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Hartley Tombstones

William Thomas and Melissa Annie (Whitman) Hartley had at least 13 children, and at least four of them are buried in the Old Plains Cemetery in North Stonington CT. It is possible that both William and Melissa are also buried there. There is a large stone with just the name HARTLEY on it with a smaller stone below it that says, "Mother" and a space where a similiar stone might be placed for her husband.

The first picture is a general view of the area where the Hartleys are buried. These pictures were taken by Debra Solarz Inman in April 2001.

Old Plains Cemetery

Thomas Monroe Hartley was born on 7 Sep 1893, Melissa's third child. His stone indicates that he was a member of the 34th Company, 154th Depot Brigade in World War I. He died 29 Dec 1969.

Thomas M. Hartley

Elisha Alfred Francis Hartley was born 15 Dec 1901 in Rhode Island, and died 25 Mar 1984 in Exeter, RI. He was married to Ethel Grace Sanders and together they had seven children. Elisha was the seventh child born to Melissa Whitman Hartley.

Elisha A. F. Hartley

Mary Melissa Lena Hartley was born 8 Apr 1903 in Rhode Island. She died in July 1911 at the age of 8. She was Melissa's eighth child and second daughter.

Mary Hartley

George Richard Hartley was born 7 Sep 1911, but died the next year. He was Melissa's eleventh child.

George Hartley

Alfred H. Hartley was the first son of Elisha and Ethel Hartley. He was born 23 Oct 1929 and died 15 Jul 1993. According to his stone, he was a corporal in the U.S. Army and served in Korea.

Alfred H. Hartley

Josephine Hartley Abbey was William Thomas Hartley's mother. She was first married to James M. Hartley, and later to George Abbey. She was born in 1842 to Thomas and Candace West. She died on 20 Jul 1922.

A newspaper obituary reads as follows:
"Mrs. Josephine Abbey passed away July 20 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Phebe Moon after a short illness at the age of 80 years. Mrs. Abbey leaves two sons, Albert Abbey and William Hartley, one daughter, Mrs. Phebe Moon, and ten grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren in Voluntown. The funeral was held from the Baptist Church July 23, Rev. John Payne of Jewett City officiating. The bearers were Ernest Perkins, Charles Lachapelle, Lincoln Bitgood and Charles Miller. Interment was in North Stonington."

Josephine Hartley

Here is a map showing where the cemetery is located. I also have a much larger version (1222x814 pixels) available.

North Stonington Map

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