Hitching - Kent Burial Ground
This cemetery is located on River Road,
just before the 13 Pines Motel, in East Rome. A DAR listing of this
cemetery refers to it as the Grange Hill Cemetery and indicates that Revolutionary
War soldier Noah Kent is buried here. No stone has been found for
him, nor any DAR marker. Noah Kent was born in Suffield, Connecticut
and died at “Kent Corners” Jan./Feb. 1813. Mr. Kent and his family
settled in Oneida County from Lanesborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts about
1792. All the tombstones in this cemetery are on the
ground, with grass growing on top of them. Three stones were partially
visible, and after much prodding three more were uncovered, several inches
below the ground. There are probably several more in this cemetery
that may never be found. There is also one field stone in the far
corner that looks like a marker but there is no writiing on the stone.
Some research into the Kilbourn family, from History and Antiquities of
the Name & Family of Kilbourn, by Payne Kenyon Kilbourne, 1856, shows
that Israel Holmes Kilbourn was the son of Cyrenus and Lydia Bartlett Kilbourn.
His paternal grandparents, Asa and Sarah Holmes Kilbourn, were early settlers
in Oneida County. Israel Kilbourn married Abigail Champney.
Abigail died in 1849 is probably buried in this cemetery also.
This transcription was taken on July
Betty McCulloch & Kathleen Last
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Champney, Malinda, wife of Henry
C. Champney, died May 13, 1858 age 39 yrs 6 mos 11 dys
Champney, Mary E., dau of Henry
& Malinda Champney, died Feb. 3, 1857 age 9 mos 8 dys
Hitchings, Clarissa, wife of
John Hitchings, died June 13, 1851 age 31 yrs 13 dys
Kilbourn, Israel H. died Oct.
4, 1855 age 60 yrs 5 mos 4 dys
Langley, Benjamin, son of Henry
& Adeline Langley, died Dec. 13, 185? age 4 wks
next to Benjamin Langley’s stone we uncovered
two footstones, one with the initials B. L., the other with initials L.
J. L. There was also a partial tombstone with no writing
by these footstones.