Pickett Burying Ground

The Pickett Burying Ground was the first to be dedicated as a resting-place for the dead in the town of Charlotte. In the year 1812, about one-fourth of an acre, on Lot 60, was set apart from the farm of John Pickett for that purpose. It is situated at the southeast corner of the four corners in School District No. 1, and opposite the school house, in the "Pickett Neighborhood." It has now been in use for over seventy-seven years. Samuel, the father of John Pickett, and the ancestor of the Pickett and Cleland families of Charlotte, came to the town in 1811. He died December 19, 1812, in the fifty-seventh year of his age, and he is believed to have been the first person buried there.(1)

The oldest head-stone erected in the town is here, at the grave of Polly Anderson. She died December 23, 1813, in the forty-seventh year of her age. The grave-stone is the work of no mean artist, though made of rough material, quarried from the natural ledges of the county. The following lines are inscribed upon it:

"Withdraw my friends,
Dry up your tears,
For here I lie,
Till Christ appears."

Here lies buried Clarinda Atkins, who died December 20, 1815. She was the wife of Amos Atkins. He and Stephen Jones were the first settlers in the town of Gerry. Two soldiers of the Revolution are interred in this ground - John Cleland, Sr., who died February 16, 1827, and Caleb Clark, who died May 17, 1837. They were the ancestors of the Cleland and Clark families of Charlotte. John Pickett and John Cleland, Jr., well-known pioneers of the town, are also buried here. In all, about fifty-five persons are interred in this burial place. February 26, 1867, John Pickett, nearly fifty-five years after he dedicated it to the public, first executed a deed to "The community of School District Number One, in the Town of Charlotte, and all others living in the surrounding towns wishing to use the same for burying purposes." It is designated in this deed as the "Pickett Burying Ground." Before the execution of the deed, at a town meeting held March 7, 1848, Eliakim Barnum, John Pickett, and Robert P. Robertson had been elected trustees by the inhabitants of the town, to have charge of the ground.

(1)So says Darius Cleland, the oldest resident of that part of the town of Charlotte.


Source: Page(s) 8-9, History of Evergreen Cemetery.  by Obed Edson. Sinclairville, New York, Press of the Commercial, 1890.