August Hawkins and his sister Prudence around 1900


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Unless indicated below, this is a transcript of the original Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/Town of Brookhaven survey form.  Corrections to obvious typographical and spelling errors have been made.  Corrections to factual errors, updates or comments on the information are either enclosed in [square brackets], or will be clearly indicated as updated material.  Since most of the surveys were conducted in the late 1970's and early 1980's, much of the information reflects that time period.  Included in this category are sites for which some documentation may exist but are no longer extant often with little or no modern evidence at the site.

Sites which have a suffix of "S" are supplemental sites not included in the original surveys. 

Archeological Site Inventory Form

Homan Family Cemetery

 If checked, this is a Supplemental Form, not in the original surveys.

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Inventory Code:  SH07.1-S  
  Prepared Date:  8/28/2005
  Revised Date:  8/28/2005
Submitter Name:  John Deitz
Submitter Address: 7 Locust Rd.

Brookhaven, NY 11719
1-Site Name:    Homan Family Cemetery
2a-County:  Suffolk 2b-Town:  Brookhaven 2c-Village: Hamlet of Southaven  
3-Location:  Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, about 425 feet south of Montauk Highway, and about 110 feet east of the intersection of Montauk Highway and Old South Country Road
   4a-Public Site    4b-Private Site
4-Present Owner:    5a-Address:  Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
Historic and Architectural Importance
6- Description, Condition, Evidence of Site
  This approximately 30 ft. x 30 ft. plot was the former private family cemetery for the Homan family. Family members from the early 19th century were there interred. Community lore is that the cemetery suffered vandalism and desecration and that the gravestones, and some remains, were moved to other cemeteries. There is evidence that the removals occurred probably after 1925, and with one exception were complete by 1938-1940. Records of the South Haven Presbyterian Church cemetery dated 1925 do not record two gravestones that were likely originally in the Homan family cemetery, but the gravestones are recorded in a 1938 survey of the church cemetery. A 1939-1940 Town of Brookhaven Historian's Cemetery List records only one gravestone at the Homan family cemetery, and this stone can now be found at the "Homan" plot at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Brookhaven Hamlet. Community lore is that not all the remains were removed, only the stones. Also, that all the stones were not removed, but that some were just covered over. I have not discovered any source which indicates how many burials there originally were at the site.

 6a-Standing Ruins

 6b-Cellar Hole with Walls  

 6c-Surface Traces Visible  6d-Walls Without Cellar Hole
 6e-Under Cultivation  6f-Erosion
 6g-Underwater  6h-No Visible Evidence
 6i-Other John Deitz and Marty Van Lith visited the site in 2003. Still visible were several mounds suggestive of graves that were opened. No stones were evident. Forest growth was becoming well established.  
7- Collection of Material from Site
 7a- Surface Hunting By Whom:    Date:  
 7b-Testing By Whom:  Date:  
 7c-Excavation By Whom:  Date: 
7e-Present Repository of Materials  
8- Prehistoric Cultural Affiliation or Date
9-Historical Documentation of Site
10- Possibility of Site Destruction or Disturbance
12- Map Location
    [If an original form, the source map images were not reproducible.]
12a- 7 1/2 Minute Quad. Name: 
12b- 15 Minute Quad. Name:   
12c- U.S.G.S Coordinates:   
12d- D.O.T. Coordinates:  (if known):   
Other Maps:   
13- Photographs
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Supplemental Material
Prepared By
  John Deitz