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The Van Patten Cemetery

Town of Tully

Submitted by Mike Winner


This old private cemetery on Vesper Hill is about 4 miles west-northwest of Tully south of the junction of Strong and Curtain Roads (see map). The site is in a wooded area about 300 feet behind the first house on the right side of Strong Road just past the stream.

The fenced burial lot is about 30 x 50 feet and contains the two marked headstones of John Van Patten and his wife, Margaret. There are two other stones, one marked J.P. which may be a foot stone, but the other is unmarked.  John’s grave also has a marker designating him as a Revolutionary War soldier.  According to Lois Patterson’s 1958 book, “Van Patten Family History,” the marker was placed there by the Onondaga County Historical Society when the grave site was cleared in 1953. John and Margaret were the parents of Ryer Van Patten (see Van Patten Family History).


Location of the Van Patten Cemetery near Tully, N.Y.


John Van Patten
died Jan. 27, 1825
AE 75 Ys.
Death is a debt to nature due
Which I have paid and so must you


Margaret, wife of John Van Patten
died Oct. 1851       99
Farewell my friend
All is well, all is well
The “99” was scratched on sometime after the inscriptions were cut,
and refers to her age at death


Location of the two headstones relative to each other, the
Revolutionary War marker, and the two smaller stones


Submitted 26 September 1998
Updated 27 September 1998