Town of Sheldon, Wyoming County, NY

As published in Historical Wyoming, Vol VII No. 4, July 1954.

This cemetery plot, long abandoned and covered by a dense undergrowth, is the burial place of members of several pioneer Sheldon families. It is located on Lot 29, R. 3, southwest corner, east of the intersection of the highways, across from the district school and to the rear of the site of the vanished Congregational Church. The following listings were made since 1949 and supplement the names of lot owners which appeared on the January 1949 issue at page 44.

BALDWIN   Edward, son George & Fidelia Baldwin, d. June 24, 1844, 5y.

BARBER    Jared Barber, d. July 23, 1826, 62y.  Soldier of the
            Revolution.  (b. Simsbury, Conn., 1764, mar. Eunice
            Bissell; said to have held the inkstand while Washington
            signed the order of execution for Major Andre.)
            "When God appears from above
             Calls those whom we dearly love
             He does not always warning give
             Dear friends, be careful how you live."
          Russel Barber, d. June 9, 1816 14y 5m.
          Roswell Barber, d. April 19, 1829, 56y.  (Came to Sheldon
            1807; his 2nd wife was Sophronia Case for whom no stone
            was found.)
          Betsey (Barber), wife Roswell, d. Jan. 15, 1817, 42y.

BARBOUR   Deacon John Barbour (Barber), d. Nov. 24, 1865, 84y 9m 9d.
            (He was the first of his branch of the family to change 
             the spelling to "Barbour.")
          Fanny Hunt, wife Dea. John, d. Nov. 5, 1856, 65y.
          Theron L., son John & Fanny, Feb. 20, 1832 - July 21, 1864.
            (Said to have accidentally shot self while displaying
             weapon; was a Civil War soldier.)

BRIGGS    Wheaton A. Briggs, d. Aug. 14, 1863, 73y 8m 20d.
          Antha, dau. W.A. & Fanny Briggs, D. June 17, 1845, 25y.
          Lyman, son Wheaton & Fanny, d. ___ 1836, (2?)y.

BUTLER    Simeon Butler, d. Aug. 9, 1858, 80y.
          Patty, wife Simeon Butler, d. April 4, 1856, 77y.
          Dexter W., son Simeon and Patty, d. May 1, 1835, 16y.
          Esther S., dau. Washington & Hannah Butler, d. June 6, 1832, 3y.

CALKINS   Belos D., son Freeborn & Sally Calkins, d. Nov. 3, 1852, 23y.

CASE      Jasper Case, d. July 29, 1825, 28y.
          Fithen Case, d. July 21, 1851, 67y.

CRAWFORD  Mary, wife William Crawford, d. July 10, 1842, 60th yr.
          William Robert, son Wm. & Eliza Crawford, d. Oct. 3, 1864, 14y 5m 14d.
          Joseph A., Son Robert & Eliza Crawford, d. Aug. 20, 1851, 2y 8m 1d.
          William E. Crawford, d. July 29, 1843, 27y.
          Harriet, wife William, d. Jan. 9, 1844, 23y.
          Marion I., dau. William E. & Harriet, d. April 26, 1844, (no age)

DODGE     Joseph Dodge, d. Jan. 12, 1835, 82y.  Soldier of the Revolution.
          (Private in the Lexington Alarm; came to Sheldon in 1833.)
          Elizabeth Flower, wife Joseph Dodge, d. Aug. 31, 1846, 89y.
          James F. Dodge, d. May 23, 1862, 70y 8m 24d.  (Son of Joseph Sr.)
          William Dodge, son Joseph Sr., d. Mar. 9, 1842, 55y.
          Phebe, dau. William & Abigail Dodge, d. Sept. 25, 1843, 15y 2m.
          Newell Dodge, son Joseph Sr., d. Mar. 22, 1844, 55y
          Mary A., Dau. Deacon James Flower Dodge & Sally A. Dodge, d. Dec. 2, 1861, 34y 14d.

DRIGGS    Julia E., Dau. Anson & Sylvia (Barber) Driggs, d. Mar. 22, 1826, 5y 10.
            (Sylvia Barber Driggs was the dau. of Roswell & Betsey Barber; buried
             at Portland, N.Y.)

DUNBAR    Rhoda L., wife Alvin J. Dunbar, d. May 11, 1827, 26y.
            "He saw twas best in that distressing day
             To take the spirit from the lump of clay."

FISHER    Herman Fisher, d. June 23, 1835, __y.  (Stone broken.)

FLOWER    Elizabeth Flower, wife Joseph Dodge Sr., d. Aug. 31, 1846, 89y.

GRAVES    Tryphena H., dau. Salmon & Anna M. Graves, d. Dec. 17, 1836, 9y 7m 20d.

GROSSFIELD Rev. G. G. Grossfield, d. Nov. 27, 1857, (4?)2y.

HOLCOMB   Esther L., dau. Birdsey & Tirza Holcomb, d. Jan. 8, 1847, 15y 8m.

HOWES     Edmund Howes, d. Sept. 1, 1849, 66y.
          Abiah I., Wife Edmund, d. Jan. 31, 1848, 55y.

HUNT      Fanny Hunt, wife John Barbour, d. Nov. 5, 1856, 65y.

HUMPHREY  Deacon Theophilus Humphrey, d. Jan. 2, 1851, 75y.
          Anne Olevia, wife Dea. Theo. Humphrey, d. Oct. 15, 1847, 58y.
            "It is our Father's Cup
             Shall we not drink it."
          Cynthia Hayden, wife Dea. Theo., d. Apr. 11, 1836, 60y.
          Minerva, wife Elhi Merrill & dau. Dea. Theo. & Cynthia Humphrey, 
            d. Sept. 7, 1830, (2?)5 or (3?)5y.
          James E. Humphrey, d. Oct. 20, 1833, 27y.
          Mary E., Dau. Samuel D. & Percy E. (Dodge) Humphrey, d. Jan. 6, 1863, 2y 9m.
          E.A.H., d ___, 1833, __y.  (Elect A. Humphrey?)
            "In perfect health she fell alone
             Are we prepared to follow on.
             I thnk that this to us doth say
             Prepare dear friends to come away."

INMAN     William Inman, d. Oct. 15, 1841, 63y.
            "When man's health is in array
             Death is put far away
             But O my Friends, three weeks time
             caused me to leave this world behind."

JOHNSON   Hiram A., son Truman & Lucinda Johnson, d. Mar. 29, 1857, 6y 9m.

LEWIS     Joseph, son B. & L. Lewis, d. Jan. 27, 1840, 10y.
          George, son B. & L. Lewis, d. Jan. 13, 1849, 12y.

LINCOLN   Harriet E., dau. George H. & Olive Lincoln, d. June 28, 1836, 10m 23d.

MANN      Susanah, wife David Mann, d. Dec. 22, 1835, 61y.
          Walter S., son Alvin & Lucy Mann, d. Mar. 12, 1836, 4y.

MORGAN    Mrs. Lucy Morgan, wife Rev. J.C. Morgan, obit. Feb. 24, 1834, 30y.
            "Our separation will be short
             I have set my house in order
             I know my trust is in God
             O pray that I may depart."

NICHOLS   George W., Son Jesse P. & Mary Nichols, d. Jan. 9, 1837, 7m 5d.

POTTER    Children of David & Harriet S. Potter:
            Jennett, d. July 26, 1823, 6d.
            Job D., d. July 10, 1823, 1y 3m.

RAMSEY    Samuel Ramsey, d. May 7, 1858, 77y.
          Elizabeth, wife Samuel, d. Sept. 23, 1844, 56y.

ROGERS    Abel B. Rogers, d. June 10, 1847, 33y.

RUDD      Elizabeth B., wife Erastus Rudd, d. Oct. 17, 1840, 37y.

SHAW      Elisabeth, dau. Charles D. & Susan Shaw, d. July 17, 1847, 28y.

THAYER    Jacob Thayer, d. April 21, 1836, 58y.
            "Jesus can make a dying bed
             Feel soft as down pillows are
             Whilst on His breast I lean my head
             and breth my life out sweetly there."
          Nancy, wife Jacob Thayer, d. Jan. 10, 1836, 59y.
            "Jesus to Thy dear faithful hand
             My naked soul I trust
             And my flesh awaits Thy command
             To raise it from the dust."

TOZIER    Orange Tozier, Dec. 2, 1825-April 9, 1900 - Civil War.
          Harriet Humphrey, wife Orange, Nov. 14, 1828-May 11, 1903.
          Charles S., son Orange & Harriet, d. May 27, 1860, 2y 1m.
          Edward P., son Orange & Harriet, d. May 28, 1862, 10y 1m 23d.
          Lucian E., son Orange & Harriet, d. Feb. 23, 1873, 6y 1m 19d.

TUTTLE    Melvina E., wife O.B. Tuttle, d. April 22, 1852, 23y.
          Isadore A., dau. Lyman & Lois A. Tuttle, d. April 13, 1852, 16y.

WILLIAMS  Olive, dau. A.C. & Leonora Williams, d. Mar. 19, 1834, 3m 16d.
          Sylvia, dau. A.C. & Leonora Williams, d. Jan. 28, 1844, 1y 11d.

WOODRUFF  Elijah Woodruff, d. Feb. 8, 1828, 47y.
            "Through orphan's tears and parents sighs
             His spirit whispers from the skyes
             God's sovereign voice revere
             Mourn not for me, 'twas Jesus voice
             That called me from your arms
             Prepare to meet me and rejoice
             In heaven's eternal charms."

(Original Lot owners, not indicated by burials above, include Ferdinand Emerick, Michael Houshour, Harlow Barber, ___ Sharp, Jesse Ames, Gordon Hurlburt, John Patterson, Riley Holcomb, Joseph Robinson, W.C. Humphrey, L.H. Humphrey, Jabez Rudd, James A. Rogers, ___ Stanley, John Miner, Ira Stevens, S. Petty, Lewis Holcomb, Israel Putnam, and Nathaniel Rogers. Due to the destruction of the stones and the condition of the grounds, it is not possible to ascertain if there are interments on these lots.)

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