Saratoga County, New York
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Bemis (Bemus) Heights Cemetery is listed in Volume 2, pages 669 to 676, of Cornelius Emerson Durkee's Epitaphs of Saratoga County. This cemetery was actually recorded by Edw. D. Harris, October 1876, who noted: "The Bemis Heights Cemetery is a private enclosure on the south side of the cross road that joins the River road just north of the village of Bemis Heights, and in close proximity to the River road. It is not now used, and many of the gravestones from which the foregoing inscriptions are taken are in fragments on the ground. There are a few unlettered field stones marking old graves." In 1878, Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, in listing burial places in the Town of Stillwater, terms this cemetery "the one at Bemus Heights, the most fearfully neglected of all." At some subsequent point, the Bemis Heights Cemetery was moved south about 1 ½ miles and can now be found within the large Stillwater Union Cemetery.
To find the group of stones, enter Stillwater Union Cemetery, turn right and follow the perimeter road around to the back of the cemetery. The stones from Bemis Heights Cemetery will be on your right, down the slope, standing in a row before the woods. In autumn 1993, I was able to locate many of the stones previously recorded. I also added one epitaph, for Clarrenda Darrow, to Durkee's list, which follows: Adams, Betsey d Jan 18, 1796, 17th yr. Wife of Moses, and daughter of Ephraim & Delight Woodworth Bacon, Lydia d Dec 12, 1831, 78 ys. Wife of Samuel Esq. Bacon, Rachel Juliza d Sep 17, 1834, 16ys. Dau of Samuel & Lydia B. Bacon, Samuel, Esq. d Dec 22, 1797, 51st yr. Boler, Simeon d Jan 24, 1809, 77th yr. Buel, Maj. Ezra d Oct 28, 1833, 90th yr. He was a noted Whig of the Revolution, guide to the army in the Battle of Stillwater and crier to the county courts from their first session till the year of his death. Cook, Maria Anna d May 14, 1803, 3ys. Dau of Simeon & Sary Crandon, Thomas d May 1, 1809, 31st yr. Son of James & Eliza Darrow, Clarrenda d Mar 12, 1822 aged 2y 2m 12ds. Dau of Daniel & Mary Dickinson, Dorcas d Oct 23, 1801, 1y 1m 28ds. Dau of Elijah & Anna Donald, Mrs. Mary d Nov 25, 1794, 39y 6m 26ds. Wife of John Foster, George b Apr 17, 1803, drowned at Stillwater July 13, 1826 Son of George & Elizabeth of Radboam, co. Derby, England (or otherwise William Room). Goodrich, Lydia d Apr 19, 1823, 16th yr. Dau of Cyrus & Sarah H.---, M.--- (field stone, rudely lettered) M.H. 1796 Keeler, Elizabeth d Oct 2, 1809, 40th yr. Wife of David G. Lytle, Alexander d Aug 28, 1821, 42nd yr. McBride, Daniel d Apr 24, 1805, 27th yr. McBride, Mary d Aug 3, 1809, 46th yr. Wife of James Moore, Esther d Sep 22, 1816, 78th yr. Wife of Gideon Moore, Gideon d June 14, 1821, 84th yr. Neilson, Lydia d Oct 22, 1824, 66y 5m 17ds. Wife of John Esq. of Stillwater Newland, Elias d Sep 5, 1804, 14th yr. Son of Rial & Dorcas Newland, Rial d July 7, 1804, 51st. Yr Patrick, Betsey d Mar 30, 1790, 8 hrs. Dau of Doctor William Patrick, Ephraim d Nov 13, 1786, 5th yr. Son of Doctor William Rokes, Charity d Feb 13, 1792, 26th yr. Wife of Daniel, and daughter of Ephraim & Anna Woodworth Rowlee, Anna d Nov 6, 1795, 55ys. Wife of Mr. Levi Rowley, John d Jan 20, 1810, 48th yr. Wilcox, Edward d Aug 12, 1805, 62y 11m 29d Willcox, John d Sep 29, 1828, 49th yr. Willcox, Lysander d Aug 14, 1832, 25th yr. Son of John & Dorcas Willcox, Tacy Joanna d Feb 4, 1810, 2d yr. Dau of John & Dorcas Woodworth, Charles d Oct 24, 1805, 25th yr. Son of Ephraem & Delight Woodworth, Hannah d Mar 20, 1797, 2y 7m 20ds. Dau of David & Betsy Woodworth, Phebe d May 26, 1809, 15y 10ds. Dau of Ephraem & Delight Woodworth, Sally d July 10, 1796, 18th yr. Dau of Ephrm & Anny Wright, Ranseler d May 12, 1797, 1y 11ms. Son of Reuben & Sarah Wright, Reuben d Sep 25, 1796, 50ys.
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