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 #B080 Former Homan Private Graveyard, South Haven Hamlet, Suffolk County, Brookhaven Town, NY, USA


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#080.00 Inventory of Homan Private Cemetery
#080.00 Inventory of Homan Private Cemetery
... this inventory was found in the files of the Town of Brookhaven Historian's Office and photocopied November, 2007. It appears to be an inventory of the headstones. If the information is accurate, it must have been taken after 1933 when the last interrment appears to have been made (N. Clinton Miller) and c. 1939 when the Town Historian reported that the cemetery was abandonded and no headstones were visible. Some question whether N. Clinton Miller was actually originally interred in this cemetery. 

Notes:

(1939 description) "Former Homan private graveyard, about 500 feet south of Montauk Highway, (Route 27), on the east side of an old hedgerow, and about opposite the old homestead of William Osborn, now (1939) owned by Charles Engelhaupt, South Haven.  Only three stones from this graveyard were moved to Cem. 4, South Haven. The other stones are said to have been destroyed or buried."

The above 1939 description is likely inaccurate. Most of the gravestones, and perhaps some of the remains, were relocated to the Oaklawn Cemetery (#21), Brookhaven Hamlet, NY.  Two were said to have been relocated to the South Haven Church Cemetery (#4).  If a third was moved there, it has not been identified.

William H. Corwin and his wife Philothea were said to have been originally interred in this cemetery. The stones were reportedly moved to the South Haven Church cemetery following vandalism that occurred to the family plot in the 1930's. The bodies reportedly were not moved.  This would explain why their stones were not recorded in a 1925 South Haven Church cemetery inventory, but were recorded in a 1938 survey.

An undated manuscript was found in the records of the Town of Brookhaven Historian which appears to be an inventory of the headstones in this cemetery.  By the time of the c. 1939 Town of Brookhaven Historian's inventory there apparently were no headstones present. Based on the manuscript inventory, the last interment in the cemetery was in 1933 (although the entry for N. Clinton Miller is suspect).  This suggests a manuscript date of between 1933 and 1939, and the cemetery's abandonment during the same time period.

The notations -- "Cem. 21 (80)" -- at the top of the page (in what appears to be a different hand)  suggest that the inventory was perhaps done by a knowledgeable contemporary person documenting gravestones already at the Oaklawn Cemetery.  However, not all the stones on the inventory can today be found at Oaklawn.

With Marty Van Lith, I visited the original site in 2003.  The area is deep within the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge.  It is now overgrown and reforested.  There were two, perhaps three, deep depressions suggesting exhumation. Otherwise there was no evidence of gravesites. This site has Archeological Site Ref. ID SH07.1-S and is #80 on the c. 1939 Town of Brookhaven Historian's Cemetery inventory.

Entry revised;  7 December 2007


Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
#080.01 Silas Homan
#080.01 Silas Homan
... his headstone can now be found at the Oaklawn Cemetery (#21), Brookhaven Hamlet, NY. 
Moved    Silas Homan, ^ (d. 27 Jun 1865)
 
#080.02  Hannah, wife of Silas Homan
#080.02 Hannah, wife of Silas Homan
... her headstone can now be found at the Oaklawn Cemetery (#21), Brookhaven Hamlet, NY 
Moved    Hannah [Homan], ^ (d. 22 Nov 1870)
 
#080.03 Jane A., daughter of Silas and Hannah Homan
#080.03 Jane A., daughter of Silas and Hannah Homan
... she died 7 Feb 1831, age 7 months.
The Homan family cemetery in South Haven, NY, was abandoned by the late 1930s, and her gravestone, and possibly her remains, removed to the Oaklawn cemetery. 
Located    Jane A. Homan, ^ (d. 7 Feb 1831)
 
#080.04 Mordecai Homan
#080.04 Mordecai Homan
... his headstone can now be found at the Oaklawn Cemetery (#21), Brookhaven Hamlet, NY 
Moved    Mordecai Homan, (Jr., iii) ^ (d. 6 Apr 1829)
 
#080.05 Chariety, wife of Mordecai Homan
#080.05 Chariety, wife of Mordecai Homan
... her headstone may now be found at the Oaklawn Cemetery (#21), Brookhaven Hamlet, NY. 
Moved    Charity Howell, ^ (d. 21 Jun 1838)
 
#080.06 Sineus M. Homan (1823-1901) and Sarah S Homan (1820-1902), his wife
#080.06 Sineus M. Homan (1823-1901) and Sarah S Homan (1820-1902), his wife
... while originally interred at the Homan Private Cemetery, their headstone was relocated to the Oaklawn cemetery in Brookhaven, NY in the 1930s. 
Located    Family: Sineus M. Homan/Sarah S. [Homan] (F3334)
 
#080.07 Martha W. wife of Sineus M. Homan
#080.07 Martha W. wife of Sineus M. Homan
... while originally interred in this cemetery, her headstone can now be found at the Oaklawn Cemetery (#21), Brookhaven Hamlet, NY. 
Moved    Martha W. Congdon, ^ (d. 11 Jul 1864)
 
#080.08 Sarah M., daughter of Sineus and Martha Homan
#080.08 Sarah M., daughter of Sineus and Martha Homan
... While recorded as having been interred in the Homan family cemetery (#80), South Haven, NY, it was abandoned in the 1930s, and her headstone, and perhaps her grave relocated to the Oaklawn cemetery in Brookhaven, NY. 
Located    Sarah M. Homan, ^ (d. 11 Aug 1854)
 
#080.09  Hannah M., daughter of Silas and Hannah Homan
#080.09 Hannah M., daughter of Silas and Hannah Homan
... while originally interred in this cemetery, in the 1930s her headstone, and perhaps her grave, was relocated to the Oaklawn cemetery, Brookhaven, NY 
Located    Hannah M. Homan, ^ (d. 26 Oct 1830)
 
#080.10 Nancy, daughter of Silas and Hannah Homan
#080.10 Nancy, daughter of Silas and Hannah Homan
... while originally interred in this cemetery, it was abandoned in the early 1930s, and her gravestone and possibly her remains removed to the Oaklawn cemetery in Brookhaven hamlet. 
Located    Nancy Homan, ^ (d. 26 Sep 1814)
 
#080.11  Johnathan Howell
#080.11 Johnathan Howell
... his headstone can now be found at the Oaklawn Cemetery, Brookhaven Hamlet. 
Moved    Jonathan Howell, ^ (d. 23 Sep 1840)
 
#080.12 N. Clinton Miller
#080.12 N. Clinton Miller
... while there is an entry in the Homan Private Cemetery inventory manuscript at the Brookhaven Town historian's office with the birth and death dates recorded, it is suspicious that he should have been interred there at that late date. Others have placed ? marks on the manuscript by his name. Contemporary newspaper accounts of his death indicate that he was interred at the Oaklawn Cemetery (#21), Brookhaven Hamlet, NY. 
    Nathaniel Clinton Miller, ^ (d. 1 Oct 1933)
 
#080.13  Philothea [Homan] widow of William Corwin
#080.13 Philothea [Homan] widow of William Corwin
... she was said to have been originally interred in this cemetery, but that her headstone was moved to the Old South Haven Church Cemetery (#4) in the 1930's because of vandalism, where it now can be found. 
Moved    Philothea Homan, ^ (d. 3 Nov 1858)
 
#080.14 William H. Corwin
#080.14 William H. Corwin
... he was said to have been originally interred in this cemetery, but that his headstone was moved to the Old South Haven Church Cemetery (#4) in the 1930's following vandalism at the family plot, where it now can be found. 
Moved    William H. Corwin, ^ (d. 23 May 1852)
 

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