Epitaphs of New Fairfield Connecticut
Compiled by Joan L. Sudol
Copyright 1982 Joan L. Sudol New Fairfield CT.
Prepared for the Internet by Margaret Coletta, New Fairfield CT, 1997
The following record of epitaphs was carefully transcribed from physical inspection
of the five New Fairfield cemeteries. Most of the Partially illegible inscriptions
were filled in by previously published and private sources. Some tombstones which
were previously recorded are now missing altogether. This book is an attempt to help
reserve part of the history and people of New Fairfield so that they may be
"Gone but not forgotten".
There are several stones dating back to the 1700’s. The oldest legible one is that of
HANNAH BRUSH who died April 3, 1774. Numerous fieldstones and illegible stones
remain in the cemetery. Since the last recording of this cemetery in 1934, 13 stones are
now missing, destroyed or totally illegible.
A primitive art from unique to New England exists in the carved designs on the ancient
tombstones. The Stone of BENJAMIN BEARFS who died March 8, 1802 and his wife
Abigail who died March 14, 1802 have two death’s heads carved into it. Several others
have the willow and urn designs, which were one of the most popular mortuary decorations.
Buried here among the families of the town is PHILLIS, a slave of MARTIN KELLOGG
who died April 30, 1810 in the 46th year of her age.
The orginal Congregational Church was located near the site of the present Consolidated School.
It remained there from its beginning in 1742 until 1836/7 when a new church was built next to the
Town Hall across from the Town Cemetery. The church remained here until a new one was built
and dedicated in 1957 at the present site of Meeting House Hill Road. Supposedly there was an
ancient burying ground located near the orginal parsonage on Meeting House Hill. It was reported
in 1885 that the graves were marked with small natural stones.
*G*----------------from Gerow Cemetery records
*H*----------------from Ct. Library records, Hartford, Ct.
*N*----------------from Cyrus Booth Library, Newtown, Ct.
book by Josephine C. Frost.
Ebenezer ____ Enez illegible on stone filled in from other sources
Jeanie E. Palmer 1836 - 1916
John T. / son of / Reuben & Armenia / Palmer /
died / Oct. 10, 1841 / aged 6 years / 13 dys, /
*H* Julia P dau. of Walter & Polly Palmer,
died Mar. 9, 1811, Age 1 yr. 4 mos. & 24 dys,
In memry of / Benjamin A. Peck / who died Dec. 2, 1843 /
aged 82 yrs. /
In memory of / Eunice / wife of / John C. Peck /
who died / May 16, 1850 / aged 28 yrs. /
In memory of / Frances E. / wife of / John C. Peck /
died Oct, 2, 1862 / age 43 yrs. /
Dea. / John C. Peck / Feb. 14, 1820 / Jan. 26, 1901 /
Saved by grace.
Mary E. / dau. of / John C. & Eunice / Peck / died /
Dec. 15, 1860 / aged 7 yrs. 3 mos. /
She is not dead but Sleepeth.
Mary 0. / wife of / Benj. Peck /died / March 31, 1873 /
aged 91 yrs. 11 mos. & 6 dys.
I have trusted in thy mercy
My heart shall rejoice in thy sal-
vation. Ps. 13.5
In memory of / Polly A. / wife of / William Peck /
who died / March 22, 1861 / age 77 years /
In memory of / two children / dau. of / William & /
Polly Peck / March 27, 1821 / aged 1 mo. /
In memory of / William Peck / who died / Apr. 3, 1847 /
age 63 years /
In memory of / Cornelia wife of / Levi Penfield /
who died / Feb. 16, 1834 / aged 20 yrs. & 25 dys. /
In memory of / Hanah wife of / Thaddeus Penfield /
died / May 29, 1831 / in her 62nd year /
In Memory of / Sally dau. of / Thaddeus & Hannah /
Penfield / who died / Dec. 28, 1803 / in the 9th year.
In memry of / Thaddeus Penfield / who died / June 28,
1845 /aged 80 yrs 1 mo. & 21 dys.
In memory of / Abigail / Penny / wife of / Robert Penny /
died / Mar. 20. 1840 / age 59 yrs. /
(sunk into ground halfway)
In memory of / DeborahPenny / daughter of /Robert & /
Abagail Pemy / died / April 25, 1838 / in the 26th
year / of her age. /
In memory of / Elizabeth / W. Penny / dau. of / Robert & /
Abagail Penny / who died / Aug. 18, 1838 / in the 17th year/
of her age . /
In memory of / Emely F. Penny / dau. of / Robert & /
Abagail Penny / who died / Feb. 10, 1840 / in th 16th
year / of her age. /
Mary P. Penny / died / June 4, 1877 / age 75 yrs. / 24 ds. /
Sarah J. / wife of / William R. Potter / died / Sept. 9,
1868 / AE 26 yrs. 9 mos. & 6 dys /
*H* William Irvine Potter , son of William R. & Sarah J
died / March 27, 1864, age 3 yrs. 10 mos. & 2 dys
(small stone next to Potter's)
William R. Potter / member / Connecticut Artilery / died /
Mar. 29, 1862 / aged 29 yrs. /
(Civil War flag in 1932)
Mary C. wife of / C.W. Reynolds. / dau. of Enoch & Rachel /
Knapp / Apr. 11, 1855 Aug. 18, 1908 /
In Memory of / Hannah B. Robinson /who died /
Jan. 24, 1813 /aged 87 years /
Col. Amzi Rogers / born Dec. 17, 1793 / died /
May 21, 1880 / FATHER /
War of 1812 marker in 1932
(two stones on one base with Betsey)
Betsey Barnum / wife of / Col. Amzi Rogers /
born Apr. 27, 1794 / died June 3, 1880 / Mother ?
*H* Cornelia Rogers, dau. of David B. & Sarah B.
died April, 8, 1845 age 2 yrs. 8 mos. & 12 dys.
David B. Rogers / went hcme / March 7, 1901 / aged
85 yrs. 7 mos. & 8 dys. /
Our Darling, / Emma / died / Dec. 25, 1860 / AE 3 yr. /
& 5 mos. & 5 dys. /
(dau. of David B. & Darah B. Rogers)
Medad Rogers / son of / David B. & Sarah B. / Rogers
June 10, 1851 /
aged 3 mos. & 3 dys. /
In memory of / the Rev. / Medad Rogers / who died /
August 25, 1824 / aged 74 yrs. /
(old stone with tree design)
In memory of / Rachel / widow of / Rev. Alidzo Rogers /
who died / Feb. 4, 1838 / in the 83rd year / of her age. /
Tree design on stone
Sarah B. / wife of / David B. Rogers / died /
March 16, 1872 / aged 51 yrs. /
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Theodore Dwight / July 10, 1822 - Dec 26th 1905 /
Emily Louise / March 6, 1828 - Dec. 27, 1915 /
Harriet Alice / Aug. 24, 1837 - Dec. 27, 1915 /
Children of / Amzi & Betsey Barnum Rogers /
Mrs. Rebecca / wife of / G.W. Rubey,M.D. /
of Westport, Ct. / eldest dau. of / Wm. B. &
Mary Hawley / died / May 23, 1855 / AE 26 yrs
6 mos. & 4 ds. /
*H* Amos Scudder, died Dec. 29, 1829, aged 32 yrs.
In memory of / Orlando B. Scudder / who died /
March 17, 1856 / aged 32 yrs. /
Peter Nicholas Smckett / 1886 -1927 /
Betsey / wife of / Levi Stevens / died /
Oct. 31, 1844 / aged 55 yrs. / & 10 mos. /
In Memory of / Betsey Ann / dau. of / Levi & Betsey
Stevens / Oct. 11, 1822 / age 3 mos. & 17 dys. /
Levi Stevens / died March 25, 1357 /
aged 72 yrs. & 5 mos. /
Adella / wife of / William Stevenson / died /
Sept. 17, 1879 / age 17 yrs. 5 mos. & 16 dys./
A light is from our household home
A voice who loved is stilled
A place is vacant in our hearts
That never can be filled
In Memory of / Phebe wife of / Benjamin Stevenson /
who died / May 29, 1803 / in the 53rd year /of her age /
In memory of / Benjamin Taylor / who died /
July 7, 1797 / aged 78 years
In memory of / Lucy wife of / Jonathan H. Taylor /
who died / Jan. 9, 1815 / in the 20th year of / her age /
How frail the life
Tis but a ---------
In memory of /Hannah dau. of / Jabez Jr. &
Lydia / Treadwell /Feb. 18, 1834 / age 2 yrs. /
3 mos. & 15 dys. /
*H* Jabez Treadwell, died Jan. 21, 1850 age 54 yrs.
11 mos. & 23 dys.
In memry of / Lydia Penfield / wife of /
Jabez Treadwell /born Dec. 12, 1802 / died
Jan. 28, 1891./
Abiah Trowbridge /died / Jan.15, 1859 / age 59 yrs.
Abran Trowbridge / who died / Nov. 20, 1842 / AE 70 yrs /
Sarah / wife of / Abram Trowbridge / died Jan. 13, 1865 /
aged 96 yrs. 10 mos. & 7 dys. /
Carrie L. Whitton /1840 - 1922 /
Mary L. Hawley / wife of / Orin H. Winton /
1835 - 1920 /
Orrin H. / son of / Orrin H. & Mary L. H. / Winton /
died April 5, 1865 / aged 8 mos. & 22 dys. /
Orrin H. Winton / died / Jan. 18, 1865 / aged 28 yrs.
2 mos. & 18 d's /
The loved one sleeps
fieldstone AR ENR died Jan. (possible - Jabez Treadwell)
fieldstme T 0 1776
________ An (old stone with skull design illegible possible Abel Barnum)
________ In mernory of / ______ who died / Dec. 29, 18__ /
in the 11 / of her life
(possible Clarinda Lessey)
________ W A H A R _____ ______ the 81 year of / her age /
(old and broken field stone)
________ In Memory of / Mr. S O R B / dster________di /
September / 14 AD 1757 / age 24 years /
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