Van Kleek-Westervelt Cemetery, LaGrange, NY

This old cemetery is located on Titusville Road in LaGrange, NY near an old farm house; the farm is called the Cornell Farm.  The cemetery may be an old family cemetery for the family(ies) that lived on the farm.  The property card for the parcel says it is a private cemetery of the name Van Kleek-Westervelt; both of these family names are well known in the area.

The 1980s Dutchess County Historic Resource Survey indicates the Cornell Farm was indicated on historic maps from 1867 and 1876 to be owned by someone with the last name Cornell.  This survey also identifies the cemetery as the Westervelt Cemetery.

More information:  Historic Resource Survey map

Location:  Google Maps (41.672450, -73.871750)

Vanderburgh Burial Ground, Poughkeepsie, NY

This family cemetery is located on Cedar Avenue in Poughkeepsie a little south of the intersection with Hooker Avenue.  It is in front of the Fox Hill Condo complex, between Panorama Blvd and Arnold Blvd on the west side of the road.  There is an entry on the RootsWeb website that digitizes an entry in “Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, New York” by J. W. Poucher published in 1924, page 238.  Below is the information from the website/publication:

CLASSIFICATION: Family ground.
LOCATION: Southeast of the city of Poughkeepsie, in an orchard near the east fence of the property of the Hudson River Driving Park Association.
CONDITION: Stones fallen and broken.
INSCRIPTIONS: 9 in number. Copied April 25, 1911, by J. W. Poucher, M. D., and Miss Helen W. Reynolds.
REMARKS: Van Der Burgh ground. Before 1800 the Van Der Burghs were large land owners in this neighborhood and on old maps the present Southeast Avenue, Poughkeepsie, was “the road to John Van Der Burgh’s”. John Van Der Burgh’s house is still standing opposite the northeast corner of the Driving Park but made over and modernized. In its first estate it was an attractive eighteenth century farm house with an excellent carved doorway and fanlight. Originally there were a good many stones in the family burial ground which, by vandalism, have been broken and scattered.

1. Burton, Abigail, w. of Stephen, d. 1850, Oct, —-, a. 82 y. 2 m.
2. Burton, Stephen, d. 1842. (Broken stone).
3. Vanderburgh, Abraham, d. 1840, Nov. 23, a. 60 y. 9 d.
4. Vanderburgh, Elizabeth Meserole, w. of Peter, d. 1842, Apr. 24, a. 93-6-7.
5. Vanderburgh, Henry, d. 1821, Nov. 9, in 82d y.
6. Vanderburgh, Maria, w. of Henry P., d. 1823, May 29, a. 28 y. 8 m.
7. Vanderburgh, Peter, d. ——–. (Broken)
8. ————, d. Dec. 15, ——-, a. 81-8-24.
(Broken stone, possibly part of Peter Vanderburgh’s).
9. ————, “March —, a. 75 y. 1 m.” (broken stone).

More information:  RootsWeb entry

Location:  Google Maps (41.681472, -73.903283)

Westervelt Family Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, NY

The family cemetery for the Westervelts is located on Route 9 (a.k.a. South Road or Albany Post Road) in Poughkeepsie, NY just north of IBM road, cattycorner to the location of the building known as the Westervelt house, which was demolished in 2017 and the property is being redeveloped as a bank.

Unfortunately some vandalism has occurred at the cemetery property.  Please be respectful of the property and to those who are buried there!

Location: Google Maps (41.652050, -73.928717)

Reformed Church of Beacon, Beacon, NY

The Reformed Church of Beacon was formerly known as the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church. The church was built in 1813 and rebuilt in 1860. The cemetery for the church is located just east of the Beacon train station (next to on-street parking, up a short, steep climb) and has been completely abandoned. The most recent stone I found was from the 1920s.

After posting these photos, I was contacted by someone whose relative’s gravestone I had photographed.  I am glad that my photos did some good – because since she is not in the area, she had never seen his headstone before!

Map: Location on Bing Maps