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Town of St. Johnsville Cemeteries


TOWN AND VILLAGE OF ST. JOHNSVILLE CEMETERY SURVEY
ANITA A. SMITH; TOWN AND VILLAGE HISTORIAN

Town of St. Johnsville

September 1996

A project of the Association of Municipal Historians of New York State 1995-1997

The Village of St . Johnsville Cemetery is located North of Route 5 and near the North East end of Center Street. It is adjacent to the high school.

Absolum Thumb donated this land for a cemetery in 1857. He also donated the land for a public school. For years this was called the Prospect View Cemetery, because it is on a hill that overlooks St . Johnsville. The St . Johnsville Cemetery Association Inc. deeded the cemetery to the Village of St . Johnsville on July 3, 1964.

Records of this cemetery are located at the Village Clerk's office, Washington Street, St. Johnsville New York 13452 These records include: Prospect View Cemetery Book 1908 - December 1955., large cemetery lot map, Lot book /shows map and location of lots and burials, Interment book Village of St . Johnsville Cemetery Association, which includes name, date of interment, place and Lot book page. This book is a cross reference to the lot book. As of September 10, 1996 there have been 4,974 burials in the Village cemetery. Map of Village Cemetery.

At the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, on Kingsbury Avenue, there is an alphabetical listing of all deceased who have been buried in the Prospect View-- Village of St . Johnsville Cemetery. This list was made and donated to the library in 1963 by Seward Peck. It is kept up to date.

Other cemetery records at the library include the West St. Johnsville Cemetery, old section only, compiled by Joseph Mastracco. There have been 377 interments.

Groff "Fair View" Cemetery, see attached list.
Hyde Family Cemetery located on Kennedy Road., see attached list.

Maps were used to locate cemeteries, these include the 1868 village map, 1853 town map, 1905 town map, and current tax maps.

This survey is not complete and more research needs to be done. The rural plots are overgrown with brush and trees and will be easier to survey in late Spring.

I am indebted to many town residents who assisted me in the location of rural cemeteries.


TOWN AND VILLAGE OF ST . JOHNSVILLE CEMETERY SURVEY

Hyde Cemetery , Kennedy Road

Hyde Elihu May 11, 1829 aged 87 Hyde Sarah (wife) July 18, 1811 aged 60 years Hyde Mary (wife) February 21, 1821 77 years

Hyde Daniel April 12, 1874
Hyde Ruth (wife) of Daniel
Hyde Almina Daughter 1820
Hyde Daniel son

Zimmerman Catherine, aged 31 years Zimmerman James son of Peter and Catherine Zimmerman Katherine M.

12 burials

2 years old

wife of Peter Zimmerman October 15, 1846

Klock Theron, son of Daniel and Nancy Klock August 20, 1829 3 years Wever, infant child of Joseph and Margaret Wever January 7,1830

The Stanley Shuster family own this farm in 1996 They keep this family cemetery in good repair.

MRS. ANITA A. SMITH
7 CENTER STREET
ST.JOHNSVILLE,NY13452


THE KLOCK S CHURCHYARD STORY

The Klock's Churchyard Preservation Group, inspired by Mrs Hazel Bode, organized in June 1979 to restore and preserve Klock's Churchyard. This old cemetery one half mile east of St. Johnsvii1e had become overgrown with large trees and brush from years of neglect.

On this site in 1756 a log church was built. It was the first Reformed Church north of the Mohawk River between Caughnawaga (Fonda) and Herkimer.

St. Johnsville Town Supervisor, George Matis, the Town Board, and Clarence Walrath Town Highway Superintendent all lent their support to the clean up project.

Mr. Walrath and his crew out down the large trees and brought in fill.

A "Green Thumb" project crew directed by Howard Tabor completed the clean up and planted grass seed.

An America the Beautiful Fund of New York grant was gratefully received by the Group for Gravestone Rubbing Workshops and a historic play. "The Klock's Cemetery Anthology."

Many village citizens became interested in local projects and gave support. The proceeds from these projects made this book possible.

County Historian, Anita Smith has researched and completed the Survey Forms to begin the project review for listing this historic site on the National Register of Historic places.

October 19, 1980 is the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Klock's Field- parts of this battle took place in the Old Klock's Churchyard. To commemorate the Bicentennial of the Battles of Stone Arabia and Klock's Field this book was prepared.

The lives and deeds of brave Mohawk pioneers have inspired Americans for over 200 years. They live in our memory giving us hope of Liberty and Freedom forever.

The books' contents are a blend of Historic articles, maps, drawings and photographs.

James Morrison, a noted Military Historian describes the 1780 Johnson raids into the Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys. The Battles of Stone Arabia and Klock's Field described by the use of both British and American reports and pension records.

Mr. Morrison also researched and prepared "The Colonel Klock's Regiment."

The Halgimand Report is Sir John Johnson’s Battle Report to his commanding officer. It was published in the st. Johnsville Enterprise and News in July 1944.

St. Johnsville Historian, the late Milo Nellis, using the Haldimand Report, describes the Battle of Klock's Field using 1944 landmarks to better explain where the Battle was fought. This article has been updated by the 1980 footnotes.

"Where Our Pioneers Sleep" from the St. John's Reformed Church Records reprinted from the Enterprise and News includes the 1914 R.W. Vosburgh report on Klock's Church and the people buried there. In 1980 after restoration work many of these stones can still be seen.

Reverend Robert Gram, pastor of St. John's Reformed Church, St. Johnsville, writes the early history of the Churches affected by Johnson's 1780 Raid. He gives an insight into the Church life in the Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys during the American Revolution.

"Klock's Cemetery Anthology," a historic play, was written by Mrs. Betty Bilobrowka. She is a Historian , Historical writer, Library teacher and member of the Klock's Churchyard Preser,ation Group. The play is about the pioneers buried in the cemetery. It was presented November 30, 1980 in the St. John's Reformed Church to a packed house.

Directed by Diane Wagar, the cast members were: Adam Klock as the Grandfather Klock, Jeff Snyder-Grandson, narrator Nelson GreenJoseph Green, Hendrik Klock-Frank Christiance, Johanis Klock-David Crouse, Jacob Klock- Charles Wager, George Klock- Richard Gillen Jr. Reverend Dyslin- Rev. Robert Gram, Joseph Klock- Lips Klock- Speaker for youth Carrie Moshinski, Margaretha Klock-Diane Burkdorf, Catherine Klock- JoAnn Warn, Anna Klock- Jennifer Gordon, Dorothy Zimmerman- Darlene Brundage, Elizabeth Devendorf-Thelma Miles.

A Youth Choir, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and members of the Tryon County Militia also participated.

Anita Smith
Montgomery County Historian
Klock's Churchyard Preservation Group


WHERE OUR PIONEERS SLEEP

From St. John's Reformed Church Records of St.Johnsville,N.Y.

OLD BURYING GROUND EAST OF VILLAGE-A HISTORIC SHRINE

Graves of Henry Klock and Christian Hollis Firrt Settlers in this Vicinity. Col. Jacob Klock and His Brother George Klock and Rev. John Henry Dysslin Lie Here but Graves are Unmarked. Many Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in This Place. First Grave Yard and Church Site in This Section.

Reprinted from the Enterprise and News, St. Johnsville, N.Y.

A scant half mile east of this village and a few hundred feet to the rear of Leslie M. Nellis' residence is the site of our first Reformed church and the burying ground in which at least two pioneer settlers sleep in marked graves. It is also the burial place of Col. Jacob Klock and his brother George Klock and Rev. John H. Dyesslin, first pastor of St. John's Reformed Church of this village, Many graves are here marked only by limestone. slabs upon which no inscription is graven and no way of knowing whose remains repose below. It is a quaint God's Acre and dates back to the first white settlement in 1723 over two centuries ago. Here the primitive log church was built and here the first Christian burials were made. Tradition also maintains that in a portion of this ground Christian Indians were buried and undoubtly the slaves of the early pioneers were interred in this spot. For over 75 years this was used as a burying ground. There were private burials previous to the 18th century as indicated by the many private plots through the countryside, but here around "Klock's Church," were interred the members of Calvanistic faith and here they sleep many in unmarked graves.

In 1914 Royden Woodward Vosburgh edited the old church papers and a copy was placed in the State Library and the Genealogical Society of New York as also with the trustees of St. Johns' Reformed church of this village. From this we are permitted to copy that portion by Mr. Vosburgh which bears on this first burying ground. The chapter is headed.
KLOCK'S CHURCH BURYING GROUND
By- R. W. Vosburgh

At the present day (1914) the burying ground at the site of Klocks' church is the strongest argument that a church stood there. I copied the inscriptions on the grave stones in this burying ground, on May 3, 1914. A considerable number of the graves are unmarked and there are many roughly hewed limestones, not even shaped like gravestones, which bear no traces of inscriptions. The burying ground occupies the central part of the 7.72 acre lot indicated on the map dated April 21, 1842. It adjoins a private burying ground in the rear part of the 3.60 acre lot of Robert Nellis. The ground is now occupied by an orchard. On the rear of the seven acre lot, are several stone terraces extending one above the other on the rising ground. These terraces were constructed while Moses Quinby owned the property and were used in the cultivation of grape vines. In my opinion the orchard was set out by Moses Quinby if not by the Nellis brothers. To the rear of the orchard on the southerly side, is a space about 80 feet square on level ground where there aLre no trees. Near the center of this space are two stone, broken off or else sunken deep in the ground evidently the head and foot stones of a grave, which faced in an easterly direction.

Tradition has it that the Rev. John Henry Dysslin was buried under the pulpit of Klock's church. Mr. Leslie Nellis pointed these stones out to me, as marking the spot where the Rev. Mr. Dysslin was buried. He stated that his father Reuben Nellis, was the authority for this statement and added that in his opinion this grave marks the spot where the pulpit of Klock's church stood. (It is understood he was buried after church was torn down-the stone in question has faint marking that may have been a monogram HD-J H D but the site is differently located than where my father located it.) Note by Mr. Leslie Nellis.

As the grave stones which were copied seem to be pretty well grouped it is not thought necessary to indicate their position on a map. Particuarly as if a map had been made, it would have consisted principally of unmarked graves. The numbers opposite the inscriptions refoer to notes which follow after them There are between 75 and 100 graves that are now visible.

1. Here lies the body of Margaret Klock, widow of Johannes Klock, decased, who departed this life January 14th, 1800, aged 87 years, 1 month and 11 days.

2. Next inscription, illegible; limestone.

3. In memory of Anna Klock, wife of Jacob 1. Klock, who was born February 15th, 1752 and departed this life October l?, 1804. Aged 52 years 8 months and two days.

4. Here lies the body of Dorata Klock, daughter of John I. Klock, shewas born the 20th day of September, 1777, and departed this life 4thday of February, 1800, aged 22 years 4 months and 14 days.

5. Dd. this life Jo. Klock 1822.

6. Betty Klock Dd. in 1831 & her age 27 yer. 1 mo. and 22 days.

7. By K. Footstone to No. 6

8. Do. Klock- Dd. 1805 First W. to JGK.

9. * 1802 Eve Klock aged 3 years 6 M. & 6 days

10. Wm. Klock aged 3 Mo. 18 days

11. Eth Klock, Dd. 1836 - 4th wife to J.G.K.

13. * J.G.Klock, departed this life 1846 his age 77 years months 10 days.

14. N. Klock, Dd. 1828 her age 17 (?) Y. 5 M.23 D.

15. In memory of Elizabeth wife of George Putman who died Feb. lst 1830 Ae. 34 years, 5 months and 4 days.

16. In memory of Catherine wife of Ashbel Loomis, died May 28 1831, in her 41st year.

17. C.L., footstone to No. 16

18. Dewitt C., son of David and Lydia Hose, died Feb. 13th 1847.Ae. 2 yrs. 3 mos. & 28 days.

19. D.C.H. Footstone to No. 18

20. Elisabet D. Nellis, war Gestorben, May 16 im jahr 1793 alt worden 66 jahrs mont.

21. Next stone similar in appearance to No. 20. limestone inscription illegible.

22. Hier Ruhet in Gott Elisa Dedarbol ist geboren im jahr 1758 und gestrobe N Den 18 Merdz. Anno 1790.

23. Christian Nellis, Senior Gestroben ano 1771 (?) alt Worden 74 Jahr.

24. Companion Stone to No. 23; inscription illegible; limestone

25. Here Ley H.K. 1760 92.

26. Here lies the body of Asher Cox who departed this life June ye 30th 1771 in the 28th year of his age

Think of man as you go by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so you will be
Prepare for death and follow me.

27. Here lies the body of Shephred Cox who departed tis Life June ye 3rd 1749 in ye 23 yr. of his age.

From the private burying ground of Robert Nellis:

28. Robert Nellis born May 4th 1785 died Oct. 4, 1868.

29. Katie Dysslin, wife of Robert Nellis, born July 2, 1793, Died Nov. 22, 1868.


MR. VOSBURGH's NOTES ON INSCRIPTIONS

1 Gravestones No. 1, 3, and 4 are of red sandstone. The type that lasts so well. The inscriptions are perfectly preserved.

5 to 13. This appears to be a group of one family. The stones are of rough limestone of no particular shape. The most pretentious stone is No. 13 which has been cut in the shape of a gravestone. Three of the wives of Joseph G. Klock are buried here. This is the family of Joseph G. Klock a great grandson of Henrich Klock, born 1769, only 9 years after Hendrick Klock's death.

8. The inscription on this stone is copied exactly as it appears.

13 1 have already alluded to my lack of reliable data, concerning the Klock family. This is the gravestone of Joseph G. Klock, who was the son of George G. Klock and grandson of the old George of Urie. He was elected a trustee of St. John's Church on Dec. 26, 1804. He succeeded Andrew Zobriskie as treasurer of the board of trustees, on August 22, 1807. At the time of the incorporation of July 6, 1816 he was the senior elder.

According to the deed from Christian Klock to Jacob Saunders dated June 13, 1820 . Joseph G. Klock was the owner of the northwesterly part of lot No. 13 in the Harrison patent, the part which lay to the east and north west of Christian Klock's land. The gravestone of Joseph G. Klock although of comparatively recent date is difficult to read as to the dates. Family Bible record of Joseph G. Klock bo rn 1846, died 1867, age 77 years.

18 and 19. This grave was the last interment that took place in the burying ground. It is in a group of old rough limestones which appear to be among the oldest in the burying ground. This burial was evidently made on top of old graves. Reuben Nellis stated he remembered when a boy interments being made on old graves which were not known to be there till the new graves Were dug.

20. Elizabeth D. Nellis has died May 16, in the year 1793. Was aged 66 years 3 months.

21. This stone and No. 20 are isolated by themselves only one other grave near them.

22. (Translation) Here lies in God, Elisa Bedarabol. Is born in year 1758 and died the 18th March, year 1790.

Refer to the copy of the inscription for the name of this person, I am unable to say definitely where the first name ends and the last name begins.

23 Christian Nellis, Died year 1771. Was aged 74 years. Several words are illegible on this stone. This is the gravestone of Christian Nellis, Senior (Can be read on the stone.)

25 Undoubtly the grave of Hendrick Klock who died in 1760 aged 92. Bible record of Joseph G. Klock confirms it.

According to Simms George Klock the elder had a daughter who married Col. Ebenezer Cox ( who was killed at Oriskany August 6, 1777. Abstract of the will of Ebenezer Cox, Tryon Co.

Wife Elizabeth, sons and daughters. Real and personal estate. Executors, Robert Cox, Jacob G. Klock and John Frey. No witnesses. Will proven by testimony of William Detry of Kingsland district same county, esquire as to handwriting Dated Feb. 18, 1777; proved March 26, 1?79.

Elizabeth Klock, daughter of Jurrie (George) Klock and Maria Catharina Walrad, was baptised in 1750; See Stone Arabia German Reformed records. The above may to some extent explain the presence of these two Cox gra7estones in the Klock graveyard.

28 and 29. The graves are the only ones left in the Nellie burying ground All the other bodies have been removed to the village cemetery at St. Johnsville. Katie Dysslin was a daughter of Rev. John Henry Dysslin.

* Moses Quinby was prominent in local affairs in the middle of the last century. He was a bee keeper and an authority on bee culture. His treatise on bee keeping is still consulted. He was first inventor of moveable honey frames. While in possession of the land where the cemetery is located he planted flowering fruit trees, grapes and other shrubs suitable for bee culture. It was a beauty spot while under his management. The old grape terraces still remain. Quinby is mentioned in obituary notice of his nephew Thomas Underhill, Enterprise and News May 30, 1928.) - Editor.


Groff Fair View Cemetery, located on the Crum Creek Road, Town of St. Johnsville on the present Keith and Juanita Handy Farm. 43 Burials

Little Bertha, infant daughter of Horace and Emma Hyde, July 4, 1879
Alonzo B., son of Daniel and Isny (koff, died Apr. 5, 1869 as 3-9-19
Daniel B. Groff 1841-1928
Lany M. (Davy) his wife, 1843-1909
Juliann, daughter of Nicholas and Catharine (Flanders) Smith, died Apr. 16, IS30 a e a mos., 16 d a ys

Gabriel Smith died Aug. 2, 1853 a. 31-11-1-y

Epitaph
..Come round me, come round me, my sorrowing friends
And look ye, oh! look , how my short journey ends
Behold how I smile ' why do ye mourn?
Bid me Godspeed, I shall I never return"

"A moment, a moment no longer I stay
In pinions of anqels I soar far away
A heaven for my soul, for my body an urn
I am gone, I am gone, I shall never return"

Catharine (Flander) wife of Nicholas J. Smith, died Oct. 13,1866 ae 83-8-11

Nich’Ls J. Smith died Jan. W, 1858 as 73-2-16

There is rest in Heaven"

Emily, daughter of Benjamin and Lany Ann(Smith) Groff, died 1650 ae 6 os., 22 days

Martha Ann, daughter of Benjamin and Lany Groff, died Dec. 27,1841 ae 6-7-7

James, son of Benjamin and Lany Groff, died 5-23-1849 ae 10-5-5

Alonzo, son of Benjamin and Lany Ann Groff, died July 30, 1858 ae 21-7-23

Lany Ann (Smith), wife of Benjamin Groff, died May 16, 1878 as 66-4-26

Benjamin Groff(son of Christian) died Feb. 7, 1901 ae 57
Fair View Cemetery
Floyd P. Groff (son of Fayette) 1886-1964)
Fayetter Groff (Son of Benjamin) 1853-1935
Antoinette Burkdorf, his wife,1856-1935
Infant daughter
William C. Northrup, father, (son of Nicholas & Katherine Ferguson Northrup) born May 23, 1815, died Apr 11, 1884
Harriet K. Northrup, mother, died Jan 20, 1882 ae 59-10-28
Gideon Reese died June 15 1805 ae 49 years4q ye,-?
Hannah Groff died Aug. 10, 1827 ae 96
Nancy Groff died Jan. 19, 1882 ae 74-4-10
Lucinda, daunhter of Christian and Catharine Groff, died Aug 10, 1817
In memory of John C. Groff who departed this life June 11, 1811 ac 1-2-23

In memory of John C. Groff who departed this life July 25, 1804 ae 1-4-15

Marqaret (Walrath?) wife of William Beekman, died June 15,1842 ae 42

Infant daughter died June 25, 1842 ae 10 days

Catharine, wife of Christian Groff, died Jan. 35, 1855 stone broken

Christian Groff died Oct. 21, 1842 ae 71-5-22

Jacob Schram born Mar. 21, 1795, died Jan. 22, 1837

Catharine(Groff) his wife, born Apr. 15, 1799, died Oct. T, 1888

Mary J. Schram born Dec. 23, 1832, died Dec. 26, 1836

Martha I. Schram born 1879, died 1885?

Martin L. Schram, born June 8, 1829 died Feb. 22,1875


Fair View Cemetery

Charles A., son of S&H Waters, died Oct. 31, 1851 ae 5-9-17

Jane C . Waters, daughter of S&H Waters, died Apr. 10, 1842 ae 1- 2-2

Emma M. Waters, daughter of S&H Waters, died Apr. 3, 1870 ae 25-1-16

Stephen Waters , died Mar. 29,1858 ae 49-3 mos.

“He is gone but not Forgotten"

Hannah, wife of Stephen Waters, died Aug. 7, 1871 as 54-11-6

"Lamb of God, I come to Thee"
Stone broken

Benjamin Cress, died Aug. 29,1881 - 1-2-17
43 Burials, researched by Dick Bellenger


William Nellis Cemetery

CORNER OF NEW TURNPIKE AND BURRELL ROAD IN THE TOWN OF SAINT JOHNSVILLE, NEW YORK

TWO LARGE CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE STYLE MARKERS

I WILLIAM NELLIS DIED NOVEMBER 10, 1891 - 70 years

2 ELIZA KATHERINE DIED OCTOBER 19, 1861 - 35 years

ONE SEPARATE STONE, MUCH OLDER DANIEL NELLIS

3 DANIEL NELLIS DIED DECEMBER 9, 1878 61 years-

4 ELIZABETH (WIFE) DIED NOVEMBER 9, 1868 58 years

THERE ARE SMALL MARKERS FOR THE GRAVES OF 3 & 4

Darren Bellen researched this Nellis Cemetery

1997


Jennings Cemetery Mill Road

Sandra Jennings 1852
William Jennings 1860
1 unreadable


NEW YORK STATE CEMETERY SURVEY SEPTEMBER 1996

TRIUMPHO ROAD ON RIDGE THAT OVERLOOKS THE VALLEY

SOUTH SIDE OF THE ROAD, SEVENTEEN BURIALS)VERY OVERGROWN, INSCRIPTIONS ARE DIFFICULT TO READ. PREPARED BY JOHN NICHOLS JR.

DANIEL F. FLANDERS
JOHN FLANDERS, BORN APRIL 14,1863 DIED JULY 29, 1911
ISAIAH
ORIN
BYRON FLANDERS BORN 1867 DIED 1888 at AGE 21
BYRON
FATHER
GEORGE HOSE BORN FEBRUARY 7, 1826 DIED 1907
MOTHER
HENRY
E.E.
ELIZABETH
JACOB
MARY


TOWN OF SAINT JOHNSVILLE CEMETERY SURVEY, CLAY HILL ROAD (CEMETERY IS LOCATED NEAR THE TOP OF THE HILL EAST SIDE OF ROAD

DANIAL TEFFT 82yrs. 7 mo. JULY1847

HENRY STARING

V. FRED MATZKE JUNE 28, 1927

SALLY LOUISE FURRHY DEC.17,1939 --- DEC 25,1942

GREENE
LESTER H. OCTOBER9,1936
EMILY STARIN (WIFE) DEC. 31, 1933

FRANK H. GREENE AUG. 19, 1923 “My Loved One Sleeps”

CHARLES STARING 1825--1885
SARAH S. GHEAM (WIFE) 1826-1916

JOHN STARING
MARY AND JOHN STARING

ADRIAN STARING
ELLIKA


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