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The Ancient Kinne Burial Ground, Griswold, CT

Established in the early 1700's, this cemetery contains over 70 gravestones, with the earliest dating from 1713.

East of route 201, located above the Glasgo Dam, lies the Ancient Kinne Burial Ground. This land and a large tract around it belonged to Joseph and Thomas Kinne. Joseph arrived in 1704 and Thomas followed in 1714 from Salem, Massachusetts. They chose this spot for the family burial place, where they still rest under graceful old oak trees. Land records show that their boundaries joined here and that the eastern part belonged to Joseph and the western part belonged to his brother Thomas. As time went on, extended Kinne family brought their dead to this burial ground and in 1834, the Glaskos brought, Martha Moody, the first of their family. The records show the Glasko family settling in this locality at about 1797.

Joseph Kinne was a Captain in the Colonial Wars. Others in this family were well represented in the Revolutionary War. The sons of Captain Joseph Kinne, Jacob and Captain Ezra Kinne both served in the 6th and 8th Regiments, respectively. As a side note, Captain Joseph Kinne's wife, Keziah Peabody was a direct descendant of the Mayflower. Captain James Kinne is noted for serving as commanding officer of the Captain Ezra Cary Company and Jeremiah Kinne served at the Boston Tea Party. Both are sons of Thomas Kinne. Lot Kinne, son of Gideon Kinne was at the new Haven alarm in 1779. According to the genealogical record of the Stewart family, Alexander was of the Royal House of Stuart. The county honored him with the position of Judge of the County Court and Office of High Sheriff. Andrew Kinne served in the War of 1812.

The earliest marked stone belongs to Daniel Kinne who died in 1713. The Kinne ancestry records earlier deaths of the children, who most likely occupy the many unmarked field stones resting among the later stones. Jeremiah Kinne has the distinction of having a stone carved by Plainfield, Connecticut carver, Lemuel Warren. It being one of only three stones signed by this carver, still found in Connecticut. There are seventy seven engraved stones and about eighty fieldstone markers. The last burial was Clark Robbins Cook in 1912, son of Clark and Sally Cook. It is believed the huge granite stones in the wall that encircles this ancient place were cut from native stone here in Griswold.

I am also descended from this family through William of New London, Connecticut, brother of Joseph and Thomas Kinne. Kinney, Keeney and Kinnie are some of the variations of this name.  Some of the children of the Ebenezer Huntington Society, that worked on the restoration of this burial ground, are also direct descendants of the Kinne family.

  • written by Iva Alexander-Arpin, March 24, 2000
  • published in the Keeney Update, PO Box 5519, Charleston, WV 25361-0519
  • volume 18 number 1, March 2001

Linked toJoseph Kinne; Thomas Kinne

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