About Forest Hill Cemetery
Forest Hill Cemetery consists of about 40 acres in the Village of Fredonia, NY. The entrance is on Lambert Avenue. Formerly a private cemetery, it is now owned and maintained by the Town of Pomfret. Record books survive, and Town of Pomfret personnel are available for questions by appointment. This transcript consists of data from the "Burials by Date" section of Record Books One, Two, and Three. It covers known burials from the mid-1850s into 2007. Some maiden names, spouse names, and related items have been have been added from other sources by the transcribers, Lois and Norwood Barris. The "Tiffany" note in a notes field indicates that this interment was also found in the burial records (Oct 1858 to Feb 1867) of Jesse M Tiffany, Fredonia undertaker. Only names and dates are available for interments less than 50 years old. There are 16,343 interments in this update, which includes many corrections to last year's list, many contributed by readers.
Links to section maps showing the locations of lots are below.
History and people of Forest Hill Cemetery
- History of Forest Hill Cemetery, by Willard McKinstry.
- Fredonia’s Burial Grounds and How They Grew, by Douglas Shepard, explores the history and changing concepts of cemeteries, with emphasis on the Town of Pomfret’s Pioneer Cemetery and Fredonia’s Forest Hill Cemetery.
- An Analysis of the Barker Museum’s Forest Hill Cemetery Association Reports, by Douglas Shepard.
- Historical Information on Osbornes and Cobbs buried in Pioneer and Forest Hill cemeteries, by Mary Cobb.
- Pettits and the Underground Railroad, Recent Findings by Wendy J.W. Straight (July, 2006).
- Obituary of Eber M. Pettit in The Fredonia Censor, May 20, 1885, Fredonia, NY.
- Helen Pettit Barker, by Wendy Straight.
- Obituary of Helen Pettit Barker in The Fredonia Censor June 2, 1880.
- Squire White and Family, by Douglas Shepard.
- Some Ancestral Remains of Lucille Ball, by Lois Barris.
- Scott Aldrich And His Children, by Lois Barris and Wendy Straight.
- The John Jones Story, by J. O'Brien About John Jones, the nineteenth century architect in Westfield and Fredonia.
- The Death of Col. David Barrell, contributed by Douglas Shepard and transcribed by Wendy Straight.
- A Good Old Fashioned Christmas, by Douglas Shepard.
- The Luther and Lewis L. Crocker Homes, the Career of Lewis L. Crocker, and the Career of Walter W. Crocker, by Douglas Shepard.
- Some Monuments at Pioneer and Forest Hill, by Douglas Shepard.
- Forest Hill Cemetry Chapel And Gate Lodge, by Douglas Shepard.
- Frank A. Dinsmore, by Douglas Shepard.
- Harriet Lyon And Her Family, by Douglas Shepard.
- A "Singleminded" Theologian: George Burman Foster at Chicago, by Edgar Towne, excerpted by Wendy Straight.
- What in the World Do We Do? - Joel R. Parker [1812 – 1862] and his gardens, Fredonia’s natural gas industry, the Central Avenue transportation lines, and the long process of historical research before the age of the internet, by Douglas Shepard, Barker Museum Newsletter (Summer 1993).
- Howard Watch Company/Sears Roebuck Co. Connection Finally Made!, by Douglas Shepard.
- Local Grocers: Allen, Perrin and Griswold; Thomas Prushaw; Maytum, by Douglas Shepard.
- Suel S. Clark (1818-1900), by Douglas Shepard.
- Our Fourth Estate, by Douglas Shepard.
- Obituary of Charles Luther Webster in The Columbus Enquirer-Sun, of Columbus, GA (Apr 29, 1891). Contributed by D. Davidson.
- Leverett Barker, by Douglas H. Shepard (2011).
- Charles Burritt, by Douglas H. Shepard (2011).
- James Mullett, by Douglas H. Shepard (2011).
- Cleaning a Gravestone offers advice on how, and if, to clean a gravestone.
- Symbolism on Gravestones, summarized from The Association for Gravestone Studies.
- Defining Illness Names and Their Modern Equivalents, at The Global Gazette.
Maps of the sections
- Sections B, D, E, F, and H.
- Sections G, I, J, K, and L.
- Sections M, T, U, AA, FF, GG, and TT.
- Sections N, P, R, S, and Z.
- Sections O, Q, V, W, and Y.
- Sections BB, CC, DD, and EE.
- Death dates of some graves are much earlier than the interment dates, some even earlier than the beginning of Forest Hill Cemetery. Many of these graves are re-interments, and many of those are from Pioneer Cemetery.
- Although not displayed, the cause of death of an interment with an underlined death date may be viewed by hovering the cursor over the death date.
- Forest Hill Cemetery is owned and maintained by the Town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, NY.
- The interment record data from original log books deciphered and digitized by Lois and Norwood Barris (2007).
- This effort was assisted by Audrey Schmoyers.
- The new cemetery map is by Ann Deakin and her team.
- Thanks to Jim Boltz and Tina Holtz for further help with this project.
- Wendy Straight coordinated the assembly of materials and editing of the web pages.
- Web files were prepared by Nathan Towne.