Stories in Stone
Preserving History One Gravestone At A Time

Site Update: October 2014

Cemeteries are the "Great American Novel" and every gravestone represents a chapter in that novel. This site is our effort in writing a portion of that novel by documenting cemeteries. Of the six counties (Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, and Essex) that comprise the "North Country" of New York, we concentrate on Jefferson and Lewis Counties. Our goal is to help preserve the rich history of this portion of the North Country and to assist you in your family research.

Gravestone Photographs and Graves of Veterans

We focus our efforts on documenting cemeteries by photographing every monument, headstone, footstone, and stone fragment in each of the cemeteries we visit. This provides a "snap shot in time" and enables us to help you in documenting your family history. We will provide any gravestone photo in our collection free of charge.

GAR War of 1812 MarkerOne aspect of documenting cemeteries is to identify as many graves of veterans as possible. While organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Daughters of the War of 1812, various Civil War organizations, etc. have contributed enormously to the identification, preservation, and honoring of the graves of veterans, there are too many veterans whose graves are not marked or honored.

You can help in identifying the graves of veterans. If you know of a veteran buried in either Jefferson or Lewis County that is not listed, please let us know through the Contact page, so we can get them properly annotated.

Historical Collections Index
Burials and Cemeteries Census Directories
Burials Census Overview 1840 Watertown Directory
Cemetery Descriptions 1800 Census (Oneida) 1863 Watertown Directory
Trinity Burial Ground 1810 Census (Jefferson) 1918 Farm Directory
Cemetery Preservation 1820 Census (Jefferson) Union Academy (Belleville)
    Animal Markings
Vital Records Military Land Records
Baptisms Medal of Honor Military Land Patents 1792
Deaths Boston Tea Party Town Tax Rolls
Family Member Search Revolutionary War Ellisburg Land Bonds
Marriages War of 1812 Henderson Land Contracts
  Patriot War (1837) Fort Drum Tax Rolls 1941
  Civil War & GAR Posts Fort Drum Expansion 1941
  Military Pensions (1818-1883)  
  World War I  
Photos Churches and Members Studies-Misc
Postcards (historical) Congregational Church (Henderson) Frederick J Weckesser
MAC-V SOG (Photos) Congregational Church (Rodman) Hounsfield Families
  Antwerp Churches Cronkhite House
  Wilna Churches Kilborn House
  Phelps Mansion
Requests for specific information, sources or to report errors encountered on the site, please Contact us.