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Yates County Cemetery Project
Part I: Cemeteries in the town of Benton


Briggs Cemetery: Notes

Briggs cemetery This cemetery is maintained by the town, which pays to keep it mowed. It served as the burying ground for the local neighborhood, some of whom lived across the line in Potter. This was not a family cemetery, but many of the people buried here are related to one another and to the original Briggs family who came to this county with the Society of Universal Friends.

It is adjacent to the highway and easy accessible. Nearly all the stones are in quite good condition, though a few have fallen or broken.

The cemetery is named for the adjacent road and for the family whose graves are so numerous within it. On the town's tax-exempt lists it was often called Southwest Benton Rural Cemetery.

Briggs Cemetery: Burials


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B[arnes] R[achel] Meek] [1868] [B1793; wife of Samuel Barnes & daughter of James & Mary Ann Meek] [footstone; headstone face down next to husband's]
Barnes Samuel 1861 Nov 8 D ae 78/11/21
Baxter Olive # 1926 Jun 5 D ae 70
Belknap Briggs 1842 Aug 2 D ae 59/22 days
Belknap George T. 1833 D ae 7; son of Briggs & Miama Belknap
Belknap Isaac [J.] 1871 Oct 21 D ae 48/7 [son of Briggs & Miama Belknap]
Belknap Mary E. 1843 Jan 3 D ae 22/11/13; daughter of Briggs & Miama Belknap
Belknap Miama [Drake] 1863 May 6 D ae 72/4; wife of Briggs Belknap
Blanshard Mary J. [Davis] 1880 Dec 7 B1838 Apr 4; wife of William Blanshard [daughter of James T. & Nancy Davis] [James Davis monument]
Blanshard William 1879 Jul 3 B1829 May 13 [James Davis monument]
Bloomingdale Amelia L 1862 Sep 22 D ae 15/10; daughter of Joseph & Emily Bloomingdale
Bloomingdale Fred 1862 Sep 8 D ae 7/11; son of Joseph & Emily Bloomingdale
Bloomingdale Mary E. 1862 Sep 14 D ae 18; daughter of Joseph & Emily Bloomingdale
Bloomingdale Mortimer R. 1862 Sep 7 D ae 19/10; son of Joseph & Emily Bloomingdale
[Briggs?] ­---- m "Mother" [stone face down near Willett Briggs]
Briggs Abel 1842 Dec 21 D ae 66/5/18 [born 1776 Jul 3, East  Greenwich RI]
Briggs Ann E. [Kelsey] 1905 Jul 3 B1821 Nov 10; wife of Edward R. Briggs [& daughter of Gillette & Elsie Taylor Kelsey]
Briggs Caleb Jr. 1863 Mar 31 D ae 63/7/21
Briggs Charles N. 1929 B1860 [Moore / Briggs monument]
Briggs Daniel m B1830 Dec 2 [son of Abel Briggs] [Daniel Briggs monument]
Briggs Edward R. 1891 Apr 6 B1816 Sep 11 [son of Peleg 3rd & Patricia Hall Briggs]
Briggs Eliza Ann Andrews # by 1850 First husband was Vaughn Briggs; second was Hiram Briggs
Briggs Elizabeth [Chambers] 1834 Jun 10 D ae 69; wife of Peleg Briggs Jr.
Briggs Elvira 1896 Nov 17 B1830 Aug 16; wife of Daniel Briggs [Daniel Briggs monument]
Briggs Emma E. [Moore] 1948 B1864; wife of Charles N. Briggs [Moore / Briggs monument]
Briggs Francis 1850 Jan 5 D ae 83/3/28; Revolutionary War [son of Peleg Briggs Sr.]
B[riggs] George W.
[Son of Francis Briggs] [first name on small stone between Vaughn & Peleg Briggs, & footstone]
Briggs Gusta E. Best 1868 Aug 22 D ae 22/6; wife of Robert Briggs
Briggs Hamilton J. 1878 Jun 3 D ae 82 [son of Peleg Jr. & Elizabeth Chambers Briggs]
Briggs Hannah 1850 Jun 30 D ae 84; wife of Caleb Briggs
Briggs Harry 1831 Mar 22 D ae 31/1/18; son of Abel & Martha Briggs
Briggs Henry # 1863 D ae 31
Briggs Hiram 1881 Jul 27 B1809 May 21 [son of Abel & Martha Briggs]
Briggs Isabel [Albro] m [First wife of] Francis Briggs
Briggs James C. # 1892 Nov 17 D ae 64/10 days; son of Hamilton J. & Mary Briggs
Briggs Laura 1861 Jan 3 Wife of Henry Briggs
Briggs Lydia 1856 Nov 1 D ae 57/8/6; wife of Caleb Briggs [Jr.]
Briggs Lydia [Hall] 1885 Apr 25 D ae 87/9/3; wife of Robert V. Briggs [daughter of William Hall Sr.]
Briggs Martha [Dickinson] 1824 May 11 D ae 41/6/21; wife of Abel Briggs
Briggs Mary 1833 Sep 30 D ae 67; daughter of Peleg [& Elizabeth] Briggs
Briggs Mary W. 1885 Aug 2 D ae 91; wife of Hamilton J Briggs [born North Kingston RI; 1st  husband was Caleb Vaughn]
Briggs Olive m B1857 Nov 4; daughter of Daniel & Elvira Briggs [Daniel Briggs monument]
Briggs Olive [Bell] 1841 Nov 26 D ae 55/9/24; [2nd] wife of Francis Briggs
Briggs Peleg 1837 Jan 17 D ae 30/9/4
Briggs Peleg 1840 May 25 D ae 51/9/19
Briggs Peleg 1858 Nov 2 D ae 16/11/13; son of Edward R. & Ann E. Briggs
Briggs Peleg [Jr.] 1837 Apr 18 D ae 71 [born 1765, North Kingston RI]
B[riggs] P[riscilla Hall] m [Wife of Peleg Briggs 3rd, daughter of William Hall Sr.] [footstone adjacent to Peleg Briggs]
Briggs Robert 1886 Mar 30 D ae 40 [son of Seth B. Briggs]
Briggs Robert V. 1834 Sep 20 D ae 41/10/28
Briggs Seth B. # 1894 Nov 13 D ae 76; son of Robert & Lidia Hall Briggs [town record]
Briggs Seward m B1853 Nov 29; son of Daniel & Elvira Briggs [Briggs monument]
Briggs Stephen m Son of Edward R & Ann E. Briggs [broken stone]
Briggs Stephen # 1905 Apr 6 D ae 83/10 PY; son of Philip Briggs [town record]
Briggs Stephen R. 1848 Jun 3 D ae 54 [son of Peleg Briggs Jr.]
Briggs Tacey A. # 1900 Dec 25 D ae 62/7/2; born 1838 May 4, daughter of Caleb Jr. & Lydia Briggs
Briggs Vaughn 1834 May 3 D ae 36/10/5 [son of Francis Briggs]
Briggs Willett [1871 Dec 29] [D ae 41; son of H. J. & Mary Briggs] [stone partially buried]
Briggs William H. 1861 Mar 20 D ae 11/9/3; son of Edward R. & Ann E. Briggs
Brown Elizabeth [Rector] 1847 B1805; [1st] wife of Martin Brown [daughter of Andrew & Charity Rector] [Brown monument]
Brown Epha [Millspaugh] 1885 B1810; [3rd] wife of Martin Brown [Brown monument]
Brown Martin 1885 B1802 [son of Martin & Sarah Hammond Brown] [Brown monument]
Brown Mary [Finger] 1859 B1817; [2nd] wife of Martin Brown [& daughter of Jeremiah & Eva Finger] [Brown monument]
Carey Lemira Tears # 1918 Apr 29 B1829 May 14; wife of Alanson Carey [obituary]
Chambers Merrill B. # 1894 Apr 10 D ae 2 months 9 days, son of Wilson & Maggie McKeig Chambers
Christensen ---e 1876 Oct 23 D ae -/2 months [stone broken]
Clark Catharine C. [Briggs] 1863 Jun 8 D ae 60; former wife of Stephen R. Briggs [sic]
Conley Hannah 1890 Sep 19 D ae 57/5/21; wife of James Conley
Coons Catherine 1837 Feb 24 D ae 46/9/29; wife of John G. Coons
Coons Celinda 1881 Dec 25 B1806 Oct 4; wife of Zachariah Coons [Coons / Slocum monument]
Coons John G. 1845 Mar 14 D ae 69/11/8
Coons Zachariah 1877 Mar 3 B1802 Apr 2 [Coons / Slocum monument]
Cornwell Sarah M. Young # 1885 Apr 20 D ae 77/5/27; daughter of Russell & Anna Buell Young [town record]
Crittendon Martha Briggs # 1902 Aug 7 D ae 76; wife of Edwin F. Crittendon, who died in Mich.; daughter of Abel & Elizabeth Rippey Briggs [town record]
Davis Charles D. 1851 May 28 D ae 2/2/7; son of N. D. & C. A. Davis
Davis Eugene 1851 May 3 D ae 1/19 days; son of Ezra F. & Elizabeth Davis
Davis Frances 1843 May 14 B1843 Mar 19, child of J. T. & N. Davis [James Davis monument]
Davis Hannah 1843 Aug 29 D ae 11 days; daughter of Stephen N. & Hannah R. Davis [Stephen Davis monument]
Davis Hannah [Edwards] 1856 Aug 18? D ae 67/11/17; wife of Noah Davis & daughter of Jeremiah Edwards
Davis Hannah R. [Briggs] 1843 Aug 18 D ae 25/2/11 [1st] wife of Stephen N. Davis [& daughter of Peleg Briggs] [Stephen Davis monument]
Davis infant 1856 Jul 18 Child of C. or E. Davis
Davis James T. 1883 Apr 25 B1811 Jul 27 [son of Thomas & Irene Davis] [James Davis monument]
Davis Jane 1856 Sep 4 D ae 72/8/18; wife of Thomas Davis
Davis Nancy Millspaugh 1860 Aug 18 B1807 Oct 16; wife of James T. Davis [James Davis monument]
Davis Noah [1855] D ae 63/5/3 [son of Thomas Sr. & Eleanor Davis] [broken stone, same base as Hannah Davis]
Davis Sarah F. [Coons] 1888 Mar 5 D ae 65; [2nd] wife of Stephen N. Davis [Stephen Davis monument]
Davis Sarah M. 1862 Aug 21 Daughter of  N. D. & C. A. Davis
Davis Stephen N. 1872 Feb 17 D ae 51/10/18; [son of Thomas & Irene Davis] [Stephen Davis monument]
Davis Thomas 1831 Oct 2 D ae 53/9 [son of Thomas Sr. & Eleanor Davis]
Davis Thomas A. 1840 Mar 21 B1836 Aug 4; son of J. T. & N. Davis [James Davis monument]
Decker Elizabeth 1890 Apr 20 D ae 95; wife of Robert Decker
Decker Robert 1868 Mar 2 D ae 68
Denison Elmer H. 1949 B1875 [Tears monument]
Edwards Jeremiah 1856 Mar 27 D ae 83/7
Edwards M[artha] m [B1789] wife of Jeremiah Edwards [broken stone; footstone]
Excell William 1869 Feb 18 D ae 35/9/13
Finger Amelia Ketterer 1912 B1854; wife of William Robert Finger
Finger Andrew 1890 Dec 5 B1815 Mar 10 [son of Jeremiah & Eva Finger] [Andrew Finger monument]
Finger baby 1859 [Plot with John J. & Sarah Finger]
Finger Clark Morton 1855 Sep 6 D ae 3/10/7; son of John J & Sally Finger
Finger Hannah E. Tears # 1884 Mar 27 D ae 35/8/21; daughter of Thompson & Eveline Tears Finger
Finger Helen 1863 [Plot with John J. & Sarah Finger]
Finger Jane # 1895 Jan 28 D ae 22; daughter of Albert & Hannah Tears Finger
Finger John J. 1897 Nov 23 B1813 Jan 10 [son of Jeremiah & Eva Finger]
Finger Richard Delos 1841 Mar 24 D ae 2 months 10 days; son of John J. & Sally Finger
Finger Rosa L. 1877 Jun 13 B1860 Dec 25 [Andrew Finger monument]
Finger Rosetta [Barnes] 1902 Sep 13 B1833 Feb 27; wife of Andrew Finger [& daughter of Julius Barnes Jr.] [Andrew Finger monument]
Finger Samuel J. 1879 Oct 3 B1856 Mar 27 [Andrew Finger monument]
Finger Sarah [Coons] 1878 May 9 B1817 May 20; wife of John J. Finger
Finger William Robert 1933 B1854
Hall Esther [Briggs] 1857 Dec 19 D ae 67; wife of William Hall [Jr.] [& daughter of Peleg Jr. & Elizabeth Briggs]
Hall James D. 1867 Apr 6 D ae 17/10/23
Hopkins Sarah Jane 1837 Sep 20 D ae 1/9/21; daughter of George & Hannah Hopkins
Jennings Elizabeth [Rector] 1854 Feb 2 D ae 49/7; wife of James Jennings [& daughter of William & Hannah Rector]
Jennings Frankey 1862 Sep 16 D ae 4 months 3 days; son of J N. & US Jennings [Jennings monument]
Jennings James 1870 Feb B1793 Apr 25, at Milton, Saratoga Co., NY
Jennings Ursula S. [Wheat] 1867 Apr 30 D ae 27/1; wife of J. Nelson Jennings [Jennings monument]
Jennings William W. 1865 Jan 26 D ae 32/4/14
Kelsey Alexander G. 1890 B1834; son of Gillett Kelsey [Kelsey monument]
Kelsey Elsie [Taylor] 1857 B1791; wife of Gillet Kelsey [& daughter of James & Elizabeth Taylor] [Kelsey monument]
Kelsey Gillet 1879 B1787 [son of Elijah Kelsey] [Kelsey monument]
Kelsey Helen M. 1909 Jan 7 B1824; daughter of Gillett [& Elsie Taylor] Kelsey [Kelsey monument]
Kelsey William H. 1843 B1832; son of Gillett Kelsey [Kelsey monument]
Lavalle Anthony 1908 B1819 [Lavalle monument]
Lavalle Edward 1912 B1858 [Lavalle monument]
Lavalle Loize [Smith] 1894 [Nov 25] B1821; wife of Anthony Lavalle [& daughter of Lewis & Mary Hall Smith] [Lavalle monument]
McCann Caroline E. 1859 Oct D ae 5 [McCann monument]
McCann Helen 1852? Feb 14 D ae 2/3 [McCann monument]
McCann Isaac 1887 Jul 8 D ae 68/2/11 [McCann monument]
McCann John 1862 Dec 19 D ae 56
McCann Lucretia 1888 Oct 2 D ae 56/5; wife of Isaac McCann [McCann monument]
McCann Margaret 1849 Jun 22 D ae 30/11/17; wife of Isaac McCann [McCann monument; also own stone]
Moore Lydia E. [Briggs] 1913 B1859; wife of Robert H. Moore [Moore / Briggs monument]
Moore Robert H. 1925 B1863 [Moore / Briggs monument]
Owen C[harles] C. [1905 May 10] [D ae 73] Civil War Co. F, 179th NY
Pederson Thomas P. 1885 Jan 2 B1848 Aug 3
Pepper Amy Stephenson 1881 Sep 17 D ae 34; daughter of D. B. & S. A. Stephenson [Stephenson monument]
Pickell Elizabeth C. [Tears] 1884 Aug 28 B1857 Mar 27; wife of Wm H. Pickell [daughter of Jesse & Hannah Jennings Tears] "Lizzie" [Jesse Tears monument]
Pickell William H. 1888 Nov 7 B1856 Sep 10; "Will" [Jesse Tears monument]
Rector Andrew S. 1870 Dec 25 B1866 Aug 26; son of Nelson & Harriet J Rector [Nelson Rector monument]
Rector Caroline C[oons] 1855 May 31 D ae 25; wife of Nelson Rector [Nelson Rector monument]
Rector Cathaline [Kelsey] 1854 Apr 21 D ae 28/2/8; wife of WilliamJ Rector
Rector Elanor [Davis] 1902 Oct 7 B1823 Aug 12; [2nd wife of William J Rector] [daughter of Thomas & Irene Davis] [Wm Rector monument]
Rector Fidelia 1855 Mar 1 D ae 2 months, daughter of Jeremiah & A. Rector
Rector Hannah [Simmons] 1870 Mar 23 D ae 83/11/2; wife of William Rector [Wm Rector monument]
Rector Harriet J [Shaw] 1904 Aug 31 B1833 Feb 14; [2nd] wife of Nelson Rector [Rector monument]
Rector Margaret A. 1858 Apr 2 D ae 1/2; daughter of Jeremiah & A. Rector
Rector Nelson 1907 Apr 9 B1830 Mar 8; Civil War [son of Andrew W. & Elizabeth Rector] [Nelson Rector monument]
Rector William 1876 Jun 25 D ae 93/8/18 [son of Andrew & Charity Rector] [Wm Rector monument]
Rector William J. 1899 Sep 24 D ae 79/8/18 [son of William & Hannah Rector] [Wm Rector monument]
Shaw Charles H 1849 Jun 16 D ae 12/10/21; son of Cisson N. & Sophia Shaw
Shaw Mercy Jane 1829 Nov 1 D ae 2/5/16; daughter of Cisson & Sophia Shaw
Sheppard Frances A. [Belknap] 1891 Jan 29 B1814 May 15; wife of Robert P. Sheppard [& daughter of Briggs & Miama Belknap]
Sheppard Robert P. 1888 Aug 16 B1813 Nov 7
Shoemaker Elizabeth Mrs. 1865 Oct 29 D ae 101/3/20
Slocum Eliza [Coons] 1917 Nov 23 B1832 Feb 16; wife of William T. Slocum & daughter of Zachariah & Celinda Coons [Coons / Slocum monument]
Slocum William T. 1858 Mar 2 B1825 May 6 [Coons / Slocum monument]
Soles Maria m [B1796] wife of Abram Soles [rest of stone missing]
Spencer Nathan # 1833 Jun 30 D ae 67
Spencer Susannah 1822 Jun 5 [D ae 86/8/22] wife of Nathan Spencer of East Greenwich [RI]
Stephenson Amy A. 1840 Apr 7 D ae 4; daughter of Daniel B. & Sally Ann Stephenson [Stephenson monument]
Stephenson Daniel B. 1903 B1807 [Stephenson monument]
Stephenson Harriet C. 1840 Apr 3 D ae 10/8 days; daughter of Daniel B. & Sally Ann Stephenson [Stephenson monument]
Stephenson Lucy A 1840 Mar 30 D ae 6; daughter of Daniel B. & Sally Ann Stephenson [Stephenson monument]
Stephenson Sally Ann 1862 Nov 15 D ae 56; wife of Daniel Stephenson [Stephenson monument]
Taylor Alva 1874 B1805 [son of James & Elizabeth Taylor] [Alva Taylor monument]
Taylor Ardalissa Genung 1893 [Dec 18] B1805; wife of Alva Taylor [d ae 88/4/6 in PY; daughter of William & Eunice A. Genung] [Alva Taylor monument]
Taylor [C?] Ralph 1865 B1864 son of Charles W. & Frances Taylor [footstone adjacent to Maggie Taylor]
Taylor Daniel C. 1837 Mar 5 D ae 5 months 22 days [Wm Taylor monument]
Taylor Hannah 1858 May 14 D ae 72/17 days [daughter of James & Elizabeth Taylor]
Taylor Lucy S[tephenson] 1921 B1843 [Stephenson monument]
Taylor Maggie 1861 May 6 D ae 6/8 [daughter of Charles W. & Frances Taylor]
Taylor Margaret [Coleman] 1881 Dec 8 B1798 May 23; wife of William Taylor [& daughter of John Coleman]; died ae 83/6/15 [Wm Taylor monument]
Taylor Mary C. 1894 B1800
Taylor Mary E. 1916 B1839 [daughter of Alva & Ardalissa Taylor] [Alva Taylor monument]
Taylor William 1879 Jan 22 B1793 Dec 2; [son of James & Elizabeth Taylor]; died ae 85/1/20 [Wm Taylor monument]
Tears Angeline 1855 Jun 10 D ae 4/4/6; daughter of H. T. & E. Tears
Tears Daniel # 1885 Jan 20 D ae 79/9/6; son of Daniel & Eleanor Tedd Tears
Tears David 1858 Jun 4 D ae 73 [David Tears monument]
Tears Eleanor 1875 Feb 7 D ae 93; wife of David Tears; "Our Mother" [born Orange Co. NY] [David Tears monument]
Tears E[lizur] B. [1899 Apr 7] Civil War; Co. L [rest buried]
Tears Hannah [Jennings] 1885 Oct 3 B1822 Mar 9; wife of Jesse Tears [& daughter of James & Elizabeth Jennings] [Jesse Tears monument]
Tears Hugh F. # 1898 Apr 28 D ae 82 PY; son of David Tears [town record]
Tears Jacob # 1888 Oct 25 D ae 80/4; son of David & Eleanor Tedd Tears
Tears Jesse 1890 Feb 7 B1811 Jul 20 [Jesse Tears monument]
Tears John 1942 B1858 [John Tears monument]
Tears Mary 1884 Feb 11 D ae 74/4/15 [David Tears monument]
Tears Roy 1948 B1899 [John Tears monument]
Tears Samuel 1881 Aug 29 D ae 67/10/15 [David Tears monument]
Tears Sarah 1943 B1869 [John Tears monument]
Tears Solomon 1863 Mar 1 D ae 10/10/4 [David Tears monument]
Trask Rebecca 1850 Apr 7 D ae 51/6/11; wife of Abel Trask
Wheeler Andrew m m
Wheeler Eva Maria 1888 May 10 B1825 Apr 3; wife of Andrew Wheeler
Wheeler James W. 1945 B1860
Wheeler Laura S. 1940 B1866; wife of James W. Wheeler
White Maria 1850 Jun 25 D ae 23/2 [next to Lydia & Robert Briggs]
Wixom Abigail 1863 Jun 13 D ae 62; wife of Joel D. Wixom
Wixom Caroline 1841 Aug 23 D ae 16/11; daughter of Joel D. & Abigail Wixom
Wixom Joel D. 1876 Mar 23 D ae 77
Woodard Ardell 1918 B1864

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