Gone but not forgotten: Historical cemetery restoration, discovery in Darien continues

Through the continuous work of our volunteers, The Darien Cemetery Committee has uncovered another cemetery in a local neighborhood, revealing a collection of names that are known to the residents of Darien.

Have you ever wondered who lies buried beneath the enormous crypt at the graveyard on Hoyt Street?

The crypt is the final resting place of John Isaac Waterbury (1850-1929) and his wife Elizabeth Moller (died 1933) two members of one of Darien’s original families.  His father, Isaac Nelson Waterbury was a shipbuilder and carpenter in the New York City area during the 1850’s as indicated by his headstone. Also buried nearby are several of their children as well as members of the Lockwood and Campbell families.

It is a sacred place where local families and friends laid to rest their loved ones for decades.

Lewis M. Lockwood 1833-1853 Frances Lockwood Johnson 1816-1895
Samuel L. Lockwood 1805-1851 Cyrus Johnson 1812-1890
Hannah M. Starr 1808-1845 James E. Johnson 1840
Benjamin Starr 1845 Flora A. Waterbury 1917
Henry Lockwood 1835 Jason V. Waterbury 1858
Jeanett Agusta 1833-1854 Charles B. Waterbury 1856-1857
James Ebenezer 1823-1835 Stephen N. Waterbury 1853 – 1855
Mary Lockwood 1780-1837 John William Waterbury 1847-1851
Josiah Lockwood 1777-1846 Abigail S. Waterbury 1821-1884
Martha Meeker 1830-1860 Isaac Nelson Waterbury 1816-1889
Cecelia Emeline/Lockwood 1810-1883 Elizabeth F. Moller 1933
Charles Moses/Brandager 1860-1886 Charles Campbell 1909 – 1932
Charlotte B. Lockwood 1817-1889 Ethel Hattie 1881-1967

 

You may be surprised to know that in 1850 according to the census there were 1,453 people living in Darien. By the year 1880 there were only 1,948 people. The Waterburys were listed as farmers.

We have just scratched the surface trying to clean up this graveyard. The original family members have probably moved away, more than 100 years ago. We are faced with the poison ivy, ticks, trash, grass clippings and leaves and the list goes on.  

What we would like to do, is clean up tombstones, identify the people who are buried here and make the landscape manageable for continued cleanup but, for now we have become landscapers instead of archeologists.

We want to thank Tracy Root, who is the co-chairman of the Cemetery Association, and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, the Darien Historical Society, Karen and David Polett for their continued support, and the Monuments & Ceremonies Commission of Darien for their ongoing maintenance.