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Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut
Palisado Cemetery Map (click to enlarge)
GPS: 41.85852, -72.63782
Rte. #159, Palisado Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095
Carmon Funeral Home
807 Bloomfield Ave
Total records: 4,508
Exit 38 off US I-91, South on Rte #75 (Poquonock Avenue). When you get to the center of town, bear to the left (North) onto Rte #159 (Palisado Avenue) just past a small shopping plaza. Palisado Cemetery is one mile, behind the First Church in Windsor & across from the Windsor Historical Society.
Located at 107 Palisado Avenue (Rt. 159 north of the Farmington River bridge) in Windsor CT, the first English-speaking settlement in Connecticut. This cemetery has sold all its gravesites, but not all sites are occupied yet. It contains one of Connecticut’s oldest surviving gravestones, Ephraim Huit, 1644. The cemetery is owned and maintained by the First School Society of Windsor. The cemetery has been extensively studied by Boy Scouts, Loomis-Chaffee School students, the DAR, and individual historians over the years.
Windsor’s “Burying Place” was first laid out in 1637, on a much smaller piece of ground, behind where the First Church meeting house now stands. Some tombstones have been re-sited and some have not survived; some early wooden markers weathered and disappeared quickly as well. By 1657, the Burying Place was out of room, and adjoining land was cleared for use. The oldest quadrant contains several 17th century stones and numerous 18th century stones primarily of locally quarried sandstone.
Historic gravesites include: Oliver Ellsworth, drafter of the US Constitution and third Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and his wife Abigail and children; Roger Wolcott, Royal Governor of Connecticut from 1750 to 1754 and father of Oliver Wolcott, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; and Nancy Toney, who may have been CT’s last enslaved person.
There are three transcriptions available...
- Palisado Cemetery, Full Transcription, 4,508 records, Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth Chapter, DAR, March 22, 2022
- Palisado Cemetery, Full Transcription, 3,045 records, Matthew Dietrich, Eagle Scout Project, October 2004
- Palisado Cemetery, Partial Transcription, 17 records, last edited March 23, 2023
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