Submitted by Joan Jones. Thank you!
The old Kirkland Cemetery property was purchased about 1806 by twenty-five persons, apparently representing that many families. Details of the purchase and the names of all involved are in the Utica Courthouse in the Book of Deeds No. 15, p 455.
Dated June 4, 1806 about 1/3 of an acre.
FROM: Silas Judson
TO: David Pixley, Justin Little,
Noah Clark, Isaac Judson, Medad Root, Benjamin Churchill,
Phineas Bile, Cyril Budey, Solomon Stockwell, George
Longford, Simeon Gillmore, Nathan Thomson, Nathan Thomson
for Roderick Morrison, John Vaughn, Samuel Laird, Joseph
Gluzen, Solomon Gluzen, Moses Cook, Frederick Vaughn,
Justin Little for Jared Bennett, Cyranus Woodworth, Washeim Cook, Rodolfus Hawkins.
Also mentioned in the deed: Charles Lewis, Seth Grovenor
The property is 50 yards south of the State
Highway (Rt. 5); triangular in shape. The base is about 60 feet wide
toward the road, south to its point, possibly 250 feet.
There are 25 or 30 gravestones; 18 or 20 are readable. Oldest is Mrs. Rachel Laird. Latest that of Mrs. Eunice Stockwell who died August 1851, five years after the laying of the cornerstone of the Clark Millls factory which took place 16 June 1846 and 17 years after Kirkland Church was built in 1834.
Note: It is reported that three iron pins marking the front line of the graveyard property were in existence in 1936. Pins on the other points of the plot may also be located. It is possible that there was the building adjacent now occupied by the Cranberry Bog, once was the site of a church.
In memory of Mrs. Rachel Laird, wife of John Laird, d September 7, 1795; age 67
Thomas Ballou, d September 7, 1826; age 54 yrs, 6 mo 3 da.
Charles Clarke, d June 5, 1813; age 46
James Thompson, d Jan ?, ?; age 76
Nathan Thompson, d August 14, 1826; age 63 yr, 10 mo 7 da.
Theodosia, wife of Nathan Thompson, d April 23, 1829; age 43
Mary, wife of Nathan Thompson, d June 20, 1848; age 89 yr, 6 mo
Angelina, dau of George and Rhoda Hand, d November 17, 1829; age 17 yr, 2 mo.
Jesse Carpenter, d September 17, 1837, age 57.
Solomon Stockwell, d September 12, 1832; age 81 yr, 9 mo.
Died August 18, 1851, Eunice, wife of Solomon Stockwell
Jared Bennett, d July 29, 1840; age 73.
Reuben Stockwell , d November 17, 1843; age 52
Solomon, son of Reuben and Mary Stockwell, d May 22, 1836; age 8 mo 24 da.
Anna, wife of Richard Griffin, d November 18, 1825, age 40- Erected by her eldest son.
Prudence B., dau of Edmund and Mary Whiting, d May 21, 1841; age 15 yr, 5 da.
Josiah, son of Josiah and Mary Bennett, killed
by a fall of a tree, November 26, 1842;
age 16 yr, 4 mo, 2 da.
(Verses and carvings are on many of these stones, some recorded.)
A.L. Easingwood: December 3, 1921