Unmarked graves found at plymouth burying ground – the bristol press_ bristol press

PLYMOUTH — When you walk through the gate into the Old Burying Ground behind the Plymouth Congregational Church, there is an open grassy area before you get to the headstones.

There are no records available describing what that section of the Colonial era cemetery was used for, but Town Historian Judy Giguere suspected there were unmarked graves beneath the surface.

With the help of a number of friends interested in local history, including Nick Bellantoni, emeritus state archaeologist, she organized a ground penetrating radar study of the area to find out what lay beneath.

The GPR survey was conducted last spring by two soil scientists, Sylvia Muniz Gaya and Debbie Surabanian, from the U.S. Watch baseball games online free Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, who volunteered their time.

The scientists used a gadget that looks like a weird lawnmower, with a computer screen to show if they are getting clear signals, to survey an area 7 x 33 meters (about 23 x 108 feet), she said.

“The idea was to study geologic features in a non-invasive manner,” she explained. Cultural landscape human geography “You’re not digging holes or messing up anything, so it’s great for archaeological features such as defining an old cemetery.”

The results can vary by soil type, too much water-absorbent clay can distort the results, but it turned out the cemetery’s soil was easy to read. Home garden design plan Giguere said it showed there definitely were graves under the surface, although they couldn’t clearly be marked out without actually digging or taking a core sample of the earth there.

State law protects any cemetery over 100 years old from unauthorized changes, she said. Fastpitch softball tournaments 2016 “Now this area can be defined as not open, not available. Youth football teams near me You could not put a building there, or signage, or anything else someone may come up with in the next 100 years.”

So why were the graves left unmarked? Giguere said one reason was the earliest settlers in town were Puritans, who considered gravestones ostentatious. Sprinkler supply They either didn’t mark graves or just marked them with wood or a big rock.

The church did keep burial records, but at the time the cemetery was started, in the 1740s, the records were considered the property of the minister, Giguere explained. Outdoor voices The Rev. Fantasy football sleepers 2015 Samuel Todd was the first minister. Elevator pitch generator When he left town over doctrinal differences in 1764, he apparently took the earliest records with him and they have not been seen since.

The only other records of the earliest gravestones is the 1934 Hale survey, put together by unemployed people hired by the Depression-era WPA project, who examined all the old stones and made a list of the names and dates on them before they were worn away by time, she said.

She described particular stones, such as the one for Sarah Darrow who buried five husbands before dying herself in 1800, or the one for Emily Bronson died the same year “of a scald” at age two.

Then there was Rev. College softball Todd’s own daughter, Lucy, who died in 1752 at 11 months old. Green landscaping Her gravestone was lost for years but then was found purely by accident just a few years ago and restored to her grave site.

Research showed Lucy had two sisters who were also buried there, without markers. University of alabama softball camp One was named Alethea, who drowned in 1741 and the other was also named Lucy, who died in 1757. Softball pics Local stone mason Mike Angelicola reset the recovered Lucy stone and carved two new ones for her sisters, Giguere said.

Giguere said her interest in old cemeteries began when she promised her grandmother she would find the grave of her great-grandmother, who had died in the 1918 flu epidemic. Baseball american league east standings She spent a lot of time walking through and researching all the cemeteries in the area, eventually locating her great-grandmother’s final resting spot in St. Softball images Mary’s Cemetery in Terryville.

Since then she has published a local history book, “Plymouth Revisited.” She has a new book on Chinese art, another interest of hers, coming out this year, and another one on myths and legends of Chippanee Hill coming out in October.

The Chippanee Hill one will deal with stories about Indians, witch trials, ghost stories and Moses Dunbar, the only Tory Loyalist to be executed for treason in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War, she said. Football season start “All those odd little stories, it’s time they were in print.”