Who Is Buried Here?

A peek into the archives of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

If you think you know the answer or have a special memory related to the photo, respond in the "Leave a comment" box below this article. We'll run the answer next Monday, along with a new historical photo. The image has been provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. For more information on the museum's collection and programs, visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org.

Last week we asked: "Can You Identify the Make of this Car?" Both Jennifer S. and Scot Donald thought it was a Pope. An email from "cmrusso" also said this car was a Pope: "The car is a Pope Hartford Touring Car manufactured in Hartford Conn. around 1911. There is a restored one on display in the AAA Office on Farmington Avenue here in town."

Ray Charpentier guessed a Packard. "Just to be different," David Ginton guessed a Winton, which he said was a really obscure car company.

Sorry to say that no one guessed correctly. According to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, "West Hartford resident William H. Nichols is seen sitting in his Buick Automobile which was the second car to be owned in town. The car had gas lights and a right hand steering wheel."

Rick Liftig March 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Well I put on my official NSA approved cryptographic spectacles and could easily make out these letters: Unfpuuwn jsdfljafj ....sjfijafu …wmr.j3.kj3lkj jkjjdfjkj March 8, 1814. So this is the gravestone of Bristow - an amazing West Hartford resident. Born in Africa, Bristow was a slave owned by Thomas Hooker. In 1775 Bristow purchased his freedom from the Hooker family for 60 pounds (equivalent of $9500 today). He continued to work for Mrs. Hooker for many years and his advice on planting and expertise in crops was sought out by many in the town. But my brevity does a disservice. You owe it to yourself to stop by the Noah Webster House (or their website) and discover the amazing story of Bristow.
Lew Block March 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Yes, Bristow, whose real name is Bristol with an L, but that would be an odd name for a school in West Hartford, wouldn't it


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