Thursday at the Cemetery  ~ Denison Burial Grounds ~ Mystic, Connecticut

pic TATCThis week I thought I would concentrate on an entire cemetery instead of just one Ancestor who was buried there. Of course, it helps that almost everyone buried there is related!  The Denison family appears to have been a prominent one in the town of Mystic Connecticut. Their land has become a 250-acre nature center and the family home has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The family cemetery, however, is hard to find, abandoned, and alone in the woods. Most of the markers are so badly worn that they are illegible, and many others are knocked over and broken.

Denison family burial ground Mystic CT Stone carved

Captain John Borrodell Denison was the first of his family to be born in Colonial America. Born on June 14, 1646, in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts to George and Ann (Borrodell) Denison. John married Phoebe Lay on November 26, 1667. He died on April 26,1698. He was the first person buried on these grounds. Over 100 Denisons joined him here until the cemetery closed in the mid-1800s.

John B. DENISON and Phebe LAY

John Denison
Died 1698 Age 52
His Wife
Phebe Lay
Died 1699 Age 49


Lt William Dennison bro of John

Brother of Capt. John Denison


Here lies ye body
Of Lt. William
Denison who died
March ye 26, 1714
Aged 59 years.


Capt George Denison son 1772

This is the resting place of George Denison, grandson of Captain George and Ann.


In Memory of
Capt. George Denison
who departed
this life
in the 86th year of his age


Denison family burial ground Mystic CT 2

There were so many Headstones to choose from I had a hard time deciding which ones to post. Each one is unique and worth remembering.



cropped-blog-pic1.jpgI am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.








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