Town of Ephratah

Fulton (formerly Montgomery) County, NY

Tillaboro Cemetery

The Kring/Tillaboro cemetery reading was contributed by Colleen Freidberg, who has done extensive research on the well-known Mohawk Valley surname Sponable, and the Bettingers, families "scattered throughout the Mohawk Valley where I was born (Johnstown)." "A handwritten notation indicates that it appeared in the St. Johnsville Enterprise & News, Sept. 16, 1931. Another version from the Montgomery Co. Archives indicates that the cemetery is in the Town of Ephratah."

Ephratah is often mentioned in our queries and historical articles as it was part of Montgomery County up through the first third of the 19th century. A small town tucked between the towns of Oppenheim and Johnstown (both in Fulton County), Ephratah borders the Montgomery townships of St. Johnsville and Palatine. A creek runs through it named after the Sponables. Instructions as to location are as follows:

"We were there last fall. Even with a map we nearly missed it. Tillaboro Rd. runs between Lasselsville and Rt.10 just north of Ephratah. The cemetery is actually closer to Lasselsville- 2 or 3 miles - on the north side of the road. Lasselsville is on Rt.29 which runs east-west. Just east of where Rt.119 (North Rd) intersects Rt.29 there is another road (Arthur's Rd. on my map but we never saw that sign) that goes south from Rt.29. Tillaboro Rd. begins at Arthur's Rd. with a left turn(east) I don't recall that it was signed at that end last fall. All we saw was a sign saying it was a county road not maintained in the winter. There is however a Historical Marker at the Rt.10 end. According to that sign there was once a church on the cemetery site. A few rocks might be foundation remnants. Tombstones were not visible from the road due to the foliage. It would be easier to find after the leaves fall.

Edward Smith, d. Feb. 13, 1903, age 81 yrs
Harriet Allen, his wife, d. Jan. 18, 1912, age 85yrs
Cora, dau. of Aaron J. & Abbie Smith, d. Jan. 23, 1876, 9mo 10da
Eddie, son Aaron J. & Abbie Smith, d. April 18, 1890, age 12yrs 7mo 6da
Jane Ann Smith, d. July 30, 1880, age 22yrs 3mo 1da
Seth Smith, d. April 28, 1867 age 38yrs 5mo 27da
Elijah Ash, d. Dec. 31, 1881, age 74yrs 7mo 7da
Mary Sponable, wife of George Hose, b. March 2, 1834, d. May 4, 1901
Betsy Ann, dau. of Philip & Anna Sponable, d. Sept. 2, 1863, age 20yrs 11mo 13da
Thomas Burns, Co. G. 54th NY Vol., d. April 21, 1902, age 83yrs
David Smith, Co.F. 13th NY H. Art., d. March 11,1901, age 77yrs
Richard DeNure, Feb.10, 1842 - Aug. 4, 1914
Lyda Smith, wife of R. DeNure, Apr. 30, 1846 - Apr. 9, 1873
Daughter of R. & L. DeNure, d. July 1,1866, age 4yrs
Infant son, Perly
Mary, wife of George Kring, d. Apr. 15, 1874, age 75yrs
George Kring, d. Feb. 21, 1886, age 84 yrs
William Smith, Soldier of the Revolution, d. May 22, 1852, age 92yrs 19da
Ursula, wife of William Smith, d. Sept. 22, 1831, age 59yrs 7mo 5da
Anna, wife of Philip H. Sponable, d. Jan. 11, 1863, age 57yrs 9mo 18da
J. Spanknable, 2060 (?) Tryon Co. NY Rangers
In Memory of John Sponable, d. Sept. 12, 1827 in his 82nd year
Henry Sponable, d. Oct. 25, 1860, age illegible
Catherine, wife of Henry Sponable, d. illegible, age 58yrs 1mo
Joseph Hamilton, d. Jan. 13, 1842, age 41yrs 7mo 6da
Hannah, wife of Joseph Hamilton, d. April 27, 1862, age 69yrs 10mo 10da
Pamelia C., dau.of Henry & Catherine Countryman, d. Mar. 20, 1839, age 5mo
Permelia, dau. of Henry & Catherine Countryman, d. Dec.18, 1830, age 10mo 2da
John Campbell, 1802 - 1892
Ruth Ann Burns, his wife, 1820-1891
Sylvanus Bellinger, Co.F. 153rd Reg. NY V.Inf, d. Aug.3, 1906, age 79yrs
Catherine, wife of Frenz Bellinger, 153rd NY Vol., 1825 - 1914
Mary Sponable, d. Aug 16, 1901, age 81yrs 4mo
John I. Sponable, d. May 25, 1854, age 37yrs 11mo 28da
John Hart, d. July 16, 1857, age 36yrs 9mo
Minerva Burke, b. May 3, 1833, d. Dec. 17, 1907
John W. Hart, b. Nov. 26, 1857, d. Sept. 18, 1860
Jacob H. Hart, 1854 - 1922
Gilbert E. Smith, son of E. & H. Smith, d. May 25, 1885, age 21yrs 3mo
Benjamin Smith, d. Oct. 9, 1884, age 85yrs
Catherine, wife of Benjamin Smith, d. May 30, 1880, age 87yrs

If people want to contact me re: Sponable research I'm willing to help! Colleen Freidberg.

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