The Lynde Family Plot

The Lynde Family Plot

In 1683, Nathaniel married Susanna Willoughby, daughter of Deputy Governor Willoughby of Charlestown, Massachusetts.  After that, the Lyndes moved to Saybrook when Simon deeded the former Fenwick land to them in 1685.  Like the Hart family, there were six generations of Lyndes living in Saybrook from the arrival of Nathaniel and Susanna in 1685 through to the death of Adelaide Lynde around 1900.

Nathaniel and Susanna Lynde are buried on this rise underneath a large tulip tree in view of their beloved Lynde Point across South Cove, also known as the Borough of Fenwick. To the left of the two tablets up by the large tulip tree is where young 4 1/2 month old Susanna is buried (see photo). Susanna was Nathaniel and Susanna’s first child; nine children followed after Susanna’s death. Although Saybrook colony burials no doubt occurred in the 50 years preceding the death of young Susanna, her 1685 marker is the oldest in Cypress. The lower tablet in the right foreground is that of Nathaniel and Susanna’s oldest son, Judge Samuel Lynde, who was an attorney, Judge of Superior Court and represented the town in the General Assembly for eleven terms and later the “upper house”, a position of which he retained until his death in 1754.  He was a colonel in the militia and was one of the “guardians” of the Mohegan Indians. Judge Lynde’s first two wives, Rebecca and Lucy, are buried in Cypress while his third wife, Hannah, who survived him, is not.

A second view shows the Lynde plot looking toward Lynde Point (the Borough of Fenwick) in the distance. He also ran the large and successful Lynde family farm located on Lynde Point (Borough of Fenwick) across South Cove. Nathaniel and Susanna also saw the death of their seven year old son Willoughby.  His stone – or his footstone, anyway, is located within inches of his mother’s tombstone (adjacent to the tablet).  the soil between the two stones, and some growing vegetation, had to be removed to see Willoughby’s name on the small slate stone.  The other markers surrounding Nathaniel and Susanna are also Lyndes. The numerous small stones are those of deceased Lynde granchildren.

Nathaniel and Susanna Lynde’s Tablets

As has been memorialized on his tablet (right in photo below), Nathaniel and Susanna donated the use of their home and 13 acres of land to the Saybrook Collegiate School – now Yale University – and became the school’s first treasurer. Susanna pre-deceased him by 20 years at the age of 45 years (right). Nathaniel died at the age of 70 years of age.

The 13 acres of land was originally owned by Colonel George Fenwick and includes the “Annex” portion of Cypress Cemetery where the Fenwicks had an orchard.