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 #B004 South Haven Church Cemetery, South Haven Hamlet, Suffolk County, Brookhaven Town, NY, USA


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#B04.00 Rev. David Rose Revolutionary War Monument
#B04.00 Rev. David Rose Revolutionary War Monument
.. at the time it was set, the location of David Rose's grave site had been lost. It has subsequently been rediscovered. 

Notes:

The Old South Haven Presbyterian Church cemetery is located south of Montauk Highway about 1000 feet west of where the highway crosses the Carman's River. This was the original location of several early church meeting houses erected after the establishment of the parish about 1740. The last church structure, erected in 1828, was located adjacent and immediately north of the cemetery.

In 1960, the 1828 church structure itself was moved about 3 miles southwest to the Hamlet of Brookhaven. The original site in South Haven is marked with a New York State historical marker.

Minimal maintenance of the cemetery is provided by the Town of Brookhaven and community members. While portions of the cemetery plot have become overgrown, the graveyard is in generally fair-good condition. While most of the stones identified in the 1925 and 1938 surveys (below) were found, some of the present-day stones appear to have been vandalized, or have significantly deteriorated and become unreadable. There are at least four field stones placed in the cemetery suggesting grave sites of now unidentifiable persons.

Among those buried in the cemetery is Priest David Rose, minister of the congregation throughout the tumultuous Revolutionary War period. The church congregation was, for the most part, strong patriots, with Priest Rose their leader. A member of the congregation, William Floyd, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Another prominent member was General Nathanial Woodhull, who died of wounds inflicted by the British in Jamaica, Queens during the Battle of Long Island.

A record of the community members who contributed to Rev. Rose's gravestone survives (see transcript), and includes William Floyd.

Surveys. Two separate surveys of the cemetery were found in the records of the Church -- one a three page handwritten transcription of the stones dated 1925 which contains 21 entries, the other a five page typewritten report, dated July, 1938, by Elizabeth Janet MacCormick which contains 24 entries (not counting footstones). Also available for review and comparison was the Town of Brookhaven Historian's Cemetery List (Osborne Shaw, c. 1939, computer listing dated 1982) which contains 25 entries, some being duplicates. The minutes of the church Session from the organization of the Church in the early 18th century to 1900 were destroyed in a house fire in the early 1900's. A Trustees record book recording their business from 1802 to 1900, and a digest of Session minutes fortuitously prepared by the then Clerk in 1903 prior to the fire have survived. Neither set of records included burials in the cemetery. The Table of Inscriptions is based on the 1925 stone readings.

The earliest identified interment in the cemetery was that of Sarah (Tinker) Hudson in 1746.

Photocopies of the original Surveys (pdf) -- Table of Inscriptions -- Field Guide to the South Haven Church Cemetery

This cemetery is #4 on the Town of Brookhaven Historian's Cemetery Listing and has Brookhaven/South Haven Historic Site Ref. ID SH03. Its Suffolk County Tax Map Identification is 0200-849.00-03.00-005.000. Its approximate GPS location is N40 48.065' W72 53.168'.


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Plot Plan. Also in the church's possession is a survey map (undated) which shows the exact dimensions of the irregularly shaped site, and a numbered plot map (September 1993) by Faith McCutcheon and Martin Van Lith which is keyed to the stone positions. I updated their map in April 2005 to correct for stones not visible in 1993 but since uncovered. The numbers above each inscription in the table below are keyed to this plot plan -- clicking on the number in the plot plan will take you directly to the headstone image.

Description revised 14 May 2009


Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
#B04.01 Nathaniel Brewster, Esq.
#B04.01 Nathaniel Brewster, Esq.
.. as photographed in 2005.

He was murdered by one of his servants/slaves. 
Located    Justice Nathaniel Brewster, Esq. (ii) ^ (d. 21 Jun 1772)
 
#B04.02 Joseph Conklin
#B04.02 Joseph Conklin
.. as photographed in 2005.

He was the brother to Elizabeth, whose gravestone is adjacent. 
Located    Joseph Conklin, ^ (d. 13 Nov 1780)
 
#B04.03 Elizabeth Conkline
#B04.03 Elizabeth Conkline
.. daughter of John & Sarah Conkline.

She was also the sister to Joseph Conklin, whose gravestone is adjacent. 
Located    Elizabeth Conklin, ^ (d. 17 Mar 1756)
 
#B04.04 Philothea Corwin
#B04.04 Philothea Corwin
.. widow of William H. Corwin
As photographed in 2005
There is evidence that Philothea was originally interred in the small Homan family cemetery (#80) and reinterred here between 1925 and the mid-1930's. 
Located    Philothea Homan, ^ (d. 3 Nov 1858)
 
#B04.05  William H. Corwin
#B04.05 William H. Corwin
.. as photographed in 2003

There is evidence that he was originally interred in the small Homan family cemetery (#80), since abandoned, and reinterred here between 1925 and the mid-1930's. 
Located    William H. Corwin, ^ (d. 23 May 1852)
 
#B04.06  Mary [Mapes] Hand
#B04.06 Mary [Mapes] Hand
.. wife of Nehemiah Hand, later of T. W. Rowland, still later of David De Forrest.

As photographed in 2005. 
Located    Mary Mapes, ^ (d. 15 May 1871)
 
#B04.07  Nehemiah Hand
#B04.07 Nehemiah Hand
.. who with ten others was drowned off the South Beach Nov 5, 1813, aged 41-1-10.

As photographed in 2005. 
Located    Nehemiah Hand, ^ (d. 5 Nov 1813)
 
#B04.08 David C. Hansen
#B04.08 David C. Hansen
.. son of Seaman & Angeline Hansen
As photographed 2005. 
Located    David C. Hansen, ^ (d. 24 May 1856)
 
#B04.09  Elizabeth Raynor Hawkins
#B04.09 Elizabeth Raynor Hawkins
.. wife of Joel Hawkins

As photographed in 2005. 
Located    Elizabeth Raynor, ^ (d. 6 Sep 1865)
 
#B04.10 Joel Hawkins
#B04.10 Joel Hawkins
.. as photographed in 2005. 
Located    Joel Hawkins, ^ (d. 14 Feb 1867)
 
#B04.11  Angeline Homan
#B04.11 Angeline Homan
.. wife of Charles Homan and daughter of David and Bathsheba Homan, whose gravestones are adjacent.

As photographed in 2005. 
Located    Angeline Homan, ^ (d. 26 May 1864)
 
#B04.12 Bathsheba Homan
#B04.12 Bathsheba Homan
.. wife of David Homan

As photographed in 2005. 
Located    Bathsheba [Homan], ^ (d. 13 Mar 1859)
 
#B04.13 David Homan
#B04.13 David Homan
.. as photographed in 2005 
Located    David Homan, ^ (d. 15 Mar 1845)
 
#B04.14 Sarah Hudson nee Tinker
#B04.14 Sarah Hudson nee Tinker
.. wife to Jonathan Hudson

This gravestone is the oldest currently identifiable memorial in the South Haven Church cemetery. Her death occurred shortly after the Parish of South Haven was established. The quality of her gravestone suggests that she or her family were of means.

This photograph was taken in 1987. By 2005, the monument has been totally destroyed or stolen. NOTHING remains that is identifiable!

 
Located  Site 14 (modern designation)  Sarah Tinker, ^ (d. 11 Sep 1746)
 
#B04.14f: Sarah Hudson nee Tinker (footstone)
#B04.14f: Sarah Hudson nee Tinker (footstone)
.. this photograph of Sarah Hudson's grave site footstone was taken in 2005. The headstone was by then no longer extant. The footstone is now no longer extant. The camera is looking westerly. 
  Site 14 (modern designation)  Sarah Tinker, ^ (d. 11 Sep 1746)
 
#B04.15 Thomas Hulse
#B04.15 Thomas Hulse
.. as photographed in 2005. 
Located    Thomas Hulse, ^ (d. 24 Dec 1862)
 
#B04.16 James Miller
#B04.16 James Miller
.. a native of Edinburgh, Scotlant 
Located    James Miller, ^
 
#B04.17 Huldah Hand Platt
#B04.17 Huldah Hand Platt
.. wife of Oliver Platt

As photographed in 2005 
Located    Huldah Hand, ^ (d. 23 Dec 1871)
 
#B04.18 Oliver Platt
#B04.18 Oliver Platt
.. as photographed in 2005. 
Located    Oliver Platt, (i) ^ (d. 23 Jun 1883)
 
#B04.19 Deborah Topping Reeve
#B04.19 Deborah Topping Reeve
.. her gravestone was reported on the the 1938 cemetery inventory.

By 1993 it was not readable. Pictured is what the investigators in 1993 believed were the remains of the stone.

In 1938, it was transcribed as follows:

"Here Lyes intwrr'd
The body of Deborah
wife of Abner Reeve
who died the 18 Day
of November 1759
aged 42 years"


The Rev. Abner Reeve was minister of the South Haven Presbyterian Church from 1755 - 1763. 
Located    Deborah Topping (Tapping, Tappen), ^ (d. 18 Nov 1759)
 
#B04.20 Phebe Rider
#B04.20 Phebe Rider
.. wife of James Rider

As photographed in 2005. 
Located    Phebe C. [Rider], ^ (d. Yes, date unknown)
 
#B04.21 Bershua Rose
#B04.21 Bershua Rose
.. wife of the Rev. David Rose
As photographed in 2005 
Located    Bershua [Rose] (d. 14 May 1784)
 
#B04.22 Esther Rose
#B04.22 Esther Rose
.. daughter of the Rev. David & Mrs. Hannah Rose
Gravestone as it appeard in April 2005 
Located    Ester (Esther) Rose, [i] ^ (d. 6 Jun 1789)
 
#B04.23a Rev. David Rose
#B04.23a Rev. David Rose
.. as photographed in 2005 
Located    Rev. David Rose, [ii] ^ (d. 1 Jan 1799)
 
#B04.23b  David Rose gravestone
#B04.23b David Rose gravestone
.. as it appeared in the 1930's 
Located    Rev. David Rose, [ii] ^ (d. 1 Jan 1799)
 
#B04.24  Marie S. D. Sorgenfrie
#B04.24 Marie S. D. Sorgenfrie
.. a native of Germany

As photographed in 2005. 
Located    Marie S. D. Sorgenfrie, ^ (d. Feb 1855)
 

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