Enfield, Connecticut: Stories Carved in Stone

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Dog Pond Press, 2006 - Cemeteries - 272 pages
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What is the big attraction to colonial era burying grounds? For one thing, stepping inside is like taking a giant step into your own personal outdoor museum. Whether you are a history buff, a genealogy investigator, an art aficionado, a geology student, or just plain curious, there will be something in an old graveyard to hold your interest. So many fascinating stories are carved into each stone, a single grave marker can capture the imagination of a variety of onlookers. Who carved this piece of Americana art? Where did this piece of stone originate? Who lies buried beneath this stone, and who was in their family? The answers to these questions and many others are changing as more and more records of the time are seeing the light of day once again. As so many stones of that era remind us - life is short. Dont squander a chance to enjoy what is in front of you. Welcome to the world of the colonial burying grounds in Enfield, Connecticut.
 

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Contents

The Gravestone Symbols
119
The Shaking Quakers
189
King Street Cemetery
197
Hazardville Cemetery
211
Thompsonville Cemetery
227
Glossary
243
The Last Word
245
Suggested Reading and Resources
247

The Gravestone Carvers
45
Enfield Street Cemetery
51

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Page 18 - This that you have heard is the case of every one of you that are out of Christ. That world of misery, that lake of burning brimstone, is extended abroad under you. There is the dreadful pit of the glowing flames of the wrath of God ; there is hell's wide gaping mouth open ; and you have nothing to stand upon, nor any thing to take hold of. There is nothing between you and hell but the air ; it is only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up.
Page 18 - The wrath of God burns against them, their damnation does not slumber; the pit is prepared, the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot, ready to receive them; the flames do now rage and glow. The glittering sword is whet, and held over them, and the pit hath opened its mouth under them.
Page 17 - ... hands.— He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers.
Page 17 - ... quiet, than He is with many of those that are now in the flames of hell. So that it is not because God is unmindful of their wickedness and does not resent it, that He does not let loose His hand and cut them off.

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