Palisado Cemetery, 1633

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Palisado Cemetery is owned and managed by the First School Society and is sometimes called the "Old Burying Ground." It encompasses the area laid out by the earliest settlers for their burying place within the original Palisado stockade fence. However, headstones were rare in the 1600s and there are no existing period markers in that section. The table-top monument for the Rev. Ephraim Huit who died in 1644 is the oldest surviving stone in the cemetery. Many of the older stones in the back portion of the grounds are made of sandstone quarried just a few miles north in Hayden Station. Other notable stones are the monument for Oliver Ellsworth, third Chief Justice of the United States who was born and died in Windsor, and the marble marker for Nancy Toney, Windsor?s last slave. Palisado Cemetery is still an active burying ground with newer interments taking place on the northern side. Copyright 2015 Windsor Historical Society.

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Only a few slaves remained in Connecticut by the time the state passed its full emancipation law in 1848. Apparently, several of these individuals were determined too aged to care for themselves and, therefore, continued with their former owners. It is believed that Nancy Toney, a former slave of the Chaffee/Loomis family of Windsor, was the last survivor of this group in Connecticut. When she died in 1857, she was buried in Palisado Cemetery. The grave is at the rear of the cemetery, located on the left side of the road in an area with few markers. Also buried in the cemetery is Civil War veteran Virgil Simmons, who was enlisted in the Connecticut 29th Colored Regiment C.V. Infantry. His gravesite is located next to that of Nancy Toney. The cemetery is included in the Palisado Avenue National Register Historic District.

Source: National Register of Historic Places

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