Old Baptist Church Cemetery by Schoolhouse #6
a.k.a. Bryant Cemetery
Wayne County, NY
Cemetery Inscriptions from an old Baptist Church Cemetery, Macedon, Wayne County, N. Y.
Copied and compiled by Harriett M. Wiles. 1936.
Cemetery back of Schoolhouse, Dist. No. 6, Macedon, Wayne County, New York. The Baptist Church of Macedon was formerly located near this cemetery.
W. G. N. (footstone)
This cemetery is in frightful condition, overgrown with weeds, and wholly uncared for.
"In the eastern part of the town near schoolhouse No. 6 is another old burial place. It is on the west side of the road and is on land once owned by Lemuel Spear. The present Baptist Church of Macedon once stood near it. The society was organized in 1800 as the Baptist Church of Palmyra. The early records of the ground were lost, but in 1813 a committee was appointed to build a fence around the yard." Pioneers of Macedon, compiled by Mary Louise Eldredge, 1912.
NOTE: this was her address in 1936. Mrs. Wiles is long since deceased.
IMPORTANT: For further information about persons listed or about this cemetery, please do NOT email the site coordinators as we have no further information.
The above cemetery inscriptions list was prepared by Harriett M. Wiles (Mrs. Frank Burr Wiles) in 1936. It's unknown whether she ever walked the cemetery herself or had access to readings done by others. The passage from Eldredge's 1912 Pioneers of Macedon book was originally written by Lizzie J. Baker in 1894. Mrs. Wiles left off the last sentence of the passage - "Several stones remain and it has never been given up to other use, but the whole yard is in a neglected condition." This indicates that a reading might have done before 1894, that Baker's 1894 assessment of quantity of stones was an understatement, that there was cleaning up between 1894 and 1936 and more stones surfaced, or that the list was a compilation using various sources. Mrs. Wiles' own heading for the cemetery says that it was "copied and compiled" by Harriett M. Wiles.
Spellings of names are as on the typescript. However, in preparing it to post online, abbreviations for months have been expanded (e.g. Aug. = August) so that there is less likelihood of error in reading on line. Writing out the full spelling of a month is a good practice to get into, whether handwriting or typing up your research notes, as over the years Jan. can eventually be misinterpreted as Jun., and vice versa.
Who Was Harriett M. Wiles?
Historian and genealogist Harriett M. Wiles was born in Wayne County. She traveled throughout New York State over several decades of the first half of the 20th century, copying old manuscripts and abstracting names from church and court records, as well as newspapers. It's ironic that she devoted years to compiling so many resources for people to find their families, yet her life and its end is so far elusive.
Mrs. Wiles was born in Newark NY on April 20, 1876. She's listed in the 1880 census of Arcadia as Harriett Everts, age 4, daughter of farmer Adelbert M. and Alice Everts.
Her father and paternal grandparents are listed on the county historian's office list of Newark Main Street Cemetery:
Everetts, Adelbert M. age 39 yrs. Nov. 16, 1885.
A partial view in The Handbook of American Genealogy for 1937 shows:
Mrs. Wiles lived at least into the 1950s. A June 22, 1950 social mention in The Lyons Republican noted that Mrs. Wiles had returned to her home on Vienna Street, Palmyra, after spending some time in New York City. A social mention from the October 28, 1954 issue of The Lyons Republican stated that Mrs. F. Burr Wiles of Palmyra had recently moved to 206 E. Miller St. in Newark. A partial view of an issue of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record for 1955 shows her name in a list as Mrs. Frank Burr Wiles Rolfe.
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