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Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT

Belltown Cemeteries 1 & 2, Stamford, CT  

Thanks to Fairfield County Volunteer, Alix Brown, digital photographs of the headstones in this cemetery are available to be sent via email.  Please send you requests to Barbara Kaye. Refer to the numbers preceding the names below when requesting photos of your ancestors' headstones. Thanks for all your hard work, Alix.

Due to the time involved in searching, archiving and uploading the images, the Project has found it necessary to limit an individual request to no more than 25 images within a one month time period. We appreciate your understanding.

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).

We need you!   If you live near a cemetery in Fairfield County, CT and wish to contribute data or add additional  information to an existing cemetery collection, please email  Barbara Kaye. I will see to it that your information is added. If you are interested in volunteering to photograph other cemeteries, please let me know.               
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 workthroughout the State. In 1933 and 1934, with grants from the F.E.R.A. andthe 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 the retyping 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 Stamford 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 Stamford 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.

Toms Road--Belltown Cemetery #1 --418-20
      SE corner of Toms Rd. & Dale Pl.
Current condition: very poor-only three stones still legible
Copied by Kenneth Larkum & Phillip Palmer, October12, 1934

Sniffin, James W., died Aug. 22,1882, age52 yrs. [son of James Sniffin & Sarah Bell]
Sniffin, Estella, daughter of James W. and Harriet, died May 9, 1864, age 3 yrs. 4 mos. 2 days.
Sniffin, Sarah, [wife of James] died May 14, 1872, age 83 yrs. 11 mos. 14 days. [Sarah Bell, daughter of Noah Bell and Prudence Scofield]
Miller, Charles E., died Sept. 2, 1873, age 64 yrs. 2 mos. 12 days. [born in NY]
Miller, Mary. [wife of Charles E. Miller; Mary Sniffin, daughter of James Sniffin & Sarah Bell]
Bell, Prudence, wife of Noah, died Aug. 19, 1828, age74 yrs. [Prudence Scofield, daughter of Josiah Scofield and Sarah Youngs]
Bell, Ezekiel, died Apr. 25, 1857, age 82 yrs. 1 mo.13 days. [son of Noah Bell and Prudence Scofield]
Bell, Francis, died Dec. 14, 1858, age 65 yrs. 2 mos.29 days. [son of Noah Bell and Prudence Scofield]
3951     Bell, Charles, Co. B. 28 Conn. Vols., Civil War, died Jan. 16, 1894 [age 59]. [son of Francis Bell & Hannah ?]
3950     Buxton, Mary J. Bell, wife of Hanford, died Aug.2, 1894, age 62 yrs. 2 mos. [daughter of Francis Bell & Hannah ?]
3949     Bell, Noah, died Feb. 25, 1822, age 73 yrs. 3 mos. [son of Francis Bell and Hannah Smith]

Belltown - Belltown Cemetery #2-418-37
      North side of Oaklawn Ave., near Newfield Ave.
Current condition: fair
Copied by Philip Palmer, November 8, 1934.

3183        Knapp, John H., died Jan. 2, 1851, age 15 yrs. 8 mos. 12 days. [son of William H. Knapp &
                    Adelia Ann Bell]
Knapp, William H., died Oct. 30, 1866, age 59 yrs. 6 mos. 26 days.[William Henry Knapp, son of
         Jacob Knapp and Mary Smith] [stone broken in many pieces]

3186        Knapp, Delia A., wife of William H., died June 8, 1904, age 94 yrs. 7 mos. 21 days.
                  [Adelia Ann Bell, daughter of Stephen Bell and Leah Scofield]

3182        Bell, Frederick, died Mar.18,1842, age 65 yrs. [son of Stephen Bell and Leah Scofield]
3178        Kee, Hannah, born May 16, 1803, died Feb. 23, 1879.
3187        Seely, Fitch, born 1803, died 1856. “Our Parents”
                Seely, Leah Ann, wife of Fitch, born 1811, died 1897. [Leah Ann Bell]
3189        Bell, Jane, wife of Martin C., died June 1886, age 53 yrs. [Jane Cowdray, born in London, England]
3190        Bell, Martin C., died Mar. 26, 1888, age 57 yrs. 4 mos. 16 days. [son of Jared Bell & Mehetable Clock]
3192        Bell, Isaac, died June 1, 1882, age 68 yrs. 7 mos. 6 days. [son of Jared Bell & Mehetable Clock]
3188        Brown, Henry H., died Apr.11,1881, age 63 yrs. 8 mos. 5 days.
3170        Brown, Tammy, wife of Henry H., died July 24, 1890, age 72 yrs. 2 mos. 22 days.
                     [Tammy Bell, daughter of Jared Bell & Mehetable Clock]

3166        Bell, George, died Feb. 25, 1861,age 45 yrs. 1 mo. 27 days. [son of Jared Bell & Mehetable Clock]
3165        Bell, Meheteble, wife of Jared, died Apr. 18, 1853, age 61 yrs. [Mehetable Clock,
                    daughter of Martin Clock & Tammy Sherwood]

3164        Bell, Jared, died Dec. 19, 1851, age 68 yrs. [son of Stephen Bell and Leah Scofield

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