Cemeteries in Italy
Index to all Italy cemeteries. The three-letter codes shown in the table are used in the index to denote which burials are in each cemetery. In this index, the name from each gravestone is in regular type; the names of all others are in italics.
There is also a general index to all county burials so far on line.
A Note on Italy Sources
Listed herein are all the known burials in the town of Italy, taken from readings of two large association cemeteries, four neighborhood cemeteries, two small family plots and one “lost” family burying ground. All eight remaining cemeteries were visited, the larger ones repeatedly. Every remaining stone was read. The compilers feel that this is the best available list, and it is complete up to the date of reading.
Many marble stones are now difficult to read because of acid weathering; this was particularly evident at Italy Hill, where one of the compilers was told that veterans’ graves were marked from a map because so many of the stones were now illegible. Rubbings were done where any semblance of an inscription remained, and a great deal of detective work undertaken to discover correct readings. Some slate stones are now exfoliating, and where possible these were reassembled to obtain at least a fragmentary reading.
All physical readings were then compared with available earlier readings. In this way a final list was compiled that to the best of the compilers’ ability and belief collates, updates and corrects all known earlier lists.
The listings as given are in alphabetical order within each cemetery. The first column includes the name of the deceased person; the second the date of death; the third other pertinent information. Any information not actually found on the stone is enclosed in brackets. This information might include genealogical notes and dates gleaned from other sources, notes about the lot or monument, or notes about the condition of the stone.
Sources consulted for all the Italy cemeteries were census records, early books of town and village vital records, published genealogical materials in Stafford C. Cleveland’s History and Directory of Yates County, NY (1873), notes and records compiled by former county historian Frank Swann (available for public use at the Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society in Penn Yan) and by Italy town historian Jessie Coons. Earlier partial readings of some cemeteries were done by the local chapter of the DAR beginning in the 1930s; and a more ambitious project undertaken by Catharine Spencer of Penn Yan in the late 1970s. Stewart Mitchell Sr. and the Middlesex Heritage Group were especially helpful, allowing us free use of their valuable collection, many records having particularly to do with veterans assembled under the guidance of former Middlesex historian Frederick Harter. In some cases readings or partial readings were made by others, and these are noted with the individual cemetery. The compilers believe they have exhausted all known materials relating to these nine cemeteries, with exceptions as noted in the individual descriptions.
In addition, a number of burials in Italy were of persons whose funerals appear in the records of M. W. Fisher & Co. of Rushville. Additional information and even additional burials were added from this source, which is indexed elsewhere. In these lists, this information is marked with [MWF:].
Of the eight remaining cemeteries in Italy, two are owned and maintained by cemetery associations, four are maintained by the town of by volunteers, and two are neglected and in poor condition. The compilers feel that in many cases they had the last possible chance to read certain stones.