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Reunion for Pownal Revolutionary war Patriot Planned – JOHN DOWNER

As Pownal is very close to my favorite research area of the Old Cambridge District in Washington County, NY I am pleased to pass this announcement to the readers of the Upstate New York Genealogy Blog.

My name is Julie Bright ( 30 Weathervane Lane, East Sandwich, MA 02537
Phone 774-413-9567

Would it be possible for you to post the following information on an upcoming DOWNER-DUNHAM REUNION, Descendants of John DOWNER (1744-1815) of Pownal and his wife Lydia DUNHAM (1785-1861). They are both buried in Morgan-Towslee

We would love to have one or more descendants of their children attend:

William (1773-1859) married Charlotte RICHMOND
Obadiah L. (1774-1815) married Rachel YELVERTON
Amy (1776-1840) married John AUSTIN
John (1777-1850) married Rence (Amy) FINCH married 2nd Lydia JOSSELYN
Joel (1780-1865) married Lovina RISLEY
Sarah (1782-1861) married Ichabod PROSSER
Lydia D. (1785-1861) married Dr. Thomas BANNISTER of Pownal
Mary (1789-1820) married Timothy BELKNAP
Lucy (1791-before 1850) married John HUNT
Abner (1793-1856) married Harriet HAMBLIN married 2nd Rachel HARRINGTON

Downer-Dunham Reunion Scheduled

We now have the date and place set for the DOWNER-DUNHAM REUNION. It will be October 19th through the 22nd at the Williams Inn in Williamstown, MA. This is about five miles south of Pownal, VT and fourteen miles south of Bennington, VT. We have ten rooms reserved, at a discounted rate at the Williams Inn. If you want to stay there, you will need to call them and reserve a room for the “Downer Reunion” All rooms at the Williams Inn are non-smoking. There info is:
Their site is

Contact Info:
Williams Inn 800-828-0133 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              800-828-0133      end_of_the_skype_highlighting They have October 19, 20, 21 & 22
Williamstown, MA
Rates: Mon, Tues, Wed & Thu nights — $139/room/night
Free Wireless

You can stay all four nights or less at this rate.

Purpose of this reunion:

a.. It would give us all an opportunity to meet & share information and memories.
b.. We will see the area where our ancestors lived.
a.. John Downer served in the Revolutionary War along with his father-in-law Obediah Dunham and brother-in-law Benjamin Morgan.
b.. John & Lydia Dunham Downer lived their adult lives in Pownal, VT and are buried at the Morgan-Towslee Cemetery.
c.. Bennington, VT has a monument for the Battle of Bennington. The battle took place on August 16, 1777.
a.. The actual battle field is a few miles away and located in New Your State.
c.. Williamstown MA, is home of the much respected Clark Art Institute and North Adams, MA which is now home to MOCA the Modern Art Museum.

We are looking forward to hearing from you. Even if you are not interested in attending or can not make the reunion. All thoughts are welcome and encouraged.

Julie bright
30 Weathervane Lane
East Sandwich MA 02537

bill downer

Jan Wadoski

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Saratoga Program by Institute for Archaeology, History and Education

Announcement from Leslie Potter, Battle of Saratoga historian”

As part of its annual teachers’ conference, The Institute for
Archaeology, History and Education is presenting an historical program
on the Battle of Saratoga at the Saratoga Springs Visitor’s Center, in
Saratoga Springs, NY on the morning of Saturday, May 31, 2008. This
program is open to the public. The schedule that the Institute of
History, Archaeology, and Education, sent me is at follows:

Saturday, May 31, 2008 (9:00 — 11:30 a.m.) at the Saratoga Springs
Visitor Center

9:00 Welcome and Introductions

9:15 “British Strategy: Saratoga and the Reconquest of the American
Colonies” ? Ray Raymond, SUNY, United States Military Academy

10:30 “Explaining Defeat Back Home to the Higher-Ups: Burgoyne’s
Rationale for the British Defeat,” Leslie Potter

Should you desire additional information on the Institute’s Saturday
morning program, please contact Dr. Peter Feinman at:

Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education
PO Box 41
Purchase, NY 10577

I am honored to be one of the historians, whom Dr. Feinman asked to
participate in this program. Since the program is open to the public, I
would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to all of
the list members to attend. If you can not attend, please know that you
were wanted. On a more personal note, I would love to see and meet the
fine folks with whom I have been corresponding through these lists for
so many years. Additionally, I should add that speaking to large
audiences does not scare me, but speaking to a room full of empty room
does. So I hope to see you in two weeks at the Saratoga Springs
Visitors’ Center.


Leslie Potter
Glen Mills, PA

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Revolutionary War – Patriot or Loyalist?

Was your Revolutionary War Ancestor a Patriot or Loyalist?

Up until now it has been my opinion that most men of fighting age during the Revolutionary War took one side or the other. Of course I would have presumed that there might be a few exceptions, but I’m talking about the masses here.

Well to my amazement I came across a posting on the New Jersey rootsweb mail list, of a message that was posted by a very nice lady in Delaware regarding this subject. OK – so you are thinking “What does this have to do with Upstate New York Genealogy”?

Well if it is true, and I suspect that there will likely be a broad variance of opinions by many historians, then it will be something for Upstate New York researchers as well as historians and genealogists everywhere.

The best way to present this is to show you my correspondence with the original writer. (She has kindly given me permission to do so.)

[from] unyg
[to] Delaware Dolores,

Reading the New Jersey mail list I just came across a posting of your reply to a another person about revolutionary war ancestors and read with amazement the following statement:

Even if “able bodied,” only about one man in eight was actually a Patriot soldier in 1776, at the highpoint of the War — then only half that percentage in the War’s later years. These are estimates made in The Beards’ New Basic History of the United States.

I would like your permission to use that quote in a Blog on my website and perhaps to toss it out to the Rev War and some other mail lists.

It just about floored me! I just presumed (not a good thing to do) that ALL men of fighting age either served on one side or the other.

I have always used this thought when researching a rev war era family. If the Beard’s statement proves correct, and I am of no opinion either way, then I think it will help family history researchers of all stripe.

Thank you for posting it, I must purchase a copy of Beard’s, can’t believe I don’t have one already.


Delaware Dolores responds:

I have the 1960 version of the book. It sounds as if the 1944 version would be just as good, for the Revolutionary War years. The 1944 book (without the New in the title) is by Charles and Mary Beard. Then the son, William (Ph.D.) added to his parents’ research, particularly by portraying the 1944-60 time period.

I was paraphrasing below, but the basic facts come from page 121. On page 117, it tells of how “hundreds of militiamen insisted on quitting as soon as their terms of service were over, no matter how grave the danger to the American cause and despite the pleas of their officers.”

This reality caused Gen. Washington to repeatedly beg the Congress to fund a regular Army, until they finally agreed to grant extra pay to officers and long-term soldiers in the final years of the War. It seems that a movie I’ve seen shows how delayed this support was.

To be fair, the Beards’ “one in 8″ estimates refer to numbers serving at a given time, rather than the bottom-line totals who at least served one brief term.

I live west of Dover Del. but am from South Jersey. I’m on a committee planning a 2-day Revolutionary War-focused event in Greenwich NJ, for Sept. 27 and 28. I belong to one Revo. List already, and believe I posted that same info on there.

Why not just add me to the general Blog? I’d then like to get on all known Revo-focused lists with an announcement about Sept. 27 and 28 — not only as a festival to possibly attend, but conceivably participate in, via reenactments, drama, dance, music, or artisan demo/sales.

Dolores may be reached at:


So let’s toss this out to readers of the Upstate New York Genealogy Blog.

What is your opinion? Are we searching for military records in Patriot and Loyalist collections everywhere with only a slim margin of success?

Do you have any opinions on the Beards’ historical writings? Are they reliable? Did they have an agenda to warp history? I have no idea or opinion, but I would love to hear what you readers think.

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Revolutionary Soldiers Resident or Dying in Onondaga County, N.Y.

We have discussed Google Books before on this website.

One of my new found relatives was discussing some Revolutionary War ancestors that she had in Onondaga County and so I looked them up in my own copy of Rev. William Beauchamp’s, “Revolutionary Soldiers Resident or Dying in Onondaga County, N.Y.” - 1913 – Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse, NY

I had paid over $100 for this gem several years ago. So I went on Google Books, did a search, and sure enough they had a copy digitized online and available as a free download.

There is a certain thing to be aware of in Google’s scanning and digitizing process. While the digital version is online at Google, you can use the full search box method of finding anything you want. Once you download it to your own computer, you are able to view it in all it’s glory with Adobe Reader because the files are pure pdf files. Unfortunately the pdf search tool does not work once it is on your own storage medium.

I’m not sure why that is but must have something to do with the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software that Google uses. Well anyway you can have your own copy to browse at will and you can’t beat the price.

While you are there do some searching and you will be amazed at what is online and free.

Click this link to go to our previous Blog about Google Books – Librivox

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Footnote, "Not Your Father’s Buick."

This is a Review, and an Advertisement.

About a year ago I heard of a new company that was offering digital images of genealogical and historical interest on-line. So my first thought was something like “Oh brother, not another one.” Well after I looked into it and subscribed I started to get real excited! An old time car advertisement slogan came to mind, “This is NOT your Father’s Buick!” This company,, was building a gigantic collection of digitized copies of original historical documents that were like none we had ever seen before. They became early partners with the National Archives (NARA) and commenced digitizing many of the millions of rolls of microfilm that are at NARA, and that even though they might have been available before on film, they were difficult to search for, due to NARA’s extremely complicated cataloging system. Hey it’s the government, what do you expect?

Well I knew that Footnote was going to be a first rate company when after their marketing people had decided to lower the subscription rate to just about half of what it was when I subscribed, and Footnote sent me and other early subscribers a message saying that they were going to extend our memberships to double the time that we had signed up for. I had not asked for it, but it was a pleasant surprise.

Well now Footnote is growing leaps and bounds. The collection is becoming enormous and there are fabulous discoveries being made every day in so many categories that it is hard to describe. Let me give you one personal observation regarding the “Revolutionary War Pension Records” collection at NARA. For many years now we have had access to a collection of microfilm of pension files that was named the “Select Series.” What that meant was that staff people at NARA some years ago went through the millions of documents in the pension files and grouped what that staff person arbitrarily determined to be the most important records in each veteran’s file. That series was microfilmed and made available to libraries and the public in general. Chances are if you have ever used these films, say at your reference library or on-line through HeritageQuest, they were of this Select Series and I’m guessing, that probably you were missing more than you were finding!

Footnote’s presentation of this collection of pensions from NARA is the COMPLETE file of each pensioner’s application. In one of my own Patriot Ancestors I discovered a little scrap of paper that had been missed in the Select Series, and it was an affidavit from the pensioner’s widow’s application that was signed by two of her married sisters, and it also named the father of the three girls! I would have never known any of that without checking every single scrap in the file.

One thing that is unique is that Footnote staff and volunteers have been going through the images one by one and inserting text boxes around the hand written names, and then typing up a text name. All you have to do is hover your mouse over a name and you see it in typewritten form. This also allows for a master name index. Fantastic!

Footnote has recently partnered with FamilySearch to commence a program of digitization that will be out of this world! They are not stopping there. They have also partnered with other organizations, and there is even a method that allows subscribing members to upload documents, photos, diaries, old letters, genealogies, and on and on.

Footnote also has many historical documents and series of National importance that are presented to everyone totally free all the time. Just go to the website and check these free documents out, and while you are there take a look at their three minute video of just what Footnote is about.
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American Colonization Society
American Milestone Documents FREE
Amistad – Federal court records
Amistad – Supreme Court records
Brady Civil War Photos
City Directories
Civil War Pensions Index
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Confederate Papers
Confederate Soldiers – AL
Confederate Soldiers – GA
Confederate Soldiers – NC
Confederate Soldiers – TX
Confederate Soldiers – VA
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Continental Congress – Papers, FREE
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Hesse Crown Jewels Court-Martial
Japanese Air Target Analyses
Lincoln Assassination Papers FREE
London Times 1785-1820
Missing Air Crew Reports, WWII
Mormon Battalion Pension Files
Naturalizations – CA Southern
Naturalizations – LA Eastern
Naturalizations – MA
Naturalizations – MD
Naturalizations – PA Eastern
Naturalizations – PA Middle
Naturalizations – PA Western
Naturalization Index – CA San Diego
Naturalization Index – MA
Naturalization Index – MD
Naturalization Index – NY Eastern Jul 1865-Sep…
Naturalization Index – NY Eastern Oct 1906-Nov…
Naturalization Index – NY Eastern Nov 1925-Dec…
Naturalization Index – NY Southern Intentions
Naturalization Index – NY Southern Petitions
Naturalization Index – NY Western
Naturalization Index – NYC Courts
Naturalization Index – WWI Soldiers
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News – Halifax Gazette
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Photos – Eisenhower
Photos – Fine Arts Commission, Series G
Photos – Roosevelt
Photos – Truman
Photos – WW II Japanese
Project Blue Book – UFO Investigations FREE
Ratified Amendments to the US Constitution
Ratified Indian Treaties
Revolutionary War Pensions
Revolutionary War Prize Cases – Captured Vessels
Revolutionary War Rolls
Revolutionary War Service Records
South Boston, VA – City Council Minutes
Southern Claims Commission
State Dept Records – France
State Dept Records – Russia
Supreme War Council, American records – WWI
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Texas Death Certificates
Town Records – Goffstown NH – FREE
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US Expeditionary Force, North Russia
Utah Territorial Case Files
War of 1812 Prize Cases, Southern Dist Court, NY
WWI Military Cablegrams – AEF and War Dept
WWII Allied Military Conferences
WWII JAG Case Files, Pacific – Army
WWII JAG Case Files, Pacific – Navy
WWII Submarine Patrol Reports
WWII US Air Force Photos
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1931 Syracuse Newspaper Story About DAR Marking Graves of 595 Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Onondaga County

(The following transcribed newspaper article is dated: 28 JUN 1931.)

“Marking of Revolutionary War Graves By D.A.R. Signals Start of Campaign to Identify 595 in Onondaga County.”

[two ladies photos,]

“Mrs. W. L. POTTER, left, and Mrs. Leon E. BUSHNELL, regents, of General Asa DANFORTH, and To-whan-to-qua Chapters, Daughters of American Revolution, who are in charge of a co-operative program having for its aim the marking of all graves of Revolutionary soldiers buried in Onondaga County.

Co-operative Program to Designate Heroes’ Resting Places With Bronze Tablets Containing Records Is Begun.

In placing tablets on graves of Revolutionary War Soldiers in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Onondaga Hill, and in DeWitt Cemetery near Orville, Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution took another step in their co-operative program to provide suitable markers of all 595 soldiers buried in Onondaga County.

These markers, 35 of which already have been set up, include bronze tablets carrying names and service records of the soldiers mounted on concrete blocks, providing identification of the resting places of men who helped to establish Liberty for American colonists.

None of these men was a native of Onondaga County, that region being a forest wilderness inhabited only by Indians and wild life of woods and stream at the time of the revolution.

At the close of the war New York State opened up a vast tract of land in Central New York, of which the present Onondaga County was a part, to Revolutionary soldiers and hundreds of men migrated to the then wilderness country with their families and became pioneer settlers in the new land.

Many of these settlers became widely known in the early history of county, State and nation. Other names have been perpetuated by descendants, some of whom are prominent resident of Onondaga County today.

Markers were placed on the graves at Onondaga Hill by Gen. Asa DANFORTH Chapter, D.A.R., of which Mrs. W.L. POTTER is regent.

To-whan-to-qua Chapter, Mrs. Leon E. BUSHNELL, regent, has marked the 14 known graves in Orville Cemetery and the sons of the Revolution are starting their work in the Jamesville Cemeteries, where many soldiers of the Revolution are resting.

All of the 14 graves in the Walnut Grove Cemetery at Onondaga Hill are now marked except that of Daniel RAYNOR, father of Henry RAYNOR, early Syracuse settler, for whom Raynor Avenue is named and who lived in a house on what is now Hendricks Field, Syracuse University. A descendant, George RAYNOR, lives in Texas. The 13 graves so far marked in that cemetery are those of Capt. James BEEBE, William EVANS, Justus JOHNSON, Jonathan STRONG, Stephen WARD, Ebenezer JUDD, Ebenezer WHITE, Barney LINCOLN, Sr., Ebenezer COVILLE, Roderick ADAMS, Josiah BROWNSON, Jonathan POTTER and John WIGGINS.

Captain BEEBE was an early Inn Keeper at Onondaga Hill and keeper of the County Jail when Onondaga Hill was the seat of Onondaga County and the rival of Onondaga Valley for metropolitan honors. He was drowned in Seneca River in 1821 while returning from Oswego, where he had gone on business. Mrs. Fred L. LOES, 1804 Valley Drive, is a descendant of Captain BEEBE.

Jonathan STRONG, father of Oliver STRONG, one of the early judges of Onondaga County, has many descendants in New York State, one of them, William W. STRONG, a native Syracusan, being owner of a department store in Gloversville.

Lucius KINNE, for many years a Syracuse banker, is a great-grandson of Cyrus KINNE, the first settler in Fayetteville, who is buried in Orville Cemetery. The Revolutionary soldier lay for many years in the old cemetery in Fayetteville until 1917, when his bones were transferred to Orville. Miss Gertrude Belle KINNE of East Syracuse is a great-granddaughter.

Orlo D. BURHANS, 206 Furman Street; H.N. BURHANS, 2627 East Genesee Street, and Mrs. E.A. HUNT, 2017 East Genesee Street, are descendants of two Revolutionary soldiers, one Henry BURHANS, being buried at Orangeville, and the other, Nehemiah CARPENTER, in Collamer Cemetery.

Their father Colonel BURHANS, commanded the 149th New York Infantry in the Civil War.

Mrs. John AUSTIN and her daughter, Mrs. R.E. PUTNAM, 2001 Roosevelt Avenue, are descended from Daniel J. FORT, buried at Pompey Hill. His son, Daniel FORT, once served as mayor of Oswego.

Mrs. Gerald M. PARCE, 205 East Seneca Turnpike, is a descendant of Maj. Daniel ALLEN, buried in Pompey Hollow Cemetery. Major ALLEN was the father of Herrick ALLEN, long one of the most prominent residents of Delphi Falls, and a relative of Ozias BURR, first judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Onondaga County. It is said of Judge BURR that he never appeared in court without a ruffled shirt but frequently presided over law cases in his bare feet. Judge BURR, also a Revolutionary veteran, is buried near his kinsman in Pompey Hollow.

Jacob LOW, who is buried at Jamesville, was an ancestor of Bessie M. RHINES of 120 Warrington Road, Mrs. W.H. THOMAS of 118 Rustin Avenue is descended form Elijah WALLACE, who lies in a small burial plot south of Oran.

Dr. Edward ANNABLE, buried at Marcellus, and a guard at the execution of Major ANDRE, was an ancestor of Mrs. Adiline BOYD of 205 Kensington Place. Mrs. BOYD also is a descendant of Joseph AMIDON and Samuel VINTON, whose graves are in the cemetery east of Navarino.

Mrs. C.W. COLEMAN of 203 Furman Street, in charge of research work for Gen. Asa DANFORTH Chapter D.A.R., is descended from Barney LINCOLN, buried at Onondaga Hill. C.A. COLLINS, postmaster at Oran, is the great-great-grandson of Hezekiah OLCOTT, the first white man to be buried at Pompey Hill.

H.E. RANSIER, veteran Manlius pharmacist, is the great-grandson of George RANSIER, who is buried in Manlius Cemetery.

In the old cemetery east of Elbridge is the grave of Squire MUNRO, ancestor of the MUNRO family, of which Thomas H. MUNRO and Edwin K. MUNRO of Camillus are members.

Robert GEDDES, 310 ½ Van Rensselaer Street, is the great-great grandson of Judge James GEDDES, first settler of the town which bears his name and surveyor and engineer who laid out the Erie Canal. Mr. GEDDES also is a descendant of Timothy JEROME, father-in-law of Judge GEDDES, and one of the first settlers in the town of Fabius. Judge GEDDES lies in Oakwood Cemetery and Mr. JEROME is buried in Pompey Hill.

Edward SNIFFEN, superintendent of the Syracuse Herald composing room, is the great-great-grandson of Robert SNIFFEN, whose grave is in Cardiff Cemetery.

Among the graves of distinguished Revolutionary War soldiers in Onondaga County is that of Peter BOWMAN, an aide of Gen. George WASHINGTON, who is buried in Belle Isle Cemetery. Gen. Asa DANFORTH, one of the pioneers of Onondaga, at Onondaga Valley; Gen. Isaac HALL, at Lafayette; Col. Bigelow LAWRENCE and Dan BRADLEY, in Marcellus, and Moses DeWITT, first surrogate of Onondaga County, whose bones lie in a neglected burial ground a mile south of Jamesville.

Fifty-five Revolutionary heroes are buried in the town of Onondaga. Gen. John ELLIS, who built the house still standing across the road from the Onondaga County Home and introduced Merino sheep into New York State, is buried in a family plot close to his home.

At South Onondaga are the graves of Jacob AMIDON, Joseph AMIDON, Jabesh COLE, Maj. David LAWRENCE, Caleb POTTER, Benony REYNOLDS, Gideon SEELEY, Solomon DAY and Benjamin GRIFFIN.
Parley HOWLET, ancestor of a widely known family is buried at Howlett Hill, as are Joseph TAPP, Bensby ROBBINS, James WHITNEY, Jonathan HAWN, Joel CORNISH, Giles CASE and William BACON.

In the cemetery east of Navarino are graves of Azariah HALL, Ephraim HALL, Gideon PITTS, David VINTON, Samuel VINTON, George WEBBER, Stephen WICKHAM, William CHURCH, James GAMBELL, and John HENDERSON.

Graves of [widely?] known pioneers are in the cemetery in Onondaga Valley, now a part of Syracuse. Among them are General DANFORTH, Dr. John BREWSTER, Isaac DANKS, Joseph FORMAN, founder of Syracuse; Increase HOOKER, Judah HOPKINS, Capt. Joseph PECK, William WYMAN, John LATHROP and Aaron WOOD.

In Onondaga Valley Cemetery also is the grave of Ebenezer MOORE, who served with General LaFAYETTE and who was known as “Cabbage Head,” because of his large head. It is said that when General LaFAYETTE visited Onondaga Hill in 1825 he recognized MOORE and called him by name, although it had been more than 40 years since he had seen him.

Ephraim WEBSTER, first settler in the county, is remembered by a monument in Onondaga Valley Cemetery, although the pioneer is buried at Alabama Center in the western part of the state, where he died while on a trip through that region.

Pompey, with [33?] graves of Revolutionary soldiers, leads the county; Clay, with six, has the fewest, except Geddes, which after the organization of the village of Syracuse, has not a single known Revolutionary grave.

Among the graves in Pompey Hill Cemetery, where 24 are buried, are those of Timothy JEROME, Ebenezer BUTLER, first settler in Pompey; Hezekiah OLCOTT and David BEARD, whose son became a widely known business man in Fayetteville. Others are:

Isaac BALDWIN. Lebbeus BALL, Capt. Seeley CASTLE, Dr. Hezekiah CLARKE, Timothy COSSITT, Thomas DYER, Samuel DEWEY, Daniel FORT, Benjamin HAYES, Richard HISCOCK, Hezekiah HOPKINS, Timothy PHELPS, Levi JEROME, Samuel PITTS, Zaddock SEYMOUR, William SHANKLAND, Isreal SLOAN, John SLOSSON, Elisha SMITH, Godfrey WILLISTON, Josiah BIGELOW, William GARRETT, the Rev. Joseph GILBERT, Jacob HOBART, James KING, John MILLS, John TODD, Samuel WHEELOCK, William WILLIAMS and Moses WOOD.

In Oran Cemetery are graves of Asa BARNS, Phineas BARNS, Joseph BARTHOLOMEW, Daniel CANDOR, Jedediah CLEVELAND, Isaac DELEMETER, Stephen EATON, Ashebel GRIDLEY, Elizah GRIDLEY, Francis HALE, Noah PALMER, Aaron PARKINSON, Capt. Enos PECK, David SCOVILLE, Jonathan BUELL, Daniel DUNHAM, Thomas FOSTER, Joseph HART, Samuel MORRIS, Elisha THOMAS, John WHITE, Job WILLIAMS, Ebenezer WRIGHT and Calvin SPRAGUE.

At Pompey Hollow are graves of William COOK, Isiah DEAN, Dr. Zachariah CUTTING, Josiah HOLBROOK and Benjamin LEWIS.

At Delphi Falls are graves of Stutson BENSON, Jeremiah CRANDALL, Elisha GAGE, Ephraim LEECH, Abel SHERWOOD, John SHIELDS, James CAMERON, Benjamin COATS, David SWEET and Stephen JACKSON.

Timothy SWEET, ancestor of the SWEET family widely known in the industrial history of Syracuse, is buried in the Sweet Cemetery near Watervale. So are David HINSDELL, Reuben MURRAY and Thomas LEWIS.

James BROOKHART is buried in a cemetery two miles southeast of Pompey Hill. Others there are Nicholas BARTLETT and Daniel CURTIS. On a farm north of Pompey Hill is the grave of Conrad BUSH. Elijah WALLACE lies in a plot south of Oran. Capt. Jeremiah JAKSON is buried on a farm west of Pompey and Ralph WHEELOCK’s grave is in the hillside cemetery at Watervale.

Twenty-two soldiers are in graves in the town of Camillus. Among the 10 in Belle Isle Cemetery is the grave of John CLARK, Solomon HUNTLEY, Zebulon ISHAM, Capt. William McCRACKEN, Robert PAINE, Stephen [ROBNOR?], John WALTER, Aaron WHITE and Samuel HOPKINS.

Isaac BROWN, Stephen THOMPSON, Denison WHEELER and Stephen WATKINS are buried in Fairmount, and Benjamin BUCKLIN, Jeremiah DUNHAM, Reuben KIDDER and Enoch WOOD lie in the old cemetery west of Camillus.

At Oswego Bitters are Isaac CLUTE, Benjamin CULVER and John MARSHALL and Col. John DILL, one of the earliest settlers in the town, lies in Wheeler Cemetery.

Thirteen soldiers graves are in the town of Cicero with those of Roswell BARNS, Samuel BURLINGTON, Joseph DAMON and Benjamin [DAMON?] in the cemetery across Chittenango Creek from Bridgeport.

Elijah LOOMIS, the first settler at South Bay, and David POTTER are buried at Stone Arabia, and the Rev. John SHEPHERD, John TEN EYCK, William PARSONS, Stephen BENEDICT, Oliver STEVENS, Peter TERPENNING and Rial BINGHAM at Cicero village.

All the known graves in Clay are in Euclid Cemetery. They include William BEAGLE, John LYNN, John MARSHALL, Zebulon PATCHETT, Ellis THAYER and John WEIZEK[?].

Forty-one Revolutionary soldiers are buried in the town of DeWitt. At Orville are Cyrus KINNE, Anthony BADGLEY, Freelove [BLOTTIE?-SIC][BLAKE], Henry BOGARDUS, who kept the first Inn in Syracuse where the Empire Hotel now stands; Peter BOGARDUS, Silas BURKE, Stephen LEONARD, Gad MILLER, Benjamin MOREHOUSE, first settler at Manlius; John POST, one of the organizers of early Free Masonry; Pelham RIPLEY, John YOUNG, Henry BURHANS and Andrew THOMPSON.

In Jamesville Cemetery are graves of Elijah BARNUM, Thomas DIXON, Thomas DONNELLY, Dr. George EAGER, Jeremiah GOULD, Elias GUMACH[?], Stephen HUNGERFORD, Jacob LOW, Roger MERRIL, Peter MESSENGER, Col. David OLMSTEAD, George W. OLMSTEAD, Mathew WILCOX, William BREWSTER, Isaac DODGE, Job KEEN, Joseph LEAVITT, Joseph REED, Robert RICHARDSON and Elijah SPRAGUE.

At Collamer are graves of Philip BRITTON, Nehemiah CARPENTER, Simon TERWILLIGER, John BURTON, John DEVOE and Peter TALLMAN, while in an old cemetery on the Salt Springs Road is that of Abijah ADAMS.

In the old cemetery at Elbridge are 17 of the 25 graves in that town. They are Stephen BENNETT, Carter CHAPPELL, Caius HARMON, John HESS, Horace KELLOGG, Gilbert MALLORY, Squire MANRO, David BERRY, Nicholas PICKARD, Stephen PRATT, David REDNER, Freelove ROBERTS, William TAYLOR, Daniel VARE, Elijah WARD and Daniel HAMMOND.

James BETTS[?], Ebenezer DAGGETT, Samuel SANDS and Patrick CARSO are buried in the old Jordan Cemetery: Ephraim GORHAM, William STEVENS and John PAGE at Mount Hope, near Elbridge and Abner LEE in Meech Cemetery near Jordan.

Thirty-one graves in the town of Fabius are in these cemeteries: Old Fabius, Capt. Joseph ANDREWS, Reuben CADWELL, Ambrose GROW, David JOY, Abner HUBBARD, Capt. John SWIFT, Rufus CARTER, Joseph CADWELL.

Fabius Evergreen – William BENSON, Simon KEENEY, Elijah ANDREWS, Josiah HILLS.

Apulia – Amos BENEDICT, John CROSS, William FOX, Jacob GOODRICH, Phiny MILLER, James PENOYER, William PERRY, David ROWLAND, Stephen DAVIS.

An old cemetery west of Apulia holds the graves of Rufus CARTER and Theodore MILES. In a cemetery two miles south of Fabius are those of Abraham LANSING, Patrick McDONALD, Patrick SINNOTT[?] and John P. WALLACE. Isaac NEGUS is buried in Beach Cemetery in the northwestern part of the town, William ANDERSON is in Keeney Settlement Cemetery and Daniel MERRILL is buried near Gooseville.

In Lafayette cemeteries are:
Sherman Hollow – Ruben BRYAN, Benjamin JUNE, Solomon OWEN, James PIERCE, James SHERMAN and John EVERINGHAM.

Pine Grove, near Navarino – Asa DRAKE, Ambrose NORTON, William CAMPBELL, Enoch DRAKE, Elijah REED.

Lafayette – Jonathan EMMOND, Gen. Isaac HALL, Jedediah WINCHELL, Daniel COLE, Joseph COLE, James DAVIS, Jeremiah FULLER[?], Joseph SMITH.

Cardiff – Nathaniel GAGE, Zenas NORTHWAY, Robert SNIFFEN, ancestor of Edward SNIFFEN, superintendent of the Herald Composing room; Augustinus SHUE, Daniel WINCHELL, Nathan ABBOTT, Samuel COLEMAN.

Houghtaling Settlement near Onativia – John HOUGHTALING; abandoned cemetery near Lafayette, Isaac HOYT; Webb Hollow, Benjamin WEBB.

Of the 21 graves in Lysander, those of Parmenius ADAMS, Silas SCHOFIELD. Isaac DOLSEN and Elijah [DOLSEN?] are in Plainville; Nathan BETTS, Jacob NORTHRUP, Joseph GORDON and John MASTIN at Lysander, formerly Betts Corners; Nathan BORDEN, Nathan KELLOGG, Jonathan PALMER, Nathaniel PALMER and Austin SMITH at Jacksonville.

Other Lysander graves are those of William FLEMING and Samuel PRESTON at Belgium. George FRAVOR, Stiles FREEMAN, John GREY, Edward TYLER and Daniel CHASE in Chase’s Cemetery near Lamsons and Joel ROSE in a grave one and one half miles west of Baldwinsville.

Dr. Amos GRANGER, father of Amos GRANGER, widely known Syracuse pioneer, is in one of the 24 graves in Manlius village cemetery. Others buried there are Elijah BACHUS, Nathan BENEDICT, Paul CLAPP, Col. William GARDINER, George GRINELL, Phineas KELLOGG, Caleb MERRILL, first master of Military Lodge of Masons; Moses MILLS, Josiah OLCOTT, Major PARKE, Zebedee POTTER, George RANSEAR, Timothy TEALL, first town clerk of Manlius; Robert WILSON, early postmaster; Ichabod WOOD, Henry CLARK, John FLEMING, Samuel HOPKINS, Daniel HUBBARD, Capt. William TRYON, William WARD and Daniel WATTLES.

Other graves in the town of Manlius are those of Levi BISHOP, Origen[?] EATON and Capt. Sanford PULVER in Fayetteville. Gershom BREED and Simon PHILLIPS in Breeds Cemetery east of Fayetteville, Adam WALTER in Gates Cemetery near Deep Spring, Lawrence HARTER and Benjamin DARLING in Minoa, David DEWEY, John FERGUSON, Solomon HATCH, Thomas HAYWOOD and John TOMB at North Manlius and Harmon VAN SLYCK and Cornelius VAN TASSELL at Manlius Center.

In Marcellus are those of James BAKER, Elisha CHAPMAN, William COBB, Martin COSSITT, John DILLABOR, Reuben DORCHESTER, Josiah FROST, Chauncey GAYLORD.

William GILES, Capt. Reuben HUMPHRIES, also a state senator; Jesse KELLOGG, George KENNEDY, Ariel LAWRENCE, Col. Bigelow LAWRENCE, Bigelow LAWRENCE, Jr., Joab LAWRENCE, Peter LAWRENCE, Robert McCULLOCH, Freeman NORTON, Eleazur PORTER, Jonathan RANDALL, Daniel SHERMAN, Samuel TYLER, Dan BRADLEY, Amos COOK, Joseph CHAFFEE.

Nathan KELSEY, Thomas NORTH, John RHODES, who built the first mill at Marcellus; Samuel RICE, Joseph BISHOP and Major Amaziah BOYCE.

In Thorn Hill Cemetery are graves of Elijah BOWEN, David EARLL, Jeremiah FITZGERALD, Timothy KNAPP, James HISCOCK, Oliver HYDE, Luther MANLEY, Timothy MILLS, Job SMITH, Samuel CONKLIN, Joshua GARDNER and Stephen NORTON, while in Marietta John G. BURTIS is buried.

Of the 23 graves in Otisco these five are in Amber:
Joseph BALCH, Dr. John DAVIS, Samuel STEWART, Samuel HALL and David MOORE. Others are in these burial grounds:

Octagon Schoolhouse – Leavitt BILLINGS, Ebenezer FRENCH, Isaiah FRISBEE, Aphalon KING, Christopher MONK, Ebenezer POMEROY.

Cemetery one mile east of Otisco – Capt. Eliakin CLARK, Charles MERRIMAN, Ira POMEROY, Edward ROSE, Benjamin COWLES, Samuel FRENCH, Job G. FELLERS, ancestor of the FELLOWS family in Onondaga, Michael JOHNSON and Jonathan KINGSLEY.

On a farm near Maple Grove is the grave of Peter COREY, on one near Otisco is that of Lieut. Lemuel RUST and on one west of the same hamlet Moses PELTON is buried.

Fifty-four soldiers are buried in the town of Skaneateles, as follows:
Owasco Cemetery at Dutch Hollow – Elkanah BENSON, Stephen BENSON, Garrett COWNOVER, Martin GUYKENDALL, Wilhelmus CUYKENDALL, Cornelius DeWITT, Elijah DRAKE, Daniel ENNIS, Abraham STRYKER, Peter TALLMAN, Resoloth VAN HOUTEN, Obijah BAKER, Peter DECKER.

Mottville – Joseph BILLINGS, Daniel EARLL, Jonas EARLL, Gen Robert EARLL, Thomas WARD.

Skaneateles – Eli CLARK, Dr. Nehemiah CLEMIA[?], Joseph CLIFT, Bethuel COLE, Abraham CUDDEBACK, Simeon EWARDS, Solomon EDWARDS, Thaddeus EDWARDS, Nathaniel EELLS, Thomas GREENE, Asa HATCH, Moses LEGG, Nathan LEONARD, Charles PARDEE, Jared PATCHEN, Capt. Samuel RHODES.

William L. VREDENBURGH, Jonathan WESTON, James WILDER, John WILKINSON, father of the first postmaster of Syracuse; Samuel BEEBE, John BRIGGS, David HALL, Daniel LUDLOW, Benjamin NYE, Joseph RHODES, James ROOT, Joseph STEVENS, John TEN EYCK, Ephraim THOMAS.

Shepherd Settlement – Jerrisha SAVAGE, John WEST, John BURROUGHS, Benjamon BUSH; Bennett Corners – John WALSH; a farm near Octagon School – Oliver PERK.

In the town of Spafford are 22 graves in these cemeteries:
Spafford – Thompson BURDICK, James CHURCHILL, Capt. Elipahet HYDE, Peter KNAPP, Jeremiah OLMSTEAD, Daniel OWENS, Samuel PRINDEL, Dr. Ebenezer PATTERSON.

Cold Brook – John CHURCH and Isaac TOWNE: Davis Cemetery – Ellas[?] DAVIS and Amos FISHER.

Borodino – Robert FULLER, John GREENE, Jesse MALEY, Reuben MAXSON, Timothy ADAMS, John GALE, Elias JACKSON, Joseph LEWIS, Gordon COLTON, Benjamin WALLACE.

The 21 graves in the town of Tully are in these cemeteries:
Tully – Elijah BRONSON, Ichabod CONE, Andrew ENGLISH, Dr. Samuel HUTCHINGS, Paul JAMES, Seth TROWBRIDGE, Stephen TROBRIDGE, William TROWBRIDGE, Moses TUTTLE, Capt. Garrett VAN HOOSEN, John G. WILSON and Joseph WILSON.

Vesper – Enoch FARLEY, James FULLER and Amos CARR; west of Tully Lakes, Henry WHITE, William WHITE, cemetery south of Tully, James GOODELL, Shubell KNIFFEN and Timothy WALKER; Tully Valley, David WHITE.

John DAVENPORT, first moderator of the Onondaga County Presbytery, is buried in Baldwinsville. His is one of the 39 graves in the town of Van Buren. Others in the Baldwinsville Cemetery are:

Thomas FARRINGTON, Benjamin DePUY, Shereblah[?] EVANS, Richard HOUSE, John McHARRIE, first settler at Baldwinsville; Lewis NEARNEY, Dow SMITH and Daniel VAN VLEET. Others in Van Buren are in these cemeteries:

Warners – Miles BENNETT, Thomas MARVIN, ancestor of Mayor Rolland B. MARVIN of Syracuse; Atchinson MELLON, Ebenezer MORLEY, Thomas REWEY[?], Samuel SHAVER, Jeremiah STEVES, Calvin WATERMAN, Adonijah WHITE, Moses HART, Benjamin JONES.

Ionia – John C. BRITTON, John DUNHAM, William LAKIN and John TUPPEN.

Sorrell Hill – Eben HART, John CUNNINGHAM, David HOW, John INGALSBEE, Phineas MEAGO.

Oakwood Cemetery contains bones of 10 soldiers who have been moved from other burial plots. Among them are James GEDDES, Zebulon RUST, Amos STANTON, Manuel TRUAIR, Isaac VAN VLECK, Major Reuben WOODWORTH, Benjamin COOK, Capt. John FITCH, Capt. Samuel PECK and Comfort TYLER, one of the first settlers in Onondaga County.

In the First Ward Cemetery are graves of Joseph RICHMOND, William KELLOGG, Moses AVERILL, Ichabod BRACKETT and James CLARK.

At Myrtle Hill, once in the town of Geddes, are those of Dennison AVERY and Jacob SAMMONS. In Rose Hill the Rev. Daniel WALDO and Captain Moses BURT are buried.

In the abandoned Lodi Cemetery in South Beach Street is the grave of Elias STEENBURG and in West Genesee Street is said to be the grave of Benjamin NEUKIRCK.”

Newspaper Article located in the “Syracuse Herald,” Sunday Morning, June 28, 1931, Section 3, pages 3 and 9. (source: Transcribed and digitized by Richard Hillenbrand.

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