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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bill Mead Oak Tree, by Whitman Bailey

A long time ago a massive oak tree once graced the landscape in front of the Mead home located where Cos Cob Elementary School is today. The drawing featured here is by Whitman Bailey of the "Bill Mead Oak." No one recalls when the tree came down, though it reputedly happened during a hurricane. The tree was so large that a large section of the trunk was hollow, allowing people to actually go inside. The date of this drawing, allegedly from a photograph, is 1930.

William H. Mead is interred in the family cemetery off Relay Place and the Cos Cob Mill Pond.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Removed Plots: Mead Burying Ground Lafayette Place, Greenwich

In Greenwich's Town Clerk Records there are additional records of further disinterments from isolated family plots to other localities. There is still such a plot for the Lewis Family, long associated with the Second Congregational Church (it's next to the offices of the Presbyterian Church off Lafayette Place).

Yet another small family plot associated with the Mead's was located near the corner of Lafayette Place and William Street, within sight of Greenwich Hospital and nearby condominiums. The graves were apparently removed from this location to Putnam Cemetery in 1936. Pictured is the sexton records and listing of those transferred.

When the graves were transferred to Putnam we were intrigued to discover that the remains were apparently combined and a single monument stone will all names listed in common.