Old South Burying Ground in Hartford, CT.

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Listed on the State Register of Historic Places by the CT Historical Commission, July 11, 2001.

Old South Burying Ground on Maple Avenue in Hartford is the city's second oldest cemetery. Seemingly forgotten it holds the remains of many who are connected to Hartford's industrial growth era, as well as those that fought for our freedom in the colonial era. The first was the Ancient Burial Ground (often referred to in the 1800's as the Center Burying Ground) located between Main and Gold Streets. When the first burial ground had run out of room, interments were sent to Old South and many families have members buried in both places.

Once a farm owned by the Benton family back in the 1700's, this parcel was an apple orchard which also contained the Benton family burial yard. In 1801 the city purchased this section and created their second burial ground for the use by the "south of the river folks". Later into the early 1800's Old North Cemetery was established, and later still into the 1900's some families had their relatives reburied from Old South to Zion Hill and Cedar Hill Cemeteries in Hartford.

This Old South Burying Ground, as did others, seems to have suffered a great deal of vandalism as referenced by the author of the 1880 inscription listing. It is evident today that at some point in time repairs had been made to some sandstones, but to date we have not been able to find any references to who may of initiated that work. In fact we are finding very little information referencing this cemetery and are seeking anything that would help us rebuild it's history. WE desperately need an old photo, news clip or post card that would show what Old South Cemetery looked like in the 1800's. Any photographic reference before the construction of Benton Street, which moved 114 bodies, would also be greatly appreciated.

We invite anyone with an interest to contact shapbrown@cox.net.

Click here:  Old South Burying Ground Hartford Burial List

Here is a list of some of the surnames found at Old South Burying Ground:

Barnard
Benton
Bigelow
Boardman
Bull
Bunce
Carter
Chenevard
Clapp
Clark
Dexter
Ensign
Flint
Hempsted
Hindsdale
Hudson
Jones
Knox
Miller
Payntar
Perkins
Raphel
Robbins
Seymour
Shultas
Steele
Tisdall
Wells
Winship
Wolcott

 

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