Early Spring in the Old Milton CemeteryThe ground slopes up sharply to the East when you first drive into the Old Milton Cemetery. Row upon row of classic headstones tier up the hill, facing the setting sun in the West. Hundred year old locust trees, a late nineteenth century wrought iron gate complete with door knob, and the neighboring red brick United Church of Milton flesh out the view. Milton was chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire on June 8, 1763. The first grantees arrived in February 1782, and by 1795, there were approximately 300 settlers living in Milton. They began burying their dead in 1796 in the "new" Cemetery. Henry Ainsworth, born 1753 at Woodstock CT, married 1777 to Frances Thorp of Pomfret VT, moved to St. Albans VT 1807, and died at Milton VT in 1827, is buried here. After cresting the hill, we discovered that there is much work to do. Pass the shovel and mix the epoxy!
In Memory of Our Member
Shirley L. Giffin, 85, died March 20, 2016, in Rutland, surrounded by her family. She was born in Burlington, May 2, 1930, daughter of Harold and Ruth (Torrey) Gee. She enjoyed her family and researching family genealogy. She was a member of the Mayflower Society and Vermont Old Cemetery Assn. She enjoyed painting as a hobby... Read on...