There are two places where servicemen and servicewomen are memorialized in Newtown, Connecticut.
One memorial is the tall, graceful monument at the head of the main street. At left, a view of what the base looks like.
Embedded around the base of the monument are bronze plaques listing the names of Newtown residents who served, from the Revolutionary War onward (see photo below for an excerpt).
This memorial was dedicated in 1939, with two prominent opera stars singing during the ceremony: Grace Moore (who lived in town at that time) and her friend and fellow diva, Gladys Swarthout.
Some of the bronze plaques with
names were added in stages after the dedication. Many but not all of the plaques were transcribed during the 1930s but I'm double-checking and correcting before posting, having found errors and omissions.
The other place where Newtown residents who served are memorialized is on "roll of honor" plaques hand-lettered and framed in the lobby of Town Hall on Main Street. See photo here for a peek at one of these plaques (to be transcribed later this month). These have not been written up in the town's archives, to my knowledge.
Today, I'm posting Part 1 of the listing of Newtown residents who served in the military. Part 2 (names from 1944-1971) can be found here. Part 3, with names from the Civil War and Gulf War, is here.
Watch for more in the coming weeks, each separate list alphabetized to help people find their ancestors!
Newtown residents who served in the War of 1812
Bennet, James W.
Botsford, Daniel, Jr.
Caulkins, Joseph L.
Crofut, Abel F.
Curtis, Abijah B.
Curtis, Alfred D.
Dibble, Philer K.
Fairchild, Kiah B.
Glover, William S.
Stilson, Abel, Jr.
Wheeler, Joseph B.
Newtown residents who served in the Mexican War
Newtown residents who served in the Spanish American War
Lovejoy, Arthur G.
Lovejoy, Morris B.
Morris, Charles G.
Newtown residents who served in the Mexican Border War
Barnett, William E.