Old Burying Ground
Sag Harbor, Suffolk Co, NY

First Interment 1767

Originial Resting Place Of At Least Nineteen Veterans Of The War Of The American Revolution

Aaron Clark Braddock Corey Frederick Fordham
Daniel Fordham John Fordham Esquire Fordham
Hugh Gelston Jeremiah Hedges William Havens
Josiah Hand Clark Truman Luther Hildreth
Ephriam L. Hommedieu Joseph L. Hommedieu Peleg Niles
William Parker Benjamin Price John Square
Silas Stuart Lester Beebe David Hand OC
Stephen Howell OC Hubbard Latham OC  

In the midst of picturesque Sag Harbor, NY, lies a cemetery that holds the final resting place for many men who shaped the history of our country.  Directly adjacent is the historic Old Whalers Church.  The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce does a wonderful job of detailing the history of the Old Burying Ground and its importance in the Battle of Sag Harbor on their internet site:

Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce: Old Burying Ground

Erected on the grounds in 1902 is a marker commemorating the role that the cemetery played in the Battle of Sag Harbor:  A British Ford near this spot was captured by the AMERICANS under Lieut Col Meigs at the Battle of Sag Harbor May 23, 1777.

As one strolls through the cemetery, you can easily spot the multitude of graves of American patriots, each marked with an American flag.  The patriotism of the moment lends one the ability to step back in time, and imagine Sag Harbor as it existed during the American Revolution.  Please join me in a visit to a sampling of the gravesites.



William Havens

Captain of the

Privateer Beaver


during the war of the

American Revolution

Died 1797


Jeremiah Hedges

In Memory of


Jeremiah Hedges

Who Departed This Life

August 17, 1797

in his 57th Year


Josiah Hand

In Memory of

Josiah Hand

who died

December 12, 1835

AE 79 yrs, 2 mo's & 12 days

Josiah Hand of Suffolk Co, NY was placed on the pension rolls on October 5, 1833 at age 77.  His annual pension of $40 was offered on the basis of his service as a Private in the New York militia.


Ephraim L Hommedieu

In Memory of

Capt. Ephraim L Hommedieu

who died

May 30 1795

in his 40th year


Aaron Clark

Captain Aaron Clark


June 11, 1855

AE 98



Nathaniel Baker

This tombstone is extremely hard to read due to the afternoon's glare.  It appears to be the tombstone of Nathaniel Baker, who was killed at age 22 by the accidental discharge of a cannon while celebrating the return of peace between the United States and Great Britain on February 25, 1815.  John Pierson, also age 22, was killed in the same manner on the same day.  But the end of the name that is decipherable on the tombstone appears to be Baker.  Can anyone help with positive identification and the exact wording on the tombstone?




02/24/2007 10:06:52 PM