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.