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


West Woods Cemetery: Notes

West Woods cemetery The West Woods Cemetery is named for the whole southwestern quadrant of the town, the part that was settled last, by a group of families from Columbia County beginning about 1816.

The cemetery is abandoned and at this writing unmaintained. It is located on a wooded knoll adjacent to the road. Many of the stones have fallen but most of the ones that remain are quite legible. It is obvious however that there are a great many now-unmarked graves. Many graves were originally marked only with single uninscribed fieldstones or perhaps a pair at the head and foot.

The West Woods Cemetery is often called the Cronk or Crank Cemetery after one of the families represented in it; or sometimes the Carroll Cemetery because it was on the Carroll farm.

West Woods Cemetery: Burials


---- ---- m [13 uninscribed single fieldstones]
---- ---- m [19 unmarked graves]
---- ---- m [2 broken marble stones]
---- ---- m [7 pair of uninscribed fieldstones]
B--- A- m [Footstone]
B--- E- m [Footstone]
B--- S- m [Fieldstone with scratched initials]
Bell Maria 1840 Sep 28 D ae 10; daughter of William & Rebecca Bell
C--- E--- m [Footstone]
C? E--- m [Footstone]
C--- E--- m [Footstone]
Carroll Elizabeth A. 1862 Apr 4 D ae 3 months 5 days; daughter of James & Hannah J. Carroll
Carroll Mary J. [Simmons] 1858 Apr 29 D ae 33/3/15; wife of James Carroll & daughter of H. & H. Simmons
Chrysler Dewitt Clinton # 1864 Ju1 8 D ae 71 [mortality schedule]
Chrysler Elizabeth Simmons # 1885 Mar 28 D ae 71/10/24; daughter of Henry & Hannah Rector Simmons
Crank Amy M. 1850 Sep 12 D ae 81; wife of John Crank
Crank Amy Maria 1843 Jun 4 D ae 27/5/23; daughter of Garret & Christania Crank
Crank Andrew Madison 1849 Jun 17 D ae 6/4/--; son of Andrew & Mary Ann Crank
Crank Andrew W. 1816 B1782; son of Garrett & Christina Crank
Crank Charity 1842 Aug 13 D ae 23/4/7; daughter of Garret & Christina Crank [broken stone]
Crank Christania E. 1870 Oct 7 D ae 25/5/3; daughter of John M. & Samantha Crank
Crank Christina [Rector] 1883 Apr 1 D ae 86/9/12; wife of Garret Crank
Crank Garret 1873 Oct 3 D ae 80/6/15
Crank Garrett E. 1852 Jul 21 D ae 11 [same stone as Mary Ann Crank]
Crank John 1854 Apr 3 D ae 88
Crank John M. 1847 Oct 5 D ae 21; son of Garret & Christania Crank
Crank Maria C. 1871 Nov 8 D ae 24/10/8; granddaughter of Garret & Christania Crank
Crank Mary Ann 1885 Apr 4 D ae 72; wife of Andrew Crank
F--- C--- T- m [Footstone]
Finger Catherine 1865 Apr 7 D ae 42/9/2; daughter of Jeremiah & Eve Finger
Finger Charity # 1892 Jan 4 D ae 67 in PY; daughter of Jeremiah & Eve Rector Finger [town record]
Finger Eve 1852 Dec 20 D ae 78/7/5; wife of Jeremiah Finger
Finger James L. # 1897 Apr 14 D ae 78 in PY; son of John & Christina Rector Finger [town record]
Finger Jeremiah 1859 Sep 13 D ae 71/2/25
Hoose Charles # 1846 Jun 12 D ae 30; son of J. & M. Hoose
Hoose Mary # 1840 Oct 9 D ae 56; wife of John Hoose
Miller Hannah Hoose # 1885 Feb 17 D ae 86/1/26; daughter of Jasper & Hannah Hoose
Miller Helen E. 1902 Dec 4 B1844 Mar 29; wife of W. H. Miller
Moon Peter P. 1864 Jan 19 D ae 67
Niver Elizabeth 1831 Jul 6 D ae 23; wife of Andrew J. Niver
R--- A--- m [Fieldstone with scratched initials]
Rector Andrew # 1890 Dec 2 D ae 74 [town record]
Rector Andrew [Jr.] 1863 Nov 2 D ae 71/8/8
Rector Andrew M. # 1849 Oct D ae 10 [mortality schedule]
Rector Charity [Rockefeller] 1838 Jan 27 D ae 71; wife of Andrew Rector
Rector Dorothea 1836 Mar 17 D ae 43; wife of Andrew Rector [Jr.] [stone partially buried]
Rector Edgar L. # 1896 Mar 12 D ae 23/1/25; son of Alfred S. & Kate L. Best Rector [town record]
Rector Elizabeth # 1903 Dec 7 D ae 87 [town record]
Simmons Andrew [R.] 1843 Aug 6 D ae 33/6/27; son of Henry & Hannah Simmons
Simmons Charlie 1862 May 14 D ae 1/6/10; "Little Charlie", son of John H. & Hannah Simmons [Simmons Children monument]
Simmons Hannah [1865] D ae ?/?/13 [born 1784; wife of Henry Simmons] [broken stone]
Simmons Henry 1858 D ae 79/6/6
Simmons infant 1853 Nov 22 Son of John H. & Hannah Simmons [Simmons Children monument]
Simmons Reuben 1868 Oct 13 D ae 1/6/10 [Simmons Children monument]
Simmons Willie 1865 Mar 27 D ae 6 months 16 days [Simmons Children monument]
Watkins Mary Elizabeth # 1907 Apr 10 D ae 70; daughter of Richard & Betsy Finger Rector [town record]
Wheeler William B. 1834 Aug 30 D ae 26/7/24

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