First Gayhead Cemetery

Located southeast of Gayhead, on Ira Vail Road in the Town of Cairo. The cemetery is surrounded by a stone wall and is in good condition.

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Transcribed by Sylvia Hasenkopf September 17, 1999. Validated in the summer of 2011 and all stones digitized.
The pictures of the tombstones are in the possession of the Cairo Historical Society.


  1. Jonathan Husted, d. August 15, 1820, aged 59y
  2. Fieldstone - J.T.
  3. Fieldstone - H.V.
  4. Fieldstone - H.M.H. 1831 F15
  5. Fieldstone - J.P.
  6. Esther Vining, d. March 23, 1832
  7. Martha Wilber, d. January 10, 1881, aged 67y23d
    Deborah Wilber, d. January 4, 1881, aged 75y6m5d
  8. Abiel Wilber, d. April 3, 1835, aged 67y2m14d
  9. Mary, w/o Abiel Wilber, d. December 18, 1857, aged 84y3m13d
  10. Kinner N. Wilber, d. April 13, 1878, aged 79y_m26d
  11. Eseck Wilber, d. December 5, 1821, aged 27y1m24d
  12. Richard Walters, d. January 24, 1825, aged 63y
  13. Fieldstone - 9th 1789 - no initials
  14. Fieldstone - J.T.
  15. Fieldstone - H.T. 1835
  16. William junior, s/o William and Hannah Brownell, d. May 25, 1843, aged 28y4m4d
  17. In Memory of Miles, s/o William and Hannah Brownell, d. July 9, 1831, aged 14y2m4d
  18. Hannah, w/o William Brownell, d. January 19, 1856, aged 73y4m6d
  19. William Brownell, d. March 24, 1858, aged 82y10m2d
  20. Phebe, w/o Wilber Earl, d. March 7, 1834, aged 75y11m12d
  21. Wilber Earl, d. February 20, 1846, aged 95y10m1d
  22. Hannah, w/o Wilber Earl, d. December 1, 1839, aged 51y27d
    Jane Earl, d. April 1, 1822,
  23. Maria, d/o Wilber and Hannah Earl, d. September 2, 1843, aged 21y6m23d
  24. Susannah Belloss, w/o David Vermilyea, d. January 19, 1872, aged 72y8m18d
  25. David Vermilyea, d. December 30, 1869, aged 72y7m19d
  26. Jemime Travis, w/o Abraham Vermilyea, d. December 19, 1863, aged 91y8m19d
  27. Abraham Vermilyea, d. December 18, 1831, aged 63y9m2d
  28. Betsey Earl, d. March 25, 1817, aged 31y11m23d
  29. Polly Bu(tler), w/o James Earl, d. May 9, 1811, aged 27y
    Mary Ann, d/o James and Polly Earl, d. June 2, 1811, aged 1m15d
  30. Lydia Story, w/o of James Earl, d. March 5, 1808, aged 22y9m16d
  31. Matthias, s/o Amos and Catharine Story, drowned July 2, 1815, aged 17y
  32. Amos Story, d. April 2, 1826, aged 59y
  33. Catharine, w/o Amos Story, d. July 18, 1839, aged 69y
  34. Mary Spawn, w/o Amos Story, d. January 30, 1879, aged 86y4m
  35. Amos Story, d. December 6, 1871, aged 81y1m20d
  36. In Memory of Benjamin Story, d. April 28, 1841, aged 76y11m26d
  37. In Memory of Elizabeth, w/o Benjamin Story, d. January 22, 1846, aged 79y12d
  38. Joseph Drake, d. August 27, 1841, aged 39y4m10d
  39. William Drake, d. June 18, 1828, aged 70y4m14d
  40. Eunice Helms, w/o William Drake, d. April 15, 1853, in the 93rd year of her age
  41. R.P. (footstone only)
  42. ?, d. February 7, 1859 (Illegible, footstone has initials PR)
  43. Phebe Roe, d. April 1, 1805 (Fieldstone)
  44. Caroline Cook, , w/o of Abel Vermilyea, d. May 15, 1894, aged 74y10m
  45. Abel Vermilyea, d. August 29, 1879, aged 65y9m4d
  46. Louisa, d/o Abel and Caroline Vermilyea, d. September 2, 1848, aged 2y7m
  47. Anne, d/o Abel and Caroline Vermilyea, d. July 12, 1842, aged 8m21d
  48. Lucinda, d/o A. & R.A. Whitbeck, d. September 21, 1849, aged 2y
  49. Fieldstone - M.W.
     

Footnote: Previous transcription located at the Vedder Museum. Date of transcription unknown. Transcriptions for markers, no longer visible at the cemetery:

  1. Horace Cook, b. March 24, 1817, d. April 19, 1903 (transcription notes that he is buried in Wisconsin according to the family bible)
  2. Matilda, w/o Horace Cook , b. April 25, 1820, d. February 15, 1859
  3. Peter Vermigli, b. July 2, 1725, d. 1805
  4. Polly Pinkney, w/o Peter Vermigli , b. 1730, d. 1823
  5. H.X.S. , d. April 6, 1806
  6. Mary Story, d/o John T. and Elizabeth Roe Story, b. March 2, 1838, d. August 11, 1841
  7. Phebe Ann Earl, b. March 1, 1819, d. September 22, 1857
  8. Polly, w/o Robert Vining, b. September 20, 1802, d. July 13, 1839
  9. Dwight Brownell, s/o John H and Rachel Brownell, d. January 9, 1852, aged 18m
  10. A.X. Warto, d. February 10, 1843
  11. Polly Reeves, w/o Richard Perry, b. May 4, 1788, d. February 7, 1857

Other notes on the transcription:
1.  Matilda Cook has a marker in the Old Gayhead Cemetery, however the transcriber notes that she is buried in Gayhead Cemetery. The transcriber also notes that the seven children of Horace and Matilda Cook are buried in Old Gayhead Cemetery according to the family bible. They are:
Moses Williams Cook, b. April 1, 1843, d. July 19, 1844
Eunice Ann Cook, b. July 9, 1845, d. September 1, 1848
James Abel Cook, b. August 31, 1847, d. November 24, 1847
Caroline Leavers Cook, b. October 6, 1849, d. February 4, 1851 - New Gayhead
Henry Horace Cook, b. November 31, 1851, d. September 7, 1852
Horace Amos Cook, Jr, b. January 10, 1853, d. May 6, 1853
Hiram J. Cook, b. December 20, 1854, d. December 30, 1855
Susan Drake Cook, b. April 17, 1856, d. July 10, 1857
Lucy Eunice Cook, b. October 9, 1858, d. July 25, 1859 - New Gayhead
2.   James Earl is buried with his 3rd wife in Sandy Plains Cemetery
3.   Leavers is French (Le Vears) and the names was later changed to Travis.
4.   During this transcription, the transcriber noted that two markers were removed from    the cemetery and had not had an opportunity to copy them.

NOTE: This transcriber appears to have calculated birth dates from the year and age at death.  It is unlikely that all these markers had the birth year inscribed upon them - Sylvia Hasenkopf.

Dwight Brownell's marker, has been found at a private residence in the Town of Cairo, as noted on this site. Efforts will be made to return it to its rightful location in the Old Gayhead Cemetery.


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