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Avery-Morgan Cemetery
Cemetery #: 12 | PIN #: 169806485743 | Status: in use | Lot Size: 6.64 acres
Address: next to Water Filtration Plant

Old Name: Morgan-Avery
Directions: From Route 117, turn right onto Route 1 South. Turn right into Water Filtration Plant Driveway and follow small green signs which say "Smith Lake Cemetery"
Caretaker: Avery-Morgan Cemetery Association (Gregory Johnson)
Number of Markers : 200
Earliest: 1689
Family Names : Avery, Morgan, Smith, Ackley, Ashbey, Graham, Edgecomb, Clark, Williams
Symbols/Unusual Stones: Many willow and urn, soul effigies and angels. Open Bible. Obelisk for Avery Family. Marker for Morgan House site. Marker for Avery and Morgan families. Oldest markers: continuous lettering.
Design Elements: Pine and Oak trees scattered throughout the cemetery. Stone ledge outcropping create quiet, serene
Enclosure: Stone wall-rustic and finished.
Ground Conditions: Good; very well kept
Stone Conditions: Some are leaning against Morgan House marker
Historical Significance: Smith Lake Cemetery moved here. First Avery and Morgan families in America
Hazards: None are obvious
Recommendations: 1) Decide what to do with fallen markers and stacked markers. 2) Create a map locating significant markers and family plots
Date: 5/29/1996
Description: The first Avery and Morgan families in America lived in Groton and are buried here, with a marker memorializing the beginning of the family tree in the 1680's, making the cemetery one of the oldest in Groton. Interesting markers, both old and modern, can be found, such as three early Morgan markers. These simple fieldstones are carved with letters cut straight across, and words cut off in strange places simply because the carver ran out of space on the line. A marker shows the location of the original Morgan house, located to the right of the cemetery entrance. There are gravestones leaning against this marker, and have been for as long as the caretakers can remember, however, research might lead to the location of the graves which they once marked.

Related Subjects:   Cemeteries, Groton