Tombstone Tuesday 13 Oct 2009
Captain Benjamin BURROWS [Sr.] (for whom this cemetery is named)
Capt. Benjamin BURROWS / BORN / Oct. 20, 1789 / DIED / Mar 27, 1876
Benjamin6 (Nathan5, John4, John3, John2, Robert1) b. 20 Oct 1789 in Groton, CT to Nathan BURROWS and his second wife Sarah WILLIAMS died on 27 Mar 1876 at the home of his son, Benjamin BURROWS, Jr. 5 West Mystic Ave. Groton, CT.
Benjamin married four times and had fifteen children by his first two wives who are buried here. Theoda Y. WILLIAMS of North Stonington was his third wife and he married her on 28 Mar 1859 and his fourth wife was Mrs. Sarah HOLDREDGE who he married on 10 Nov 1864. Sarah died 22 Nov 1870.
Benjamin went with his parents to Chenago County, NY in abt. 1803 but he didn't like the life of farming his father had chosen so he went back to Connecticut. Family history tells a story of him going to New Jersey with an uncle to learn the fishing trade and after that he went from there to South Carolina and Florida on fishing expeditions. In the War of 1812, he was on the "Sea Fencible" and received a pension for it. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Groton and left an estate of $32, 059 in 1876.
Source: Burrows Genealogy p. 136.