Smith Cemetery, Darien, CT
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These records have been contributed by Fairfield County, CT researcher Barbara Kaye. The data has been collected from several sources, including the Hale Cemetery Collection (see history, below).
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The Charles R. Hale Collection of Headstone Inscriptions resides at the Connecticut State Library. Charles Hale was a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. In 1916, he became involved in locating and decorating the graves of Revolutionary and Civil War veterans in his home town of Rocky Hill. In order to make it easier to find these graves, he decided to record each veteran's name, date of death and military service. He was persuaded by State Librarian George S. Godard to search also for veterans of other wars.
In 1919, the General Assembly made an appropriation to carry on this work throughout the State. In 1933 and 1934, with grants from the F.E.R.A. and the W.P.A., Mr. Hale began copying and indexing the essential information from every headstone in the State. Two copies of these listings were deposited in the State Library. Records for individual towns were made available to libraries and historical societies throughout Connecticut.
Note: These records may contain errors in dates or names. Some errors were made either at the time of the survey of the cemeteries or during the transcription in 1935. One common error in reading old headstones is mistaking a four for a one. We have tried very hard to avoid creating new errors during there typing of this data for the internet. In addition, we have attempted to correct some of the original errors, either by revisiting these cemeteries or by recalculating dates or ages based on known dates of birth for some of these people. However, some of the stones that were legible in 1934 are either missing or no longer legible.
I have also attempted to identify these people, using census and other vital records. Anything added within brackets like these [ ] indicates a suggestion as to the identity of the person. If a wife's name does not include a separate surname, it is not known at this time. Many couples in early Darien were second or third cousins with the same surname. There are many surnames that have several alternate spellings. (See spellings for a list of common surnames and their alternate spellings.) Some people appear in more than one listing because some graves were moved to newer cemeteries, new stones were carved, and the old stones were left behind. Although much of the data on the various families in early Darien is accurate, there will always be errors, many of which are found in published genealogies. It is recommended that you write to the Town Clerk's office for death or birth certificates for your ancestors. If you have documentation that supplies any missing information or corrects an error, please email Barbara Kaye.
Talmadge Hill - Smith
Cemetery - 405-11
3188 Smith, Stephen H., born 1841, died 1924. [son of Minot Smith & Laura Draper]
Smith, Mary, his wife, born 1846, died 1937.
3189 Smith, Laura Ann, daughter of Minot & Laura, died
3191 Smith, Laura Draper, wife of
3192 Smith, Minot, died
Smith, Mary, wife of Joseph, died Mar. 12, 1844, age 94 yrs. 5 mos. [Mary Waterbury,
daughter of John Waterbury & Hannah Ferris]
Hoyt, Melancthon W., (our brother) died Feb. 22, 1882, age 45 yrs. 3 mos. 20 days.
[son of Ezra Hoyt & Hannah M. Weed; died unmarried]
Crofoot, Homer S., born May 12, 1848, died May 19, 1895. [son of Cyrus Crofoot & Clarissa Slauson]
Crofoot, Harriet Louisa, wife of Homer S., born Sept. 14, 1850, died Dec. 23, 1896.
[Harriet Louisa Raymond, daughter of Stephen Raymond & Harriet Smith,
who was possibly the daughter of Minot Smith & Laura Draper]
Smith, Sherman, died Mar. 14, 1878, age 71 yrs. [son of Joseph Smith & Mary Talmadge]
Smith, Mary E., wife of
daughter of Lyman Hoyt & Almira Weed]
Talmadge, James, died Jan. 4, 1784, age 33 yrs. 6 mos. 18 days.
Talmadge, Bethia, relict of James, died Oct. 1, 1836, age 83 yrs. [Bethia Waterbury,
daughter of John Waterbury & Hannah Ferris]
Smith, Joseph, died Sept. 14, 1857, age 84 yrs. 1 mo. 12 days. [son of Joseph Smith & Mary Waterbury]
Smith, Mary, wife of Joseph, died Mar. 18, 1850, age 73 yrs. 7 mos. 14 days. [Mary Talmadge,
daughter of James Talmadge & Bethia Waterbury]
3197 Smith, Stephen, died
3196 Smith, Charlotte, daughter of Joseph & Mary [Talmadge], died
3195 Smith, Mary, daughter of Joseph & Mary [Talmadge], died
Smith, Joseph, son of Joseph & Mary [Talmadge], died
3190 Smith, Sally, daughter of Joseph & Mary [Talmadge], died
3194 Raymond, Harriet, born
3193 Smith, James, died
Stevens, William H.[Henry], died
[son of Obadiah Stevens & Elizabeth L. Scofield]
Stevens, Hannah, wife of William H., died Mar. 2, 1865, age 85 yrs. 6 mos. [Hannah Hoyt,
daughter of Uriah Hoyt & Jane Hoyt]
Stevens, William H., Jr., Dec. 18, 1854. (broken stone) [probably son of William Henry Stevens & Hannah Hoyt]
Stevens, Eveline, wife of William H., died Feb. 4, 1879, age 77 yrs. 4 mos. 11 days.