CLINTON & KILLINGWORTH IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION:
Sacrifice, Service, Spies, Murder & Tories
W. David LeVasseur, former President, Killingworth Historical Society; former Killingworth Municipal Historian & former Killingworth First Selectman
Here Lyes the Body...
You probably drive by them every day without even noticing them. You may live near them or even taken a stroll and read them or marveled at them artistically, but have you ever really considered the legacy of a gravestone.
From the simplest field stone carved with only initials and a date, to elaborate marble and granite statues, gravestones mark the final resting place of the people who shaped our towns. Early gravestones are deteriorating and some have already been lost to the elements. Thomas L. Lentz, Municipal Historian for the Town of Killingworth, has documented and photographed over 450 gravestones in Killingworth, Clinton, and Durham, Connecticut, preserving images of the early gravestones in this part of the state.
In addition to the photos, learn about changing styles, symbolism, and iconography from the 17th through early 20th centuries. Causes of death and burial practices of the times are also included.
With markers of many of the first settlers, clergy, and patriots, this book makes a wonderful addition to the collection of anyone interested in local history. Gravestones with dates of birth and death are useful to genealogists, especially when other sources are lacking.
Treat someone to a unique gift or add one to your library. Books are $25 and can be purchased from the Killingworth Historical Society at its open houses at the Parmelee Farmhouse, at Killingworth Town Hall, and at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison. It can also be obtained from Amazon.com or Pathway Book Service (click link to purchase online).