Completed April 20, 1998 by Kathy Crowell (LCrow10101@aol.com) with Maggie Davison.
Contact: John Tily for burial records, Walnut Grove Cemetery 315 492-0612. Record keeper for Jamesville Cemetery is Pete Paul 315 469-0294.
The visitor to this cemetery finds upon one-half of a double marble stone the inscription, "Sacred to the memory of Dr. David Holbrook, who died Nov. 29, 1832, AE 72 years." Dr. Holbrook, it will be remembered, was the first physician in Jamesville, coming here in 1791. Lucy Davis died in 1808, aged 25 years, and the stone erected over her grave bears the words, "When you read this consider where you must shortly lie." Another stone is, "In memory of Stephen Hungerford, who died June the 10th 1814, aged 71 years". It also says,
"Death conquers all the sons of men.
Few reach three score years and ten.
Though here and there you one may trace,
Let none presume "twill be their case."
Another old stone is, "In memory of Margery Gay, wife of Joel Gay, who died Nov. 20, 1816, in the 53 year of her age." Cut upon its face are the lines,
"Depart my friends dry up your tears.
Here I must lie till Christ appears."
By the side of Mrs. Gay lies her husband, Joel Gay, "Who died July 13, 1821 in the 75th year of his age," and upon the stone that marks his resting place is the verse:
"Death is a debt
To nature due,
Which I have paid
And so must you."
The same lines appear upon a stone under which sleeps "Mr. Matthew Willcox, who died Nov. 2nd, 1833, AE 87 y." By the side of Mr. Willcox lies his wife "Rachel, who died Dec. 13th, 1818, aged 57 years." Another interesting verse is that upon the stone erected above "Polly, wife of John White, died Aug. 20, 1849 AE 54 years, 7 ms. and 2 days."
"Lo! where this marble weeps,
A friend, a wife, a mother sleeps,
A heart within whose sacred cell
The peaceful virtues loved to dwell.
Affection warm and love sincere
And soft humanity were there."
On still another where lies "Margaret Jane, wife of Thomas G. Sinclair, died June 24, 1855, AE 25 yrs, l mo. and l day" is the verse
"Thou hast left us, dearest spirit, and left us all alone.
But thou thyself to glory, and liberty have flown;
And the song that tells thy virtue, and mourns thy early doom,
Should be gentle as thy happy death and silent as thy tomb."
One marble slab is "In memory of David C. Smith, who was instantly killed by the falling of a tree, March 27, 1807, aged 30 years." "He served in the capacity of artilleryman in the Revolution, and died in the faith of the Gospel of Christ" is the information conveyed by the marble which also says, "Thomas Dixon, died April 2, 1850, AE 91 years."
Of the cemetery one part is owned by an association, and the other by H.C. Avery, who bought it of his father, C.W. Avery, about twelve years ago. Mr. C.W. Avery bought the land about sixteen years ago, and at once began converting it into a cemetery. It is at present under the care of T.M. Avery, and it is kept in excellent condition. The grass is cut close, the hedges are always well trimmed, and nothing is permitted to mar the beauty of this resting place of the dead. The other part of the cemetery is owned by an association and contains about one and a half acres of land. It was started about three years ago and at present contains but few graves. It has not yet been materially improved, but plans to do so have been for some time under consideration.