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
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.
There is no marker memorializing those interred at the old burying grounds, which had no official name. "Old Village Dansville Cemetery" was assigned here.
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.
To connect with family members buried at Greenmount Cemetery, go here.
Codes for the list below
OV-SV---tombstone removed from old cemetery between 1847 and 1889 and discarded along the service road at Greenmount Cemetery above the service barn, down the hill from Section A, and just prior to Section H. Stones found scattered along the hill. They were photographed, transcribed, and arranged in 2012 in rows on the side hill. Body remains at the old burying grounds.
OV-B---tombstone removed from old cemetery between 1847 and 1889 and discarded against or behind the service barn at Greenmount Cemetery. Photographed and transcribed in 2012. Body remains at the old burying grounds.
OV-SEC----tombstone located at Greenmount Cemetery on private lot. Transcribed and photographed by Bob Glover in 2012-2013. Some stones are the original, some are replacement stones. Most bodies likely remain at the old cemetery but some may have been transferred to Greenmount.
OV-1847----death date on tombstone or other records prior to opening of Greenmount Cemetery in 1847, thus likely buried at the old cemetery and tombstone transferred to Greenmount between 1847 and 1889.
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. These stones were taken by horse-drawn cart and discarded behind the barn and up the service road in 1888-1889, where they remain in 2012. Bodies likely remain at the old cemetery.
T-1954----Transcription of discarded stones along the service road at Greenmount Cemetery by compiled by historian Wilfred Rauber in abt 1954; and transcription in 1960 by the Boy Scouts, directed by Gerald Freeman.
by Bob Glover in 2012 or later
tombstone located in 2012
BLACHFORD, M. E. VBM-1888; NT-2012
BLACHFORD, Maria M , Born 29 Oct 1829 , Died 6 May 1832 , age 27y6m7d d/o Eliphalet & Thela? Blachford; OV-B; T-2012, stone hard to read
BRADLEY, Cornelia , Died 10 May 1841 , age 1y1m5d d/o Chester and Eliza Bradley; OV-Sec C; T-2012
BRADLEY, Henrietta , Spouse of Benjamin , Born 4 Nov 1813 , Died 22 Feb 1842 OV-Sec C; T-2012
BRADLEY, Rhoda Caroline , Died 25 Mar 1831 , age 5y5m d/o Chester and Eliza Bradley; OV-Sec C; T-2012
BRADLEY, William Wallace , Born 2 Feb 1832 , Died 12 Feb, 1841 s/o Chester and Eliza Bradley; OV-Sec C; T-2012
BROOKS, Amy , Died 13 Oct 1844 , age 26y7m13d d/o Isaac and Sarah Brooks
BROWN, William H , Born 1844 , Died 1845 s/o John W. and Angeline Hartman Brown; OV-Sec N; T-2012
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
DODGE, Helen , Died 7 Jun 1835 in her 10th year; d/o Amasa and Betsy Dodge; with parents in Ossian, NY in 1830 census, OV-SV, row 1; VBM-1888; T-1954; T-2012, only thin slice of wording on slate remains
DRAKE, James A. , Died 17 Apr 1856 , age 2y4m23d s/o Isaac W. and Eliza Graham Drake; T-1954; NT-2012, likely buried at Old Village as was transcribed with those that were removed to Greenmount
DRAKE, Mary O , Spouse of Isaac W. , Died 28 Nov 1847 , age 21y OV-SV; T-2012, stone along service road near others removed from Old Village, husband Isaac died/buried in Ovid, MI in 1901
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, 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
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, Nancy Porter , Spouse of Daniel , Born 31 Dec 1768 , Died aft 8 June 1804 d/o Nathaniel and Charity Lane Porter;no evidence of burial but some family believed she is buried here
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
FISK, Ruel , Born 6 Jan 1797 , Died 1 Mar 1844 s/o Samuel and Sabrina Schute Fisk; Sparta, NY in Sparta 1840 Census; OV-SV, row 3; VBM-1888; T-1954; 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
GRAHAM, Sarah , Spouse of Sidney , Died 24 Feb 1845 , age 22y OV-B; VBM-1888; T-1954; T-2012
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
HAMSHER, Adam , Spouse of Elizabeth Overpeck , Born 2 Apr 1786 , Died 2 Jul 1835 s/o Daniel and Elizabeth Waltman Hamsher; OV-Sec R; 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
HAVENS, infant daughter , Born abt 1800 , Died 21 Feb 1801 d/o Thomas & Ann Havens, OV-SV, row 3; T-1954; T-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. , Died 13 Apr 1840 , age 38y likely buried in Old Village Cemetery, stone moved to private lot at Greenmount, photographed in 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
LACEY, Elizabeth , Died 22 Jul 1810 , age 50y7m5d
LACY, Isabel , Spouse of John , Died 14 Oct 1840 in her 30th year; OV-B; T-1954; T-2012
LACY, Ransford S. , Died 11 Jan 1829 , age 9m s/o John and Isabel Lacy; OV-B; T-1954; T-2012
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
MACKLEM, Rosanna , Spouse of Thomas , Died 25 Jul 1825 in the 58th year of her life; OV-SV, row 2; VBM-1888; T-1954; T-2012
MACKLEM, Thomas , Spouse of Rosanna , Died 22 Apr 1822 in the 55th year of his life; Dansville’s first schoolteacher; OV-SV, row 2; VBM-1888; T-1954; T-2012
MCCARTNEY, Caroline , Born 1834 , Died 11 Sep 1839 d/o Hugh and Nancy Porter McCartney: NT-2012
McCARTNEY, Nancy , Spouse of Hugh McCartney , Born 1812 , Died 31 Mar 1839 d/o Matthew and Sally Fairchild Porter; NT-2012
MCCARTNEY, Sarah F , Born 1836 , Died 12 Jan 1838 d/o Hugh and Nancy Porter McCartney; NT-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
NIBLACK, John , Born abt 1752 , Died 4 Jan 1799 an early settler of Sparta, NY in 1798; OV-1847; T-1954; NT-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
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 VBM-1888; T-1954; NT-2012
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, Ann , Died 30 Aug 1797 in her 4th year, d/o cousins Richard W. Porter and Katherine Porter- who was d/o Captain Nathaniel Porter; OV-SV, row 3; T-1954; T-2012, fragmented, barely readable
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, Charity , Spouse of Nathaniel , Born 20 Feb 1748 , Died 19 Mar 1813 d/o Matthias and Elizabeth Sutphen Lane, OV-SV, row 2; T-1954; T-2012
PORTER, Nathaniel, Capt. , Spouse of Charity Lane , Died 12 Mar 1797 , age 54y s/o Richard and Ann Porter; early settler, lst death and burial in Dansville; Revolutionary War Patriot; OV-SV, row 2; T-1954; T-2012
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
SILL, Abigail M , Spouse of Sedley , Died 8 Feb 1843 , age 42y likely buried in Old Village Cemetery, stone moved to private lot at Greenmount, photographed in 2012
SILL, Jabez , Spouse of Kezia Sterling , Born 11 Jan 1800 , Died 29 Aug 1842 "Husband", likely buried in Old Village Cemetery, stone moved to private lot at Greenmount, photographed in 2012
SNIDER, Eady , Spouse of Henry P. , Died 6 Jun 1841 in the 54th year of her age; OV-SV. Row 3; VMB-1888; T-1954; T-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, 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, Olive Smith , Spouse of Oliver W. L. , Died 4 Aug 1847 , age 50y s/o William and Rebecca Hathaway Warren, OV-SV, row 3; VBM-1888; T-1954; T-2012
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
YOCUM, Jonas , Died 14 May 1844 , age 55y6m1d OV-SV, row 2; VBM-1888, T-1954; T-2012
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 d/o Gottfried and Anna Mari Griesemer Zerfass; OV-Sec O; T-2012
TIMELINE FOR DANSVILLE OLD VILLAGE CEMETERY
Compiled by Jane Schryver and Bob Glover from files in the Dansville Town Historian’s Office 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).
1810---The Dansville United Society purchased the land that included the unofficial cemetery from Nathaniel Rochester. 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 GreenmountCemetery, including that of Nathaniel Porter and his family.
1888--- The old cemetery,unused since the founding of Greenmount Cemetery in 1847, was an eyesore. On February 16, the Village ImprovementSociety was organized. The briars and weeds of the old cemetery were burned away; the tombstones, some half-sunken,were removed and relocated to Greenmount. A new layer of topsoil provided thefinishing touch on what would now be called Union Park.
1888—Mr. Andrews offered a resolution to the Village board: “Resolved,that the Dansville Village Improvement Society be authorized to remove from theold burying ground the human remains and monuments from the graves…..(listingsome 30 names including Dansville’s first teacher Thomas Macklem)….
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. (NOTE: It is believed that no bodies were moved at this time and stones formost of the names listed were dumped in a pile at Greenmount where they remained in 2012).
1888--- Dansville Express 6 Sep 1888
More than half the graves andheadstones in the old cemetery have been put out of sight by leveling themounds 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)
1888-1889--- “ about 35 more stones were removed but not the remains." There are believed to beat least 100 and as many as 500 buried at the old cemetery. By 1889, all markers had been buried at the site or removed. It is believed that only a few bodies were moved to Greenmount and the rest remain in the earth at the old burying grounds.
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 which published “The Instructor” magazine.
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. As of 2012 there is still no marker at the site of the old burying grounds.
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. Most of those stones remain in 2012 in various piles on the sides of thecemetery.
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.
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