Old Dansville Village Cemetery
AKA: Old Burying Ground, now Pioneer Park
Village of Dansville, Town of North Dansville, Livingston County, NY
Submitted by Bob Glover
Pioneer Park Photo submitted bt Amy Giometti.


Locally purchased memorial stone erected August 2014. Memorial paid for by donations from many Dansville citizens and organizations.
Project spearheaded by Jane Schryver with the help of Bob Glover, Pat Kreiley, Chad Schuster and Paul Hoffman.

2011 photo by H. Ross Glover taken from Bank Street where the F. A. Owen Publishing Co. once stood, looking north.
Location of this public park, the site of the Old Dansville Village Cemetery: one block off Route 36/Clara Barton Street on School Street


Captain Nathaniel Porter, first death and burial in Dansville

Researched by Bob Glover, H. Ross Glover, Deanne Knapp
and Jane Schryver 2011-present. Contact Bob for gravestone photos/info <CoachBob@coachglover.com>

Contributors: Jane Schryver, Bob Glover, H. Ross Glover & Andrew Burdett


The first settlers of Dansville were laid to rest in this cemetery starting in 1797, and ending in 1847 when Greenmount Cemetery was opened in the Town of North Dansville, just outside the village limits. There may have been a few unauthorized burials at the old cemetery after 1847. In 1889, the Village removed all remaining markers not already transferred by family to Greenmount and made the site a public park. Most, if not all, of the bodies remain at the old cemetery. Some of the markers were moved to private lots and others discarded along the side of Greenmount Cemetery. One report indicates that many of the markers were plowed under and buried at the site.

Until 2014, when a marker memorializing those interred at the old burying grounds was erected, there was no record of a cemetery existing at this site. The old cemetery had no official name other than the "old burying ground." The name "Old Dansville Village Cemetery" was thus assigned for this website. The park was renamed "Pioneer Park" in 2012.

There are no official records of burials. The below list is a combination of the following sources:

*Those named in the 1888 Village Board minutes as being ordered for transfer to Greenmount

*Transcriptions in abt 1954, about 1960 and May 2012 of discarded markers at Greenmount which were for pre-1847 death dates (including several from the 1888 list)

*Tombstones located on private lots and in local family histories for those who have death dates prior to the opening of Greenmount in 1847, and thus most likely were buried at the old cemetery.

See the "Timeline for Dansville Old Village Cemetery" at the end of the listings.

To connect with family members buried at Greenmount Cemetery, go here.

CRUGER, Hannah , spouse of John Hammond, Rev. War, CT, Daniel Cruger , born 1749 , died 27 Aug 1816 d/o Samuel & Mercy Tozer Tubbs, OV-Sec N; T-2012
CRUGER, Henry A. Sr , Spouse of Catherine Welch , Born abt 1784 , Died 9 Dec 1830 s/o Daniel and Elizabeth Wheaton Cruger; OV-1847; NT-2012
FAULKNER, Amariah H , Born 6 May 1822 , Died 19 Jul 1839 s/o Dr. James and Minerva Hammond Faulkner, OV-Sec M; T-2012
FAULKNER, Catherine Lemen , Spouse of Samuel , Born 31 Dec 1768 , Died 17 May 1835 likely buried Old Village Cemetery, marker later erected in Sec M Greenmount Cemetery by son James, old marker also found there, also listed as Phenie or Phoenix but old stone lists as Lemen
FAULKNER, infant daughter , Born 3 Feb 1814 , Died 4 Feb 1814 d/o Dr.James and Minerva Hammond Faulkner, likely buried Old Village Cemetery, marker later erected in Sec M Greenmount Cemetery by father James
FAULKNER, infant son , Born 2 Mar 1813 , Died 2 Mar 1813 s/o Dr. James and Minerva Hammond Faulkner, likely buried Old Village Cemetery, marker later erected in Sec M Greenmount Cemetery by father James
FAULKNER, infant son , Born 1 Jan 1815 , Died 1 Jan 1815 s/o Dr. James and Minerva Hammond Faulkner, likely buried Old Village Cemetery, marker later erected in Sec M Greenmount Cemetery by father James
FAULKNER, Mary B. , Born 15 Sep 1830 , Died 15 Aug 1832 d/o Dr.James and Minerva Hammond Faulkner, likely buried Old Village Cemetery, marker later erected in Sec M Greenmount Cemetery by father James
FAULKNER, Samuel , Spouse of Catherine Lemen , Born 26 Sep 1765 , Died 5 May 1805 s/o John J. and Ann Perine Faulkner; likely buried Old Village Cemetery, marker later erected in Sec M, Greenmount Cemetery by son James, built lst frame dwelling and lst Inn in Dansville in 1796
FAULKNER, Samuel D , Born 22 Aug 1827 , Died 29 Jan 1834 s/o Dr. Jamesand Minerva Hammond Faulkner, likely buried Old Village Cemetery, marker later erected in Sec M Greenmount Cemetery by father James
FISK, Jonathan , Spouse of S. , Died 7 May 1841 in the 38 year of his life; OV-Sec X; T-2012
FOOTE, Amelia Cornelia , Born 30 Sep 1839 , Died 13 Jan 1846 d/o William and Clarissa Whitney Foote; OV-Sec
GOTTSCHALL, Margaret , Spouse of Louis , Born abt 1815 , Died 19 Dec 1837 OV-Sec E; T-2012; on marker with husband
GOTTSCHALL, William , Born Apr 1840 , Died 20 Sep 1841 s/o Louis and Sophia Kaush Gottschall; OV-Sec E; T-2012; on marker with parents
GREGORY, Jeremiah , Spouse of Mary Ann Brown , Born 16 Mar 1747 , Died 22 Sep 1829 s/o James Gregory; OV-Sec L; T-2012
GREGORY, Mary Ann , Spouse of Jeremiah , Born 10 Oct 1756 , Died 13 Mar 1838 OV-Sec-L; T-2012
HAMMOND, Catherine , Spouse of Amariah , Born 20 Nov 1776 , Died 3 May 1798 d/o Daniel and Elizabeth Wheaton Cruger; OV-Sec N; T-2012
HAMMOND, Elsie , spouse of Amariah , born 9 Aug 1775 , died 26 Aug 1842 d/o Christopher and Mary Lane VanDeventer, OV-Sec N; T-2012
HAMMOND, John S , Born abt 1820 , Died 9 Aug 1838 s/o Morgan and Mary Polly Stout Hammond; OV-Sec N; T-2012
HARTMAN, Elizabeth , Spouse of Henry , Born 2 May 1803 , Died 2 Feb 1845 d/o Abraham and Hannah Knause Zerfass; OV-Sec O; T-2012
HARTMAN, Harmon H. , Spouse of Maria Catherina Weaver, Susannah Anawalt , Born abt 1758 , Died 1 Jun 1811 s/o George and Anna Maria Ruth Hartman, broken stone lies flat on ground in segments next to standing stone of Susannah, footer reads “H. H. H.”; OV-Sec O; T-2012; served in American Revolution 1781-1784; settled in Dansville in 1807
HARTMAN, infant son , born 1841 , Died 30 May 1841 s/o Hugh and Lucinda Prentiss Hartman, likely first buried at Old Village Cemetery, marker moved to private lot at Greenmount, photo 2012
HARTMAN, Jacob , Spouse of Sarah Katherine Knappenberg , Died 24 Oct 1831 , age 44y s/o Harmon and Maria Catherina Weaver Hartman; OV-Sec; T-2012; on marker with wife
HARTMAN, John , Spouse of Mary Longnecker , Died 21 Feb 1845 , age 53y s/o Harmon and Maria Catharina Weaver Hartman; OV-Sec N; T-2012; both John and wife died within 2 days of disease
HARTMAN, Mary Longnecker , Spouse of John , Died 19 Feb 1845 , age 63y OV-Sec N; T-2012
HARTMAN, Sardious Monroe , Died 23 Feb 1832 , age 1y1m9d s/o Hugh and Lucinda Prentiss Hartman, likely first buried at Old Village Cemetery, marker moved to private lot at Greenmount, photo 2012
HARTMAN, Susannah , Spouse of John Dippy, Harman Hartman , Died 7 Oct 1846 , age 78y11m15d d/o Valentine and Johanna Margaret Kurtz Anawalt/Anewald; OV-Sec O; T-2012
HARTMAN, William B. , Born abt 1840 , Died 20 May 1841 s/o Hugh and Lucinda Prentiss Hartman, likely first buried at Old Village Cemetery, marker moved to private lot at Greenmount, photo 2012
HOUSE, Frederick , Spouse of Mary Hartman , Born abt 1795 , Died 14 Nov 1844 s/o James and Catharina Windecker House; OV-Sec O; T-2012
INGERSOLL, Mary C , Born abt 1837 , Died 28 Sep 1837 d/o Daniel and Harriet Hartman Ingersoll; OV-1847; NT-2012
INGERSOLL, Prudence , Born 1 Apr 1835 , Died 29 Feb 1836 d/o Daniel and Harriet Hartman Ingersoll; OV-Sec F; T-2012
KINGSBURY, Lester , Spouse of Anne Spencer , Born 28 May 1787 , Died 30 Mar 1837 s/o Jonathan and Lodema Ransom Kingsbury; OV-Sec; T-2012
KNOX, Catherine Ann Habermehl , Spouse of Alanson R. , Born 28 Jan 1803 , Died 13 Apr 1840 OV-Sec E; T-2012
KNOX, Ella Gertrude , Born June 1845 , Died 10 Aug 1847 d/o Alanson and Jemima Sill Knox; OV-Sec E; T-2012
KNOX, Harriet Amanda , Born 27 Oct 1830 , Died 16 Oct 1834 d/o Alanson R. & Catherine Ann Knox, likely buried in Old Village Cemetery
LOOKINS, Lewis , Born 1835 , Died 1836 s/o George and Mary Willey Lookins; OV-1847; NT-2012
LORENS, Elizabeth , Spouse of Daniel , Died 22 July 1810 , age 58y7m5d listed 1954, 1960 transcriptions, no stone found in 2012
MCCARTNEY, Caroline E. , Born May 1834 , Died 11 Sep 1839 d/o Hugh and Nancy Porter McCartney; OV-Sec T; T-2012
McCARTNEY, Nancy , Spouse of Hugh McCartney , Born abt 1812 , Died 31 Mar 1839 d/o Matthew and Sally Fairchild Porter; OV-Sec T; T-2012
MCCARTNEY, Sarah F , Born Sep 1837 , Died 12 Jan 1838 d/o Hugh and Nancy Porter McCartney; OV-Sec T; T-2012
McCOY, Conelius Buried in The Old Village Cemetery before 1847, stone found in Greenmount
MCNAIR, Mary Lucy , Spouse of David Denny McNair , Born 29 Jul 1819 , Died 10 Feb 1846 d/o Lester and Fanny Hammond Bradner; OV-Sec N; T-2012
NOBLE, Nancy , Died 28 Apr 1859 , age 55y
OPP, Elizabeth , Spouse of Mr. Reynale, Jacob Opp , Born abt 1769 , Died 7 Oct 1836 OV-Sec O; T-2012
OTTLIN, Mary
PERINE, Jennie , Born 1836 , Died 1838 d/o Peter and Catherine Rice Perine; OV-Sec T; T-2012
PICKELL, Henry , Died 6 Aug 1843 , age 71y7m likely buried in Old Village Cemetery, stone moved to private lot at Greenmount, photographed in 2012
PICKELL, Lizzie , Born 23 Nov 1845 , Died 4 Mar 1847 d/o John and Sarah Geisinger Pickell; OV-Sec P; T-2012
PORTER, Annetje “Ann” , Spouse of William , Born abt 1741 , Died 12 Nov 1798 d/o Abraham and Annetje Blaw Oukee; T-1954; NT-2012, stone believed to be under that of Nathaniel Porter on service road below Sec A
PORTER, William , spouse of Annetje “Ann” Oukee , died 11 Mar 1816 , age 77y s/o Richard and Anne Porter, early settler of Dansville in 1796 with brother Capt Nathaniel Porter, OV-SV; T-1954; NT-2012 stone believed to be under that of brother Nathaniel on service road below Sec A
PRENTICE, Emmeline , Died 27 Sep 1841 , age 21y1m7d d/o Nathan and Elizabeth Prentice, likely first buried at Old Village Cemetery, marker moved to Sec. L at Greenmount, stone transcribed 1997
SHOLL, David , Died 1811 s/o Philip and Margaret Sholl, likely buried in Old Village Cemetery, stone moved to private lot at Greenmount, photographed in 2012
SHOLL, Margaret , Spouse of Philip , Died 10 apr 1815 , age 45y likely buried in Old Village Cemetery, stone moved to private lot at Greenmount, photographed in 2012
SHOLL, Peatt (Pete) , Died 1809 s/o Philip and Margaret Sholl, likely buried in Old Village Cemetery, stone moved to private lot at Greenmount, photographed in 2012
STUART, Daniel C. , Died 5 Apr 1821 , age 13y8m s/o John & Nancy, likely buried in Old Village Cemetery, stone moved to private lot at Greenmount
TAGGART, Rebecca Maria , Spouse of H. G. , Died 10 May 1841 , age 34y9m?d likely buried in Old Village Cemetery, stone moved to private lot at Greenmount, photographed in 2012
TAYLOR, Charles
TAYLOR, George Buried in The Old Village Cemetery before 1847, stone found in Greenmount
TAYLOR, Henry Buried in The Old Village Cemetery before 1847, stone found in Greenmount
unknown, George C. Buried in The Old Village Cemetery before 1847, stone found in Greenmount
WARREN, Oliver Wellington Lane , Spouse of Olive Smith , Born 6 May 1794 , Died 26 Feb 1847 s/o William and Rebecca Hathaway Warren; OV-SV; VBM-1888; T-1954; NT-2012
WELCH, Fanny A , Born 1825 , Died 22 Apr 1825 d/o Conrad and Mary Knox Welch; OV-Sec G; T-2012
WELCH, Jacob Sr , Spouse of Maria Catharina Martz , Born 25 Jul 1757 , Died 12 Sep 1831 s/o John Jacob and Elizabeth Wolfe Welch; OV-1847; NT-2012
WELCH, Jefferson T , Born 17 Aug 1827 , Died 28 Aug 1831 s/o Conrad and Mary Knox Welch; OV-Sec G; T-2012
WOOD, Halsey Smith , Born 15 May 1844 , Died 21 Apr 1847 s/o David J. and Rhoda Brookfield Wood; OV-1847
ZERFASS, Abraham , Spouse of Hannah Knause , Born 27 Nov 1772 , Died 17 Dec 1837 s/o Johann Adam and Maria Elizabeth Shafer Zerfass; OV-Sec O; T-2012
ZERFASS, Anna , Born Sep 1829 , Died 8 May 1836 d/o Abraham and Hannah Knause Zerfass; OV-Sec O; T-2012
ZERFASS, Hannah Knause , Spouse of Abraham , Born 23 Jan 1783 , Died 4 Feb 1845 Village of Dansville tavern owner in 1835; daughter Maria buried at Old Village in 1832 and her stone found discarded at Greenmount Cemetery; VMB-1888; NT-2012


Burial List A

The following are believed to have been buried at the Old Village Cemetery per various records. Their tombstones were not located at Greenmount in 2012. Go here for information on any of their family buried at Greenmount Cemetery: http://www.paintedhills.org/STEUBEN/GreenmountCemetery/GreenmountCem.html

OV-1847----death date prior to opening of Greenmount Cemetery in 1847 per various records or stone transcribed with discarded stones from the old cemetery; thus likely buried at the old cemetery.

VBM-1888----listed in 1888 Village of Dansville board minutes as tombstone ordered to be removed from the old cemetery and transferred to Greenmount Cemetery. Some of these stones were discarded behind the barn and up the service road in 1888-1889. Bodies likely remain at the old cemetery.

T-1954----Transcription of discarded stones along the service road at Greenmount Cemetery compiled by historian Wilfred Rauber in abt 1954; and transcription in 1960 by the Boy Scouts, directed by Gerald Freeman.

BLACKFORD, Eliphalet H , Spouse of Theda Village of Dansville tavern owner in 1835; daughter Maria buried at Old Village in 1832 and her stone found discarded at Greenmount; VBM-1888
BROOKS, Amy , Died 13 Oct 1844 , age 26y7m13d d/o Isaac and Sarah Brooks; VBM-1888; T-1954
DRAKE, James A , Born 25 Nov 1855 , Died 17 Apr 1858 s/o Isaac W. and Elizabeth Graham Drake; T-1954; no stone found in 2012
FAULKNER, Daniel Perine , Spouse of Susan Perine, Nancy Porter , Born 1 Mar 1763 , Died 12 Jan 1802 s/o John and Ann Perine Faulkner; one of first settlers of Dansville, village named for him; no evidence of burial but some family believed he is buried here; OV-1847
FAULKNER, Nancy Porter , Spouse of Daniel Faulkner , Born 31 Dec 1768 , Died 8 Jun 1804 listing as widow; d/o Nathaniel and Charity Lane Porter; no evidence of burial but some family believed she is buried here; OV-1847
LACEY, Elizabeth; spouse of David Lacey per 1954 transcription, 1960 transcription lists husband as Daniel Lorens; born 17 Dec 1751; died 22 July 1810; T-1954
NIBLACK, John , Spouse of Hannah Baxter , Born Abt 1752 , Died 4 Jan 1799 an early settler of Sparta in 1798; T-1954
OVERTON, Israel H , Spouse of Phebe , Born Abt 1805 , Died Abt 1840 body “stolen” from grave for medical research as he was disliked; NT-2012
OVERTON, Phebe , Spouse of Israel H. , Died 17 Apr 1841 , age 27y1m7d 1960 transcription lists born 7 Apr; VBM-1888; T-1954

Burial List B
The following were likely buried at the Old Dansville Village Cemetery and their tombstones were later either transferred to or replaced on private lots at Greenmount Cemetery after it opened on August 4, 1847. It is not known if their bodies were also removed to Greenmount. Tombstones photographed in 2012-2014. Go here for their information: http://www.paintedhills.org/STEUBEN/GreenmountCemetery/GreenmountCem.html
ALDRICH, Benjamin , Born 1759 , Died 1829 Greenmount location B
ALDRICH, Edwin , Born 1845 , Died 1848 Greenmount location B
ALDRICH, Harriet , Born 1843 , Died 1844 Greenmount location B
ALDRICH, Sybil Morley , Born 1765 , Died 1845 Greenmount location B
BATEMAN, Mary Taylor , Born 1826 , Died 1844 Greenmount location N
BATEMAN, Morzello , Born 1844 , Died 1849 Greenmount location N
BEACH, Caroline , Born 1840 , Died 1840 Greenmount location E
BEACH, Simeon , Born 1833 , Died 1834 Greenmount location E
BELLAMY, Esther , Born 1796 , Died 1845 Greenmount location N
BRACE, Ethelbert , Born 1823 , Died 1823 Greenmount location B
BRACE, Mercy , Born 1831 , Died 1833 Greenmount location B
BRADLEY, Adaline , Born 1819 , Died 1853 Greenmount location N
BRADLEY, Albert , Born 1849 , Died 1849 Greenmount location K
BRADLEY, Cornelia , Born 1830 , Died 1831 Greenmount location K
BRADLEY, George , Born 1839 , Died 1840 Greenmount location K
BRADLEY, Harriet , Born 1813 , Died 1842 Greenmount location K
BRADLEY, Rebecca , Born 1776 , Died 1845 Greenmount location K
BRADLEY, Rhoda Caroline , Born 1830 , Died 1831 Greenmount location K
BRADLEY, William , Born 1832 , Died 1841 Greenmount location K
BRADNER, Frances , Born 1833 , Died 1839 Greenmount location N
BRADNER, Josiah , Born 1765 , Died 1843 Greenmount location N
BRADNER, Lester Jr. , Born 1827 , Died 1831 Greenmount location N
BRITTAN, Joseph , Died 1816 Greenmount location K
BRITTAN, William , Born 1820 , Died 1846 Greenmount location K
BROWN, Arnold , Born 1795 , Died 1847 Greenmount location C-upper loop
BROWN, Sylvester , Born 1820 , Died 1837 Greenmount location C-upper loop
BROWN, William , Born 1836 , Died 1836 Greenmount location C-upper loop
BROWN, William H , Born 1844 , Died 1845 Greenmount location N
COOK, Edwin , Born 1852 , Died 1852 Greenmount location B
COOK, Jane Matilda , Born 1833 , Died 1835 Greenmount location B
COOK, Marietta , Born 1836 , Died 1841 Greenmount location B
COOK, Maritta , Born 1843 , Died 1844 Greenmount location B
COOK, Sarah Ann , Born 1819 , Died 1840 Greenmount location B
CRUGER, Hannah Tubbs , Born 1748 , Died 1816 Greenmount location N
CRUGER, Henry , Born 1776 , Died 1830 Greenmount location B
DOLLHOPF, Fredrick , Born 1839 , Died 1842 Greenmount location E
ENDRESS, Anna Maria , Born 1808 , Died 1834 Greenmount location E
GOTTSCHALL, Margaret , Born 1812 , Died 1837 Greenmount location E
GOTTSCHALL, William , Born 1840 , Died 1841 Greenmount location E
HALL, Caroline Sill , Born 1808 , Died 1837 Greenmount location B
HALL, Justus , Born 1802 , Died 1841 Greenmount location B
HAMSHER, Adam , Born 1786 , Died 1835 Greenmount location R-top
HARTMAN, Jacob , Born 1787 , Died 1831 Greenmount location B
IRWIN, Jared , Born 1767 , Died 1813 Greenmount location E
JONES, H. W. , Died 1829 Greenmount location B
JONES, Lucretia , Died 1835 Greenmount location B
KNOWLTON, Eunice Blood , Born 1788 , Died 1844 Greenmount location X
KNOX, Catherine Habermehl , Born 1803 , Died 1840 Greenmount location E
KNOX, Ella , Born 1845 , Died 1847 Greenmount location E
KNOX, Francis , Born 1847 , Died 1849 Greenmount location E
KNOX, Harriet Amanda , Born 1830 , Died 1834 Greenmount location E
KRIDER, Michael , Born 1822 , Died 1840 Greenmount location E
KUHN, Elizabeth Alter , Born 1773 , Died 1849 Greenmount location B
KUHN, Frederick , Born 1810 , Died 1844 Greenmount location M
KUHN, Leonard , Born 1769 , Died 1836 Greenmount location B
MCBURNEY, Lucretia , Born 1781 , Died 1832 Greenmount location E
PRESTON, Amos , Born 1776 , Died 1846 Greenmount location B
ROWLEY, Johnathan , Born 1773 , Died 1833 Greenmount location E
SHARP, Henry , Born 1839 , Died 1841 Greenmount location B
SHARP, Mary Ann , Born 1838 , Died 1841 Greenmount location B
SHEPARD, Amelia , Born 1829 , Died 1834 Greenmount location D
SHEPARD, Joshua , Born 1780 , Died 1829 Greenmount location D
SILL, Abigail M , Born 1800 , Died 1843 Greenmount location E
SILL, Henry , Born 1831 , Died 1832 Greenmount location E
SILL, Jabez Jr. , Born 1800 , Died 1842 Greenmount location E
SMITH, Lomira , Born 1838 , Died 1841 Greenmount location E
TOMLINSON, Lydia Judd , Born 1794 , Died 1845 Greenmount location E

Burial List C
The following were likely buried at the Old Dansville Village Cemetery and their tombstones discarded at Greenmount Cemetery where their tombstones were photographed in 2012. It is likely that their remains are at the old cemetery site in Pioneer Park. Go here for their information: http://www.paintedhills.org/STEUBEN/GreenmountCemetery/GreenmountCem.html
BLACKFORD, Maria , Born 1829 , Died 1832 Greenmount location Service Road
CRUGER, Mary Graham , Born 1825 , Died 1852 Greenmount location Service Road
DODGE, Helen , Born 1825 , Died 1835 Greenmount location Service Road
DRAKE, Mary , Born 1826 , Died 1847 Greenmount location Service Road
FISK, Ruel , Born 1797 , Died 1844 Greenmount location Service Road
GRAHAM, Sarah , Born 1823 , Died 1845 Greenmount location Barn
HAVENS, infant girl , Born 1800 , Died 1801 Greenmount location Service Road
LACY, Isabel , Born 1810 , Died 1840 Greenmount location Barn
LACY, Ransford , Born 1829 , Died 1830 Greenmount location Barn
MACKLEM, Rosanna , Born 1767 , Died 1825 Greenmount location Service Road
MACKLEM, Thomas , Born 1767 , Died 1822 Greenmount location Service Road
PORTER, Ann , Born 1794 , Died 1797 Greenmount location Service Road
PORTER, Charity Lane , Born 1748 , Died 1813 Greenmount location Service Road
PORTER, Nathaniel , Born 1743 , Died 1797 Greenmount location Service Road
SNIDER, Eady , Born 1787 , Died 1841 Greenmount location Service Road
WARREN, Olive Smith , Born 1793 , Died 1842 Greenmount location Service Road
YOCUM, Jonas , Born 1788 , Died 1844 Greenmount location Service Road



TIMELINE FOR DANSVILLE OLD VILLAGE CEMETERY

Compiled by Jane Schryver and Bob Glover from files in the Dansville Town Historian’s Office, research by former Town of North Dansville Historian Wilfred "Wutz" Rauber, and “Dansville Turns 200” by David Gilbert

1797--- The first death and burial in Dansville was Captain Nathaniel Porter, a Revolutionary War hero and father-in-law to Captain Daniel Faulkner (for whom Dansville was named).

1811---Through an agreement with Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, the Dansville United Society gained title to 6 1/4 acres of land for $42.50. They had acquired, as a burying ground, an area on which Porter and others had been interred plus sufficient land to accommodate burials in the foreseeable future. (The area is bounded today by West Liberty, School, Bank and Church Streets.) The land became an official cemetery at this time. Most burials in Dansville between 1797-1847 were at this site.

1847--- On August 4, The Dansville Cemetery Association was organized and Greenmount Cemetery was opened. It is believed that there were no more burials at the old cemetery after this date. But it is possible that a few were made.

1847 or 1848--- About two dozen markers (but apparently not the remains) were moved to Greenmount Cemetery.

1877--The Dansville Express, Oct 11, 1877: "The site of the old, and now neglected Dansville Cemetery, was laid out about the year 1796. The spot was selected by the pioneers of our valley, many of whom were buried there, and it is indeed sacred to their memory. Greenmount Cemetery, with its varied, unsurpassed beauty of scenery was laid out and opened. Then the monuments and tombstones in the old cemetery began to disappear, and its dead, tenderly removed to the new grounds. But many monuments still remain and the ground is covered with neglected graves."

1888--The old cemetery, unused since the founding of Greenmount Cemetery in 1847, was an eyesore. On February 16, the Village Improvement Society was organized. Mr. Andrews offered a resolution to the Village board: “Resolved,that the Dansville Village Improvement Society be authorized to remove from the old burying ground the human remains and monuments from the graves…..(listing some 30 names including Dansville’s first teacher Thomas Macklem)….

Sep 1888 Dansville Breeze: "Gov. Hill signed the bill granting the privilege of removing bodies from the old cemetery on the square." The Village resolved “that the Society be directed to properly reinter such remains in Greenmount Cemetery in the Town of North Dansville and that no expense shall be made to the corporation for such transfer."

The briars and weeds of the old cemetery were burned away; the tombstones, some half-sunken,were buried or removed and relocated to Greenmount. A new layer of topsoil provided thefinishing touch on what would now be called Union Park.


1889---Per research by the Town of North Dansville Historian as reported in the May 17, 2012 Genesee Country Express: “A list of 33 remains out of an estimated 500 were removed. In May of 1889, a dozen men leveled the area and cleaned it up. The stones were taken by wagon to Greenmount. Most of them were made of wood and have since deteriorated and...were just disposed of. The stones went on the new graves of the bodies that were moved, and the rest were just piled behind the barn at Greenmount or alongside the service road above it." Within a week nothing remained to mark the area as final resting place for many, many early Dansville settlers.

NOTE: It is believed that only a few remains were removed from the old cemetery and thus up to 500 bodies may still be located at the old cemetery site. Some 150 tombstones dated 1847 or sooner have been located on private lots at Greenmount Cemetery and thus were relocated from the old cemetery or are replacement stones. The stones carted to Greenmount Cemetery remain today where they were dumped.

Dansville Express 6 Sep 1888

"More than half the graves and headstones in the old cemetery have been put out of sight by leveling the mounds and burying the stones. The consent of the friends of those buried was obtained before anything was done. "
(NOTE: This may or may not be the truth, certainly there is evidence that many stones were moved to Greenmount and tossed aside; some were moved to private lots. So some also could be buried in the ground at the old site)


1904---The F.A.Owen publishing company erected a new structure overlooking the old cemetery and had it landscaped. Up to this point the plot of ground had been referred to as just plain "Burying Ground." Mr. Owen's interest sparked a movement to change the name — the one time community eyesore became, officially, "Normal Park" a name derived from NORMAL INSTRUCTOR, end product of Owen staff and presses, a magazine increasingly popular with teachers.

1954--- The Village Board officially changed the name of the park, the site of the old burying grounds, from “Normal Park” to “Instructor Park” at the request of the F.A. Owen Company as it had changed the name of its magazine to "The Instructor."

1954---Dansville Historian Wutz Rauber delivers a report to the Village Board on the history of the old burying grounds and his recommendations. The report was initiated in view of the fact that the site was being considered for the building of a new school. The Dansville Breeze reported: “Rauber suggested that from the stand point of history the park should be maintained as it is, a memorial to these people, and at some time be suitably marked to indicate this fact. The board received favorably a suggestion to mark historical data on some sort of a plaque and indicated that such action probably would be taken in the future.” Note: no action was taken.

1954—Under the supervision of Wutz Rauber, a detailed transcription is made of old discarded stones found at Greenmount Cemetery that originally were erected at the Old Village Cemetery. Those stones remain where they were located.

2012---The team of Bob and H. Ross Glover located and recorded 16 tombstones that had been removed from the old cemetery and discarded behind the barn or up the service road at Greenmount Cemetery, including the stones of Captain Nathaniel Porter, the first death and burial in Dansville, and Thomas Macklem, Dansville's first teacher. About 150 stones are located and photographed at Greenmount Cemetery with death dates prior to the opening of Greenmount Cemetery, thus they likely were transfers or replacement stones for burials at the old cemetery.

2012--On June 12, the Village board approved by a unanimous decision that the name of the park be changed to "Pioneer Park" in honor of the pioneers whose remains are still there under the earth.

2014---In August, the Pioneer Park memorial stone was erected at the site of the Old Village Cemetery, paid for by donations from local citizens and organizations.



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