Polebridge aka Johnson Cemetery

Town of Avon, Livingston County, New York

1823-1920

Polebridge aka Johnson Cemetery (may also be refered to as Old Burying Ground)is a small old cemetery by a farm field on the west side of Polebridge Road, about half a mile south of Littleville Rd., in the Town of Avon in Livingston County, New York. Several stones are now missing or illegible. The inscriptions were read by June C. Feder, a member of the Rochester Genealogical Society, in April 1986. June incorporated some old data copied from a list made in 1945 by the D.A.R. The names are arranged alphabetically by the last name, but in family groups.

Polebridge Cemetery Statistics:

Of 46 names listed for Polebridge Cemetery:

8 (18%) are under 20 years of age, 6 are over 80 years of age and 9 were born in the 1700s, with the earliest birth in 1750. The earliest burial date is 1823 and the last is 1920. There are two veterans, one served in the Revolutionary war and the other perhaps the war of 1812.

Earliest Birth Date, First & Last Burials:

The Earliest birth date is George Shepard a Revolutionary War veteran who was born in 1750 & died in 1838 at age of 88.

The earliest burial is Esther Chapel who died in 1823 at age 34.
The latest burial is Jennett Johnson who died in 1920 at age 83.

 

Families:

Chapel (11)

Chase (1)

Hendee (3)

Johnson (7)

Merrell (3)

Pearson (3)

Pierson (1)

Shepard (6)

Robinson (1)

Weed (8)

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Veterans:

Robinson, John

d. May 6, 1861, at 75 y. Flag. War of 1812?

Shepard, George, Sr.

d. June 13, 1838, age 88 yr. GAR Star and flagpole. Civil War

 

Historically Significant or Interesting Headstones

Chapel, Lois

Daughter of Seth and Asenath Chapel, d. in Avon, July 2, 18?3, ae. 18 y. "Sister thou was mild and lonely." (Unusual epitaph meaning?)

Johnson, Calvin

son of Leicester & Julia A.M. Johnson, d. August 20, 1838, ae. 1 yr., 3 ms, and 15 days

Johnson, David

son of Leicester and Julia, d. Aug. 22, 1838, ae. 2 y 3 mo. & 4 das (1year old and 2 year siblings die within two days of each other)

Merrell, Mrs. Asenath

Wife of Mr. Asher B. Merrell, d. Jan. 15, 1835, ae. 26 yrs. and 5 mo.

Merrell, George

Son of A. B. & A. Merrell, d. April 16, 1835, ae. 8 mos. (Asher Merrell lost his 26 year old wife and 8 month old son within four months of each other)

Chapel, Seth

of Avon, d. June 8, 1825, ae. 41 y

Chapel, Asenath

Wife of Seth Chapel, d. October 6, 1849, ae. 64 y. "Mother, thy loss we deeply feel."

Chapel, Lois

Daughter of Seth and Asenath Chapel, d. in Avon, July 2, 18?3, ae. 18 y. "Sister thou was mild and lonely."

Chapel, Seth

(Son of Seth Chapel?)d. October 13, 1849, ae. 35 y. "Brother, thou hast gone and left us."

Chapel, John

d. February 27, 1824, at 44 y.

Chapel: Abigal

wf. of John Chapel. (Stone broken & part buried) d. December 27, 1869 at age 88

Chapel, Mr. Daniel

d. March 17, 1836, ae. 57

Chapel: Mrs. Esther

wf. of Daniel Chapel, d. February 9, 1823, ae. 34

Chapel, Jerome Chapel

d. May 24, 1860, ae. 50 y

Chapel, Mary Ann

wf. of Jerome Chapel

Chapel, Arathusa

dau. of Jerome (or Thomas?) & Mary Ann Chapel, d. March 11, 1841, ae. 6 y. 6 mo. (Stone is leaning on tree.)

Chase, Eliza, "My Mother"

d. April 28, 1830, ae. 20 yrs., 10 mo. and 7 days. (Broken off.)

Hendee, Amos A.

d. February 13, 1880, ae. 65 y.

Hendee, Louvisa C.

Born March 19, 1779, d. June 29, 1867, ae. 88 yrs., 3 mo. & 10 da. "There remaineth a rest to the people of God." (This stone is lying on its back.)

Hendee, Ephraim

Born April 5, 1777?, d. February 10, 1865, ae. 87 Ys, 10 m, 5 Ds

Johnson

A tall monument

Johnson A. Jennett

d. June 13, 1920, ae. 83 y

Johnson, Leicester

d. February 1, 1915, ae. 81 y

Johnson, Julia A. M

., d. May 31, 1910, ae. 70 yrs. Next to: Seymour

Johnson, Seymour

d. March 18, 1915, ae. 82 y

Johnson, Chester

son of Wm. and Ruth Aug12, 1871(?) ae. 11 mo. (stone half buried)

Johnson, Chester

son of Wm. and Ruth Johnson, d. Aug. 12, 1871(?) ae. 11 months

Johnson, Julia Ann. M

"Mother" wf. of Leicester Johnson, d. Sept. 19, 1876, ae. 68-7-28

Johnson, Leicester

d. Jan. 31, 1875, ae. 69 yrs., 8 mos. & 9 das

Pair matching small stones:

Johnson, Calvin

son of Leicester & Julia A.M. Johnson, d. August 20, 1838, ae. 1 yr., 3 ms, and 15 days

Johnson, David

son of Leicester and Julia, d. Aug. 22, 1838, ae. 2 y 3 mo. & 4 das

Merrell, Grace

Wife of A. R. Merrell, d. Aug. 4, 1858, ae. 47 y. . Next to

Merrell, Mrs. Asenath

Wife of Mr. Asher B. Merrell, d. Jan. 15, 1835, ae. 26 yrs. and 5 mo. Next to

Merrell, George

Son of A. B. & A. Merrell, d. April 16, 1835, ae. 8 mos. "Suffer little children to come unto me."

Pearson, Hiram

Born Sept. 21, 1805, d. Nov. 9, 1889

Pearson, A. Lovisa

wf. of Hiram Pearson, Born Feb. 8, 1805, d. July 3, 1891

Pearson, H. Amarillis

Born Feb. 27, 1831. d. Dec. 25, 1887. "To die is gain."

Pierson, William

Born Nov. 8, 1843, d. March 19, 1880.

Robinson, John

d. May 6, 1861, at 75 y. Flag

Shepard, George, Sr.

d. June 13, 1838, age 88 yr. GAR Star and flagpole

Shepard, George

Jr. d. Aug. 6, 1852, ae. 76 yr., 7 mo. and 22 days

Shepard, Sarah

Wife of George Shepard, Jr., d. Aug. 11, 1837, ae. 61 yr., 4 mo. & 15 days

Shepard, Alvia

Wife of Geo. Shepard, Jr. d. Oct. 27, 1848, ae. 47, 1 mo. & 8 days

Shepard, Francis

Son of N. G. and E. Shepard, d. March 23, 1839, ae. 2 Mos. & 24 days

Shepard, Jemima

Dau. of George and Sarah Shepard, d. Dec. 7, 1824, ae. 9 yrs., 22 days

Weed, Ansonam

d. Feb. 2, 1831, ae. 24 y.

Weed, Joel

d. Jan 20, 1841, ae. 56 y.

Weed, Eunice

Wife of Joel Weed, etc. (Bottom half buried.)

Pair of matching stones:

Weed, Jonas

d. Dec. 28, 1840, ae. 24 yrs

Weed, Eunice, N. (or H.)

d. May 20, 1878, ae. 17 y

Weed, George W.

d. June 15, 1826?

Weed: Mary A.

wf. of John W. Weed, d. Aug. 5, 1846, ae. 36 y. . Next to smaller stone

Weed: Mary C

dau. of J. W. and M. A. Weed, d. Jan. 6, 1847, ae. 5 mo.

 

Copyright Douglas Morgan, 2001

 

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