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#39.12 Richard Corwin, son of Richard and Dency Corwin

His gravestone has not been found.
In 1975, his gravestone was recorded as being in the Nathaniel Hawkins Cemetery (B039) (see B. Kress documentation). The Town of Brookhaven Historian's cemetery inventory (c. 1939) recorded his gravestone as being in the Corwin Family Cemetery (B033), but it is missing from this cemetery.
There is no modern evidence of the gravestone at either cemetery. While their are some family connections, there is no obvious reason for the gravestone being moved sometime between 1939 and 1975 -- except perhaps that of pranksters.
From the Town of Brookhaven's cemetery inventory (c. 1939):
Date of death: 5 Nov 1850
Age at death: 06-01-18
This entry is in agreement with the Kress transcription (c. 1975):
Richard Corwin
Son of Richard & Dency Corwin
Died Nov 13, 1850
Aged 6 yrs 1 mo 18 days.

Status: Not yet located

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#B039 Nathaniel Hawkins Cemetery, South Haven Hamlet, Suffolk County, Brookhaven Town, NY, USA


The Nathaniel Hawkins Cemetery is near the western edge of South Haven Hamlet on the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge just to the east of Little Neck Run, about 500 feet east of Old Stump Road, south of Montauk Highway. To visit, a permit is required from the National Fish and Wildlife Service, and the area is normally excluded from visitation between the end of March and October.

It is said that there were at least 11 interments here, including one said to be a Revolutionary War veteran -- Nathaniel Hawkins. One source records that Nathaniel Hawkins' father Zachariah Hawkins, was also interred in this cemetery; Zachariah was also a prominent Revolutionary War patriot.

In the past, the cemetery received occasional maintenance from local residents. While the site is encompassed by the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, it appears that the plot itself still belongs to the Town of Brookhaven -- its legal status needs to be further investigated. It apparently receives no maintenance by the Town of Brookhaven as required by NYS Town Law. It appears as if there is no maintenance provided by the Fish and Wildlife Service

I visited the cemetery in March, 2003, with Marty Van Lith, but I have not visited it since. It had been very badly vandalized in the 1980's. There are no stones which remain standing, and there were only five stones and stone fragments that were still readable. One stone, said to be still readable, was face down and still frozen in. It will have to be photographed in warmer weather.

Unless substantial conservation efforts are undertaken, this historic cemetery will likely be lost.

Most of the information on the burials in this cemetery are as recorded in the Town of Brookhaven Historian's c. 1939 cemetery inventory, and a transcription of the gravestones recorded about 1975 (see B Kress cemetery notes). Additional information was obtained from http://longislandgenealogy.com/NatHawkins.html. While not indicated in this source, I suspect that the referenced survey was by Elbert (Nate) Carter. It is undated.

A number of gravestones for interments known to have been in this cemetery have been moved:

This cemetery is #39 on the c. 1939 Town of Brookhaven Historian's Cemetery inventory, has Suffolk County Tax Map reference 200-933-03-1, and has Historic Site ID Br02. It has been assigned Brookhaven Town Department of Parks and Recreation ID 5195C39. Its global positioning coordinates are Latitude N40 47.367' Longitude W72 54.683' as determined from USGS maps.

Page revised: 14 September 2008

#B039 Nathaniel Hawkins Cemetery

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1#39.  B. Kress Cemetery Notes #39. B. Kress Cemetery Notes
A local resident's notes on the gravestones in the Nathaniel Hawkins Cemetery, written about 1975. 

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