Nonprofits target oldest cemetery in state

STRATFORD >> Three nonprofits dedicated to preserving U.S. history and fostering patriotism are seeking donations to help revitalize the 1723 Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery on Broad Street, Stratford.

It is the oldest Episcopal burial ground in the state, and the oldest grave is 1725. The cemetery contains the remains of Roger Sherman, a signer of the U.S. Constitution; 18 Revolutionary War Patriots; Dr. Samuel Johnson, the first president of Kings College; and his son, William Samuel Johnson, the first president of Columbia University.

The organizations in the ongoing project are David Humphreys Branch No. 1, Sons of the American Revolution, New Haven; the Freelove Baldwin Stow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Milford; and the Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter, DAR, Derby.

A state SAR and DAR grave-marking ceremony, with Stratford Mayor John A. Harkins and other local groups, will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 26 to honor the Patriots.

SAR and DAR volunteers plan on doing all the manual labor, including cleaning the gravestones, except where professionals are needed. Donations are sought for repair of the gravestones and the iron fence that encloses the cemetery and for regular cleanup.

To make a donation: