The marker goes on to list 40 pioneers who are
as well as “an unknown British soldier killed at the Battle of
The Village Improvement Society erected the monument in 1931 after vandals and the elements had destroyed most of the old stones.
When he was writing his History
of Ridgefield in the 1920s, George L. Rockwell found only two
still standing in the old burying ground. Reportedly, some were
used for house foundations.
By 1973, nothing remained except a small portion
of a slate
stone that said: “54th year of his age.” It belonged to the
Capt. Matthew Benedict, “who departed this life July 7, 1757” and who
five years before the town was settled.
By 2001, that stone was not visible and only the monument was there.The following are names of people believed buried at the Old Town Cemetery or "Ye Burying Yard," as recorded in Headstone Inscriptions Town of Ridgefield, Connecticut, copied in 1934 under the auspices of the WPA and sponsored by the Connecticut State Library, and compiled in typescript in December 1937. This text labels this cemetery as "Old Town Cemetery." The names were probably copied off the 1931 monument:
Abigail St. John
Sarah St. John
Captain Matthew Benedict
An unknown British soldier killed at the Battle of Ridgefield.