WILSON FAMILY CEMETERY
Town of Mohawk
Montgomery County, NY
11/14/99 1999 Condition Update, including photos.
This transcription of the Wilson Cemetery was sent to us by Paul Russell. In August 1997 Paul provided us with two then-current black and white photos, a little background on the family farm where the cemetery is located, as well as the special provisions made by Jacob Wilson for the future of the cemetery. Paul writes:
"The Old Trail is today a county road; originally, it was the old Indian Trail on the North side of the Mohawk River. The Wilson farm was originally a land-grant for service in the French & Indian War to James Willson & John Willson. The Willsons moved there from Albany in 1763. The cemetery is located off the Old Trial, via the Collins Rd. and is located behind the old Dutch barn on the left. The farm remained in the Wilson family until it was sold in 1923.
It is explicitly mentioned in the Will of Jacob Wilson in 1838: "I devise and bequeath to my son Ira the farm on which I now reside...except thereout on my said farm where the burial ground now is a piece of land forty feet square, which is forever to be devoted to the sole purpose of a burial place for myself and my connections and descendants." There are sixteen plots in the cemetery proper, behind which is an old slave cemetery without markers. The cemetery is maintained by the Wilson family. The marked graves in the cemetery proper have the following inscriptions":
Source: This list was provided by Paul Russell, a descendant of the Wilson family. Paul has also provided us with extensive obituaries of people of the Wilson surname. He'd appreciate hearing from people who want to share information about his family.
Last Updated: 11/14/99
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