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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


Headstones

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 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
#021.038.Harner.  James Harner gravesite
#021.038.Harner. James Harner gravesite
.. Records of the Oaklawn cemetery indicate that a "James Harner" was interred in Lot 38. No gravestone has been found. This lot contains graves of persons originally interred in the old Methodist cemetery on Beaver Dam road. Evidence suggest that there originally was a grave marker. 
Missing  38. Fletcher (From Methodist cemetery)  James Harner, ^ (d. Yes, date unknown)
 
#021.038.Harner.  Josie Harner
#021.038.Harner. Josie Harner
..She was originally interred in the old Methodist church cemetery on Beaver Dam road. 
Located  38. Fletcher. (From Methodist cemetery).  Josie H. Harner, ^ (d. 12 Sep 1874)
 
#021.038.Harper.  Caroline Harper gravesite.
#021.038.Harper. Caroline Harper gravesite.
..According to the Oaklawn Cemetery Association records, a "Caroline Harper" is interred in Lot 38. Her gravestone has not been found. Interments in Plot 38 were originally interred in the Methodist Church cemetery on Beaver Dam road. Records suggest that originally there was a grave marker. 
Missing  38. Fletcher. (From Methodist cemetery)  Caroline Harper, ^ (d. Yes, date unknown)
 
#021.038.Harper.  George Harper gravestone
#021.038.Harper. George Harper gravestone
.. George Harper was first interred at the old Methodist cemetery on Beaver Dam road, Brookhaven, in reinterred here about 1890 when the Methodist cemetery was abandoned. 
Located  038. Fletcher (From Methodist Church Cemetery)  George Harper, ^ (d. 18 Mar 1872)
 
#021.038.Harper:  Francis Harper
#021.038.Harper: Francis Harper
..Francis Harper was first interred at the old Methodist cemetery on Beaver Dam road, Brookhaven, in reinterred here about 1890 when the Methodist cemetery was abandoned.  
Located  038. Fletcher (From Methodist Church Cemetery)  Francis Harper, ^ (d. 23 Apr 1872)
 
#021.038.Reeves:  Barnabas Reeves gravestone
#021.038.Reeves: Barnabas Reeves gravestone
.. Barnabas Reeves was first interred at the old Methodist cemetery on Beaver Dam road, Brookhaven, in reinterred here about 1890 when the Methodist cemetery was abandoned.  
Located  038. Fletcher (From Methodist Cemetery)  Barnabas Reeves, ^ (d. 27 Apr 1857)
 
#021.038.Reeves:  Phebe Reeves gravestone
#021.038.Reeves: Phebe Reeves gravestone
.. Phebe Reeves was first interred at the old Methodist cemetery on Beaver Dam road, Brookhaven, in reinterred here about 1890 when the Methodist cemetery was abandoned.  
Located  038. Fletcher (From Methodist cemetery)  Phebe Reeves, ^ (d. 25 Nov 1873)
 
#021.038.Robinson01:  John M. Robinson gravestone
#021.038.Robinson01: John M. Robinson gravestone
.. He was originally interred at the old Methodist cemetery on Beaver Dam road, Brookhaven, NY, and reinterred here about 1890 when the Methodist cemetery was abandoned. 
Located  038. Fletcher  John M. Robinson, ^ (d. 5 Jul 1854)
 
#021.038.Robinson02:  Oliver D. Robinson gravestone
#021.038.Robinson02: Oliver D. Robinson gravestone
.. Oliver Robinson is not recorded on the inventory of graves at the old Methodist Cemetery on Beaver Dam road, Brookhaven, NY, prepared by the Trustees of the Brookhaven M.E. Church. This inventory is dated Feb 3, 1890 (a day before Oliver's death), and apparently was taken in December 1889. These dates suggest that Oliver may have been one of the first persons interred at the Oaklawn cemetery who was not originally interred elsewhere. 
Located  038. Fletcher  Oliver D. Robinson, ^ (d. 4 Feb 1890)
 
#021.038.Woodruff.  Carrie Woodruff gravesite
#021.038.Woodruff. Carrie Woodruff gravesite
..While the Oaklawn cemetery records indicate that a "Carrie Woodruff" was interred in Plot 38, no gravestone has been found.  
Missing  38. Fletcher  Carrie Woodruff, ^ (d. Yes, date unknown)
 
#021.038.Woodruff:  Sarah, wife of William E. Woodruff
#021.038.Woodruff: Sarah, wife of William E. Woodruff
.. Sarah was first interred at the old Methodist cemetery on Beaver Dam road, Brookhaven, NY, and removed here when that cemetery was abandoned about 1890.  
Located  038. Fletcher (From Methodist Cemetery)  Sarah A. [Woodruff], ^ (d. 12 Sep 1863)
 
#021.039.Rose00:  John Smith Rose family plot
#021.039.Rose00: John Smith Rose family plot
.. east face of monument is inscribed "Father - Mother." 
Located  039. C.E. Rose  Family: John Smith Rose/Ruth Newey (F164)
 
#021.039.Rose01.  John Smith Rose
#021.039.Rose01. John Smith Rose
.. He was first interred in the old Methodist Cemetery, and moved to the Oaklawn Cemetery about 1890. His name is inscribed on the north face of the monument. 
Located  039. C.E. Rose  John Smith Rose, ^ (d. 14 Aug 1882)
 
#021.039.Rose02:  Ruth Newey Rose
#021.039.Rose02: Ruth Newey Rose
.. wife of John Smith Rose. Her name is inscribed on the south face of the monument. 
Located  039. C.E. Rose  Ruth Newey, ^ (d. 28 Dec 1894)
 
#021.039.Rose03:  Sarah M. Rose
#021.039.Rose03: Sarah M. Rose
.. She was first interred in the old Methodist Cemetery, and moved to the Oaklawn Cemetery about December 1889. 
Located  039. C.E. Rose  Sarah M. Rose, ^ (d. 3 Sep 1853)
 
#021.040.Rider01:  Lodwick Rider gravestone
#021.040.Rider01: Lodwick Rider gravestone
.. Lodwick was first interred at the old Methodist cemetery on Beaver Dam road and removed here when that cemetery was abandoned about 1890. 
Located  040. James Rider.  Lodwick Rider (Ryder), ^ (d. 26 Jul 1875)
 
#021.040.Rider02.  James Rider gravestone
#021.040.Rider02. James Rider gravestone
.. James was first interred at the old Methodist cemetery on Beaver Dam road and removed here when that cemetery was abandoned about 1890.  
Located  040. James Rider  James Barnabas Rider, ^ (d. 21 Dec 1879)
 
#021.041.Ballard00:  Ballard family plot
#021.041.Ballard00: Ballard family plot
 
  041. Ballard  Family: Harold Mead Ballard/Ella A. [Ballard] (F2061)
 
#021.041.Ballard01:  Harold Mead Ballard gravestone
#021.041.Ballard01: Harold Mead Ballard gravestone
 
Located  041. Ballard  Harold Mead Ballard, ^ (d. 18 Mar 1955)
 
#021.041.Ballard02:  Ella Ballard gravestone
#021.041.Ballard02: Ella Ballard gravestone
 
Located  041. Ballard  Ella A. [Ballard], ^ (d. 29 Jan 1964)
 
#021.042.Booth01: Deidamia (Booth) Hawkins, wife of Rev. Nathaniel Hawkins.
#021.042.Booth01: Deidamia (Booth) Hawkins, wife of Rev. Nathaniel Hawkins.
.. Deidamia Booth was the second wife of the Rev. Nathaniel Hawkins. She died 24 years after he did. Ralph Clymer Hawkins in "A Hawkins Genealogy" recorded that she was interred "in the cemetery at Fireplace." Some interpreted this statement to mean the Nathaniel Hawkins cemetery (B039); however, a manuscript found in the records of the Oaklawn cemetery association indicates that she was first interred there. Later her grave was moved to the Oaklawn Cemetery (B021), Brookhaven, NY. when the Methodist cemetery was abandoned about 1890.
Her gravestone has recently been repaired and conserved by the Oaklawn cemetery association.
The Rev. Nathaniel Hawkins and his first wife have monuments at the Yaphank Village Cemetery (B022), Yaphank, NY. 
Located  042. Booth  Deidamia Booth, ^ (d. 13 Apr 1884)
 
#021.042.Booth02:  Sanathan Smith gravesite
#021.042.Booth02: Sanathan Smith gravesite
.. records of the Oaklawn cemetery indicate that a "Sanathan Smith" (sic) was interred on this lot. No grave marker has been found. No information on this individual has been found.

[This entry in the cemetery records may be a typographical error; investigating perhaps a Jonathan or Samatha. No Jonathan or Samatha was found on the list of Methodist Church Cemetery interments prepared by the Trustees of the church in 1890. (See Old Methodist Church cemetery).]

 
Missing  042. Booth   
#021.043.Albin00:  Albin family plot
#021.043.Albin00: Albin family plot
 
Located  043. E. Albin.  Family: James Louis Albin/Eloise [Albin] (F2791)
William H. Albin (d. 11 Apr 1851)
F. D. Fisher, ^ (d. 6 Oct 1898)
 
#021.043.Albin01:  James L. Albin gravestone
#021.043.Albin01: James L. Albin gravestone
 
Located  043. E. Albin  James Louis Albin, ^ (d. 1 Sep 1902)
 
#021.043.Albin02: Eloise Albin
#021.043.Albin02: Eloise Albin
.. wife of James L. Albin 
Located  043. E. Albin  Eloise [Albin], ^ (d. 1911)
 
#021.043.Albin03:  William H. Albin gravestone
#021.043.Albin03: William H. Albin gravestone
 
  043. E. Albin  William H. Albin (d. 11 Apr 1851)
 
#021.043.Albin04:  F.D. Fisher grave site
#021.043.Albin04: F.D. Fisher grave site
.. He was perhaps the husband of one of James and Eloise Albin's daughters (e.g., Aggie, Nellie, or Amy). 
Located  043. E. Albin  F. D. Fisher, ^ (d. 6 Oct 1898)
 
#021.044.Craven00a: Craven Family Plot
#021.044.Craven00a: Craven Family Plot
.. This site contains graves sites for Frank (Francis Daniel) Craven, his descendants and their spouses. Frank and Margaret Craven had four daughters, all of whom have monuments here. In addition, their spouses (with one exception, Richard Darrow, spouse to Frances) also have monuments. While monuments are provided, not all are deceased. 
Located  044. Frank Craven  Family: Francis Daniel Craven/Margaret Anna Lyons (F4953)
Family: Stanley W. Wnenta/Margaret M. Craven (F6281)
Family: Willem Van der Zalm/Elizabeth Craven (F6282)
Family: Walter L. Kalinowski/Patricia Craven (F6283)
Frances Craven, ^
 
#021.044.Craven00b:  Craven family plot monument
#021.044.Craven00b: Craven family plot monument
 
Located  044. Frank Craven.   
#021.044.Craven01: Frank Craven gravestone
#021.044.Craven01: Frank Craven gravestone
 
Located  044. Frank Craven  Francis Daniel Craven, ^ (d. 22 Feb 1992)
 
#021.044.Craven02:  Margaret Craven gravestone
#021.044.Craven02: Margaret Craven gravestone
.. Margaret was Frank Craven's wife 
Located  044. Frank Craven  Margaret Anna Lyons (d. 23 Feb 1994)
 
#021.044.Craven03:  Stanley Wnenta gravestone
#021.044.Craven03: Stanley Wnenta gravestone
.. Stanley was husband of Margaret Craven 
Located  044. Frank Craven  Stanley W. Wnenta, ^ (d. 20 Feb 1971)
 
#021.044.Craven04:  Margaret Wnenta gravestone
#021.044.Craven04: Margaret Wnenta gravestone
.. Margaret was the eldest child of Frank and Margaret Craven. 
Located  044. Frank Craven  Margaret M. Craven (d. 13 Nov 2000)
 
#021.044.Craven05:  Elizabeth Van der Zalm gravestone
#021.044.Craven05: Elizabeth Van der Zalm gravestone
.. Elizabeth was the second child of Frank and Margaret Craven. 
Located  044. Frank Craven  Elizabeth Craven, ^ (d. 20 Mar 2009)
 
#021.044.Craven06:  Willem Van der Zalm gravestone.
#021.044.Craven06: Willem Van der Zalm gravestone.
.. Willim was Elizabeth Craven's husband. 
Located  044. Frank Craven.  Willem Van der Zalm, ^ (d. 6 Sep 2011)
 
#021.044.Craven08:  Patricia Kalinowski gravestone
#021.044.Craven08: Patricia Kalinowski gravestone
.. Patricia was the youngest of Frank & Margaret's children 
Located  044. Frank Craven  Patricia Craven, ^ (d. 1 Nov 2006)
 
#021.044.Craven09:  Frances Craven Darrow gravestone
#021.044.Craven09: Frances Craven Darrow gravestone
.. Frances was the third daughter of Margaret and Frank Craven. There is no death date on the monument; she may still be living. 
Located  044. Frank Craven  Frances Craven, ^
 
#021.044.Craven:  Walter L. Kalinowski gravestone
#021.044.Craven: Walter L. Kalinowski gravestone
.. Walter was husband to Patricia Craven. No death date appears on the monument; he is believed still to be living. 
Located  044. Frank Craven.  Walter L. Kalinowski, ^
 
#021.045.Nesbitt00:  Nesbitt plot
#021.045.Nesbitt00: Nesbitt plot
 
Located  045. Nesbitt  Family: William Nesbitt/Jane L. [Nesbitt] (F3098)
Adelaide Nesbitt, ^ (d. 1948)
Eugene William Nesbitt, ^ (d. 1941)
Mary L. Nesbitt, ^ (d. 1927)
 
#021.045.Nesbitt01:  William and Jane L. Nesbitt
#021.045.Nesbitt01: William and Jane L. Nesbitt
 
Located  045. Nesbitt  Family: William Nesbitt/Jane L. [Nesbitt] (F3098)
 
#021.045.Nesbitt02. Eugene Nesbitt grave plaque.
#021.045.Nesbitt02. Eugene Nesbitt grave plaque.
.. this marker is immediately to the left (south) of a stone marker memoralizing Eugene William, his wife Margaret Lawson, and son William E. Nesbitt 
Located  045. Nesbitt  Eugene William Nesbitt, ^ (d. 1941)
 
#021.045.Nesbitt03:  Monument for Eugene Wm. Nesbitt, Margaret Lawson & William E. Nesbitt
#021.045.Nesbitt03: Monument for Eugene Wm. Nesbitt, Margaret Lawson & William E. Nesbitt
.. records of the Oaklawn cemetery indicate that only Eugene was interred at this lot. The stone therefore may be a memorial monument for Margaret and William E. 
Located  045. Nesbitt  Family: Eugene William Nesbitt/Margaret Lawson (F6247)
William E. Nesbitt, ^ (d. Mar 1932)
 
#021.045.Nesbitt04.  Mary L. Biggs gravestone
#021.045.Nesbitt04. Mary L. Biggs gravestone
.. she was a daughter of William and Jane Nesbitt 
Located  045. Nesbitt  Mary L. Nesbitt, ^ (d. 1927)
 
#021.045.Nesbitt05:  Adelaide Cartwright gravestone
#021.045.Nesbitt05: Adelaide Cartwright gravestone
.. she was a daughter of William & Jane Nesbitt 
Located  045. Nesbitt  Adelaide Nesbitt, ^ (d. 1948)
 
#021.046.Munsell00:  Munsell plot
#021.046.Munsell00: Munsell plot
.. this plot contains only two grave monuments. One of the monuments (Fannie Munsell wife of George Munsell) is for an interment originally at the old Methodist cemetery Beaver Dam road, Brookhaven, NY and removed here. The other would have been one of the earliest for this cemetery (Mary Hulse wife of Thomas Hulse). The registered owner of the lot, Annie Bell Munsell, was Fannie and George Munsell's daughter. Mary (Petty) Hulse was Fannie's mother. 
Located  046. Miss Annie Bell Munsell  Frances Amelia Hulse, ^ (d. 9 Dec 1869)
Mary Petty, ^ (d. 6 Apr 1890)
 
#021.046.Munsell01:  Fannie A. Munsell gravestone
#021.046.Munsell01: Fannie A. Munsell gravestone
.. Frances Amelia Hulse was George Munsell's first wife, and the mother of the site's registered owner, Miss Annie Bell Munsell. Annie Bell was born about the time of her mother's death.

Fannie was first interred at the old Methodist cemetery on Beaver Dam road, Brookhaven, NY, and removed to here when the Methodist cemetery was abandoned. 
Located  046. Miss Annie Bell Munsell.  Frances Amelia Hulse, ^ (d. 9 Dec 1869)
 
#021.046.Munsell02:  Mary wife of Thomas Hulse
#021.046.Munsell02: Mary wife of Thomas Hulse
.. Mary's birth surname was Petty. She and Thomas Hulse were the parents of Fanny Munsell of the adjacent monument.

The date on the gravestone has been interpreted as April 6, 1890, although it is an odd "9".

Mary's interment would have been one of the first (if not the first) interments at the new Oaklawn cemetery if she were not first interred elsewhere. She is not listed among those removed from the Methodist cemetery to the Oaklawn cemetery when the Methodist cemetery was abandoned.

Her husband, Thomas Hulse, predeceased her by twenty-eight years and was interred at the Presbyterian Church cemetery in South Haven, NY. 
Located  Methodist  Mary Petty, ^ (d. 6 Apr 1890)
 
#021.047.Blume00:  Blume plot
#021.047.Blume00: Blume plot
.. Oaklawn cemetery records assigns Lot 047 to "Blume." However, there is only one grave stone on the plot, and one unidentifiable funeral parlor grave marker. In addition to the Melita Walter gravestone, the following are recorded in the cemetery records as being interred on the site: Katrina B. Walter, C. Wheaton Walter, Louis Blume, Elsa Roos Parks, and Ainslie W. Walters (sic).

In this picture, the unidentifiable grave marker is immediately to the right (north) of the Melita Walter gravestone.

 
Unmarked  047. Blume  Family: C. Wheaton Walter/Katrina Blume (F5199)
Louis Blume, ^ (d. 1954)
Elsa Roos Parks, ^ (d. 1949)
Ainslie Walter, ^ (d. 1978)
 
#021.047.Blume01: Louis Blume grave site
#021.047.Blume01: Louis Blume grave site
.. while the records of the Oaklawn cemetery indicate his interment at this site, no grave marker was found. 
Unmarked  047. Blume  Louis Blume, ^ (d. 1954)
 
#021.047.Blume02: C. Wheaton & Katrina B. Walter gravesite
#021.047.Blume02: C. Wheaton & Katrina B. Walter gravesite
.. while Oaklawn cemetery records indicate their interment at this site, no grave markers were present. Katrina was a daughter of Louis and Melita Blume. 
Unmarked  047. Blume  Family: C. Wheaton Walter/Katrina Blume (F5199)
 

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