HUMPHREY'S HOLLOW CEMETERY
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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