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Turner Cemetery
Cemetery #: 1 | PIN #: 179011556228 | Status: Not in use | Lot Size: .23 acres
Address: Gales Ferry Road, next to reservoir spillway area

Old Name: Turner-Daboll
Directions: From Route 117 North, turn left onto Gales Ferry Road (just after spillway but before fenced in utility area. (The only parking is a drive-in spot for utility vehicles just beyond the cemetery.)
Caretaker: City Utilities, Groton (Ed Herrick)
Number of Markers : 0
Earliest: 0
Family Names : Moxley, Turner, Daboll
Symbols/Unusual Stones: Two markers for soldiers who died in the Battle of Groton Heights (Moxley and Jones) with soul effigies and interesting inscriptions. Also, markers with willow and urn motifs.
Design Elements: Markers are in lines and also scattered throughout space. All face the road. A number of large oak trees which provide a lot of shade.
Enclosure: Stone wall on all four sides. Iron entrance gate (doesn't open easily.)
Ground Conditions: Good: grass is mowed and trees are in good condition.
Stone Conditions: Moxley and Jones markers along with a few others are in good condition because they are in the sun. The rest of the markers are in poor to decent condition because of lichen problem caused by constant moisture. Many are leaning.
Historical Significance: Some Battle of Groton Heights soldiers with interesting markers.
Hazards: None are obvious
Recommendations: 1) Gentle cleaning of markers with lichen problems 2) Reset leaning markers 3) Erect a sign to mark cemetery
Date: 6/5/1996
Description: The reservoir spillway not only creates a beautiful setting for this cemetery, but also creates Turner Cemetery's enormous lichen problem along with the help of some large shady trees. Two Battle of Groton Heights martyrs are buried here, the markers for which are both well preserved and have passionate inscriptions. Joseph Moxley's marker appears to have broken at some point and was reset without the part of the marker which broke. Moses Jones' marker has an obvious mistake: the carver must have spelled his name incorrectly the first time because there is an erased section where his name is now carved.

Related Subjects:   Cemeteries, Groton