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For those seeking ancestors interred at one of the two principal sections of the "Scotland Cemetery" at the Town of Scotland, Connecticut, please read the following before creating a memorial for an ancestor or requesting a gravestone photo for an existing memorial.
The Scotland Cemetery consists of two physical sections but three parts in the genealogical literature. The original "north" section, now identified on the Findagrave system as "Old Scotland Cemetery (North)," is located at the northeast corner of Devotion and Cemetery Roads. It features a steep hill that rises up from Devotion Road to a plateau on its east rear side. Either by error or otherwise, the Hale Connecticut Cemetery database does not include any burials in this original north section. Burials in this original "North" section include many first to third generation settlers of the Town of Windham who after 1735 were residing in Windham's third Congregational church society, called the Scotland Ecclesiastical Parish. This third parish within the Town of Windham was incorporated as the separate Town of Scotland in 1857.
The second, or newer, section of the Scotland Cemetery is located slightly south of Cemetery Road on the east side of Devotion Road. This section is now separately referred to as "New Scotland Cemetery (South)" in the Findagrave system. Substantially all of the gravestones inventoried in 1933 and included in Hale's Connecticut Cemetery database (called in that database as "the old Scotland Cemetery located one mile south of the center"), are located here. Hale divided this "South" section into an "old" west part fronting Devotion Road and a "new" part to the east rear. All burials in the Hale Cemetery records for the Scotland Cemetery are principally located in this separate "New Scotland Cemetery (South)."
As of June 2010 some 574 memorials had been created at what is called the "Old Scotland Cemetery (North)," but a substantial number of the existing memorials concern people interred at "New Scotland Cemetery (South)." The difficulty is properly identifying at which section of the Scotland Cemetery a person is really interred, "North" or "South," and if necessary tranferring the memorial to the correct cemetery section.
If a person appears with a gravestone listing in Hale's Connecticut Cemetery database purportedly at "Old Scotland Cemetery," the person is actually interred at what is now separately identified on the FindaGrave system as "New Scotland Cemetery (South)."
• The "Old Scotland Cemetery (North)," or original section, features many family groups whose members died between 1740, perhaps earlier, to about 1790. None of the burials in this section are in the Hale Cemetery database. Later generations of the families interred here and who are listed in the Hale database are in the separate "New Scotland Cemetery (South)" portion in one of the next two described sections.
• The "west," or front, section of the "New Scotland Cemetery (South)" cemetery corresponds to 493 burials in Hale's "Old Scotland" cemetery listings. Forty-two of the listings are between 1772 and 1799; 447 are during the 1800s; and four are between 1901 and 1918. According to the largest funeral home operator at Willimantic, burials were still being made in this section as late as the 1960s.
• The "east," or rear, section of "New Scotland Cemetery (South)" corresponds to burials in what Hale called the "New Scotland" cemetery. In the Hale database these burials range from 1822 to 1930.