Ancestors in Stonington, CT

We needed a stop along our way to Pennsylvania and Stonington, Connecticut  fit into our schedule.   I did call ahead to see if we could access a burial ground for one Privateer and learned of a walking tour of the original borough.  I signed us up for the tour and made reservations at an RV park in nearby Mystic.


Robinson Burial Ground Stonington CT

We arrived at the lighthouse for the tour early, so we had enough time to view the exhibits and climb the steep steps to the tower.


Early Ice Skates

Early Ice Skates

Llighthouse view

Lighthouse view

From there we spent the next hour or so walking through the historical district of Old Stonington Borough listening to our guide’s information historical lecture full of anecdotes.  It is a beautiful and well lived in city.  Apart from the 1939 hurricane damage, it has remained honest to its original roots.  The houses have been maintained and are still mostly private residential homes.


After we completed the tour, we walked to a seaside restaurant for cool drinks and a delicious bowl of clam chowder.   We cruised the local shops, and to Phil’s relief, I bought nothing.  There were some really cool high-end shops full of artistic jewelry, clothing shops and home furnishing.




Stonington is proud of the fact that during the War of 1812, they fought off a British invasion.


Our last stop was one of the local burial grounds (cemetery) to find my ancestor’s headstone.  It is a small plot of land in the middle of a relative modern housing development.  The gate was open and it did not take long to find the headstone.  Cap. Sylvester Pendleton was only 40 years old when he died in 1788.  He was a privateer during the Revolutionary War, spent some time as a prisoner on one of the” British Hell Ships”.  His headstone is in better shape than others of that time frame but I could not make out the last two lines on the stone.  If you can or have information, please let me know.


Other stones of interest are below.


Remembering the bravery of the local young men during the British invasion in 1814 on the shore site

A closer look at the inscription


Reuben Chesebro

Cemetery entrance sign

Cemetery entrance sign

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