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Monroe Center Cemetery

Monroe, Connecticut

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Monroe Center Cemetery sign

Monroe Center Cemetery was established in 1776. It is located where the right fork of Old Tannery Road meets Route 110 (Shelton Road) in Monroe, Connecticut. The left side of the cemetery contains primarily stones from the 1700s and 1800s; there are several Civil War veterans interred here. The remainder of the land accommodates more contemporary burials.

Photos taken 29 April 2010.

Monroe Center Cemetery

A view of the old section of Monroe Center Cemetery.


One of the oldest stones I found in Monroe Center.

"In memory of LEMUEL BEARDSLEE, who departed this Life

Oct.o 26th 1789; In the 26th Year of his Age.

Atend ye Youths as you pass by

as you are now, so once was I

As I am now so you must be

(?) for Death (?) me"

Typically the last line reads, "Prepare for Death and follow me."


"To the Memory of DAVID WELLS, Esq.r; this monument is sacred.

He left his weeping Friends & resigned to death May 29th, 1790.

In the 53d Year of his age. their is no discharge in that War.

O reader come and cast an eye

On this Grave wherein I lye;

For death has call'd and conquer'd me

(?) in a short time, will conquer thee."


"Rev.d ELISHA REXFORD, A.M. died April 3d 1808; In the 71st year of his age; and 44th of his ministry.

He was a faithful, skilful, laborous minister of the gospel. His liberal & unaffected piety;

his devotion to all the offices of the ministry, in the pulpit and out of it;

endeared him to his brethren & to his flock. His friendly and Social disposition;

his amiable & obliging manners; his virtues, both public & private; rendered him an example,

in all the relations of minister, husband, parent, friend & neighbour; truly worthy of imitation.

Mrs. LYDIA REXFORD, first wife of Rev.d E. Rexford. Died 31st of March AD. 1785; AE. 42.

LYDIA, daughter of Rev.d E. Rexford; by Sarah, his last wife. Died 8th of June AD. 1787 AE. 7 months."


A very large stone offering very little information.


Father Henry Fitch"


"Rev. RODNEY ROSSITER, Rector of

St. Peter's Church Monroe

departed this life Nov. 24, 1846.

ADALINE, his wife

departed this life Feb. 18, 1857.

Abel French

"In memory of


A Revolutionary Soldier

who died Oct. 10 1846

aged 81 years."


Capt. Hurd was a Mason - who lived to be over 100!

"Capt. Samuel L. Hurd

Died May 30, 1862

AE. 100 Yrs 3 Mo. & 10D's."

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