New York Tombstone Transcription Project
Champlain, Clinton County, New York
- This cemetery was transcribed by Hugh McLellan in 1917 and was re-checked by Hugh and his son Charles Woodbury McLellan on May 31, 1937.
- McLellan wrote: "This graveyard is shown on Beer's 1869 Atlas of Clinton County on Lot 93 of the Refugee 80-acre lots, on the so-called "Hayford Street". The inscriptions were copied in 1917; twenty years later but one stone was still standing, and the ground littered with fragments of the old stones."
- These records are part of what is known as the McLellan Cemetery Records. Beginning in 1933, Hugh McLellan, his son, Charles Woodbury “Woody” McLellan, and his daughter-in-law, Hulda (Bredenburg) McLellan traveled to various cemeteries throughout Clinton County copying the inscriptions from cemetery stones. Upon his death, these records were to have been donated to Cornell University. However, Dr. Allan Everest of SUNY Plattsburgh convinced the McLellan family to keep the records locally, and they were eventually donated to SUNY Plattsburgh. Complete sets of these records are also available at the Plattsburgh Public Library, the Clinton County Historian's office in Plattsburgh, and the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Keeseville, New York. Each Town Historian has a copy of their segment as well.
- 7 Stones, 7 Persons
Sacred to the Memory / of John HAYFORD / who departed this life / Septr 5, 1821 in the / 79th year of his age /
Headstone: J.H. /
Ann C. HAYFORD / departed this life / Jan. 15, 1856, / in the 32, Year / of her Age. /
Blessed are the dead which /
die in the Lord. /
...abeth / ...rd wife ... HAY[YFOR]D. / (fragment only)
P[er]sis STRETER / [Wi]fe of / Benjamin STRETER / Died / Oct. 14th 1812, / In her 21st / [ye]ar /
In Memory of / Anna TRASK, / who died Aug. / 18, 1818 / aged 30 years / & 6 Months /
[In M]emory of / [Eli]zabeth / wife of / John TRASKS / [who died] / April 14, / 1822 / aged 71 years /
(NOTE: fragments of another stone were found, upon which nothing was left but the name TRASK.)
Alvira, / Wife of / W'm. H. VALENTINE / died June 10th 1855, / AE. 21 Years, 9 Ms / & 26 days. /
Dearer to me one word of thine, /
Than all that others speak, /
My heart I lay upon thy shrine, /
Accept it ere it break. /