Westcott Cemetery, Town of Nelson, Madison County, NY

 (aka Pleasant Valley, Bucks Woods, Farnham)
Field Check October 6, 1994 by Daniel H. Weiskotten
MNI = 173, names = 170, 1813 - 1922
(old lists include: anonymous c.1930s, Tuttle c.1940, Evans 1949)

posted 6/2/2000 with outline notes only
Last Modified 10/12/2002

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Please scroll down to see the listing of people that are known to be buried here.


         The Westcott Cemetery is a tough one - its location in the very northeast corner of the town means that many of the people buried there came from the neighboring towns of Eaton, Smithfield and Fenner.  Likewise, many people that lived nearby may be buried in the neighboring towns as well.
        Of the 170+ people buried In the Westcott Cemetery the only Westcott there is one Martha Westcott Mead, wife of Myron N. Mead, died June 11, 1842, age 24 years (he lived until 1879 and there are no other Meads there.)  In fact, she is the only Westcott (or variant spelling) that I find in any Cazenovia, Fenner, or Nelson cemetery!
        Owen Evans, in 1949,  writes: "A deed for the land upon which this cemetery is located was given for the consideration of one peppercorn annually.  The deed was "conveyed to Haven White, David Lindsley, and Nathan Graves as a committee for certain inhabitants of the twon of Nelson to be held and used by the said committee, their heirs and assigns as a burying ground and for no other purpose."
        Four members of the Westcott family are buried in the Taynter Cemetery, located in the Town of Eaton, just over the border from the southeast part of the Town of Nelson.  Later generations may be buried in the more recent Eaton Cemetery, in the hamlet of Eaton.  The family lived in that area, but others may lie in the many unmarked graves in the Payne Cemetery or in an another unknown location.
 

Notes to consider:

Two wooden grave markers were noted on the old list for this cemetery as being on either side of the stone of Mary A. Keith, but they could not be found as her stone has been moved and now leans against a tree.  The wooden markers may be for Keiths as Mary A. Keith's stone is similar to other Keith stones which are in a row.

Old list has several names of the Graves family that are said to be buried here "according to the record submitted by Charles Allen Graves, a great-grandson of Asa Graves": Asa Graves, Mary Hammond Graves, Stephen Graves, Arvilla Graves Carr, and Annette Keith Graves.

Additional stones found in 1994 (n=4): Maronett Scott, Solomon Taylor, Joseph Walker, and Sarah Land Walker.

Stones not found in 1994 (n=25): two wooden markers (Keith family?), Nathan Chapin, Polly Bird Chapin, Samuel Chapin, Ira Donaldson, Cornelia M. Farnham, Melisa Cutler, Lydia Graves, Nathan Graves, Mary Hazelton (1), Mary Hazelton (2), Marshall Judd, Lucy Judd, Thankful P. Lindsley, Allen H. Linsley, John Lane, Nancy Lane, Lucy Mason, Huldah Sherman, Emoline L. Smith, Deborah Smith, Susannah Smith, Charles White, and Ahiman Wilber.

In the list made by Owen Evans in 1949 he missed 60 names, only 21 of which were not found in 1994, and he had no additional names.  He also said that John Buck is buried here but there is no stone, although there is one today.
 

Westcott Family Data

From the census records I find:
Westcott, Albert, 1855 Nelson
Westcott, Eseck, 1830 Nelson
Westcott, Eseck, 1840 Nelson
Westcott, Eseck, 1850 Nelson
Westcott, Farley, 1830 Nelson
Westcott, Hiram, 1855 Nelson
Westcott, Jeremiah, 1830 Nelson
Westcott, Jeremiah, 1840 Nelson
Westcott, Norman, 1850 Nelson
Westcott, Norman, 1855 Nelson
Westcott, Stephen, 1850 Nelson
Westcott, Stephen A., 1855 Nelson

Analysis of the census records:
1830 Eseck, Farley, and Jeremiah Westcott live near each other, location unknown, perhaps the southeast part of the township.
1840 Eseck and Jeremiah Westcott live near each other in the southeast part of the township.
1850 Norman and Eseck Westcott live next to each other a mile or so west of the cemetery.
1855 Norman Westcott lives near the cemetery
 

From historic maps (Town of Nelson only):
(some of these maps are on my web pages, so click on the links)
E. (Eseck) Westcott lived on Lot 14 about 1.5 miles northeast of the cemetery in 1853/1854.

N. (Norman) Wescott (with a Mrs. [Fanny?] Linsley) lived on Lot 20 next to the cemetery in 1859.
N.S. Westcott lived in the same place in 1875.

E. (Eseck) Westcott lived on Lot 112 in the eastern middle part of the town about 7 miles south of the cemetery in 1859.

H. (Hiram) and A. (Albert) Westcott live in sepreate houses on Lot 164 in the southwest part of the town in 1859.
H. (Hiram) Westcott and W. (?) Westcott live in the same locations in 1875.
 
 

Those buried in the Westcott Cemetery include:

Bailey, (maiden name), see Elizabeth Bailey Putman.
Bennett, Olivia Farnham, wife of Palmer Bennett, died February 10, 1863, age 28 years.
Bennett, Palmer, died April 19, 1893, age 65 years.
Bird, (maiden name), see Polly Bird Chapin.
Booth, Wealthy, wife of Isaiah, died October 11, 1836, age 20 years.
Buck, John, died March 14, 1856, age 80 years 5 months 7 days.
Buck, Sally, wife of John Buck, died February 8, 1839, age 61 years 5 months 12 days.
Carr, Arvilla, daughter of N. and L. Graves, wife of Aaron H. Carr, died August 2, 1857, age 32 years.
Cary, Berkley C., son of Oliver and Betsey Cary, died December 3, 1851, age 20 years.
Cary, Elijah S., son of Oliver and Betsey Cary, died December 1, 1851, age 25 years.
Chapin, Lydia R., daughter of Rufus and Polly Chapin, died March 9, 1823, age 11 years 11 months 3 days.
Chapin, Nathan, died September 5, 1842, age 45 years 23 days, (stone not found in 1994).
Chapin, Polly, wife of Rufus Chapin, died February 28, 1838, age 66 years.
Chapin, Polly Bird, wife of Nathan Chapin, died 1852, (age not given), (stone not found in 1994).
Chapin, Rufus, died December 3, 1852, age 83 years 4 months 21 days.
Chapin, Samuel, only son of Nathan and Polly Bird Chapin, (date of death not given), age 21 years, (stone not found in 1994).
Clark, (maiden name), see Cornelia Clark Keith.
Clark, Lovisa, wife of Lonson Clark, died July 18, 1873, age 63 years 3 months.
Clark, Lucinda, daughter of Lonson and Lovisia Clark, died October 3, 1844, age 4 months.
Clark, Marcia E., wife of Ira Clark, died April 19, 1861, age 39 years.
Cutler, see Jenette C. Scott.
Cutler, Clark P., son of Frazier and Lovisa Cutler, died March 26, 1840, age 11 months 15 days, (stone difficult to read).
Cutler, Frazier, died September 28, 1865, age 80 years 4 months.
Cutler, Lovisa, wife of Frazier Cutler, died April 27, 1877, age 75 years.
Cutler, Melissa, daughter of Frazier and Lovisa Cutler, died June 17, 1845, age 14 years, (stone not found in 1994).
Cutler, Mercy J., daughter of Frazier and Lovisa Cutler, died June 18, 1832, age 4 years 4 months 26 days.
Dexter, (maiden name), see Caroline Dexter White.
Dexter, Charlotte, died May 25, 1874, age 56 years 3 months.
Dexter, James, died May 14, 1861, age 46 years 5 months.
Dexter, John A., died November 20, 1863, age 54 years 10 months.
Dexter, Mercy A., died July 3, 1860, age 77 years 6 months.
Dexter, Samuel, died September 29, 1856, age 83 years.
Donaldson, (maiden name), see Nancy Donaldson Farnham.
Donaldson, Alexander, died March 17, 1856, age 85 years.
Donaldson, Clarissa, wife (1) of Alexander Donaldson, died November 19, 1841, age 68 years.
Donaldson, Ira, died March 22, 1844, age 36 years, (stone not found in 1994).
Donaldson, Lois, wife (2) of Alexander Donaldson, died July 9, 1845, age 44 years.
Donaldson, Lucy, daughter of S. and F. Donaldson, died September 9, 1858, age 4 weeks 5 days.
Donaldson, Orolostic, son of Sylvester and Lois Donaldson, died September 5, 1835, age 9 months.
Dutton, (maiden name), see Anna O. Dutton Putman.
Edgerton, (maiden name), see Lucinda Edgerton Gage.
Farnham, (maiden name), see Olivia Farnham Bennett.
Farnham, Calvin, died August 28, 1839, age 42 years.
Farnham, Cornelia M., died February 2, 1859, age 20 years, (stone not found in 1994).
Farnham, Nancy Donaldson, wife of Calvin Farnham, died September 29, 1887, age 90 years.
Gage, Cynthia M., daughter of Samuel and Lucinda Gage, died January 21, 1840, age 20 years.
Gage, Lucinda Edgerton, wife (1) of Samuel Gage, died September 24, 1831, age 55 years.
Gage, Rhoda Griswold, wife (2) of Samuel Gage, died November 16, 1857, age 68 years, (age now buried).
Gage, Samuel, died April 3, 1860, age 87 years.
Graves, (maiden name), see Arvilla Carr.
Graves, Annette Keith, wife of Charles Emerson Graves, daughter-in-law of Nathan Graves, (no other data given), (said to be buried here, record from Graves family), (noted on old lists, stone not found in 1994).
Graves, Asa, son of Nathan Graves, (no other data given), (said to be buried here, record from Graves family), (noted on old lists, stone not found in 1994).
Graves, Lydia, wife of Nathan Graves, died May 14, 1855, age 73 years, (stone not found in 1994).
Graves, Lydia J., daughter of John and Jane Graves, died August 4, 1855, age 14 years (10 months), (part of stone broken away).
Graves, Mary Hammond, wife of Asa Graves, (no other data given), (said to be buried here, record from Graves family), (noted on old list, stone not found in 1994).
Graves, Nathan, died November 4, 1866, age 87 years, (stone not found in 1994).
Graves, Stephen, (dates not given), age 10 years, (said to be buried here, record from Graves family), (noted on old list, not found in 1994).
Griswold, (maiden name), see Rhoda Griswold Gage.
Hammond, (maiden name), see Mary Hammond Graves.
Hammond, Amanda, wife of Paul Hammond Jr., died October 10, 1846, age 46 years.
Hammond, Lydia A.L., daughter of Paul (Jr.) and Amanda Hammond, died February 25, 1850, age 18 years.
Hammond, Melvin, died 1862, age 32 years, Co. A., 157 Reg., NY Vol.
Hayden, (maiden name), see Jerusha Hayden Merrell.
Hazelton, George, son of Squire and Catherine Hazelton, died February 4, 1839, age 1 year 20 days, (fragment of stone with statistical data present, names from old list).
Hazelton, Mary (1), wife of Thaddeus Hazelton, died April 6, 1844, age 81 years 15 days, (stone not found in 1994, footstone "M.H." found).
Hazelton, Mary (2), daughter of Squire and Catherine Hazelton, died March 15, 1839, age 3 years 9 months, (stone not found in 1994).
Hazelton, Thaddeus, died July 28, 1845, age 85 years.
Howard, Alvan H., died December 27, 1879, age 74 years
Howard, Arad, died May 1, 1887, age 74 years.
Howard, Betsey Lindsley, wife of Alvan H. Howard, died October 10, 1880, age 61 years.
Howard, Edwin B., died July 15, 1834, age 30 years 4 months 22 days.
Howard, F. Albertus, son of Alvan H. and Betsey Howard, died September 29, 1862, age 18 years 11 months 14 days.
Judd, Abigail, wife of Seymour Judd, died February 22, 1848, age 68 years.
Judd, Eliza, daughter of Marshall and Theodotia Judd, died November 17, 1855, age 7 years.
Judd, Lucy, adopted daughter of Ahiman and Fanny Wilber, died July 1, 1842, age 2 years 3 months, (stone not found in 1994).
Judd, Marshall, died November 24, 1864, age 58 years 8 months, (stone not found in 1994).
Judd, Nelson A., died September 8, 1840, age 29 years.
Judd, Orones, only son of Nelson and Ann Judd, (date of death not given), age 10 months 12 days.
Judd, Ruth, died April 5, 1861, age 61 years.
Judd, Seymour, died January 20, 1829, age 55 years.
Judd, Sybil, wife of Marshall Judd, died April 7, 1840, age 31 years.
Keith, (maiden name), see Annette Keith Graves.
(Keith, ______, one of two wooden tombstones on either side of Mary A. Keith, not found in 1994, her stone has been moved.)
(Keith, ______, one of two wooden tombstones on either side of Mary A. Keith, not found in 1994, her stone has been moved.)
Keith, Betsey, wife (1) of Elbridge Keith, died June 24, 1842, age 26 years.
Keith, Cornelia Clark, wife (2) of Elbridge Keith, died October 30, 1862, age 79 years 10 months.
Keith, Elbridge, born 1811, died 1876, (age not given).
Keith, Elizabeth, wife of Levi Keith, died September 11, 1862, age 76 years 11 months.
Keith, Levi, died October 30, 1862, age 79 years 10 months.
Keith, Mary A., wife of John Keith, died April 23, 1847, age 32 years 2 months 24 days.
Lane, (maiden name), see Sarah Lane Walker.
Lane, John, died December 7, 1827, age 50 years.
Lane, Nancy, wife of John Lane, died July 6, 1845, age 66 years.
Lindsley, (maiden name), see Betsey Lindsley Howard.
Lindsley, Allen H., born 1817, died 1891, (age not given), (stone not found in 1994).
Lindsley, Amelia, daughter of Simeon and Fanny Merrill Lindsley, died November 26, 1824, age 7 years 1 month 11 days.
Lindsley, David, born June 10, 1789, died August 16, 1842, (age not given).
Lindsley, Ellen L., died March 6, 1853, age 9 years 6 months.
Lindsley, Fanny Merrill, wife (1) of Simeon Lindsley, died December 11, 1863, age 66 years.
Lindsley, Jerusha Merrel, wife of David Lindsley, born June 23, 1792, died January 30, 1878, (age not given).
Lindsley, Lovisa Ann, wife of Allen H. Lindsley, died October 23, 1846, age 24 years 5 months 4 days.
Lindsley, Sarah J., daughter of Simeon and Fanny Merrill Lindsley, died November 9, 1860, age 26 years 6 months.
Lindsley, Simeon, died May 28, 1848, age 46 years.
Lindsley, Surepta, wife (2) of Simeon Lindsley, died September 26, 1855, (age 38 years), (age broken away).
Lindsley, Thankful P., wife of Eber Lindsley, died June 5, 1848, age 58 years 7 months, (stone not found in 1994).
Marble, Charles A., died April 24, 1844, age 18 years.
Mason, Asenath, wife of Isaac Mason, died May 18, 1848, age 65 years.
Mason, Elizabeth, wife of Enoch Mason, born October 9, 1767, died March 15, 1828, age 60 years 5 months 6 days.
Mason, Isaac, born Spencer, MA, February 5, 1782, died July 13, 1879, age 98 years.
Mason, Lucy, wife of Otis Mason, died November 14, 1835, age 27 years 3 months 14 days, (stone not found in 1994).
(Matteson), Amy, (no dates given), age 9 years, (with Matteson stones).
Matteson, Freddie, son of O.V. and S.C. Matteson, (no dates given), age 4 years.
(Matteson), Jane, (no dates given), age 3 years, (with Matteson stones).
Matteson, Mary D., wife of O.V. Matteson, (no dates given), age 29 years.
Mead, Martha Westcott, wife of Myron N. Mead, died June 11, 1842, age 24 years.
Mead, Myron N., born 1816, died 1879, (age not given).
Merrel (Merrill), (maiden name), see Jerusha Merrel Lindsley.
Merrill, (maiden name), see Fanny Merrill Lindsley.
Merrell, Jerusha Hayden, wife of Solomon Merrell, died September 24, 1854, age 97 years 3 months.
Osborne, Charles L., died May 19, 1888, age 55 years, Co. E., 81 Reg., NY Vol., (monument and stone).
Osborne, Harriet E., wife of Charles L. Osborne, born 1842, died 1922, (age not given).
Osborne, Nathaniel W., died December 14, 1863, age 58 years 10 months.
Osborne, Roxa L., wife of Nathaniel W. Osborne, died March 12, 1884, age 72 years.
Parks, Henrietta, wife of Charles K. Parks, died December 20, 1840, age 31 years.
Putman, Aaron, born 1783, died 1867, (age not given).
Putman, Anna O. Dutton, wife of John E. Putman, born January 30, 1828, (date of death and age not given).
Putman, Elizabeth Bailey, wife of Josiah Putman, born 1852, died 1902, (age not given).
Putman, Frederick W. (1), born 1818, died 1880, (age not given).
Putman, Fred W. (2), son of Frederick W. and Marie E. Putman, born 1867, (date of death and age not given).
Putman, John E. (1), born February 11, 1820, died January 11, 1891, (age not given).
Putman, John E. (2), son of John and Anna O. Putman, died July 31, 1876, age 19 years 7 months 26 days.
Putman, Josiah, died January 21, 1892, age 64 years.
Putman, Laura, died April 14, 1870, age 34 years.
Putman, Lillie, daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth Bailey Putman, born 1871, died 1877, (age not given).
Putman, Maria E., wife of Frederick W. Putman, born 1834, (date of death and age not given).
Putman, Mary, wife of Aaron Putman, born 1785, died 1861, (age not given).
Putman, Mary E., daughter of Aaron and Mary Putman, born 1811, died 1857, (age not given).
Scott, Jenette C., daughter of J. and E. Scott, died April 24, 1833, age 6 months 15 days, (on same stone as Mercy J. Cutler).
Scott, Maronett, daughter of Jason and Electa Scott, died February 8, 1844, age 4 years 2 months.
Sherman, Erasmus D., son of Hiram and Frances A. Sherman, died January 7, 1844, age 7 months 23 days.
Sherman, Huldah, wife of Richard Sherman, died March 11, 1846, age 60 years 2 months, (stone not found in 1994).
Smith, David, died April 10, 1813, age 47 years.
Smith, Deborah, former wife of David Smith, died February 18, 1844, age 74 years, (stone not found in 1994).
Smith, Emily, daughter of George and Sally Smith, died April 7, 1833, age 2 years __ months, (bottom buried too deep to be read).
Smith, Emoline L., daughter of George and Sally Smith, died March 29, 1837, age __, (stone not found in 1994).
Smith, George, died August 26, 1836, age 45 years.
Smith, Susannah, wife of David Smith (see Deborah Smith), died October 9, 1841, age 42 years, (stone not found in 1994) (I am informed that Susannah Smith is the wife of David Smith, the son of the David Smith buried here who died in 1813).
Summer, Hannah H., wife of Samuel Summer, relict of Jason White, died May 9, 1881, age 80 years.
Summer, Samuel, died April 29, 1860, age 70 years.
Taylor, Solomon, died September 30, 1855, age 77 years.
Westcott, (maiden name), see Martha Westcott Mead.
Walker, Joseph, died February 2, 1838, age 77 years.
Walker, Sarah Lane, wife of Joseph Walker, died June 17, 1831, age 67 years.
White, see Hannah H. Summer.
White, ______, infant daughter of W. and L. White, died August 3, 1837, age 5 days.
White, Caroline Dexter, wife of Ona White (2), died April 7, 1870, age 57 years, (stone buried and rotten).
White, Charles, died April 11, 1844, age 18 years, (stone not found in 1994).
White, Eli, Deacon, died October 1, 1863, age 60 years.
White, Emelia, wife (1) of Welcome White, died April 30, 1836, age 30 years 1 month 2 days.
White, Haven, died March 10, 1838, age 71 years.
White, Jason, died May 31, 1836, age 34 years.
White, Jason J., son of Deacon Eli and Lydia M. White, died November 22, 1838, age 2 months.
White, Laura, wife (2) of Welcome White, died February 23, 1866, age 50 years.
White, Lois M., daughter of Eli and Lydia M. White, died March 18, 1833, age 3 years.
White, Lydia M., wife of Deacon Eli White, died March 17, 1865, age 62 years.
White, Ona (1), died February 26, 1862, age 74 years 5 months 17 days.
White, Ona (2), died April 17, 1838, age 24 years 6 months.
White, Polly, wife of Ona White (1), died July 25, 1830, age 41 years.
White, Sybil Malvina, daughter of William and Caroline E. White, died September 17, 1841, age 1 year 10 months 17 days.
White, Webster, son of Welcome and Laura White, died February 5, 1841, age 1 year 4 months 8 days.
White, Wells R.B., son of Deacon and Lydia M. White, died November (9, 10), 1843, age 3 years 4 months, (two stones, smaller one says November 10, 1843).
Wilber, see Lucy Judd.
Wilber, Ahiman, died January 18, 1859, age 63 years, (stone not found in 1994).
Wilber, Alvin H., died March 1, 1852, age 42 years 11 months.
Wilber, Andrew J., son of J. and J. Wilber, died July 6, 1840, age 5 years 1 month 16 days.
Wilber, Fannie, wife of Ahiman Wilber, died September 13, 1849, age 50 years.
Wilber, Harriet, wife of Alvin H. Wilber, died August 18, 1885, age 72 years 6 months.
Wilber, James E., son of A. and F. Wilber, died July 9, 1832, age 2 years 5 months.
Wilber, Marvin, son of J. and J. Wilber, died June 9, 1834, age 11 months 17 days, (on same stone as Melvin Wilber).
Wilber, Mary M., daughter of Ezra P. and Caroline Wilber, died July 30, 1855, age 6 years 9 months 25 days.
Wilber, Melvin, son of J. and J. Wilber, died June 9, 1834, age 11 months 17 days, (on same stone as Marvin Wilber).
Wilber, William E., died July 7, 1840, age 2 years 7 months 29 days.
Wilber, William W., son of A. and F. Wilber, died March 2, 1838, age 2 years 9 months.
Willbur, Rhoda, wife of Richard Willbur, died February 11, 1861, age 86 years.
Willbur, Richard, died October 24, 1842, age 73 years.
Wood, Danforth, died November 1, 1883, age 81 years.
Wood, Elizabeth H., died November 9, 1886, age 79 years 11 months.
Wood, Mary E., died July 7, 1835, age 4 years 10 months.

END of Westcott Cemetery list compiled by Daniel H. Weiskotten