Dievendorf Burial Lot
Town of Root

Montgomery County, NY

updated9/17/10 - this Dievendorf cemetery was lovingly cleared of brush and debris, and the fench painted, in the spring of 2010 by a group of members of the newly-formed Town of Root Historical Society. The Leader-Herald Newspaper online featured a story dated July 3, 2010 describing the restoration, with before and after photos, and discussed the new historical group. This article may or may not still be on line when you click this link.

Off Sloansville Road (Rt. 162) on the Hubschmitt farm, Currytown, Root Twp., Montgomery County, New York.

"This neglected family cemetery is located in a pasture about 400 feet southeast of the Hubschmitt home, which is on the Sloansville Road. The cemetery is surrounded by a metal fence, still in good condition, and contains three monuments, visible from the road. The cemetery is grown up with trees and brush, mostly poison ivy, making the location of the stones difficult. Many of the stones are lying on the ground, partially buried. The owner of the land mentioned some unmarked fieldstones which I failed to locate. I cannot be positive that I located every tombstone."

Copied August 1, 1967 by Albert Elswick.

The following stones were found:

  1. Margaret Dievendorf, wife of Jacob P. Bellinger, born May 19, 1840 - died March 19, 1860.

  2. Elizabeth Bellinger, wife of Jacob Dievendorff, born April 22, 1742 - died December 29, 1804.

  3. Elizabeth, wife of William B. Dievendorf, born November 24, 1811 - died November 20, 1879.

  4. Fanny M., daughter of William and Elizabeth Dievendorf, born December 29, 1845 - died June 14, 1894.

  5. Hannah E., daughter of William B. and Elizabeth Dievendorf, born December 27, 1843 - April 6, 1846.

  6. Jacob Dievendorff, born July 24, 1740 - married to Elizabeth Bellinger November 16, 1762 - died November 23, 1816. (There are two stones for him and his wife, one sandstone, one marble.)

  7. Jacob Dievendorff, born September 1769 - died October 8, 1854. His epitaph reveals that he was taken prisoner by the Indians on July 9, 1781 (the Currytown Massacre), and was scalped by them at Sharon, Schoharie County, N.Y. He was married to Margaret Bellinger May 12, 1801. (He lived to a ripe old age, local legend has it - always wearing a silver bowl on his scalped head.)

  8. Jacob J., son of Jacob and Margaret Dievendorff, died November 11, 1832, aged 17 (?) years and 24 days.

  9. Margaret, wife of Jacob Dievendorff, died November 6, 1844, aged 63 years, 10 months, 11 days.

  10. William B. Dievendorf, born August 30, 1805 - died March 11, 1882.

  11. Abigail, wife of Ebenezer Keller, died December 24, 1840, aged 59.

  12. Ebenezer Keller, died August 1865, aged 82 years, 9 months, 19 days.

  13. Elizabeth, wife of Dr. Steven Snow, died October 28, 1834, aged 27 years.

  14. Eleanor E. Moschel, wife of Philip Stowits, died July 17, 1851, aged 61 years, 10 months, 22 days.

  15. George, first son of Philip and Eleanor E. Stowits, died August 31, 1816, aged 1 year, 5 months, 8 days.

  16. Mary, daughter of Jacob and Nancy Stowits, died August 4, 1823, aged 17 days.

  17. Fanny Tymeson, died January 30, 1894, aged 74.

  18. Marble headstone buried partially and covered with moss.

  19. Unmarked fieldstone in the Stowits row.

Dievendorf Burial Lot #2
Town of Root

Montgomery County, NY

On Sloansville Road (Rt. 162), Currytown, Root Twp., Montgomery County, New York.

"This family cemetery is in excellent condition and is surrounded by a substantial wrought-iron fence."

Copied August 5, 1967 by Albert Elswick.

The following stones were found:

  1. Cornelia, daughter of Rev. W. D. and F. M. Buckelew, died March 12, 1858, aged 1 month, 3 days.

  2. Fannie M. Devendorf, wife of Rev. W. D. Buckelew, died December 14, 1858, aged 30 years, 11 months.

  3. Mary Frances, daughter of Rev. William D. and Fannie M. Buckelew, died January 22, 1855, aged 17 days.

  4. Emma W., daughter of W. H. and Jennie Dewell, died March 23, 1867, aged 2 years, 8 months, 22 days.

  5. Willie J. , son of W.H. and Jennie Dewell, died September 18, 1863, aged 2 months and 18 days.
  6. Albert H. Dievendorf, born November 30, 1868 - died July 7, 1946.

  7. Emma C. Dievendorf, died August 30, 1868, aged 3 months, 12 days. (On rear of Jane D.)

  8. Henry I. Dievendorff, born April 8, 1781 - married Margaret Lycker February 7, 1804 - died July 4, 1858.

  9. Infant daughter of Jacob H. and Jane Dievendorf, born (and died?) April 27, 1839.

  10. Jacob H. Dievendorf, born December 30, 1804 - died September 28, 1887.

  11. Jane, daughter of Luke and Margaret A. Dievendorf, died March 24, 1864, aged 5 years, 4 months and 5 days.

  12. Jane Wessell, wife of Jacob H. Dievendorf, died March 8, 1865, aged 59 years and 6 days.

  13. Margaret, wife of Henry I. Dievendorff, died May 24, 1860, aged 75 years, 2 months, 5 days.

  14. Reuben Dievendorf, born December 10, 1835 - died February 24, 1901.

  15. Sarah Schuyler, wife of Reuben Dievendorff, born November 29, 1838 - died November 8, 1902.

  16. Susie Ford, wife of Albert H. Dievendorf, born January 8, 1873 - died October 13, 1940.

  17. Tenetty Maria, daughter of Jacob H. and Jane D. Vendorff, died March 2, 1838, aged 10 years, 4 months, and 16 days. (Note:Jane D. Vendorff is probably Jane Diefendorf but it was typed as listed.)

  18. Chris Dory, died November 25, 1938.

  19. Fanny M., daughter of H. V. and H. D. McGonkey, died August 22, 1854, aged 1 year, 11 months, and 27 days.

  20. Hannah, wife of Henry V. McGonkey, died May 28, 1865, aged 47 years, 4 months, and 4 days.

  21. Henry V. McGonkey, died June 12, 1885, aged 67 years, 3 months, and 20 days.

  22. Benjamin Penny, 1858 - 1917.

  23. Cornelius, son of Jacob and Nancy Stowits, died February 14, 1836, aged 2 years, 7 months, and 1 day.

  24. George Stowits, died April 22, 1831, aged ?, (stone sunken).

  25. Margaret Dievendorff, wife of George Stowitts, died April 14, 1848, aged 80 years, 6 months, and 11 days.

  26. Margaret, daughter of Jacob and Nancy Stowits, died April 7, 1835, aged 18 years, 9 months, and 14 days.

  27. Jacob Stowits, son of Rynier and Eliza Catherine Van Evera, died October 14, 1843, aged 5 years, 11 months, and 21 days.

  28. John Austin, son of Rynier and Eliza Catharine Van Evera, died October 22, 1843, aged 1 year and 27 days.



Both Diefendorf cemeteries were typed by Rita Gros Parish. When Rita volunteered for this assignment, she mentioned that she had played in the first cemetery as a child! Rita's ancestral names are unquestionably illustrious. We hope she makes many more contacts:

"I am a descendant of Captain Lawrence and Maria Failing Gros. Our tree is connected to the Moyer, Smith, Fort, Fox, Bronner, Fetterly, Kinter, Snyder, Dingman, Countryman, Dockstader, Nellis, Backus, Reese, Warner, Harwick, Loucks, Abeel, Schuyler, Snell, Dygert, Knouts, Gray, Bellinger, Hall, Walter and Kast families. Like all genealogy enthusiasts, I am finding cousins and connections I never realized growing up in the Mohawk Valley. Thanks for the chance to help and let me discover who was in the cemetery."


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