of heaven resign'd."

Bronson space saver Bronson

Once you pass the cemetery gateway, in the far front right corner,

is an separate plot with huge slab resting upon a mound.

There are no other stones within the enclosure, and the stone no longer bears an inscription.

This exclusive resting place belongs to Dr. Isaac Bronson (1760 - 1838).

During the Revolution, Bronson became senior surgeon in the 2nd Regiment of Light Dragoons under George Washington.

It is said that he was also responsible for planting the original dogwood tree

in Greenfield Hill, for which the area is now known.

Banks

Ebenezer Banks was a veteran of the Revolutionary War.

"In Memory of Ebenezer Banks, Esq.

who Departed this Life

March the 22, 1777: in

the 53rd Year of his Age.

His Character was irreproachable,

his Death much Lamented.

Jesus has Sweetened this Repose,

And took away the fatal Sting,

Stands ready to receive all those

That will Prepare to follow Him."

Hull

Dr. Hull was another veteran of the Revolutionary War.

"In memory of Doct.r Eliphalet Hull

born April the 8th 1738

and died Novem.r 18th 1799

in the 62.d year of his age

Universally lamented by all who knew him.

May he sleep in Jesus and awake in glory."

Williams

Williams was also a veteran of the War for Independence.

"Mr. Reuben Williams

died Nov.r 5th 1776

aged 39 years and 4 months.

Also Mrs. Huldah Wakeman

formerly his Wife

died July 11th 179(?)

aged 54 years & 10 (months?)"

Whitney

Capt. Samuel Whitney also fought during the Revolution.

Died February 20, 1796, age 84.

Buried with his wife, Amy.

Died November 22, 1788, age 66.

Baldwin

Abraham Baldwin (Novemeber 23, 1754 - March 4, 1807)

was a Georgia representative in the Continental Congress and

served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate

after the adoption of the Constitution. He died a Senator in Congress,

age 52, and is buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

"His memory needs no marble. His Country is his monument, her Constitution his greatest work."

This cenotaph is shared with Dudley (died March 29, 1794, age 41),

"an eminent Counsellor, an ardent patriot, a faithful friend"

and Sarah Baldwin (died Dec. 3, 1795, age 37).

"Sacred to the repose of the dead and the meditation of the living."

Banks

Deacon Daniel Banks was another veteran of the Revolution.

He died January 16, 1839, at the age of 100.

Ogden

Hezekiah Ogden was a veteran of the War of 1812.

He died January 21, 1844, age 68.

All photos copyright by the author, 2009. Not to be used or reproduced without permission.

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