Saturday, May 20, 2006

Grove St.

[2006-06-07] Missed Nooks and Crannies tour, but still want to visit the Center Church Crypt at some point. Some highlights from the Crypt home page: Theophilus Eaton (who's tabular stone is at Grove, Benedict Arnold's first wife Margaret, a few members of President Rutherford Hayes' family, Sarah Whiting, 1669-1726, “The painful mother of eight children of whom six survive.” She was described as “faithful, virtuous and weary.” For more information, see Bicentennial Publication (swf)

Posted review of Curtis Patton talk on Diversity Blog.

Keeping track of notes on Pantheon page.

Aug. 2nd AP article on Japanese students visiting Dartmouth and Yale to learn about Kanichi Asakawa. Some details here I hadn't heard before, for example, "Asakawa translated the centuries-old 'Documents of Iriki,' which allowed English scholars to study Japanese feudal history. He donated 45,000 volumes of Japanese texts to the Library of Congress and more than 21,000 to Yale, forming the foundation of their Japanese collections."

Grove Street Cemetery home page, and list of notables with map.


Note listings in Explore Connecticut Guide; also see Connecticut Sons of the American Revolution for list of patriots. Familiar names include Roger Sherman, David Humphreys, Israel Putman, and Nathan Hale.

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Leonard Bacon Program
with papers by Judith Schiff, David Musto, Howard Lamar, et al.

Grove Street notables per Wikipedia(?) Would be good to develop Amistad thread, in context of larger discussion of abolitionism. (Primary documents are available through National Archives and Records Administration.) New Haven connection to events of 1839/1840 is compelling: Mende captives held in New Haven jail; New Haven resident Roger Sherman Baldwin was defense attorney (along with John Quincy adams once it got to the Supreme Court);

John Quincy AdamsCinque
John C. Calhoun
James A. ThomeMartin van BurenJoseph Story


Based on conversatons with members of the West Haven Historical Society (during today's tour led by Jim Niedermeyer), it sounds like I might be invited to talk with them about the Anatomy Riot of 1824(considering whence Bathsheba Smith's body was stolen).

The Medical School had an historical exhibition for Yale's Tercentennial celebrations in 2001. Portraits of Dwight, Smith, Stiles, et al., are included.

Constitution Timeline (LC) with links to digitized broadsides. Here's John Trumbull's depiction of the signing of the Constitution

Here's an article recommended by Patricia Illingworth (12/1/03): Yellow Fever in New Haven, 1794 The Yellow and Scarlet fever epidemics in New Haven were part of what prompted James Hillhouse to propose and develop the Grove Street Cemetery.

Many of the instriptions on pre-1800 GSC monuments are illegible. Fortunately, many of them have been transcribed.

Here is a transcript of the poem Sachem's Wood, written by James Abraham Hillhouse, son of Senator James Hillhouse, in New Haven, 1838.

Tomb With A View's Guide to Gravestone Symbols

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