WONDERFUL shot of Original headstone by FAG Member J. Fenn-Lawson on 29 Apr 2019 of Original older headstone---and it clearly shows 3rd Apr 1746, as his death date. Also 3 Apr is listed in "Litchfield and Morris Inscriptions: A Record of Inscriptions Upon the Tombstones in the Towns of Litchfield and Morris, Ct. pg. 13 West Burying Grounds (1905 by Charles Thomas Payne)." On the original it appears his last name was spelled Buel (a phonetic variation of Buell) or Buell, family graves list both spellings. At this period of time, to say someone died in the 75th year of their age, would make them by our modern terms 74 years old, and then he would have turned 75 in Feb 1747. So could this be another error in transcription or just an error of loved ones. Will try to get an original birth document or record to revisit birth year.
John was the son of Samuel Buell & Deborah Griswold. On November 20, 1695 in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, he married Mary Loomis. To this union, 13 children were born.
Known as Deacon John Buell, he moved to Lebanon, Connecticut, in about 1695 and then in 1721, to Litchfield. He was one of the first settlers there. John Buell was a selectman in 1717 and 1718. With many others, he petitioned the General Assembly at Hartford in 1719 for the right to establish the new town of Litchfield. In September 1738, the proprietors of the new town of Goshen met in the home of John Buell to organize the town.
The record of his death in the History of Goshen, wrongly states that his original gravestone had the following inscription:
"Here lies interred the body of Capt. John Buell, Esqr., who lived in the office of a deacon in the Church in Litchfield, and departed this life April the (transcription error) 9th, 1746, in the 75th year of his age" --pp. 435-6.
Dea. John Buell,
First Settler of
Born Feb. 17, 1671
Died Apr, 22, 1746
Mary Loomis Buell
1678–1768 (m. 1695)