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Stepney Cemetery (Birdsey's Plain Cemetery) was established in 1794. It is in the Stepney area of the town of Monroe, Connecticut. Although it is a rather old cemetery, it doesn't have many distinguishing features. There are three points of interest. The first is an unusually high number of infants and children from the same families buried here. There were numerous stones listing four or more children all from the same family, and often with overlapping dates. The second item of note is that Stepney contains the grave of famed paranormal expert, Ed Warren. The final point of interest is the legend that the White Lady is often said to appear on Route 59, between Stepney Cemetery and Union Cemetery. (For more on the White Lady, visit the page for Union Cemetery.)
Photos taken 12 October 2008 and 16 May 2010.
A view of the cemetery and the cemetery gates.
The oldest stone I could find (and that was still legible):
"In Memory of Mrs. ABIGAIL LEAVENWORTH
Wife of Mr. DANIEL LEAVENWORTH
who died May 6th 1801
in the 73d year of her age."
"In memory of Capt. Allen Corning
Died in 1842 aged 82 y'rs
He was a soldier and a pensioner of the Revolution,
crossed the Delaware with Washington
and was present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis."
Also listed on the monument are:
Capt. David Corning, died Feb. 2, 1870 aged 77 y'rs;
his wife, Sallie Hawley, died Feb. 15, 1840 aged 44 y'rs;
his wife, Polly A. Parmlee, died July 7, 1881 aged 74 y'rs;
Hobert, son of David & Sally Corning, died Feb. 1, 1854 aged 14 y'rs;
Hanah Jud, wife of George Corning, died St. Louis, Mo., Mar. 1847 aged 23 y'rs;
Josephine, daughter of Hanah Jud & George Corning, born Apr. 1846, died July 1846;
George, son of Hanah Jud & George Corning, born Mar. 1847, died 1849.
"Philo T. Hubbell
Born In Monroe, Ct.
Died in Vicksburg, Miss.
April 16, 1846.
Aged 29 Y'rs. 7 Mo's. 10 D's."
The remainder of the inscription is illegible.
"Rev. Stephen J. Stebbins was born in South Salem, NY.
March 21st 1808.
Died. After 40 y'rs in the Christian ministry in Bethel, CT.
Feb. 23rd, 1876."
Also represented are Stebbins's three wives:
Sarah Bouton Stebbins (1807 - 1853)
Clara A. Benedict Stebbins (1819 - 1906)
Jane Warren Stebbins (1820 - 1856)
The remaining photos are of the resting place of internationally renowned paranormal expert, Ed Warren.
Unfortunately, the highly glossy stone coupled with the time of day made it difficult to obtain clear photos.
The Warren monument, with a plaque in front and a bench for reflection.
The first photo was taken May 2010; the second photo was taken in October of 2008.
There is a cursive "W" at the top.
The body of the memorial states,
"Edward Warren Miney
Born Sept. 7, 1926
Died Aug. 23, 2006
His beloved wife Lorraine Rita Moran
Born Jan. 31, 1927
Died" (Mrs. Warren is still living.)
There is an engraving of Mary under the names/dates.
Beneath "Warren" it says, "Sunday, Monday, always, their hearts were full of spring."
There are flowers engraved at the bottom of the memorial.
The flat stone is located in-between the monument and the memorial bench.
The right side of the monument is also inscribed.
The top has "N.E.S.P.R. founded 1952" with a cross. (New England Society for Psychic Research)
The majority of the right side has an engraving of "Saint Michael the Archangel".
Beneath this, "Defend us in battle be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host - by the divine power of God -
cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen."
"New England Society for Psychic Research founded 1952 by Ed and Lorraine Warren" is on the base.
On the left side of the monument is an inscription for the Warrens' great-grandson.
"Cory Michael Denlinger
Apr. 26, 1989
July 10, 2009"
All photos copyright by the author, 2010. Not to be used or reproduced without permission.
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