I loved this old tree in the cemetery!
A few days ago, my husband and I took advantage of the beautiful weather we are having, to spend a recent morning in a local cemetery. It is one of our favorite activities! I wanted to add a picture of a grave to the FindAGrave website. People request photos of stones for various reasons. Then a volunteer will go to the cemetery and try to find it. So I planned on fulfilling a photo request. Chenango County is full of those little rural cemeteries. We have always enjoyed reading the stones, and letting the people know they are not completely forgotten. Even if we did not know them.
Some of the trees have grown too close to the stones!
Chenango means "pleasant river flowing through the land of the bull thistle". Chenango County was established March 15, 1798. The Chenango River flows through out our county and neighboring counties. It is located in the northern edge of the Southern Tier Of New York. So there is a lot of history to be found in reading the old grave stones or researching the people buried there.
Along North Tyner Road
The Loomis Cemetery is located on North Tyner Road in an area identified as Tyner, even though the addresses of the homes in the area is Oxford, it really is in Tyner. That is only for the postal or telephone service. In the 1800's that area was quite a bustling community. Now it is just homes and camps. No businesses, schools or churches any longer. And most of the homes are sadly gone too.
The stone I was searching for is the tall one leaning against the tree in this photo. There are more grave stones behind the trees seen in the picture. Most are unreadable, many are broken or have fallen over. Unfortunately, I could not read the inscriptions on many. The most recent burials in this cemetery were in the early 1900's. I have been researching our house's history, the people who lived here, and the area around us. Especially trying to find who the builder was of our house that was built in 1850. I have found that browsing the local cemetery has proven to be a valuable tool.
Copyright © 2013 Kathleen G. Lupole
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