Wequetequock cemetery

stonington, connecticut

 

The Wequetequock Burying Ground is the resting place for many of the earliest settlers in Stonington, Connecticut and the surrounding area. It was settled by four men - William Chesebrough, Thomas Minor, Thomas Stanton and Walter Palmer - in the mid-17th century. These men and many of their families are buried in the cemetery, located in a quiet residential area north of the village of Stonington.

 

I am a direct descendant of Thomas Stanton, who came from England first to Virginia but very soon moved to Connecticut and became quite successful and well-known there. He was one of the first two men allowed to settle in the area, establishing a trading house and moving there in 1650. Within the next few years his family joined him there from New London.

This is Stanton's side of a monument erected in memory of the four founders. He served in many official capacities in the early government of Connecticut, and his friends included not only his fellow founders but Governor Winthrop. Stanton was probably most well known for his knowledge of Native languages, and in 1643 he was appointed Interpreter General for the New England Colonies.

This is obviously a newer headstone; like many others, the original has disappeared or is worn beyond readability. Several of his descendants are also buried near him, although not my direct ancestors.

Thomas Stanton married Anna (or Anne or Ann) Lord in 1637 in Hartford. She was also born in England and came to the New World in 1635 along with her family. They first settled in Massachusetts but along with many others followed the Rev. Thomas Hooker to form a new settlement on the Connecticut River, which became Hartford. The Lord family settled in the part of Hartford known as Lord's Hill.