Westchester County, NY
The Heady Burying Ground is an abandoned cemetery on Spring Valley Road in New Castle, Westchester County, NY. The burying ground is about an acre square and is the final resting place for the Heady family. At one time they farmed the surrounding 100 acres. Lazerus Heady was one of six illegitimate children of Thomas Hadden, a white slave owner from Scarsdale, and his African-American "wench," Rose. In Thomas Hadden's will of 1761 he left instructions that his children by Rose be taught a trade, learn to read and be given 25 pounds to start their lives and be "exempted from slavery." Thomas Hadden was married, and had a family by his wife, but he made sure he took care of his children by Rose.
Lazerus (with no surname) is listed in the 1790 New Castle census as the head of a family of ten free blacks. The Heady family was Methodist and held services in their house on Spring Valley road before the Methodist Episcopal church was built. (The Ossining Historical Society Museum and the New Castle Historical Society have more information on the Heady family).
Following is a list of the headstones and their epitaphs as they appeared in the 1960's when they were copied by Irene Scase Summerville. Today, many of these epitaphs are unreadable in this overgrown burying ground.
|Surname||Given Name||Date Death||Age at Death||
Miscellaneous, Epitaphs, Etc.
Comments in Italics
|Davis||Maria M.||Nov 7 1846||40y||Daughter prepare to meet me in Heaven|
|Diggs||Eliza A. T.||Nov 24 1842||28y5m8d||Wife of Henson|
|Diggs||George Francis||Jan 18 1843||2y7m8d||Son of Henson and Eliza A. T. Diggs|
|Diggs||Harriet A. T.||Sep 26 1818||5y10m8d||
Daughter of Henson & Louisa E. Diggs
Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven
|Diggs||Henson||Nov 28 1849||33y|
|Diggs||Louisa E.||Nov 6 1848||28y7m15d||
Wife of Henson Diggs
Affliction one long time I have.
Physicians were in vain.
Til God was pleased to give me care.
And free me from my pain.
|Headdy||Temperance||Mar 22 1816||65y1m18d||Wife of Solomon Headdy|
|Heady||Lazarus||Mar 30 1850||99y||(a tree at least six yards around has grown a frame around the little headstone)|
|Heady||Lazarus, Jr.||Apr 3 1873||76y ?||Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. For they rest from their labor and their works do follow them.|
|Heady||Sarah||Sep 1 1843||95y||Wife of Lazarus Heady|
|Heady||Sarah||Dec 10 1849||50y||She died in peace|
|Hedden||Dennis||Mar 21 1837||53y||Rejoice for a father deceased. Our loss his infinite gain. A soul out of prison released. And freed from its bodily chain. With songs let us follow his flight. And mount his spirit above. Escaped to the mansion of light. And lodged in the Eden of love.|
|Hedden||Elizabeth||Jul 2 1846||60y4m||Hosanna to Jesus on high. Another has entered his rest: Another 'scaped to the sky. And lodges in Immanuel's breast: The soul of our mother is gone. To heighten the triumph above. Exalted to Josus's throne. And clasped in the arms of his love.|
|Heddon||Elijah||Jan 10 1850||54y||Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.|
|Heddy||Daniel||May 12 1842||46y10m10d||Preacher of the Gospel (Epitaph indecipherable)|
|Jones||Rebecca||Nov 21 1851||40y||Wife of Henry Jones|
|Rouse||Henrietta||Feb 23 1843||26y4m8d|
|Rouse||Mariette||Jun 19 1848||31y|
|Stryker||Sarah Jane||Sep 1 1853||11m26d||Granddaughter of Lewis & Sarah Stryker|
© 1999 Jean Ann Orser Lupinetti.The above text and table have been provided to this site by Jean Ann Orser Lupinetti.
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