They’re not too much to look at, but here are my recent conquests on the finding-gravestones-that-actually-belong-to-my-ancestors front. The one on the top (with the weird wedding cake-like carving!) is my great-great-great-great grandmother Deborah Joy Talbot’s, at Aspinwall Burying Ground in Putnam. She was born on September 30, 1738 in Rehoboth, MA and died on December (or October; sources vary) 8, 1809 in what was then part of the town Killingly, CT but became part of Putnam when the new town was created from parts of Killingly, Thompson, and Pomfret in 1855. Her husband, Jared Talbot, is also buried in this graveyard, but I couldn’t find his stone. There are a lot of unreadable ones. (I don’t know what the deal is with the slate stone that’s submerged in the ground in front of Deborah’s stone, but I thought it was interesting. It has faint carvings on it, but I couldn’t make out any actual words. She also has a foot stone in place, so it’s not that.)
The one on the bottom is for Deacon Benjamin Sabin, one of my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfathers. He was born on July 3rd, 1646 in Rehoboth, MA and died on July 21, 1725 in Pomfret, CT where he is buried in Sabin Burying Ground. He was one of the 13 original pioneer settlers of Woodstock, CT (in 1686), and moved to nearby Pomfret in 1705. There’s an interesting writeup about him online. It says he was the second burial in this graveyard and was “one of the most useful and respected citizens of Pomfret.” Thankfully, the more recent memorial in the last photo is behind the original gravestone, since the old stone is almost impossible to read. This is our translation!