Nobody seems to know how a tombstone from 1796 ended up in the basement of the former Clinton, Connecticut Police Department. Through modern-day communication and some old-fashioned research, the burial plot where the stone belongs has been identified.
The tombstone was discovered on January 4. Town officials asked for help in finding the location of the correct grave of Mrs. Ruth Sackitt, listed on the stone as the "wife of Mr. Solomon Sackitt."
Genealogists responded and, in a few days, a listing was found in a book titled, On the Green, the Old Center Cemetery in North Haven, Connecticut, 1723 to 1882. The book was written in 2000 by North Haven resident Gloria Furnival. Obviously, the tombstone was still in the cemetery in 2000 but officials still do not know how or why it was in the former police headquarters eleven years later.
The stone will be returned to its proper position in the spring.
You can read more in an article by Melissa Pionzio in the Hartford Courant newspaper's web site at http://goo.gl/dmLnd
My thanks to J. Hansen for telling me about this story.