Elston Hill Cemetery, Town of VanEtten, Chemung County, NY
Chemung County NY

Elston Hill Cemetery

Town of Van Etten, Chemung County, New York

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Read by Doris & Joseph Boyd in 1975

Typed by Ruth BRYAN

Photo by Joyce M. Tice July 10, 1999

Elston Hill Cemetery
Read by Doris and Joseph Boyd
Read on July 9, 1975
Typed by Ruth BRYAN


    The Elston Hill Cemetery is located in the northwestern part of the Town of Van Etten, Chemung County, New York, on an extremely narrow, crooked and steep dirt hill known as the Elston Hill Road. It is a town highway originating on the McDuffy Hill Road (County Route #48) and climbing Elston Hill to its summit, continuing into Tompkins County.
    The small burial site is situated in the west side of the road, 1.3 miles from McDuffy Hollow. Measuring about 40 feet in depth and 50 feet in width, the plot could contain as many as 25 graves. Sunken spots and stubs of markers are mute evidence of “forgotten” grave sites. There is no fence. Eight small trees, two of them apple, grow on the cemetery ground. Tiger lilies abound.
    The following record was made by Doris and Joseph Boyd on July 9, 1975. Data in brackets does not appear on the tombstones, but has been added for interest. Likewise, the surname has been added for wives, sons and/or daughters for the sake of clarity.

Last Name First Name Birth Date Death Date Age Inscription/Relationship/Comments
BEATY ELIZA A. 6/17/1837 6/12/1844 6y 11m 26d Daughter of JAMES & M.M. BEATY
BEATY AMANDA M. 9/22/1842 6/23/1844 1y 9m 1d Daughter of JAMES & M.M. BEATY. 

(The two above appear side by side on a single stone.)
BEATY MARY E. 10/29/1835 05/9/1852 16y 6m 10d Daughter of JAMES & MARIAH M. BEATY. (Stone leans against a tree.)
LINDERMAN CORNELIUS 09/05/1802 08/23/1883 80y 11m 18d
LINDERMAN FANNY 12/30/1808 04/16/1881 72y 3m 16d His wife. (A small shaft monument.)
LINDERMAN EMELINE 11/11/1849 05/06/1852 2y 5m 25d Daughter of CORNELIUS & FANNY LINDERMAN
McWHERTER SARAH 1795 5/25/1846 51y Wife of ALEXANDER McWHERTER (The spelling is as it appears on the stone.)
McWHORTER JAMES 1832 12/28/1845 13y 3m
W __?__ H JANE 07/071843 03/18/1855 11y 6m 11d Daughter of JOHN & SUSAN __?__ (A small marker which has been struck by rifle bullets, destroying the surname. The rear of the stone was also used for target practice.)

Two fieldstone stubs with no data

Dear Joyce, [November 2007]

On the transcription for the cemetery there is a stone listed W_?_ H Jane, 7/7/1843 - 3/18/1855, 11yrs, 6m, 11d. Daughter of John and Susan _?  I believe the stone is for Jane Welsh, daughter of John and Susan Welsh. They are my ggggrandparents. They are in the 1850 Census in Painted Post, Steuben County, with a daughter Jane 7 years old. In the NY State Census in 1855 they are listed in Big Flats, Chemung, NY, without Jane. John's will names all other children found in Census Data. I don't know if this is helpful but I will pass it along.

Great site. Thanks for all you do.

                                                                                               Lori Semashko
Chemung County NY

Published On 03/29/2000
By Joyce M. Tice

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