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Center Street Cemetery
Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut
GPS: 41.455567, -72.823189
1, Center St.
Wallingford, CT 06492
Published: October 18, 2019
Total records: 3,494 records
Center Street Cemetery is owned by Center Street Cemetery Association.
Center Street cemetery was established in 1670, the same year that the Town of Wallingford was carved out from New Haven. The burying ground was destined to be the final resting place for many of those who governed the town's affairs and for those who were governed for more than three centuries.
The first recorded death in Wallingford occurred in 1673, that of an infant, Elizur Peck, whose remains presumably became the first interment. The oldest gravestone in the cemetery is William Houlte, 1683. The first prominent man to be buried in Center Street Cemetery was Abraham Doolittle (1620-1690), a founder. Wallingford's first ordained minister, the Reverend Samuel Street (1635-1717), called from New Haven in 1674, was buried in 1717.
Because of its long age, Center Street Cemetery today serves as a showcase of society's changing trends in funerary art. In 1997, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Records published below were originally published on the cemetery's official website as a spreadsheet. We reformatted the records in HTML format for more convenient use.
These records were originally transcribed in the 1930s through a statewide effort of the Works Projects Administration, Historic Records Survey, under the guidance of Charles R. Hale. In 2006, Gary Nilson, a resident of Wallingford, transcribed the Hale records for Center Street Cemetery and then added another 2,000 records.
These records includes dates of death/burial ranging from 1683 to 1959...