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Moravian Burying Ground
Sharon, Litchfield County, Connecticut

moravian burying ground
Moravian Burying Ground

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Sharon, CT 06069

Published: October 9, 2016
Total records: 1

History

The Moravian Burying Ground is the location of David Bruce, a missionary who lived with the Wequadnach Tribe on the Connecticut side of Indian Lake. Bruce died on the New York side of the lake, but was carried over the water to the Connecticut side to be buried. The Moravian Historical Society erected a monument over his grave 110 years later, on October 6, 1859.

His burial was documented in the book, "Burying Grounds of Sharon, Connecticut, Amenia and North East, New York", by L. Van Alstyne and published in 1903...


"On the Connecticut or eastern shore of the lake was the village of the Wequadnach Tribe and here exactly over his grave stands the Monument erected by the Moravian Historical Society to perpetuate the memory of David Bruce an early Missionary among them. It reads: David Bruce A Minister of the Gospel in the Church of the United Brethren from Edinburgh in Scotland Died July 9 1749 at the Wequadnach Mission Dutchess County NY. The opposite face records the death of Joseph Powell a later Missionary who is buried at Sichem and reads: Joseph Powell a Minister of the Gospel in the Church of the United Brethren Born 1710 near Whitechurch Shropshire England Died Sept 23 1774 at Sichem in the Oblong."

Joseph Powell, who is mentioned above, is not buried at this site, only memorialized. Powell is actually buried on the New York side of the lake, in a settlement known as, "Sichem in the Oblong". Powell was also a missionary who later left David Bruce to administer white settlers on the New York side.

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