Also known as: Williamsburgh CemeteryAbele Rd., Hampton Corners, New York
The only extant evidence of a lost settlement named Williamsburgh
Overview Looking Northeast
The iron fence appears to be an early 20th Century addition.
Photo taken by J.R. Manning in October 2020
+42.74817, -77.8322942°44'53" N, 77°49'56" W
A cemetery built on a sloping block of land about 2/3 acre in size. Headstones range in age from 1914 to about 1910. Many prominent citizens of Livingston County, including members of the Fitzhugh and Carrol families, are interred here. At least one African-American is interred here; there may be others but if so, their grave markers have been lost.
One interesting headstone is that of "Capt Samuel Adams Lee" and the headstone reports he is the son of Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. Richard Henry Lee made the motion in the Continental Congress, on behalf of the Colony of Virginia, that the colonies should be a free and independent nation. He also signed the Declaration of Independence. The headstone tells us Capt Lee died at the age of 50 in 1882. I cannot find any information about Capt. Lee, if he was born in 1832 it would be a good trick to be the son of Richard Henry Lee, who died in 1794. Samuel Adams Lee does not show as a descendant of Richard Henry Lee in any of my resources. Who was Captain Samuel Adams Lee?
Capt Lee's headstone is lying on the ground as of my visit in 2020. As of 2007, the stone was intact on its pedestal, as a photo of the stone appears in the Find A Grave database. Was the stone desecrated or merely a victim of natural disaster? That answer is unknown.
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 14, 2002
- Reference number
- Architectural style
- Other architectural type; Cemetery
- Areas of significance
- Exploration/Settlement; Social History
- Level of significance
- Evaluation criteria
- A - Event; B - Person
- Property type
- Historic function
- Current function
- Periods of significance
- 1750-1799; 1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924
- Number of properties
- Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1
- February 12, 2021: New photos from J.R. Manning
- February 12, 2021: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added description and photos
- July 5, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett