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Michael Handy Farm Cemetery

Also known as: Crumtown Road Cemetery

South Danby Road. On Route 96B from Ithaca, travel south through the town of Danby 2-1/2 miles to South Danby Road. Turn right onto South Danby Road and drive approximately 2-6/10 miles. At 2-3/10 miles you will see Peter Road to the left. The cemetery is about 3/10 mile past Peter Road, on the right hand side and just as you pass by a driveway and start down the hill. The cemetery is on the bank and among a grove of trees. Town of Danby, Tompkins County, NY.
Cemetery is inactive.

This cemetery is very close to the Tompkins/Tioga County line. South Danby Road becomes Crumtown Road in Tioga County.

This record is as complete as possible at this time (June 9th 2003).
Many unmarked graves in this cemetery, with only a few headstones that are still standing.

photograph of cemetery
(larger photo)
By Cathy Knauff

(Fall photo of cemetery)
photo by Cheryl Hall

See map of burials
by Janet M. Nash

Please use Notes as a guide only!


 
Surname Given Name(s)/Relationships Dates Notes
Bradley Wakeman veteran's flag died Feb. 20, 1859, age 83y 4m Flag on his grave. May be war of 1812, too young for Rev. war. LDS library has son of Lyman & Abigial (Wakeman) Bradley.  Born Fairfield Co., CT.
Bradley Sarah wife of Wakeman Bradley died Feb. 23, 1859, age 81y 11m 18d LDS Library has Sarah Wheeler born March 3rd 1777, dau. of Calvin & Mary (Thorpe) Wheeler Children found are, Rufus; Amanda; Hanford; Abigail (m. Waterbury Smith); Mary (m. Robins D. Wright) May be other children.
Bradley Rufus, son of  Wakeman & Sarah Bradley died Sept. 5, 1816, age 1y 4m Believe first burial - per headstone inscriptions
Bradley Amanda, dau. of Wakeman & Sarah Bradley died Dec. 12, 1831, age 19y 7m no other information
Bradley Hanford, son of  Wakeman & Sarah Bradley died Dec. 28, 1826, age 26y 6m no other information
Cain Anna, wife of J. H. Cain and dau. of John & Lettie Manning died Oct. 19, 1845 age 31 yrs. Not listed in earlier records.  Headstone found 2003 under sod.  Buried next to Manning burials. (Anna V. Manning)
Dearborn Wm. Not found in 2003 Only listed here because it was listed in earlier record of this cemetery, no headstone found (2003) Source is CEMETERY FINDINGS Spencer, New York and Surrounding Areas by Laura C. Uhl, published 1983.
Dearborn Polly wife of Nathaniel Dearborn died Nov.16, 1824, age 49y  "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord" Polly Bacon b. abt. 1773, was the 2nd wife of Nathaniel Dearborn, born May 25, 1857.  His first wife was Betsey Hill who died 1797.  Nathaniel had children by his first wife and more children by Polly.  Children of Nathaniel & Polly that have been found were: Mark (m. Electa Bull); Asa (m. Pluma Woodruff); Sarah (m. David Nelson); Rhoda (m. James Van Kleeck); Orrin (m. Rachel Nelson); Luther m. Sarah Ann Root); Margaret (m. Asa Root)
Dearborn Children of Wm. & Polly Dearborn Not found in 2003 Only listed here because it was listed in earlier record of this cemetery, no headstone found (2003) Source is CEMETERY FINDINGS Spencer, New York and Surrounding Areas by Laura C. Uhl, published 1983.
Manning John L. Not found in 2003 Record of his birth is Aug. 28, 1773 he died about 1865,  son of Charles & Mahitabel (Lewis) Manning. It is not certain if he is buried here.  There did seem to be a burial next to Letty Manning his wife.  Only listed here because it was listed in earlier record of this cemetery, with no dates listed.  No headstone found (2003) Source is CEMETERY FINDINGS Spencer, New York and Surrounding Areas by Laura C. Uhl, published 1983. Manning Bible records click here to see Bible record (off-site).
Manning Letty, wife of John Manning died Jan. 12, 1861, age 72y 4m 11d born Sept 1, 1788 in the town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co., NY.  Married 1804.  She moved to Danby, NY about 1824.  It is unknown at this time what her maiden name was.  She was the mother of the following children: Jane (m. Moses Tobias); Charles (m. Harriet ___); Mahitable; Joseph (m. Jane Tibbetts); Anna (J. H. Cain); James (m. Mary Swartout); Harriet (m. Alford Tobias); Maria E. (m. John Thompson); Charlotte (m. William Nelson); Susan.
Manning Susan V., dau. of John & Letty Manning died May 16, 1856, age 30y 2m 2d no other information
Manning Mary J., dau. of Joseph & Jane Manning died Feb. 28, 1847, age 11y 2m 14d Joseph Manning was the son of John & Letty Manning, he married Jane Tibbetts.  They are buried in South Danby Cemetery. Joseph & Jane had the following children that have been found. Mary J.; William H. (m. Jane Beadle); John J. (m. Sarah Hall); Permilla E. (m. Theron ST. John & D. A. LaMont)
Mosher Jacob died Jan. 12, 1849, age 57y 9m 9d Jacob was born April 3, 1791 in Hyde Park, Dutchess Co., NY.  He was the son of Benjamin & Mehitable (Wheyley) Mosher.  He was twice married; 1st Jane Sleight 2nd Sarah Stoutenburg.
Mosher Jane, wife of Jacob Mosher died Jan. 28, 1829, age 35y 2m 11d Jane Sleight born Nov. 17, 1793, she married Jacob Mosher abt. 1815 - Their children were; Joel (m. Eleanor King); Mary Ann (married Julius Teeter) Martha (no other info); Julia (m. Mr. Holdridge); Ambrose D. (m. Charlotte Genung, dau. of Philo & Charity (Cooper) Genung)
Mosher (Sarah, wife of Jacob Mosher) This part of headstone was not found.  It is listed here from the Mosher family history. died Sept. 24, 1848, age 50y 4m 12d (only part of headstone found) Note that this headstone had not been recorded in earlier records.  2003 this headstone was found covered with sod, broken at the top, only the date of death and year was found.  Headstone is the same kind of marker as Jacob and his first wife (Jane). Researching records Sarah is found as 2nd wife of Jacob Mosher.  Sarah Stoutenburg b. May 12 1798 d. Sept. 24, 1848.  They married Dec. 25, 1833.  She was the dau. of William & Elizabeth (Conklin) Stoutenburg.
Nelson Charlotte, wife of William Nelson and dau. of John & Letty Manning died Mar. 9, 1861 age 28y 3m 9d Not recorded in earlier records.  Found 2003 under sod.  Buried next to the Manning burials.  1850 Danby Census: William Nelson age 27; Charlotte age 26; Francis A. age 7; John W., age 5; Emy J. age 3; Mary A. age 1; Eli Fowler age 20 and Maria Compton age 14 living in same household.  William married 2nd to Harriet (__), she died Sept. 3, 1884 age 70 yrs., 10m 11dys, and is buried in Adams Settlement Cemetery, Danby.  William Nelson died Mar. 28, 1874, he had a will.  Harriet was his widow, sons; John W. dec'd left Ina, Hatie, John Nelson under 14yrs.; John W. died after the death of his father and by Sept. 1875.  Daus: Frances w/o Horace Elyea of Danby; Charlotte A., wife of Charles Fowles of Ithaca.
Smith Abigail, wife of Waterbury Smith died July 6, 1821, age 21y Daughter of Wakeman & Sarah (Wheeler) Bradley.  She was a teacher in South Danby.  The inscription on her headstone is now defaced with only age 21 years at the very bottom showing.
Van Kleeck Cornelius Not found in 2003 Only listed here because it was listed in earlier record of this cemetery, no headstone found (2003) Source is CEMETERY FINDINGS Spencer, New York and Surrounding Areas by Laura C. Uhl, published 1983.
Van Kleeck Betsy Not found in 2003 Only listed here because it was listed in earlier record of this cemetery, no headstone found (2003) Source is CEMETERY FINDINGS Spencer, New York and Surrounding Areas by Laura C. Uhl, published 1983. (Betsey Barnes, wife of Cornelius Van Kleeck)
Van Kleeck John L. son of Cornelius & Betsey Van Kleeck died Oct. 22,1827, age 13y 10m 7d no other information
Van Kleeck George son of Cornelius & Betsey Van Kleeck died Mar. 28, 1857, age 20y 11m no other information
Van Kleeck James L. (See Mr. John L. Van Kleeck) died July 22, 1820, age 72y 2m Believe this was an error in reading the headstone inscription.  Same death date as Mr. John L. Van Kleeck.  See below
Van Kleeck Mr. John L. veteran's flag died July 22, 1820, age 72y 2m John Laurens Van Kleeck - May have been Rev. Soldier,  believe his inscription was mis-read before as James.  Inscriptions clearly has John and not James.  Headstone is leaning up against a tree.  Flag was marking his grave.  It is unclear who he was the son of, two records are found, one son of Johannes & Rachel (Vanderbogart) Van Kleeck.  2nd record son of Lawrence & Jannetje (DeGraff) Van Kleeck. View photo of his headstone.
Van Kleeck Mrs. Jane died Aug. 26, 1835, age 76y 6m 27d Jannetje "Jane" Viele born 1757 married John Laurens Van Kleeck.  LDS records gives her parents as: Corneilus & Rachel (Freer) Viele.  Their children that are known are: Lawrence (m. Anna Manning); Cornelius (m. Betsey Barnes); James L. (m. Rhoda Dearborn)
Van Kleeck Mr. Lawrence died June 5,1836, age 51y 3m 5d born 1784 Fishkill, Dutchess Co., NY.  He was the son of John L. & Jannetje "Jane" (Viele) Van Kleeck.  Children found for Lawrence & Jane were: Charles (m. Jane Thompson); John M. (m. Amy Brock); Isaac; Lawrence; Jesse.
Van Kleeck Anna, wife of Lawrence  Van Kleeck Not found in 2003 - believe this was added by last researcher Anna Manning - Believe she is the one buried in South Danby Cemetery - Anna Van Kleeck d. ___t.  5, 1846 age 58 yrs.
Van Kleeck Isaac son of Lawrence & Ann Van Kleeck died Aug. 5, 1825, age 5y 2m 12d no other information
Van Kleeck Lawrence son of Lawrence & Ann Van Keeck died Sept. 30, 1827, age 1y 6m 1d no other information
Van Kleeck Jesse, son of Lawrence & Anna Van Kleeck died Sept. 16, 1835, age 17y 10m 7d no other information
Wright Louisa, daughter of Robins & Mary Wright d. Apr. 12, 1844, age 3m Louisa's mother was Mary Bradley, dau. of Wakeman & Sarah Bradley.  Robins Wright was the son of Isaac & Sarah (Douglas) Wright.   1850 Danby Census; Robbins D. Wright age 48; Mary age 48; Mary E., age 20; Robbins L. age 17; Hanford B., age 15.

To find out more about the people that lived in this area read the John Van Kleeck's Story below.
John Van Kleeck's Story (off-site)
Thank you Roger Howland for sharing this story on the Message Board.

Some of the people buried here were members of the South Danby M. E. Church
History of the South Danby M. E. Church

Cemetery name came from the land owner of where the cemetery was located. First burial (1816) appears to be of the Bradley family. It is unknown if any other burials were here that may be unmarked. 1892 Census has Michael Handy age 72 Farmer, with wife Catherine A. age 64, Pheobe Handy as 22. Michael was not found living in this area in 1850, but was found on the 1866 Danby Map as living where the cemetery is located. He is also living here in 1880 age 57, wife Catherine age 51; with William Lugwig age 22; Carrie Middaugh age 8.

Gay's Gazetteer for Tioga County, the following is on page 186
"John M. VanKleeck, son of Laurence, and grandson of John L., was born in Clinton, February 9, 1805. His father and grandfather moved to Danby, in 1806. John M. married Amy, daughter of William Brock, and came to Candor in 1834, locating on the farm where he now resides. He has had born to him three children -- Phebe A., deceased, Charles H., and John J., of Owego."

* Source when headstones could not be found are from
CEMETERY FINDINGS Spencer, New York and Surrounding Areas
by Laura C. Uhl, published 1983.

Cemetery was re-walked by Janet M. Nash & Cheryl Hall on June 9th 2003
Thank you Cheryl Hall for transcribing the updates into digital format (Feb. 2003).

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