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Palisado Cemetery

The Palisado Cemetery, Windsor’s ‘Old Burying Ground’, is located behind the ‘First Church of Windsor’. The cemetery was first laid out in 1637. It is home to the oldest legible gravestone in Connecticut, that of Reverend Ephraim Huitt, one of the early church leaders, who died in 1644.
The First Church of Windsor
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Photo courtesy of D. Scott Lee, Windsor CT 2015
Reverend Ephraim Huitt
1591-1644
The Reverend Ephraim Huitt was born in England. He was a ‘Vicar’, a member of the clergy of the Church of England. He lost his position because of his beliefs as he disagreed with certain ‘rituals’ of the Church, like all early Puritans. Thus, he was ‘silenced’ by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Sometimes teacher to the Church of Windsor, who when hee lived, we drew our vitall breath; who when hee dyed, his dying was our death. Who was ye stay of state ye churches staff alas the time forbids an epitaph
Reverend Huwit’s Epitaph
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Palisado Cemetery photo courtesy of D. Scott Lee; Windsor 2015
The Reverend made his way to the ‘New World’ in 1639 with his family in tow. Ephraim became an integral part of the community of Windsor. The Reverend was also one of the original patentees of Providence Island. He had acquired these rights in 1633, before he left for America. (Providence Island, 1630-1641 ‘The Other Puritan Colony’) The Reverend also has published works dealing with the Book of Daniel. He passed away in 1644.
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The Family Burying Ground
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Page Background Image Credits: ‘Family Burying Ground’ National Gallery of Art; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor Slowking4.
Gravestones
Photo images of Grave Markers, Tombstones, Grave sites, Graveyard Sites, Grave Memorials.
All gravestone images were taken by D.Scott Lee
Kezia Alford 1807-1851
Roxanna Allyn 1791-1796
Abel Barber 1814-1836
Giles F. Barber 1800-1869
Jerijah Barber 1738-1792
Orrin R. Barber 1826-1880
Rhoda Barber 1783-1864
Thomas Barber 1726-1802
Reuben Cook 1795-1865
Loanna Filley 1744-1793
Jane Isham 1728-1804
Rachel Jacobs 1799-1882
Jonathan Loomis 1725-1730
Norman Loomis 1783-1861
Chauncey Miller 1790-1863
Edith Phelps 1861-1937
Henry Phelps 1797-1875
Mary Phelps 1706-1799
Samuel Stiles 1705-1792
Samuel Wilson 1803-1836
Delia C. Wilson 1831-1852
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Lieutenant Samuel Stiles
1705-1792
3rd Cousin 7xR
Lt. Samuel Stiles was the son of Martha Ellsworth and Samuel Stiles Sr. He was born on January 15, 1705/6. He married Mary Phelps, daughter of Josiah Phelps and Sarah Winchell in February 1729.
The Stiles family was Anglo-Saxon and they were in Britain long before the Norman Conquest of Duke William the Conqueror. The surname of ‘Stile’ came from the locale of the family who lived at or near ‘the style’, the steps or path.
The Stiles family in England were located in the south-eastern part of England, the present day counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Sussex and Northampton. This is the area where the Jutes, Engles and Saxons invaded the island. The Stiles family can be traced back through three and half centuries of New England life and through nearly thirteen centuries of Old England live.
The Stiles immigrants arrived in Boston on March 16, 1635 aboard the ship ‘Christian’, and under the charge of ‘Francis Stiles, with his brother Henry, both who were ‘master carpenters’, the family arrived in New England. The Stiles family were the among the first settlers of Windsor. These were the ancestors of Lt. Samuel Stiles.
Ref: The Stiles family in America by Henry Reed Stiles, 1832-1909; courtesy of Archives.org.
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Oliver Wolcott
Oliver aspired to become a medical doctor, however his plans changed when he was appointed High Sheriff of Litchfield County.
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Memorial History of Hartford County 1886; courtesy of https://www.cga.ct.gov/hco/books/Memorial_History_of_Hartford_County_1886.pdf
Oliver then removed his family from East Windsor to Litchfield. He soon became one of the most prominent men in the state of Connecticut.
Notable Burials at Palisado
Many of us have ancestors or relatives buried here at the ‘Old Burying Ground’ of Windsor. It only seems right as Windsor was one of the earliest ‘frontier’ settlements in New England.
Other than the Reverend Ephraim Huitt’s gravestone, we can find the ‘Royal Governor’ Roger Wolcott’s grave here also at Palisado Cemetery. The Governor is perhaps the most impressive individual who has a grave here. The Governor was the father of Oliver Wolcott, who was a signer of the ‘Declaration of Independence’.
Governor Roger Wolcott
1679-1767
7th Cousin 7xr
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A drawing of the gravestone of Roger Wolcott and his wife, Sarah Drake Wolcot, with memorial by ‘unknown author’; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor MarmadukePercy.
The son of Simon Wolcott and Martha Pitkin, Roger Wolcott grew up on the frontier, in Windsor, Connecticut. At the age of twelve he was made an apprentice to a ‘weaver’ in the village.
Roger was born on January 4, 1679, in Windsor. When he became 21 he started a weaving business on his own. He married Sarah Drake on December 3, 1702. Sarah and Roger had 15 children. Roger outlived his wife by almost twenty years, as she died when she was 62 years old in 1748. Roger lived until he was 88 years old and died on May 17, 1767.
Even though Roger Wolcott had no formal eduction, he was chosen to represent Windsor in the Connecticut Assembly in 1709, when he was thirty years old and became the Justice of the Peace in Windsor a year later.
In 1714 he became a member of the Governor’s Council and then he was chosen judge of the County Court in 1712. He was soon elected to the Supreme Court of the Connecticut Colony. He then became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
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Fort Louisbourg, Nova Scotia; courtesy of D.Scott Lee 2015
Judge Wolcott was given the rank of Major General under Sir William Pepperell during the Siege of Fort Louisbourg. He succeeded Jonathan Law as the governor in 1750, when Governor Law died.
All good things must come to an end, and indeed they did for Roger Wolcott. In 1754 a Spanish vessel, anchored in the New London harbor was robbed and Governor Wolcott was blamed for allowing the incident to happen. He lost his popularity and was not re-elected to office.
Governor Wolcott spent his retirement at his home in Windsor, writing poems and other narratives. His son, Oliver, later became the Governor of Connecticut and was a ‘signer of the Declaration of Independence. Another son, Erastus, became a judge on the Supreme Court. Governor Roger Wolcott died on May 17, 1767.
Oliver Ellsworth
1745-1807
3rd Chief Justice of the United States
Wife Abigail Wolcott 9th Cousin 5xr
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Oliver and Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth by artist Ralph Earl; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor Magnus Manske.
Another notable would be the ‘Honorable’ Oliver Ellsworth, Third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He is remembered for being a member of the ‘Continental Congress’, a Commissioner to France and the Justice who swore John Adams into the presidency.
Here he is with his wife Abigail Wolcott, who was the daughter of Abigail Abbot and William Wolcott. William Wolcott was the nephew of colonial governor Roger Wolcott. Justice Oliver Ellsworth was nominated to be a Supreme Court Justice by Presicent George Washington.
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Buried in Litchfield, Connecticut

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American Patriot Grave photo image by D. Scott Lee.

Oliver Wolcott Sr.
1726-1797
19th Governor of Connecticut
5th Cousin 9xr
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Oliver Wolcott portrait by Ralph Earl; Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor MarmadukePercy.
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Memorial History of Hartford County 1886; courtesy of https://www.cga.ct.gov/hco/books/Memorial_History_of_Hartford_County_1886.pdf
Born in Windsor, Oliver was the youngest of 15 children born to Colonial Governor Roger Wolcott and his wife Sarah Drake. He attended Yale College in 1747 and was the top scholar of his class. Oliver married Lorraine Collins in 1755. They had four children of which the first one died young.
Oliver served as a Captain in the French and Indian War defending the Canadian border against the French. He rose to the rank of Major General during the Revolutionary War. He marched with General Horatio Gates and Benedict Arnold to defeat Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga.
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The grave of Oliver Wolcott; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor AltonHI337.
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Resources: Archives.org; Holcombe Genealogy; North American Family Histories; happygenealogydance.blogspot.com; Governors of Connecticut; Wikipedia; Memorial History of Hartford County 1886
Page Background Image Credits: ‘Family Burying Ground’ National Gallery of Art; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor Slowking4.
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