Wednesday, October 30, 2013

No Legend in this Sleepy Hollow

     It is that time of year again.  It is a time for scary movies and stories.  One such story that has endured almost two hundred years is the Washington Irving short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" with the Headless Horseman.  There is also a new television show called Sleepy Hollow.  Wouldn't it be sort of cool if our ancestor was buried in the real Sleepy Hollow?
     I have located the graves of a few of my Stratton ancestors.  Mary Stratton Fox is buried in Buckingham Cemetery in Glastonbury, Connecticut.  Her grandfather, Enoch Stratton is buried just down the road in Old Eastbury Cemetery, but I haven't been able to locate any other Stratton graves.  The first two generation of Strattons in Massachusetts are probable buried somewhere in Watertown or Cambridge but the third generation Stratton, Samuel should be buried somewhere in or near Concord, where he passed away.
"Concord, Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Towns Records, 1627-2001." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013.
     There are three cemeteries in Concord: South Burying Place, Old Hill Burying Ground, and Sleepy Hollow.   Sleepy Hollow is a large and interesting cemetery but unfortunately Samuel is not buried there.  The town started using Sleepy Hollow as a burial place about one-hundred years after Samuel died.  I haven't found a listing for Samuel Stratton in the other Concord cemeteries, both of which were in use at the time of his death.
     Even if Samuel Stratton was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord he wouldn't have been buried where the Headless Horseman was located.  That Sleepy Hollow is in New York, not Massachusetts.

    [Note: A number of famous authors are buried in Concord's Sleepy Hollow Cemetery including:  Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.]  

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