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For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday -- Belden of Wethersfield, CT d. 1734, has two headstones

The two cemetery stone have a different spelling of the surname (Belden and Belding) and different age at death (73 and 74). Clearly, they are for the same person, and are side-by-side.
Here lyeth the Body
of Deacon Jonathan 
Belding who Deceased 
July y 6th 1734
In the 74th Year
of his Age
Queen Anne's War - 
Jonathan Belden
Capt Robbin's Co.
Died July 6, 1734
AE. 73
The two stones are side-by-side.

Jonathan Belden was my 7th great-grandfather.
Ancient Burying Ground, 1637
Wethersfield, Connecticut

I purchased a booklet, The Stone and The Spirit  (A Walking Tour Guide to the Ancient Burying Ground in the Wethersfield Village Cemetery) from the Wethersfield Historical Society. Fortunately, for me, Jonathan's headstone was listed, with a partial photo and location.