Virgil 1st Public Cemetery, Virgil, Cortland County, NY

While driving westward along Route 392 (via exit 9, Interstate 81) towards the town of Cortland in Cortland County, below the Finger Lakes in rural New York State, we came across the small town of Virgil.   The quaint town consists of about 2,000+ residents and is noteworthy for being settled just after the American Revolution. This is due, in part, to the land there being part of the "Central New York Military Tract" which was land set aside to compensate New York's Revolutionary War soldiers for their services during the war.   The US Congress had promised soldiers at least 100 acres for their service but New York found it necessary to offer an addditional 500.

Just off the main roadway, along Church Street, lies the site of 1st Public Cemetery, established in 1806. This cemetery is very small and rather old, consisting of a few long rows of grave markers, some crumbled, several eroded beyond legibility.   The grave of at least two Revolutionary War soldier are found here, one clearly marked by a military marker, probably placed here by a DAR chapter.   The marked grave is that of Thomas Mott, see below.   One tombstone notes that John M. Frank "fought for Independence."

Within easy view from the 1st Public Cemetery, is the much larger and currently active, Virgil Rural Cemetery which likewise contains markers naming Revolutionary soldiers.   We photographed all markers for which we could make out the inscriptions at 1st Public cemetery.   We hope you find this useful and interesting.   If you would like to read more about the town of Virgil, please see the History of Virgil which contains some very interesting stories about early settlement of these lands.

The following are those tombstones we were able to read in part or total.   Click on the appropriate link to view a photograph of the tombstone.

  • Holdridge, Abigail (dau of Daniel and Anna Holdridge) ~~ died Feb 2, 1845, aged 13 yrs, 2 mo. and 10 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Holdridge, Daniel ~~ May 20, 1798 - Oct 9, 1882   Tombstone Photograph

  • Holbrook, Susannah (dau of Phineas and Cloy Holbrook ~~ died dec 16, 1838, aged 6 yrs, 5 mo   Tombstone Photograph

  • Chase, Jeremiah ~~ died Apr 10, 1847, aged ?92? yrs   Tombstone Photograph

  • Chase, Sabra (wife of Jeremiah Chase) ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Bouton, Dradaina (wife of Hiram Bouton) ~~ died Jun 10, 1828   Tombstone Photograph

  • Carson, Mary ~~ died Feb 22, 1812, aged 22 yrs   Tombstone Photograph

  • Carson, Sally (wife of Abraham Carson; dau of Jonathan and Lucinda Edwards) ~~ died dec 18, 1824, aged 26 yrs and 7 mo -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Edwards, William (youngest son of Jonathan and Lucinda Edwards) ~~ died Jul 4, 1834, aged 24 yrs, 4 mo and 13 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Edwards, Harriet (youngest dau of Jonathan and Lucinda Edwards) ~~ died Apr 6, 1836   Tombstone Photograph

  • Edwards, Lydia (second dau of Jonathan and Lucinda Edwards) ~~ died Dec 29, 1845, aged 42 yrs, 9 mo and 6 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Skeel, Jonathan ~~ died Jul 20, 1831, aged 84 yrs and 9 mo   Tombstone Photograph

  • Skeel, Joanna (wife of Jonathan Skeel) ~~ died Sep 13, 1830, aged 76 yrs and 17 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Edwards, Jonathan ~~ Jan 14, 1769 - Apr 2, 1845   Tombstone Photograph

  • Edwards, Lucinda (wife of Jonathan Edwards; eldest child of Jonathan and Joanna Skeel) ~~ Apr 29, 1771 -   Tombstone Photograph   Tombstone Photograph

  • Morse, John ~~ died Aug ?, 1839   Tombstone Photograph

  • Parker, Colvin ~~ died Mar 12, 1866, in the 85 year of his age   Tombstone Photograph

  • Parker, Mary (wife of Colvin Parker) ~~ died May 26, 185?, in her 79 year   Tombstone Photograph

  • Ball, Walt ~~ died Sep 13, 1837, aged 83 yrs   Tombstone Photograph

  • Ball, Rebecca (wife of Walt Ball) ~~ died Mar 11, 1842, aged 77 yrs, 2 mo and 25 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Ball, Catherine ~~ died Jun 6, 1860, aged 37 yrs, 1 mo and 9 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Brown, Henry A. (son of Henry and Sarah Brown) ~~ died Sep 30, 1842, aged 17 yrs, 5 mo and 17 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Brown, Sarah (wife of Henry Brown, esq.) ~~ died Jan 20, 1846, aged 70 yrs and 1 mo   Tombstone Photograph

  • Brown, Henry, esq. ~~ died Sep 1, 1858, aged 76 yrs and ? -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Bouton, Rachel (wife of Nathaniel Bouton) ~~ died Apr 9, 1886, aged 97 yrs, 3 mo and 25 days -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Bouton, Clarissa (dau of James and Abigail Bouton) ~~ died Sep 27, 1844, aged 27 yrs, 8 mo and 17 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Frank, John M. (born in Brunstiel, Germany, emigrated to America at an early period of the revolution, joined the contest for freedom and fought for Independence) ~~ died Apr 9, 1830, aged 81 yrs   Tombstone Photograph

  • Leech, Amos E. ~~ died Aug 25, 1869, aged 46 yrs   Tombstone Photograph

  • Gerow, Julia (wife of William Gerow) ~~ died Jun 14, 1843, aged 46 yrs   Tombstone Photograph

  • Mott, Thomas (CPL 3 Regt NY Lines / Revolutionary War) ~~ 1761 - 1848   Tombstone Photograph

  • Hancock, Joel ~~ died Dec 9, 1864, aged 74 yrs, 5 mo and 21 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Hancock, Susan (wife of Joel Hancock) ~~ died Jun 24, 1868, aged 72? yrs, 4? days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Benton, Rachel (wife of Frederech Benton) ~~ died Aug 5, 1839, aged 55 yrs and 10 mo (Fredk's stone says "55 yrs, 1 mo and 24? days")   Tombstone Photograph   Tombstone Photograph

  • Benton, Frederick ~~ died Jun 25, 1857, aged 76 yrs, 1 mo and 22 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Benton, Thomas M. ~~ died Apr 6, 186?   Tombstone Photograph

  • Terpenning, Anna Sophia (dau of Merenus T. and Peggy Terpenning) ~~ died Oct 9, 1829, aged 1 yr, 8 mo and 14 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Branch, Clarissa (wife of Enoch D. Branch) ~~ died Sep 7, 1838, aged 36 yrs   Tombstone Photograph

  • Branch, Fanny Rosanna (dau of Enoch D. and Clarissa Branch) ~~ died Sep 22, 1839, aged 4 yrs   Tombstone Photograph

  • Branch, Polly Maria (dau of Enoch D. and Clarissa Branch) ~~ died Aug 16, 1838, aged 12 yrs July 29th   Tombstone Photograph

  • Branch, Jephthah ~~ died Jul 16, 1849, aged 78 yrs   Tombstone Photograph

  • Branch, Charlotte C. (dau of J. M. and Mary Branch ~~ died Dec 6, 1819?   Tombstone Photograph

  • Branch, Enos Nelson (son of Enoch D. and Clarissa Branch) ~~ died Aug 27, 1838, aged 2 yrs May 4   Tombstone Photograph

  • Branch, Prudence D. (dau of Enoch D. and Clarissa Branch) ~~ died Nov 17, 1851   Tombstone Photograph

  • Branch, Nancy (wife of Jephihah M. Branch) ~~ died May 9   Tombstone Photograph

  • Roe?, Elizabeth (dau of Sylvester M. and Mary Roe?) ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Roe, James, esq ~~ died Mar 14, 1813, aged 41 or 44 yrs   Tombstone Photograph

  • Cronkhite, Elizabeth (wife of Anthony Cronkhite) ~~ died Sep 30, 1841, aged 63 yrs, 8 mo and 22 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Case, George W. (son of Andrew and Sarah Case) ~~ died Oct 26, 1842, in his 16 year   Tombstone Photograph

  • Gregory, Josiah B. ~~ died Jun 16, 1844, aged 49 yrs, 4 mo and 28 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Luce, Simeon ~~ died Jan 10, 1852   Tombstone Photograph

  • Luce, Rebeckah (wife of Simeon Luce) ~~ died Jun 26, 1831, aged 61 yrs and 6 mo   Tombstone Photograph

  • Luce, Simeon ~~ Aug 1, 1808, aged ?   Tombstone Photograph

  • Luce, George (son of Martin and Catharine Luce) ~~ died Oct 10, 1848, aged 6 yrs, 1? mo and 8 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Taylor, Hepsibath (wife of Justus Taylor) ~~ died May 20, 1844, aged 40 yrs, 5 mo and 18 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Taylor, Sarah M. (dau of the Hepsibath and Justus Taylor) ~~ aged 7 mo   Tombstone Photograph

  • Conrad, Susannah (wife of John Conrad) ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Morse, Hannah (wife of John Morse) ~~ died Mar 2, 1860, aged 91 yrs, 11 mo and 11 days   Tombstone Photograph

  • Smith, Nancy (wife of Harison Smith) ~~ died Jun 26, 1842, in her 41st year   Tombstone Photograph

  • Smith, Nancy E. (dau of Harison and Nancy Smith) ~~ died Jul 28, 1842, aged 2 yrs and 8 mo   Tombstone Photograph