Erieville Cemetery, Town of Nelson, Madison County, NY
Erieville Cemetery, Town of Nelson, Madison County, NY
Data derived from work of Mike Marris, with comparison to a 1915 list
1,506 names, several unmarked shale field stones
1806 - Present

posted 7/19/1999
updated 12/30/2004

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Because of the size of this cemetery, with 1,506 known burials, I have had to break these files into four equal-length sections:
A-D   E-K   L-Q   R-Z

Location and Description of the Cemetery

The Erieville Cemetery lies in the "heart of Downtown Erieville" and is said to have been the site of one of the original churches in the community.  It is today operated by a cemetery association which for many years has taken great care to preserve its occupants and provide a good home to newly deceased persons.

The oldest part of this cemetery is on the top of the westernmost knoll and on its south side.  The stones are in rows 10 feet apart with about three feet allotted for each grave.  The stones face west (road to the west) and they appear to be at the foot of the grave in the old part (the text faces away from the grave).  Only a few unmarked field stones are found in the old part.  The existing list for this cemetery was supposedly made about 1915 but there are a few entries for people who died after 1915 - it appears that the 1915 list was copied by Meyer et al. and they or someone else added names at a later time, or that the 1915 list was typed up at later time with some additions.  The cemetery was surveyed anew in 2001 by Mike Marris, and this listing is primarily based on his work.

For many years all that was available for this large cemetery was a list made about 1915 by an anonymous transcriber.  It was an excellent list, but some errors had crept into it by the time it was typed up in the available form some time in the 1950s.  A small number of later burials and genealogical information had also been added to the old list, making it an imperfect snapshot of the cemetery's interments. In 2001 this cemetery was carefully surveyed in its entirety by Mike Marris who has posted his work on his own web page:
Mike has kindly allowed me to combine and compare what was on the 1915 list to what he found in 2001, so I may use it in my larger Cemetery Project, and to post here.  Not only did he record many later burials, but he also cleared up a number of errors from the old list.  My heartfelt thanks to Mike for doing a daunting project that I just never was able to get around to before I moved away.

With that said, there are still plenty of errors in the list (or more correctly on the stones) and I found a number of dates and names that do not match with other dates such as obituaries and census records.  Some day I hope to get to the cemetery and look at some of these troubles and see what the stones say for sure.

Observations from the data

Having a new reading of this cemetery, and having it in computerized format has allowed for some interesting analysis: