Reservoir Cemetery, Town of Nelson, Madison County, NY
Reservoir Cemetery, Town of Nelson, Madison County,
There are no stones remaining
in this cemetery
Field Check and Map of cemetery site made April 24, 1994 by Daniel
This list compiled from older lists
MNI = 27, names = 23, 1812 - 1848
(aka Temple, Erieville, Erieville Pioneer)
(old lists include: Evans 1948, Meyer et al. c.1960)
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There are no longer any stones
left in this cemetery, the stones having been removed, according to Meyer
and Scott, long ago and used in a cellar as flooring. Where they
got the names from is not known, they were gone when Owen Evans reported
on the cemeteries of Nelson in the Cazenovia Republican of September 8,
In 1948 Evans noted that
the cemetery had been "lost" as the markers had been removed, leaving the
only proof of its existence in the memory of the older inhabitants of the
area. He also wrote a little about the history of the origins of
Shortly after the year 1800 the Baptist Church of Nelson was organized
and meetings were held in a building erected for a school and religious
purposes. It was called the "Temple" and was located about a mile
north of Erieville on what is now known as the John W. Marland farm.
As was customary in the early days, a burying place was located near the
The location where this church once stood is now occupied by a modern house,
on the east side of the Nelson-Erieville Road, opposite the intersection
of Hardscrabble Road. The cemetery was located on elevated ground
to the rear of the church.
The site of the cemetery
is still intact and the bodies must still be there. It was set aside
and marked when the Erieville Reservoir was constructed in the late 1840s.
According to property maps the cemetery is 200 by 190 feet but it was clear
in the field examination that the cemetery did not occupy all of this area.
The part that was used by the time of abandonment consists of a plot 80
feet x 80 feet in the southeast corner of the mapped cemetery. The
larger grounds was probably intended for continued use - the last
known burial being made in 1848 which is when the reservoir was being built.
The situation in which the
cemetery lies was originally on a narrow peninsula of land overlooking
the creek. When the dam was built it was primarily erected by crossing
the stream from the tip of this peninsula northward, but also westward
along the edge of the peninsula to higher ground, thus leaving the cemetery
within an angle of the dam. The elevation of the cemetery is about
the same as that of the lake and it is fairly level, dropping off on the
The base of a broken headstone
and a broken footstone are found on the west side of the 80 x 80 plot,
an unmarked field stone marker is along the south side, 2 other unmarked
field stones are in the southeast corner, and another is just in from the
eastern edge 10 feet north of this. This indicates four unmarked
field stone graves, the marble bases not being counted because no match
can be made with the named stones of the list.
Those buried in the Reservoir Cemetery include:
Ayer, Anna, wife of Joseph Ayer, died July 18, 1841, age 55 years.
END of Reservoir Cemetery list compiled by Daniel H. Weiskotten
Ayer, Joseph, died February 12, 1836 (or 1837), age 40 years.
Ayer, John, son of Joseph and Anna Ayer, died December 15, 1843,
age 24 years.
Ayer, Jerry, son of Joseph and Anna Ayer, died August 14, 1846,
age 24 years.
Ayer, Sarah, daughter of Joseph and Anna Ayer, died 18__, age
Bacon, Eliza, daughter of James and Comfort Bacon, died January
17, 1813, age 7 years.
Bacon, Esther, daughter of James and Comfort Bacon, died September
26, 1812, age 7 months.
Bacon, James, Elder, died April 2, 1812, age 82 years.
Bradley, Francis, died April 2, 1833, age 55 years 9 months.
Bradley, Sarah, wife of William Bradley, died March 22, 1848,
age 89 years.
Bradley, William, died December 25, 1812, age 46 years.
Bumpus, Minerva, consort of Admiral Bumpus, died February 20,
1832, age 37 years.
Chaphe, William, died July 28, 1828, age 37 years.
Goodrich, Amy, wife of Norman Goodrich, died October 10, 1836,
age 37 years.
Goodrich, Eleanor, died April 7, 1834, age 11 years 6 months.
Goodrich, Randolph, son of Job and Betsey Goodrich, died February
12, 1817, age 3 years 17 days.
Hakes, Sally, daughter of Josiah and Betsey Hakes, died March
31, 1816, age 10 weeks.
Holdridge, Martha, daughter of Thomas and Abigail Holdridge,
died May 1, 1826, age 15 years 11 months 2 days.
Poole, Josephine, daughter of Oliver and Amy Poole, died November
11, 1845, age 16 years.
Salisbury, Samuel, died January 25, 1835, age 90 years 3 months
Salisbury, Sarah, wife of Samuel Salisbury, died July 19, 1821,
age 74 years.
Sturdevant, Chandler, son of M.O. and Sally Sturdevant, died
October 19, 1835, age 3 months.
Wells, Adaline, daughter of G. and S. Wells, died August 5,
1823, age 1 year 3 months.