The original, brownstone obelisk, listing the names of those who settled in Hartford before February of 1640, was erected in 1837 by The Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford. It stood in the Ancient Burying Ground, located to the rear of the First Congregational Church (also called "Center Church") at the corner of Main and Gold Streets in Hartford. The cemetery is also known as the "Old Cemetery" or "Center Cemetery".

Over the years, the monument deteriorated severly, despite various conservation efforts, and the Ancient Burying Ground Association determined that it was impossible to restore it. A replacement monument, dedicated on August 6, 1986, was erected by The Society of the Descendants of The Founders of Hartford, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the City. The monument was carved from beautiful, durable, pink Connecticut granite.

While the new monument retains the size and proportions of the original, the Founders’ names are now listed in alphabetical order, including several names omitted from the 1837 monument.

[West Face]

William Hyde
Jonathan Ince
Thomas Judd
Nathaniel Kellogg
Ralph Keeler
William Kelsey
Edward Lay
William Lewis, Sr.
Richard Lord
Thomas Lord
Thomas Lord, Jr.
Richard Lyman
John Marsh
Matthew Marvin
Reinold Marvin
John Maynard
John Moody
John Morris
Benjamin Munn
Thomas Munson
Joseph Mygatt
Thomas Olcott
James Olmsted
John Olmstead
Richard Olmsted
William Pantry
William Parker
Paul Peck
William Phillips
John Pierce
Thomas Porter
Stephen Post
John Pratt
William Pratt
John Purchas
Nathaniel Richards
Thomas Richards
Richard Risley
Thomas Root
Nathaniel Ruscoe
William Ruscoe
John Sable
[South Face,
see above]

Thomas Scott
Thomas Selden
Richard Seymour
John Skinner
Arthur Smith
Giles Smith
Thomas Spencer
William Spencer
John Stanley
Thomas Stanley
Timothy Stanley
Thomas Stanton
Edward Stebbins
George Steele
John Steele
George Stocking
John Stone
Samuel Stone
John Talcott
Thomas Thompson
Thomas Upson
Robert Wade
William Wadsworth
Henry Wakeley
James Wakeley
Samuel Wakeman
Nathaniel Ward
Andrew Warner
John Warner
Richard Watts
Richard Webb
John Webster
Thomas Welles
William Westley
William Westwood
John White
Samuel Whitehead
William Whiting
John Wilcock
Gregory Wolterton
Thomas Woodford
George Wyllys
[East Face,
see above]

In Memory of the FIRST

Jeremy Adams
Matthew Allyn
William Andrews
Francis Andrews
John Arnold
Andrew Bacon
John Barnard
Thomas Barnes
Robert Bartlett
John Baysey
Thomas Beale
Nathaniel Bearding
Mary Betts
John Bidwell
Richard Billing
Thomas Birchwood
Peter Blachford
Thomas Blackley
Thomas Bliss, Sr.
Thomas Bliss, Jr.
William Blumfield
James Bridgeman
John Bronson
Richard Bronson
Thomas Bull
Thomas Bunce
Benjamin Burr
Richard Butler
William Butler
Clement Chaplin
Dorothy Chester
Richard Church
John Clarke
Nicholas Clarke
William Clarke
James Cole
William Cornwell
[North Face]

John Crow
John Cullick
Philip Davis
Fulke Davy
Robert Day
Nicholas Desborough
Joseph Easton
William Edwards
Edward Elmer
Nathaniel Ely
James Ensign
Zachary Field
Thomas Fisher
John Friend
Samuel Gardiner
Daniel Garret
John Gennings
William Gibbons
Richard Goodman
Ozias Goodwin
William Goodwin
Seth Grant
George Graves
Bartholomew Greene
Samuel Greenhill
Thomas Gridley
Samuel Hale
Thomas Hale
John Hall
Stephen Hart
William Hayden
John Hayes
John Higginson
William Hills
John Holloway
William Holton
Thomas Hooker
Edward Hopkins
John Hopkins
Thomas Hosmer
George Hubbard
Thomas Hungerford
On East Face of Base

Erected by
the Society of the Descendents of The Founders of Hartford
A. D. 1986
to Commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the City.
This stone replaces the original sandstone monument of 1837

My paternal ancestor John Hopkins went with Rev. Hooker to Hartford.

Other ancestors on the monument as Founders of Hartford are:
Thomas Blatchley (Blackley, Blacksley)
John Bronson (Gen. 3)
Deacon Richard Butler
James Olmsted (Gen. 3)
Thomas Upson
William Whiting (a foremost man of the colony)
Thomas Woodford
George Wyllys (Governor of Connecticut)


Historic Sites at Hartford, Connecticut, on the website of The Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford, Connecticut. Click here for their Home Page.

Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library
One Elizabeth Street at Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

Center Church and Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Connecticut.

Hereditary Societies in Connecticut, Home Page.

Images of Historical Hartford from the website "Kinnexions" of Stephen M. Lawson.

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