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Heady Burying Ground
(An African-American Cemetery)
New Castle, NY

Donated by Jean Ann Orser Lupinetti

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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