The oldest legible grave marker in Connecticut

I’ve spent a lot of time in cemeteries. I find we are never closer to the past anywhere else. After all, with few exceptions – cemeteries never change. With this in mind I paid a visit to the Palisado Cemetery in Windsor, Connecticut to view what I was informed was the oldest legible stone here in my state. The grave belongs to the Reverend Ephraim Huit, laid to rest in 1644. Another site goes into far more depth on the topicĀ Here. What makes this stone so special to me is the inscription..

Who when hee lived wee drew our vitall breath,
Who when hee dyed his dying was our death,
Who was ye stay of State, Ye Churches Staff,
Alas the times forbid an Epitaph

Yeah, “The times forbid an Epitaph.” Those were tough times. The oddest part to me is that the stone in question is one side of an upright marker with what appears to be a 19th century slab on the other side. Noone seems to know why. Sadly the picture of the newer side didn’t come out and oddly isn’t in particularly good shape, regardless. I should stop taking terrible pictures with my smartphone.


Reverse of the marker


The marker. Right click and open it for the huge version.

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