New York Tombstone Transcription Project
(a.k.a. the St. Dennis Cemetery)
Chazy, Clinton County, New York
- This cemetery was completely copied by Hugh & Charles Woodbury "Woody" McLellan, in company with Herbert D. Carlton, of West Chazy, June 6, 1937.
- McLellan wrote: "1 ½ miles north of West Chazy, and ½ mile west on the so-called Carlton Road; located in the pasture of the Edward St. Dennis Farm, formerly owned by Henry T. Dustin, and originally the Morrison Townsend Farm. Stones broken and scattered, with bits indicated a formerly larger cemetery. Only 3 stones standing."
- 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.
Mary DUSTIN, / Died / July 17, 1862, / in her 87 Year. /
Martin V. / Son of / Z. M. & Esther / DUSTIN, / Died / Apr. 13, 1852, / AE. 8 Y. 7 M. & 18 D. /
We know that his pure spirit's flown, /
Without a sin to be forgiven, /
To dwell beside the Eternal Throne, /
Within the gates of Heaven; /
Yet still he seem'd too dear, too bright, /
To slumber in the grave's dark night. /
Footstone: M.V.D. /
(NOTE: Martin V. = Martin Van Buren, Z.M. = Zachaeus M.)
Theodora I / TOWNSEND /
Lucy Elmina / Wife of / Morrison TOWN(SEND) /
...ove thee /
...to praise / (down in fragments)
Amanda, / Wife of / David J. WITHERILL / Died / July 30, 1851, / Ae. 50 Ys & 7 Ms. /
Footstone: A.W. /
Source: McLellan Cemetery Records