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Gearhart Cemetery, Town of Veteran, Chemung County NY
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Following is the headstone information for the Gearhart (Gearheart) Cemetery, north of Sullivanville:

Row 1:

Sarah, wife of Tobias Gearheart d. 4/24/1833, aged 60y 9m 21d

Dorothy, wife of Tobias Gearheart d. 3/6/1841, aged 20y 9m 12d

Sarah Helen, dau of Tobias D. Gearheart (no date given)

Row 2:

Grace, wife of Zachariah Hawkins died Mar. 31, 1847 Aged 53 years 8m's & 4 d's

George W. AcMoody d. 9/5/1856 aged 86?y 7m 24d

Wm. Fanton died (rest of stone is buried)

Margaret, dau of George W. AcMoody died 6/29/1833 age 1y 2m

Jane P. AcMoody (stone was illegible)

That was everyone for this small, but well-kept cemetery, which I visited on Sept. 26, 1996. I am descended from Zachariah and Grace (Fanton?) Hawkins (early settlers of the town of Catharine/Veteran), and would love to hear from other descendants.

I can be reached at ...Jeff Michaels

UPDATE JUNE 2017  Hi Joyce:I wanted to check in and say hello – I appreciate your site and all the great resources! I sent you the notes on the Gearheart Cemetery in Veteran back in 1996. 

 I wanted to update my contact info. If anyone cares to contact me about Sarah Hawkins (buried in the Gearheart Cemetery) or her husband Zachariah Hawkins, I can be reached at Also my personal blog: 

I still have some 40 year old family history mysteries to solve, so I welcome communication on the Chemung County Hawkins, Coe, Fanton, Lindsey, and allied lines… All the best, Jeff Michaels


Obituaries -
COLEMAN  Elbert Ralph, Sr. Age 83, of Lakeland, FL, formerly of Ithaca Road, Horseheads, went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, April 13, 2004. Al was born February 12, 1921 in Cameron, NY, the second of sixteen children to Charles E. and Anna L. Force Coleman. He served his country during WWII with the 457th Amphibious Truck Company, U.S. Army on Guadalcanal. He married Vina E. Cornell-Zimdahl on January 27, 1946. The couple had recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. He was a UC&M man 1st class for NYSE&G with 34 years of faithful service, retiring in 1982. He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy; and brothers, Donald, Richard and Charles. He is survived by his wife, Vina; and their four children, Julia G. "Julie" Ackerman (William) of Latrobe, PA, Elbert R. "Rusty" Coleman, Jr. (Mi Young) of Melbourne, FL, Candace A. "Candy" Hendrix (Stan) of Lexington, SC, and Charles E. "Chip" Coleman (Judith) of Horseheads. There are thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Al was also a father figure to many foster children. Also surviving are sisters, Anna Worden of Elmira, Martha Pack (John) of Horseheads, Lynda Clinton (William) of Elmira, Sandria Hess (Paul) of Chemung; brothers, Kenneth (Rita) of Cortland, Theodore (Naomi) of Snellville, GA, John of Beaver Dams; Landon of Elmira, Lynn (Liz) of Elmira, Henry (Mary) of Horseheads, Raymond of Littleton, CO; an aunt, Hazel Cook of Wellsville; and hundreds of nieces and nephews, many cousins and friends. Al was an avid golfer and bowler but he will best be remembered for his generosity. He loved his family and friends and was always there for them. He will be greatly missed. He was a member of the Lakeland Light and Life Free Methodist Church, the Light and Life Tuesday Bowling League, and the NYSE&G Quarter Century Club. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 8th, at the Hand In Hand Free Methodist Church in Elmira with his nephew, Rev. John I. Owen, and pastor, Rev. James Payne, co-officiating. The committal service and interment will follow at the Gearhart Cemetery on the Coleman family homestead in Sullivanville, NY, where he will be accorded full military honors. Contributions may be made in Al's memory to the Elmira Hand In Hand Free Methodist Church Building Fund. (Elmira Star Gazette, 16 April 2004)
Chemung County NY

Published On Site 1998
By Joyce M. Tice

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