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 #B021 Oaklawn Cemetery, Brookhaven Hamlet, Suffolk County, Brookhaven Town, NY, USA


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The Oaklawn Cemetery in Brookhaven is at the north end of Arthur Avenue, north of Montauk Highway. It resulted from a meeting of twelve residents, held at the home of Nathaniel Miller, on March 20, 1890. He and James H. Post gave six acres of land for a nonsectarian burial ground.

There had been a small Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery on the west side of Beaver Dam Road, across from the modern Bellport High School, then on the James H. Post estate. This cemetery was abandoned in the early 20th century, and most of the graves were disinterred and headstones moved to Oaklawn Cemetery by Post (a few, at the request of their families, were moved elsewhere).

Many old headstones, and perhaps remains, from other local family burying grounds were relocated in to the Oaklawn Cemetery, including a Rose family burying ground (apparently a.k.a. the Swezey cemetery) located near to the Brookhaven Free Library on Beaver Dam Road (at the northeast corner of Library Lane) and a Homan family burying ground in South Haven. These sites appear to have been largely maintained as separate plots at Oaklawn, perhaps as approximations of their original configurations.

This is still an active cemetery maintained by the Oaklawn Cemetery Association. Mailing Address: PO Box 415, Brookhaven, New York 11719. Phone: (631) 286-0204, John E. Barry.

The information on the interments at the Oaklawn cemetery is being completely revised with the assistance and encouragement of the Oaklawn Cemetery Association. Since most of the individuals interred in the Oaklawn cemetery have a strong associations with Brookhaven hamlet, it is our intention to incorporate most of these individual in the Hamlet People database to the extent that information becomes available. Since this is likely to take some time, the information on these pages and their associated linked pages will be updated as the work progresses.

The purpose of this project is two-fold:

  1. To compare what is visually apparent at each lot with the records of the cemetery association, and in the process provide a photographic record of the plot. Throughout its over 100 year history, the cemetery's administrative records has been maintained by community volunteers. Inevitably, errors in these records creep in (although the results of the inventory work so far has shown a high degree of accuracy). Notations are being made to these records where errors and ambiguities are found.
  2. To provide a "face" to the individuals in the cemetery, many of which are from families who have had a long association with the hamlets of Brookhaven and South Haven and are important to its history.The information on individuals and families interred at the cemetery is not intended to be an exhaustive genealogy report. It is mostly obtained through research of internet published records such as commercial genealogy web sites such as Ancestry.com, and online local newspapers, principally the Patchogue Advance. These sources are often sketchy and incomplete, and relationships are sometimes inferred (and therefore may be incorrect). Information from family members and knowledgeable associates is encouraged. Please contact us.

This cemetery has Historic Sites Reference ID Br01.3-S and is #21 on the Town of Brookhaven Historian's master inventory of cemeteries. Gravesites in this listing are first identified by cemetery (#21), then by lot number and a family name (e.g., "#021.001.Corson:" means cemetery 21, lot 1, Corson family site).

Each identified gravesite has a link to a datasheet containing research facts on the individual(s). In some cases, Oaklawn cemetery records indicate that a person was interred at a site, but no grave marker could be found. These are identified with aicon. In other cases, a monument was found, but the records of the cemetery association do not indicate that the person, either as a body or cremated remains, were actually interred on the site (these instances are often memorial monuments.)

Click Here For Downloadable Oaklawn Cemetery Maps (includes site and lot location maps)

Description revised: 29 August 2013

Latitude: 40.7823 , Longitude: -72.9282


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 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
#021.019.Hawkins05:  Morris R. Hawkins gravestone
#021.019.Hawkins05: Morris R. Hawkins gravestone
 
Located  019. C. M. Hawkins  Morris R. Hawkins, ^ (d. Feb 1974)
 
#021.019.Hawkins06.  Ernest & Dorothy O. Hawkins gravestone
#021.019.Hawkins06. Ernest & Dorothy O. Hawkins gravestone
 
  019. C. M. Hawkins  Family: Ernest Hawkins/Dorothy Oliver Lyons (F6279)
 
#021.019.Hawkins07:  Jesse E. & Margaret E. Hawkins gravestone
#021.019.Hawkins07: Jesse E. & Margaret E. Hawkins gravestone
 
Located  019. C. M. Hawkins  Family: Jesse Edmund Hawkins/Margaret Elizabeth Kane (F4772)
 
#021.019.Hawkins08:  William Vernon Kresse, Sr. gravestone
#021.019.Hawkins08: William Vernon Kresse, Sr. gravestone
..William Kresse is interred in a Hawkins family plot (Lot 019). He is indirectly related to the Hawkins family through his wife Barbara Sands. Her mother was Margaret Elizabeth Kane. She was first married to Francis Nicholas Sands, and second to Jesse Edmund Hawkins. Margaret was therefore William's mother-in-law. Both Jesse and Margaret are interred in this plot (Hawkins07). 
Located  Lot 019. Hawkins  William Vernon Kresse, Sr. ^ (d. 9 Jul 2012)
 
#021.020.Esperson00:  Esperson family plot.
#021.020.Esperson00: Esperson family plot.
 
Located  020. George Esperson  Family: George Jefferson Esperson/Elfreida R. Anderson (F6382)
Family: Anton N. Gustafson/Borghild Anderson (F6385)
Family: Gerhard Emil Esperson/Violet G. [Esperson] (F6387)
Douglas G. Esperson, < (d. 2 Sep 1984)
Iver J. Esperson, ^ (d. 13 Apr 1955)
Sophia [Anderson] (d. 1941)
 
#021.020.Esperson01:  Sophia Anderson gravestone
#021.020.Esperson01: Sophia Anderson gravestone
.. Sophia is believed to be the mother of Elfreida Eperson nee Anderson. 
Located  020. George Esperson  Sophia [Anderson] (d. 1941)
 
#021.020.Esperson02:  Elfreida Esperson (nee Anderson) gravestone
#021.020.Esperson02: Elfreida Esperson (nee Anderson) gravestone
.. she was George Esperson's wife 
Located  020. George Esperson  Elfreida R. Anderson, ^ (d. 7 Feb 1965)
 
#021.020.Esperson03:  George Esperson gravestone
#021.020.Esperson03: George Esperson gravestone
.. he was the husband of Elfreida Esperson nee Anderson 
Located  020. George Esperson  George Jefferson Esperson, ^ (d. 25 Sep 1959)
 
#021.020.Esperson04:  Anton N.and Borghild A. Gustafson gravestone
#021.020.Esperson04: Anton N.and Borghild A. Gustafson gravestone
.. Borghild was a sister of Elfreida Esperson nee Anderson 
Located  020. George Esperson  Family: Anton N. Gustafson/Borghild Anderson (F6385)
 
#021.020.Esperson05:  Iver Esperson gravestone
#021.020.Esperson05: Iver Esperson gravestone
.. Iver was a brother of George Esperson. 
Located  020. George Esperson  Iver J. Esperson, ^ (d. 13 Apr 1955)
 
#021.020.Esperson06:  Gerhard E. and Violet G. Esperson gravestone
#021.020.Esperson06: Gerhard E. and Violet G. Esperson gravestone
.. Gerhard was a brother of George Esperson. 
Located  020. George Esperson  Family: Gerhard Emil Esperson/Violet G. [Esperson] (F6387)
 
#021.020.Esperson07:  Douglas Esperson gravestone.
#021.020.Esperson07: Douglas Esperson gravestone.
.. Douglas was a son of Gerhard and Violet Esperson. 
Located  020. George Esperson  Douglas G. Esperson, < (d. 2 Sep 1984)
 
#021.021/022.Miller00:  Miller family plot.
#021.021/022.Miller00: Miller family plot.
.. Lots 021 & 022 are effectively combined into a single Miller family plot. This view is looking east. Directly behind the "Miller" plot monument is that of N. Clinton Miller. Frederick, Sr., Nathaniel Clinton and George Miller were brothers, and sons of Nathaniel Miller, Jr. Dr. Nathaniel Miller, Nathaniel Jr.'s father, settled in Brookhaven hamlet (then Fire Place) about 1813 and established a large farm that stretched across Fire Place Neck from Beaver Dam creek on the west to Little Neck Run on the east. These earlier generations and other members of the Miller family are interred at the Miller family cemetery on the former farm. 
Located  021/022. N. Miller & N. Clinton Miller  Family: Frederick W. Miller/Julia Ashby (F1288)
Frederick W. Miller, Jr. >< (d. 7 Jun 1949)
Frederick W. Miller, III ^ (d. 2 Jun 1991)
George A. Miller, ^ (d. 27 Nov 1948)
Nathaniel Clinton Miller, ^ (d. 1 Oct 1933)
 
#021.021/022.Miller01:  Frederick Miller Sr. gravestone
#021.021/022.Miller01: Frederick Miller Sr. gravestone
 
Located  021/022. N. Miller & N. Clinton Miller.  Frederick W. Miller, Sr. ^ (d. 1932)
 
#021.021/022.Miller02:  Julia A. Miller gravestone
#021.021/022.Miller02: Julia A. Miller gravestone
.. Julia Ashby was the wife of Frederick Miller Sr. 
Located  Miller  Julia Ashby, < (d. 1932)
 
#021.021/022.Miller03.  George Miller gravestone
#021.021/022.Miller03. George Miller gravestone
... George never married and was the last of the Millers to farm the homestead. 
Located  021/022. N. Miller & N. Clinton Miller  George A. Miller, ^ (d. 27 Nov 1948)
 
#021.021/022.Miller04:  Frederick Miller Jr. gravestone
#021.021/022.Miller04: Frederick Miller Jr. gravestone
 
Located  021/022. N. Miller & N. Clinton Miller  Frederick W. Miller, Jr. >< (d. 7 Jun 1949)
 
#021.021/022.Miller05:  Frederick W. Miller III gravestone
#021.021/022.Miller05: Frederick W. Miller III gravestone
.. while he died in Vermont, his ashes were interred here. 
Cremated  021/022. N. Miller & N. Clinton Miller  Frederick W. Miller, III ^ (d. 2 Jun 1991)
 
#021.021/022.Miller06  N. Clinton Miller gravestone
#021.021/022.Miller06 N. Clinton Miller gravestone
... This gravestone is at the east end of the double lot, and of a different style from the other Miller family stones. 
Located  020-022. N. Miller & N. Clinton Miller  Nathaniel Clinton Miller, ^ (d. 1 Oct 1933)
 
#021.023.Lyons00:  Lyons family plot
#021.023.Lyons00: Lyons family plot
.. containing descendents of Robert H. Lyons Sr. 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons  Family: Arthur Eugene Waldron/Catherine Elizabeth Lyons (F4525)
Family: Robert Henry Lyons/Mary F. Finnerty (F4947)
Family: William H. Knight/Anna M. Sheehan (F4958)
Family: Thomas Francis Lyons/Margaret Anna Seedorf (F4959)
Family: Richard Joseph Lyons/Virginia Lorraine Peters (F6269)
Family: Thomas Francis Lyons/Ottilie Macaulay (F6270)
Robert Henry Lyons, Jr. [ii] ^ (d. 21 Sep 2008)
Roetta M. Lyons (d. 5 Jul 2000)
Patricia A. Pentler, ^ (d. 15 Oct 1959)
 
#021.023.Lyons01:  Robert H. Lyons Sr. gravestone
#021.023.Lyons01: Robert H. Lyons Sr. gravestone
 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons  Robert Henry Lyons, Sr. [i] ^ (d. Jul 1968)
 
#021.023.Lyons02:  Mary F. Lyons gravestone
#021.023.Lyons02: Mary F. Lyons gravestone
.. Mary Finerty Lyons was the wife of Robert H. Lyons Sr. 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons  Mary F. Finnerty, ^ (d. 4 Mar 1960)
 
#021.023.Lyons03:  Roetta M. Lyons gravestone
#021.023.Lyons03: Roetta M. Lyons gravestone
.. Roetta was a daughter of Richard J. and Virginia Peters Lyons. 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons.  Roetta M. Lyons (d. 5 Jul 2000)
 
#021.023.Lyons04:  Virginia P. Lyons gravestone
#021.023.Lyons04: Virginia P. Lyons gravestone
.. Virginia Lorraine Peters is the wife of Richard J. Lyons. 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons  Virginia Lorraine Peters (d. 1985)
 
#021.023.Lyons05:  Richard  J. Lyons gravestone
#021.023.Lyons05: Richard J. Lyons gravestone
.. Richard was Virginia Peters Lyons' husband. 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons.  Richard Joseph Lyons, ^ (d. 1999)
 
#021.023.Lyons06:  Catherine E. Waldron gravestone
#021.023.Lyons06: Catherine E. Waldron gravestone
.. Catherine E. Lyons Waldron was the wife of Arthur Waldron. 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons.  Catherine Elizabeth Lyons, ^ (d. 1993)
 
#021.023.Lyons07:  Arthur E. Waldron gravestone
#021.023.Lyons07: Arthur E. Waldron gravestone
.. Arthur Waldron was the husband of Catherine E. Lyons 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons  Arthur Eugene Waldron, ^ (d. 7 Aug 1994)
 
#021.023.Lyons08:  Ottilie Lyons gravestone
#021.023.Lyons08: Ottilie Lyons gravestone
.. Ottilie's connection to this Lyons family has not been confirmed. Sparse newspaper evidence suggests that her birth surname may have been Otillie Macaulay, daughter of William M. and Otillie Macaulay. William was a carpenter, born in Scotland. The family lived in Bellport. She appears to have been a second wife of Thomas F. Lyons. Family members are being sought to confirm relationship. 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons  Ottilie Macaulay, ^ (d. 16 May 1994)
 
#021.023.Lyons09:  Thomas Lyons gravestone
#021.023.Lyons09: Thomas Lyons gravestone
.. Thomas was a son of Robert H. Lyons Sr. 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons.  Thomas Francis Lyons, ^ (d. 1992)
 
#021.023.Lyons10:  Margaret A. Lyons gravestone
#021.023.Lyons10: Margaret A. Lyons gravestone
.. Margaret Anna Lyons nee Seedorf was a wife of Thomas J. Lyons 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons.  Margaret Anna Seedorf (d. 19 Apr 1942)
 
#021.023.Lyons11:  Anna M. Knight gravestone
#021.023.Lyons11: Anna M. Knight gravestone
.. Anna M. Knight nee Sheenan was the wife of William Knight; a daughter of Catherine Lyons; and granddaughter of Robert H., Sr. and Mary Lyons. 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons  Anna M. Sheehan, ^ (d. 1996)
 
#021.023.Lyons12:  William H. Knight gravestone
#021.023.Lyons12: William H. Knight gravestone
.. William was the husband of Anna M. Sheenan Knight.  
Located  023. Thomas Lyons.  William H. Knight (d. 1986)
 
#021.023.Lyons13:  Patricia A. Lyons
#021.023.Lyons13: Patricia A. Lyons
.. Patricia Pentler Lyons was the first wife of Harold James Lyons, and a daughter-in-law of Robert H. Sr. and Mary Lyons. Harold James Lyons is interred at Lot 178. 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons.  Patricia A. Pentler, ^ (d. 15 Oct 1959)
 
#021.023.Lyons14:  Robert Henry Lyons, Jr. gravesite
#021.023.Lyons14: Robert Henry Lyons, Jr. gravesite
.. this grave site, without a marker, is in the first row, at right. 
Located  023. Thomas Lyons  Robert Henry Lyons, Jr. [ii] ^ (d. 21 Sep 2008)
 
#021.024.Gillespie00.  Gillespie family plot.
#021.024.Gillespie00. Gillespie family plot.
.. The Gillespies are a large and well known family in Brookhaven hamlet and environs. 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  Family: Frederick Joseph Gillespie/Yvonne Hamlyn (F3694)
Family: Michael J. Gillespie/Helena A. Kearney (F4021)
Family: James A. Caldwell/Eileen Helen Gillespie (F6399)
Family: Edward Gillespie/Edith Hallam (F6400)
Family: Henry Hallam/Mary [Hallam] (F6406)
Family: Joseph Andrew Kearney/Margaret M. [Kearney] (F6410)
Beth Ann Cartwright (d. 10 Sep 2011)
Ina Pauline Gillespie (d. 18 Dec 1964)
Kathleen Ann Gillespie, ^ (d. 10 Oct 2002)
Lenora C. Gillespie, ^ (d. 6 Feb 1966)
Byford Thomas Lee, Jr. ^ (d. 12 May 2008)
George Wynn Pusins, [ii] ^ (d. 22 Jan 1965)
George Wynn Pusins, III < (d. 26 Jan 1990)
Gertrude [Pusins], ^ (d. 1974)
 
#021.024.Gillespie01:  Frederick J. Gillespie gravestone
#021.024.Gillespie01: Frederick J. Gillespie gravestone
.. Fred was a son of Michael and Helena Gillespie (#10). 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  Frederick Joseph Gillespie, ^ (d. 14 Aug 2009)
 
#021.024.Gillespie02:  Yvonne Gillespie gravestone
#021.024.Gillespie02: Yvonne Gillespie gravestone
.. Yvonne was Fred Gillespie's wife (#01). 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  Yvonne Hamlyn, ^ (d. 23 May 2008)
 
#021.024.Gillespie03:  James A. Caldwell gravestone.
#021.024.Gillespie03: James A. Caldwell gravestone.
.. James was Michael and Helena Gillespie's son-in-law (#10), and husband of their daughter Eileen (#12). 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  James A. Caldwell (d. 1949)
 
#021.024.Gillespie04:  Edith and Edward Gillespie gravestone.
#021.024.Gillespie04: Edith and Edward Gillespie gravestone.
.. Edward was the eldest son of Michael and Helena Gillespie (#10). Edith was a daughter of Henry and Mary Hallam (#17). 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  Family: Edward Gillespie/Edith Hallam (F6400)
 
#021.024.Gillespie05:  Gertrude Pusins gravestone.
#021.024.Gillespie05: Gertrude Pusins gravestone.
.. Gertrude was the mother of George W. Pusins, Jr. (#06). 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  Gertrude [Pusins], ^ (d. 1974)
 
#021.024.Gillespie06:  George W. Pusins gravestone.
#021.024.Gillespie06: George W. Pusins gravestone.
.. George, Jr. was a son of Gertrude Pusins (#05), a son-in-law of Michael and Helena Gillespie (#10), and a husband of their daughter Ina (#08). 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  George Wynn Pusins, [ii] ^ (d. 22 Jan 1965)
 
#021.024.Gillespie07:  George Wynn Pusins III memorial monument.
#021.024.Gillespie07: George Wynn Pusins III memorial monument.
.. George III was a son of George W. Pussins, Jr. (#06) and Ina Pusins Ellis nee Gillespie(#08). The records of the Oaklawn cemetery association do not indicate that he was interred in this lot; the monument is likely a memorial stone. It is located behind (west) of his father's gravestone. 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  George Wynn Pusins, III < (d. 26 Jan 1990)
 
#021.024.Gillespie08:  Ina P. Ellis gravestone
#021.024.Gillespie08: Ina P. Ellis gravestone
.. Ina was a daughter of Michael and Helena Gillespie (#10). She married first George W. Pusins, Jr. (#06), and second Stuart Ellis. 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie.  Ina Pauline Gillespie (d. 18 Dec 1964)
 
#021.024.Gillespie09:  Anthony James Allegrette, Jr. gravestone
#021.024.Gillespie09: Anthony James Allegrette, Jr. gravestone
.. Anthony Jr. was the infant son of Anthony & Diane Sirena Fucci Allegrette, grandson of James Richard, Jr. & Kathleen Gillespie Fucci (#13), and the great-grandson of Michael and Helena Gillespie (#10). 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie.  Anthony James Allegretti, Jr. < (d. 27 May 1964)
 
#021.024.Gillespie10:  Michael J. and Helena Kearney Gillespie gravestone
#021.024.Gillespie10: Michael J. and Helena Kearney Gillespie gravestone
.. Michael and Helena were both born in Ireland, and lived in Brookhaven hamlet for some forty years. All who are interred or have memorial monuments in this plot are either their direct descendants or related as in-laws or siblings. 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  Family: Michael J. Gillespie/Helena A. Kearney (F4021)
 
#021.024.Gillespie11:  Lenora C. Donato monument
#021.024.Gillespie11: Lenora C. Donato monument
.. Lenora was a daughter of Michael & Helena Gillespie. While a memorial monument is present at the Oaklawn cemetery, she is not indicated as being interred at Lot 24 in the Oaklawn cemetery records. 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  Lenora C. Gillespie, ^ (d. 6 Feb 1966)
 
#021.024.Gillespie12:  Eileen H. Caldwell gravestone
#021.024.Gillespie12: Eileen H. Caldwell gravestone
.. Eileen was a daughter of Michael & Helena Gillespie (#10), and wife of James A. Caldwell (#3). 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  Eileen Helen Gillespie, ^ (d. 1971)
 
#021.024.Gillespie13:  Kathleen Ann Fucci gravestone
#021.024.Gillespie13: Kathleen Ann Fucci gravestone
.. Kathleen was a daughter of Michael & Helena Gillespie (#10), and grandmother of Anthony James Allegrette, Jr. (#9). 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  Kathleen Ann Gillespie, ^ (d. 10 Oct 2002)
 
#021.024.Gillespie14:  Byford T. Lee, Jr. gravestone
#021.024.Gillespie14: Byford T. Lee, Jr. gravestone
.. Byford Thomas Lee, Jr. was a grandson of Michael & Helena Gillespie (#10); his mother was Nancy Gillespie Lee. 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  Byford Thomas Lee, Jr. ^ (d. 12 May 2008)
 
#021.024.Gillespie15:  Beth Ann Keegan gravestone
#021.024.Gillespie15: Beth Ann Keegan gravestone
.. while her grave stone was found in the Gillespie family plot 24 at the Oaklawn cemetery in Brookhaven, NY, her relationship to the Gillespie family has not been definitively determined from public records so far searched. 
Located  024. Edward Gillespie  Beth Ann Cartwright (d. 10 Sep 2011)
 

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