"South Cemetery"
by Raymond Bentley

At a town meeting on April 13, 1807, it was "Voted a committee to se where they can find Ground that Can be purchased for Burying Ground in one or more places and make report Next Meeting, the Selectmen to Above Committee."

At a Town Meeting on December 7, 1807, it was 'Voted that the Selectmen purchase one acre of Ground of Rev. Joshua Williams for a Burying Ground."

The following deed is recorded in the Harwinton Land Records, Volume 7, Page 366:

"To all the people to whom these Presents shall Come Greeting:"

"Know ye that I Joshua Williams of Harwinton in the County of Litchfield and State of Connecticut For Consideration of One Hundred and thirty Dollars Recd to my full satisfaction of Jonathan Rossetter, Daniel Holt and Timothy Clark Selectmen of the Town Aforsaid in the name and Behalf of sd town Do give grant Bargain Sell and Confirm unto the said Rossetter, Holt and Clark in their capacity aforesaid and for the Use and Benefit of said Town one certain piece or parcel of Land lying in Said Town Containing one Hundred and thirty rods Bounded as follows (viz) Beginning a little north of a small house in the highway now Occupied by Darius Foot - at a stake with a heap of Stones about it and extending west thirteen rods to another stake and stones thence running South then rods to a Stake and Stones then East thirteen rods to another Stake and Stones which is ten rods South of the place of Beginning - and Butted East on Highway North, West and South on my own land - it being part of my lot Usualy Called Malty Lot - and thus meeted out for the Purpose of a Burying place together will all the right I have or ought to have to the Small House aforesaid reserving to myself to remove the Barn and trees standing on Said Land for my own uses to be removed by the 15th of May next - reserving also the Stones in the front fence for the purpose of making a fence in the west part while the sd Selectmen make the fence on the North and South sides....in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the 21st of October A D 1808."

Jonathan Williams

This was in the fall of 1808, the same year they the new Congregation Church was built. The following spring the first funeral was held in the new church and the first burial was made in the new cemetery. About 1/4 back from the front of the cemetery, and on the north of the middle walk stands a marble gravestone with the following inscription:

"Dea. CYPRION WEBSTER died April 12, 1809, aged 77, the first burial in this yeard and the first corpse in the new meeting house."

At a town meeting on April 10, 1809, two days before the death of Cyprion Webster, it was "Voted that the Town will move the old meeting house if they can find a convenient place to Sett Said House at the expense of Said Town.....Voted that we appoint a Committee to see to the business of removing Said House...Voted Abijah Catlin, Jacob Ely and Benj. Griswald the above Committee.

The old church was then moved to a corner of the South Cemetery where is was used as a Town House until 1840, when it was demolished.

The above is written from excerpts from
by Raymond G. Bentley
Published in 1999