On a beautiful fall sunny day, members of the Montville Cemetery Committee and a few friends took a walk in the woods in search of a family burial spot, "high on a bluff overlooking the valley."

A landowner had spoken with one of the committee members about finding ancient, small-unmarked grave stones deep in the woods near Twitchell Hill, and pointed out a route to take within the maze of wooded paths.

Along the way, the group spotted historical clues of people who had lived in the area over the years. They found and inspected strewn pieces of a Ford Model T automobile frame, metal bits of a discarded cook stove, glass jars, a truck door and a wheel rim on their journey.

Rock walls dividing tracts of wooded land, massive foundations of buildings that once stood and several hand-dug stone wells were also discovered while hiking that day.

"It's hard to imagine all this as fields," one committee member said.

After about 30 minutes of hiking and with the aid of a GPS, the group descended upon a nameless cemetery with bare, unmarked headstones on the edge of hill with rock foundations just off to the east.

According to committee member Ben Hatfield, who had done research on the history of early Montville settlers, the cemetery dated back to around 1810.

"Archibald McAllister was a veteran of the Penobscot Expedition (a naval expedition of the Revolutionary War) and ended up in Davistown (the area now known as Liberty/Montville) in the 1790s.

"His son Richard is buried in Whites Corner Cemetery, but there is no record of Archibald’s resting place. I believe that they lived in one of the foundations we passed," Hatfield said in an email.

After clearing the area of fallen tree debris and leaves, the group found seven headstones in all.