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Soldiers of the Revolutionary War

The Ancient Burying Ground - Hartford's Oldest Historic Site

Connecticut & the Revolution

Rebellious residents in the thirteen colonies won independence from Great Britain, becoming the United States of America after the revolution took place between 1775 and 1783.

Beginning in April 1775, Connecticut sent men to fight. Including state troops and militia, more than 40,000 Connecticut men saw military service during the Revolution. Hartford played a key role as an inland meeting place for the American and French military commanders, General George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau, as well as for its part in helping to supply the Continental Army with men and provisions.

During 2018, new research was conducted to document the veterans of the Revolution who are buried in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground.  The 2018 research team compared records done by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who were responsible for restoring the ABG in the 1890s, along with sextons’ records, as well as investigations by past historians. Sometimes this led to conflicting information as in the case of Capt. John Barnard. Road work on the Old South Cemetery in Hartford where he was originally interred necessitated moving his body to the Ancient Burying Ground in 1900. 

This research is on-going, and the Ancient Burying Ground Association would welcome any assistance. Family histories or documents may help us unravel some of the mysteries or inconsistencies that currently exist.

Review the brochure to see more details, with locations & images of specific Revolutionary War soliders’ gravestones, data about death dates, ages, & additional information. Individuals listed include:

  1. Wadsworth, Col. Jeremiah (d. April 30, 1804)
  2. Deming, Capt. Pownal (d. April 9, 1795)
  3. Barnard, Capt. John (d. Dec. 28, 1813)
  4. Watson, Ebenezer (d. Sept. 16, 1777)
  5. Seymour, Israel (d. Aug. 14, 1784)
  6. Porter, John Esq. (d. May 28, 1806)
  7. Pratt, Timothy (d. May 31, 1783) & Pratt, George (d. July 22, 1805)
  8. Talcott, Joseph (d. July 3, 1799)
  9. Smith, Capt. George (d. Mar. 15, 1808)
  10. Marsh, Capt. Samuel (d. Sept. 1, 1802)
  11. Burr, Timothy (d. Aug. 15, 1799)
  12. Jones, Major Daniel (d. Feb. 1, 1802)
  13. Butler, Moses (d. Dec. 17, 1801)
  14. Payne, Benjamin (d. Jan. 23, 1782)
  15. Boardman, Rev. Benjamin (d. Feb. 8, 1802)
  16. Barnard, Capt. Ebenezer (d. Aug. 19, 1799)

Listed, but illegible or dates are in question

  • Watson, John (d. May 24, 1795)
  • Bull, Capt. Caleb (d. 1789)

Listed but are not presently found

  • Benton, John Jr. (d. July 14, 1790)
  • Weare, William Thomas (d. Oct. 15, 1823)
  • Cadwell, John (d. Nov. 19, 1777)
  • Skinner, Capt. John (d. Sept. 4, 1791)
  • Wadsworth, Samuel (d. 1778)
  • Bigelow, Major John (d. Feb. 1, 1780)
  • Dean, Barnabas (d. Dec. 4, 1794)