Westchester County, NY
The following are all the "redstones" or "sandstones" that are readable in the Sparta Cemetery in Ossining, NY. Sandstones are usually the oldest gravestones in Westchester County cemeteries (slate stones are older in New England). Redstones or sandstones are also called brownstones. Their writings can deteriorate quickly from nature's elements causing internal stresses on the stones. Stones that are 200 years old can appear perfect one day and the next day the entire face on the stone can "let go" and the entire inscription on the stone is lost forever. The spelling on the stones have not been corrected in the transcription which follows. They were recorded as they appear.
|SURNAME||Given Name||Death Date||Age at Death||
Miscellaneous (Parents, Spouses, Epitaphs, Etc.)
Comments in Italics
|ANDEM||Benjamin Franklin||08-13-1805||1y3m10d||Son of Moses and Sarah Andem|
Daughter of William and Mary Arnold
"The pale consumption gave the fatal blow
Thy effect mortal tho the desease was slow
With lingering pains death found me sore oppress'd
Pity'd my sighs and kindly gave rest."
|ARNOLD||Mary||06-23-1798||47y12d||Wife of William Arnold (stone gone)|
|BISHOP||John||04-02-1811||12y10m6d||Son of John & Sarah Bishop|
|BISHOP||Mary||09-01-1801||8y13d||Daughter of John & Sarah Bishop|
Haste my beloved fetch my soul
Up to the blest abode
Fly for my spirit longs to see
My Saviour and my God.
Son of John & Susanah
Son of Peter & Nancy Donnelly
Calm resignation crown'd
his latest hours
While death stood ready to arrest the powers
Of flesh & blood
The mind serene & free
Bound for the joys
of im(mortality) ?
Haste my beloved and remove these interposing days
Then shall my pashion all --------
And all by powers be praised ?
Ye dying sons of men
The gospel's voice attend
|LADEW||Abraham||06-27-17??||?y?m15d||Husband of Anna Ladew (epitaph worn)*|
|LADEW||Anna||12-25-1795||68y10m25d||Wife of Abraham Ladew *|
|LADUE||Abraham||10-21-1774||(5y23d)||Born 09-28-1769 (this was stone damaged by the cannon ball fired from the Vulture Sept.1780) (stone gone) *|
|LEDEW||Daniel||11-15-1772||78y||Born 1694 *|
|LEDEW||Mary||05-10-1773||78y||Born 1695 *|
|LEDEW||Sarah||08-15-1764||5y7m11d||Born 04-26-1759 * ( * = family plot in wall) This is oldest stone in cemetery.|
How lov'd how fair how valu'd once avails thee not
To whome related or by whome begot
A heap of dust alone remains with thee
Tis' all thou art & all proud shal ----
|MERRIT||Bartholomew||01-28-1799||19y8m28d||Son of Abraham & Elizabeth Merrit|
All you that pass look down and see
As I am now so you must be
|MILLER||Daniel||06-03-1775||2y3m26d||Born 02-08-1773 the son of William & Mary Miller|
Wife of Daniel Miller
All you that pass by
Look down and see
That as I am -----
Son of Docr. Seth & Hannah Miller
Look on this monument
Lye Gay and Careless and
Boast no more of tomorrow.
|OGDEN||Michael||05-15-1825||74y||Born 1751 (flag marker)|
|PEERS||Edward Gifford||08-19-1807||1y3m4d||Son of Henry & Ann Peers|
|PEERS||James||09-21-1824||20y||Son of Henry & Ann Peers|
|PEERS||John||03-18-1804||4m12d||Son of Henry & Anna Peers|
|PURDY||Ann||02-28-1775||19y||Daughter of Joshua Purdy|
|SCOFIELD||Ebenezer||03-28-1814||77y||(one stone with Hannah)|
|SCOFIELD||Hannah||03-04-1812||68y||(one stone with Ebenezer)|
Welcome sweet hour of full discharge
That sets our longing soul at large
Unbinds our chains breaks up our cell
And gives us with our God to dwell.
(husband of Margaret Shierwood) Rev. War Marker (stone damaged)
My flesh shall slumber under ground
Till the last trumpet joyfull sound;
Then burst the chain of sweet surprize
And in my saviours image rise
(wife of Gersham Sherwood)
|SHUTE||Catharine||09-27-1805||30y11m21d||Wife of R. Shute|
|TAYLOR||Policarpus Wm.||04-14-1791||35y||(stone damaged)|
|WARD||Job||11-18-1785||1y6m6d||Son of Moses & Ann Ward|
|WARD||Moses||03-17-1791||8m12d||Son of Moses & Ann Ward|
|WILLIAMS||Gilbert||12-19-1801||1y10m25d||Son of Robert Williams|
|WILLIAMS||John||08-07-1804||10m10d||Son of John & Rebecah Williams|
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