Old Milford Cemetery

Milford, Connecticut

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Old Milford Cemetery was established in 1642 and has the oldest stones that I've found locally. There are several still in tact and legible from the late 1600s and dozens from the early 1700s. Three former Connecticut governors are interred here (Robert Treat, Jonathan Law and Charles Hobby Pond) along with Medal of Honor winner (for the "Indian Wars") Brigadier General George W. Baird. Old Milford Cemetery boasts a monument commemorating the city's Revolutioary War veterans and memorializing the prisoners of war whom the British abandoned in the city. (Photos of the monument follow, immediately after which are photos of the cemetery.) Old Milford Cemetery also has the distinction of having the most varied collection of morbid epitaphs. Burials continue in Old Milford Cemetery to this day.

Photos taken 25 October 2008 and 29 August 2009.

The Soldiers' Monument

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Soldiers' Monument

"In honor of forty-six American soldiers who sacrificed their lives

in struggling for the independence of their country;

This monument was erected in 1852, by the joint liberality of the General Assembly;

the people of Milford and other contributing friends.

Two hundred American soldiers, in a destitute, sickly, and dying condition

were brought from a British prison ship, then lying near New York, and suddenly cast upon our shore,

from a British cartel ship, on the first of January 1777.

The inhabitants of Milford made the most charitable efforts for the relief of these suffering strangers;

yet, notwithstanding all their kind ministrations,

in one month, these forty six died, and were buried in one common grave.

Their names and their residences are inscribed on this monument.

Who shall say that republics are ungrateful?"

The soldiers' names and hometowns are inscribed into the base of the obelisk.

Soldiers' Monument

"In memory of Capt. Stephen Stow of Milford

who died Feb. 8, 1777 Aged 51 years

To administer to the wants and soothe the miseries of these sick and dying soldiers,

was a work of extreme self denial and danger,

as many of them were suffering from loathsome and contagious maladies.

Stephen Stow voluntarily left his family to relieve these suffering men,

he contracted disease from them, he died, and was buried with them.

He had alredy given four sons to serve in the War for Independence.

To commemorate his self sacrificing devotion to his country, and to humanity,

the Legislature of Connecticut resolved that

his name should be inscribed upon this monument."

Stow, like many of the sick soldiers, succumbed to small pox.

Soldiers' Monument

This slab rests in front of the Soldiers' Monument and lists the names of

"Revolutionary War Veterans of Milford 1775 - 1783"

Milford Cemetery

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"Here lieth the body of William Robarts

who departed ths life in the 72 year of his age August 6 1689"

"Here lyeth buried the body of Sarah Nisbett wife to Mr. Mvngnow (?) Nisbett

aged 41 yeares departed this life September ye (the) 16 anno domini 1698."

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The first stone states,

"Daniel Langstaff

died March the 9th 1698

in the 5 YR of his age"

The stone on the right reads,

"Here lies the body of Mrs. Mary Baldwin

died ye (the) 29h day of Nov. 1703

in ye (the) 45th year of her age.

Wife to Mr. Timothy Baldwin"

Treat

The burial sites of Governor Robert Treat (left) and his wife, Jane (stone at right, in the foreground).

In addition to serving as Connecticut's Governor,

Robert Treat also founded Milford (CT) and Newark, New Jersey.

The inscription (below) is so weather-worn that it is impossible to read. I found a copy of it online.

"Here lyeth interred the body of Coll Robert Treat Esq.

who faithfully servd this colony in the post of governour and deputy governour

near Ye (the) space of thrity years and att. Ye (The) age of four score and eight years

exchanged this life for a better July 12th Anno Dom: 1710"

"1703 Heere lieth interrd Mrs. Jane Treat at age 75 years an died the last..."

The remainder of the stone has sunken into the ground.

Jane Treat was born in 1628.

She was the daughter of Assistant Governor of Connecticut Edmund Tapp.

Capt. Allen

There are several table tombs in Milford Cemetery.

"Here lies interred the body of

Capt. GEORGE ALLEN

who died Oct. 7. 1734

in the 57th year of his age"

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Two views of Jonathan Law's memorial.

"JONATHAN LAW

Governor of the Colony of Connecticut 1741-1750

He was born at Milford August 6, 1672

where he died November 6, 1750."

Gibb

"Here lyes Ye (the) Body of Mrs. Mary Gibb,

Wife to Mr. John Gibb,

Who departed this life Octo.r ye (the) 21. 1769.

Aged 38 Years & 4 Months.

See there all Pale, & dead She lies,

for ever flow my Streaming Eyes.

MARY is fled, the Loveliest Mind,

Faith, Sweetness, Wit, together Foind.

Dwell Faith & Wit & Sweetness there,

O view the Chang, and Drop a tear."

Tibballs

"In memory of Mrs. MEHETABEL wife of Mr. SAMUEL TIBBALLS

who died 2d. March 1774

Aged 22 Years.

Behold and see as you pass by,

As you are now so once was I,

As i am now so you might be.

Prepare for Death & follow me.

Here doth my body rest in dust,

Till my redeemer come.

With himile live & spend along (alone?)

Eternity at home.

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"In memory of Dr Samuel Whittlesey A.M.

a young Gentleman endowed with good natural abilities

and furnished by education for public Service but which was

the pleasure of righteous Heaven He departed this life

in the 31st of his age Feb. 9, 1776."

The stone on the right is inscribed completely in Latin.

It is for the Reverend Whittelsey who attended both Yale and Harvard.

He died at the age of 56 on 22 October 1768.

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"In memory of Mr. Noah Baldwin Deacon and Ruling Elder

in the second Church in Milford who departed this life

March 3 (?) 1784, in the 83d year of his Age.

The memory of the just is blessed."

A monument "In memory of..." several generations of the Northrup family,

from Joseph Northrup (died 1669) to Abigail Smith (1785-1872).

The stone was placed in 1912.

Fowler

"Sacred to the memory of Miss Mary Fowler

daughter to Mr. William & Mrs. Eunice Fowler

who Died Feb.y 1st AD 1792 in the 24th Year of her age.

Molly though pleasant in her day

was sudd'nly seiz'd and sent away

How soon sh's ripe how soon she's rott'n

sent to her grave, & soon forgott'n."

Dewitt

"Here the wicked cease from troubling & here the weary are at rest

Entomb'd is here deposited the dear remains of Mrs. Margaret DeWitt

the amiable comfort of Garrit VH DeWitt who closed her eyes upon a vain World

Febr'y 11th 1794 aged 54

Her exemplary conduct in life, her unparelled patience, when wreck'd with pains

the most excruciating & her perfect resignation in her last illness

charmed the King of Terrors of his sting & soften'd him to a Prince of peace."

Band memorial

"In memory of

Henry & Elizabeth Botsford Milford 1639

Placed by Band of Botsford 1921"

The banner has the Botsford Family motto: "Digna Sequens" - "Worthy of Following".

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"Erected to the memory of Nathan A. Baldwin

Born March 18, 1824 - Died May 20, 1898."

The four corners are crowned Faith, Hope, Charity, and Love (below).

According to sources, this is the most photographed monument in the cemetery.

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18th century stone detail

All photos copyright by the author, 2012. Not to be used or reproduced without permission.

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