Copyright: Ontario County

                           TO THE 
                        BURIAL PLACES
                        IN AND AROUND
                       ONTARIO COUNTY,
                          NEW YORK

                       Second Edition

                         COMPILED BY
                      PRESTON E. PIERCE

                      PUBLISHED BY THE
                       ONTARIO COUNTY
                    CANANDAIGUA, NEW YORK




Index To The Known Burial Places...........................7

People Who May Be Revolutionary Patriots and People Whose
     Burial Places Are Unknown............................48

Ontario County Cemeteries.................................67

Ontario County Revolutionary War Veterans Pension
     Applications Held by Ontario County..................

Death Notices from Geneva Newspapers......................

Suspended Pension Claims..................................


     After the American Revolution, the land now included in
Ontario County was sold by the Iroquois to two military and
civil service veterans:  Oliver Phelps and Nathanial Gorham.
Almost immediately, other Revolutionary patriots entered upon
the land as real estate agents, farmers, merchants, and
craftsmen.  It has been conventional wisdom that many
veterans of the Sullivan-Clinton expedition (1779) remembered
the quality of this land they devastated and returned after
the war to live upon it.  As a consequence, many patriots of
the Revolution were eventually laid to rest within the
present boundaries of Ontario County.

     Early local histories reveal that there has always been
some interest in Revolutionary patriots.  Late in the 1800's
that interest increased tremendously with the founding of the
Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sons of the
American Revolution, and the Sons of the Revolution in the
State of New York.  At the turn of the century, renewed
interest in the colonial era fortified interest in the
Revolution generally.  As a result, there have been periodic
attempts to locate, preserve, or replace burial markers of
Revolutionary patriots.  Unfortunately, much of the
information about known patriots and their graves has been
buried in local historical or patriotic society archives.
Some information has been virtually lost.  In a few cases,
Revolutionary patriots went to their graves with their deeds
almost forgotten.

     From time to time, various municipal historians in
Ontario County attempted to make a list of the burial places
of known patriots of the Revolution.  Until the publication
of this index, however, the lists have covered no more than a
handful of towns and were often incomplete.  While there are,
undoubtedly, Revolutionary patriots overlooked by this index,
it is by far the most comprehensive tool of its kind ever
produced for Ontario County.  The credit for this
accomplishment belongs entirely to the many municipal
historians, volunteers and society members who diligently
searched their records and furnished the information.

     This index provides as much specific information as it
was possible to include without unduly cluttering the format.
Additional information on most of the individuals listed is
available from several sources:  The County Historian or Town
Historian concerned, the patriotic societies, the National
Archives, and a wide variety of published sources including
genealogies.  Several historical societies in Ontario County
maintain extensive archives which may include information on
one or more of the people named in this index.  The Ontario
County Historical Society (Canandaigua) and the Geneva
Historical Society have large libraries and full-time staff
members who may be of service.  The East Bloomfield
Historical Society (Bloomfield) has a growing library of
family history information and is open-part time.  In
addition, several public libraries in and around Ontario
County hold references which will assist family historical
researchers.  These libraries can also obtain other books and
references, including published genealogies, through
interlibrary loan.

     In Ontario County, legal records, including deeds, court
records, probate documents, and pension records filed
locally, are deposited in the Ontario County Records Center
and Archive.  The Records Center is open to the public during
normal business hours and is located on the county complex,
County Road #46, in the Town of Hopewell.

     This index was produced not only to document the final
resting places of Revolutionary patriots, but also to
encourage visits to the sites by the general public.  It is
now more than 200 years since the people listed here
contributed the service which insured the independence of the
United States.  Later, these same people assisted in carving
a new culture out of the wilderness.  Visiting these grave
sites, protecting them, and drawing them to the attention of
our children, is one way of repaying the debt we owe the
people who rest there.


     This index has several limitations.  The most important
of these is the fact that in the majority of cases, no
absolute proof was found (vital statistics, records, etc.) to
link a named individual beyond question to a known
Revolutionary patriot of the same name.  It is believed, on
best available evidence, that the people named in this index
are patriots.  The County Historian's Office did not have the
manpower, or funding, to research every name conclusively.
This index, in other words, is based on best evidence and
ancient testimony.  It is not without errors.  Corrections
are always welcome.  The corrections contained in two
"addenda" (Nov. 86; Jul.  87) to the first edition of this
index are now incorporated in this new edition.

     Secondly, there are many patriots of the Revolution
buried in Ontario County whose graves are yet unknown.  In
most cases, existing tombstones do not mention patriotic
service.  The facts of such service have to be discovered in
other sources and the person cited must be traced to a grave.
We probably have many tombstones for people whose
Revolutionary service has not yet been ascertained.  Users of
this index who discover new names are asked to notify the
County Historian.

     For some Revolutionary patriots, there are no stones to
find.  Many Revolutionary patriots died almost indigent and
were buried in poorly marked graves, often in back lots.  The
march of time has also taken its toll.  Tombstones have often
been removed from rural cemeteries for use in building
construction, sold as antiques, or vandalized.  The weather
has been unmerciful to slate and marble stones despite the
valiant efforts of local historical societies and
municipalities.   In a few cases, noted at the back of this
index, entire cemeteries have disappeared from view.

     Native Americans played an important role in the
American Revolution.  In the late 1700's and early 1800's,
however, their custom did not include the marking of
individual graves.  We, therefore, have no way of knowing the
resting places of Indian veterans of the Revolution, of
either side (most in this area sided with the British),
beyond the probability of their interment in known burial

     In a few cases, individuals have been included in this
list whose graves sites were once visible, but now are not.
Where past cemetery readings seemed reliable, and included
mention of the grave, it was included in this index.  In an
effort to minimize this problem in the future, most of the
graves listed in this index have been photographed.  In some
cases, those photographed are in such poor condition that
they also will be illegible within a year.  The County
Historian has copies of the photographs.

     It should be noted that there are no female patriots
listed in this index.  For the first edition of this index, a
patriot was defined as anyone who served in the state or
Continental forces, or militia, or who served on a Committee
of Safety or other official committee, or served as a civil
officer or delegate from 1775 to 1783.  Rarely did women fit
that definition.  Patriotism has always constituted more than
such outward service, however.  Therefore, although no women
are included in this index, nominations for future indexes
will be accepted on behalf of anyone who rendered "patriotic
service" as usually defined by patriotic societies like the
DAR, SAR, Colonial Dames, etc.  A good starting point for
understanding what such "patriotic service" might include is
Charles Claghorn's book, Women Patriots of the American
Revolution: a biographical dictionary. (Metuchen, NJ:
Scarecrow Press, 1991)

     Earlier, it was mentioned that this index includes
patriots who are interred in Ontario County as it is
delineated today.  Where a grave is located just across the
county line, it is included.  However, users should be aware
that old documents many mention the service of a veteran from
Ontario County when, in fact, the area is not now part of the
county.  In 1789, Ontario County included all of New York
west of Seneca Lake.  Consequently, information on a veteran
who died in "Lima, Ontario County," for example, might be
better located in Livingston County archives.

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