(Click here for Google map - not named on map. I tried to center the map on the cemetery. It is only just possible to faintly make out the old road and what are possibly the north and east stone cemetery walls)
The Yeomans (pronounced YOO-mans) cemetery is located in Milan Township in Dutchess County, NY and has two surveys online that I know of, both at USGenWeb's Dutchess County site: Dr. Poucher's survey made in 1914, and a more recent survey done by Garry and Judi Wilkinson.
This cemetery is located along the west side of the Taconic Parkway just south of Route 199. We got to it by pulling off the Parkway and climbing down the embankment and over the cemetery wall. I do not really recommend getting there this way as it is 1) not really safe to pull over on the Parkway, 2) probably not legal either and 3) there is a good-sized patch of poison ivy growing all along the edge of the Parkway in this spot. The old cemetery road is still there. It heads off to the west from the cemetery, but I am not sure where it comes out at the other end - possibly Willow Brook Road somewhere? I was told that the road was on private property, but I have also heard that New York state law requires that public access to cemeteries must be allowed whether they're on private property or not - best to double check this before starting out.
The cemetery is long unused and many stones appear to be missing, but someone is obviously looking after it or it would be overgrown in brush and poison ivy.
Clicking a small photo will open a large photo. Clicking a name will open a web page on that individual's family branch.
All photos were taken in May 2002.
This is the view of the cemetery from the edge of the Taconic Parkway looking west into the woods. We were very lucky that it was such a bright sunny day or I probably would not have seen the sunlight reflecting off the white marble stones in the clearing near the center of the photo. There are some other stones in the lower left of this photo, but they are in deep shade and not as easily noticeable from a moving car. (No, I did not take this from the car - this photo was taken after I got out and was looking for an easier way through the poison ivy patch growing along the edge of the Parkway.)
My mother and aunt tried more than once during this trip to get a photo of me photographing the stones. The headless apparition behind the tree on the left is one of the results (I must have been changing film). It does give a good idea of the size of the stones, though (I am about 6 feet tall).
View of the Bowman section of the cemetery, facing east. Over the cemetery wall and up the embankment in the back is the Taconic Parkway (not visible off the top of this photo). This part of the cemetery is in deep shade and I lightened this photo considerably with the computer.
This is NOT a complete listing of all the stones in the cemetery, just the ones that we took photos of. We were primarily interested in BOWMAN / BOWERMAN stones, but did snap some photos of some of the other markers in the cemetery. I am still kicking myself for not thinking of taking more of these - it wasn't as if I didn't have enough film with me.
The stones marking the graves of Sands Bowman and his wife Sarah (blue slate stones according to a descendant) apparently disappeared years ago. Family documents indicate that Sands and Sarah's son planned at one point to move them to Stanfordville Cemetery and got as far as placing a marble stone for them in the family plot there. There was apparently opposition to the move from the rest of the family and it is not clear whether the bodies were ever actually moved from their original graves in Yeoman's Ground to the new ones in Stanfordville.
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