Tog Hill Cemetery, Town of Nelson, Madison County, NY
Field Check and Map of cemetery site made April 10, 1994 by Daniel H. Weiskotten
(I have not found any other names for this cemetery)
MNI = 22, names = 14, 1812 - 1856
(old lists include: Evans 1949, Meyer et al. c.1960)
posted 7/11/2000
 
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        This cemetery is located on a small bluff overlooking US 20 on land which was, in the late 1940s, a part of the Theodore and Lloyd Jones farm, who, according to Owen Evans, had been in possession of it for about 90 years (since the 1860s).  This would mean that burials ceased at about the time that the Joneses bought the farm.
        This cemetery has been unkept for many years and is now overgrown with medium sized trees and honeysuckles.  Madison County Historian Isabel Bracy once told me that she was been behind an effort to stop the destruction of this cemetery but she would give me few details and no one else seemed to know about the matter.
        The site is a large flat topped knoll which is generally level although there are some areas that are rough and undulating.  Woodchucks have made several holes.  The cemetery measures 150 feet east to west and 110 feet north to south, with a ramp or lane leading to the front center from the southeast corner.  It is bordered by the Turnpike (US 20) for which a deep cut has been made, fortunately without disturbance to the cemetery.  There are three groups of stones: Blakeman in the southwest corner on the south side and fenced (about 20 by 20 feet), Clark near the southwest corner on the west side and fenced (about 17 by 17 feet), and Whitney in a row in the southeast corner and along east side.
        A slightly mounded rectangular area (30 by 15 feet) is seen on the center of the west side with a single unmarked fieldstone on the center of the west side of the area.  Three unmarked fieldstones are associated with the Whitney lot as are several sunken areas indicating possible grave pits: one unmarked field stone is 20 feet north-northeast of the Clark lot, a child's grave is near the center 45 feet from the south side, two are 50 feet from the west side 14 and 20 feet from the north line, and one is on the west line 33 feet from the northwest corner.  One possible fieldstone marker is lying on the surface near the middle of the south side and is not near any visible evidence of a grave.
        A note at the bottom of the 1950s cemetery lists states that Amy Card's stone is not here, but it is.  Information also on this old list, and taken from the "Card Family History" states that "Fordyce Card m. Amy Whitney, she d. Dec 1841 ae 22y & bur. Whitney Lot in Tog Hill Cem."
 

Those buried in the Tog Hill Cemetery include:

Blakeman, Eben, native of CT, married to Sally Blakeman in CT, and moved to NY where they resided for nearly 32 years, died November 19, 1840, age 55 years 8 months 22 days.
Blakeman, Edward, son of Eben and Sally Blakeman, died January 4, 1841, age 20 years 9 months 9 days.
Blakeman, Sally, native of CT, married to Eben Blakeman in CT, and moved to NY where they resided for nearly 32 years, died July 14, 1841, age 52 years 8 months 5 days.
Card, Amy, wife of Fordyce Card, died December 7, 1841, age 22 years.
Clark, James, born July 30, 1772, died August __, 1813, (age not given), stone erected by Joseph Clark.
Clark, Submit, (wife of James Clark), born July 31, 1771, died September __, 1856, (age not given), stone erected by Joseph Clark.
Switcher, Amy, wife of Thomas Switcher, died November 12, 1842, age 41 years, (central part of the stone is missing, but what remains matches with old list).
Whitney, John, son of Joshua and Polly Whitney, died August 25, 1815, age 11 months 25 days.
Whitney, Joshua, died 1850, (age not recorded - on 1949 list by Owen Evans, stone not found in 1994).
Whitney, Lois, daughter of Joshua and Polly Whitney, died August 10, 1840, age 18 years.
Whitney, Mary, daughter of Joshua and Polly Whitney, died July 15, 1848, age 27 years.
Whitney, Orlando B., son of Joshua and Polly Whitney, died May 9, 1813, age 6 months 18 days.
Whitney, Polly, wife of Joshua Whitney, died October 27, 1843, age 50 years.
Whitney, Sally, daughter of Joshua and Polly Whitney, died January 30, 1812, age 11 years 26 days.

 END of Tog Hill Cemetery list by Daniel H. Weiskotten