Riverside Cemetery

Trumbull, Connecticut

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Riverside Cemetery is a small burial ground located on Old Mill Road (which is actually someone's driveway), off Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull, Connecticut (not to be confused with the Riverside Cemeteries in Oxford and Shelton). Riverside is on the Connecticut Freedom Trail because it is the burial place of Nero Hawley.

Nero Hawley (1742-1817), was born into slavery in North Stratford, (now Trumbull) Connecticut. He enlisted in the Continental Army on April 20, 1777 in place of his owner, Daniel Hawley, during the American Revolution. Private Nero Hawley spent the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania under General George Washington. On July 28, 1778 he fought in the Battle of Monmouth (New Jersey), and he spent the winter of 1778-1779 camped at Redding, Connecticut, at what is now Putnam Memorial State Park. Serving during the Revolutionary War secured Hawley his freedom and he was discharged on April 12, 1781 after being wounded in battle. After the war, Hawley became a brick maker. Hawley's grave is a point on the Connecticut Freedom Trail and his life was profiled in the book, "From Valley Forge to Freedom."

Photos taken 23 October 2008.

Hawley space saver Hawley

"Revolutionary War Nero Hawley Granger Co. 2d Conn Regt. Died Jan. 30, 1817 Age 75"

"Nero Hawley made bricks at the kiln where these bricks were made about 1/2 mile north of here at the clay pits. Circa 1776-1800"

Riverside trio

An interesting trio of stones.

Riverside

A view of the cemetery from the front left corner.

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

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