The Jerusalem Friends Cemetery 1s located on Wantagh Avenue, north of Jerusalem Avenue behind the Baptist Church. The Society of Friends was established in England in the mid-seventeenth century. The faith quickly spread through the British Isles and to America. Because of their unorthodox Protestant views, their trust in the "Inward Light", lack of a formal ministry, and re- fusal to bow to authority, the Quakers, as they were called, were often savage ly persecuted, particularly in the New England colonies. Friends meetings were held in Jerusalem very early in its history. It is recorded that Captain John Seaman scandalized his neighbors by permitting such gatherings to be held in his home, "Cherrywood." The visits of prominent English Quakers to Long Island brought many new converts. In 1697 Friends decided meetings, should be kept every five weeks on the First Day, to be held on successive First Days at Jericho, Bethpage , Jerusalem, andHempstead. Gradually the Jerusalem Friends meetings came under the care of Bethpage ,which,in turn, was supervised by the Jericho meeting. Jerusalem Friends continued under this arrangement until 1820 when a separate meeting was established at Jerusalem. For several years the group met in the houses of members. A conmittee appointed by the Jericho meeting to supervise the new meeting reported regularly that "the order and solemnity prevalent was satisfactory." By March, 1828, it was clear that the congregation was solidly established and was desirous of building its own Meeting House. A committee was appointed "to confer with friends then as to a suitable spot and the plan and size of a House, to wit. John Ketcham, Samuel Jones, Willet Robbins, Samuel Willis and Jesse Merritt." One hundred twenty rods of land needed for the building and its grounds was purchased from Arden Seaman and his wife Elizabeth for $60. Several extracts from the minutes of the Jericho Monthly Meeting tell the story of the construction of the small wooden frame building: At Westbury Quarterly Meeting held at Westbury the 26 of 4th Mo. 1827. By a minute from Jericho Monthly Meeting it appears they propose to build a meeting house at Jerusalem the size 34 by 28 feet with 14 feet posts. Estimate costs 965 that 200 Dollars had been subscribed by that meeting leaving a balance of 765 Dollars wanting. On consideration the proposed size of the house with the estimate of the cost was agreed to by this meeting & our Monthly Meetings are requested to raise their respective proportions of 765 Dollars the balance wanting - pay the money to the trustees of the building and report. ****** At Jericho Monthly Meeting held the 18th of 10th Mo.1827. The Committee appointed in third Mo. last to superintend the building a Meeting House at Jerusalem. Report it completed and that the money raised have been all expended. On March 2, 1861 the Monthly Meeting of Jericho purchased an additional plot "for burial purposes" lying eastward from the Friends Meeting House, and containing 134 2/3 rods. It was surveyed by Robert B. Jackson. "Each subscriber of the sum of eight Dollars to be entitled to burial privileges in one lot eighteen feet widesaid lots running north and south from the walk, and being about forty four feet long." The Deed was recorded April 13, 1861 from William S. Hicks and Letitia (Seaman) Hicks, his wife, to the Trustees of the Monthly Meeting of Friends in Jericho. No individual deeds were issued to the subscribers. The care of the grounds, the conducting of funerals and all other matters appertaining thereto were to be subject to a committee appointed by the Jericho Meeting. There were 21 plots each side of the middle path - a total of 42. Lists of the subscribers have survived as a record of those who paid $8 for a full plot privilege - or $4 for a half plot privilege. It is believed that a Seaman burial plot was adjacent to the land that was sold to the Friends, and the new burial ground extended beyond the old one. This belief is borne out by the fact that the earliest headstone, that of Ann SEAMAN, age d 11 years 8 mos. 12 dy., is dated July 10, 1819. Among those buried behind the Meeting House during the next half century were three Civil War veterans: Lieut. H. R. Jackson, Adjet 5th NYBA Gilbert SEAMAN, Company G. 139th Regiment NY Volunteers - died October 5, 1901 age 63 years, Charles Wilson - Co. H. 119th Reg. NY Volunteers - died 1872 age 32 years. He had been wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg. As the older Friends died, the once-flourishing Meeting became smaller, and finally, on November 11, 1908, the regular First Day Meetings were discontinued. However, until 1949 so-called appointed Meetings were held at intervals during the summer months. Burials in the old cemetery became less frequent. Many of the old family members were interred in Greenfield, the Town of Hempstead Cemetery, which was established in 1856. Interest in preserving and maintaining the meeting house and grounds declined. The vulnerable position of the property on a main artery made it a prey for vandals. In 1952 the Wantagh Baptist Church, a new congregation, which had been meeting at the Sunrise Park School, purchased the property from the Jericho Monthly Meeting for the sum of $2,500. The burying grounds were specifically excluded from the sale. But, according to the terms of the deed, "Grantee covenants to maintain the cemetery premises, now owned by grantors, and immediately adjacent on the east to the extent of at least two grass mowings and cleaning up of debris and cuttings annually." As a Bicentennial project the Jerusalem Chapter of the NSDAR hopes to restore and fence in the burial plot, in coordination with the Town of Hempstead Department of Cemeteries. THE JERUSALEM SOCIETY OF FRIENDS CEMETERY BAKER, Tredwell, d. July 24, 1867 age 59 yrs 6m 22d. BALDWIN, Selah, d. Sept. 22, 1925 age 86 yrs. BALDWIN, Mary Ann, d. July 31, 1910 age 71 yrs 5m.(mos?) BRITTON, Florence E., d. age 3m BUNTING, Elizabeth, d. Aug. 14, 1833 age 59 yrs. CLOCK, Asa M., d. Feb. 20, 1862 age 20 yrs. 2 mos. ("Near Alexandria, Va.") CLOCK, Mary KNIFFEN, dau.J.M. & Elizabeth S. CLOCK, d.Oct.20,1880 age 36 yrs 2 mos. CLOCK, Elizabeth S.W. of Jesse M. CLOCK, b. Jan. 29, 1819, d. Apr. 18,1891 CLOCK, Jesse M., d. June 10, 1894 age 77 yrs. 5 mos. 18 dy. CLOCK, Elbert V., d. Oct. 15, 1843 age 3 yrs. 8 mos. CLOCK, Jesse A., d. Jan. 13, 1853 age 4 yrs. 3 mos. CLOCK, Jettie Pierce, d. June 24, 1861 age 4 yr. 11 mos. CORNELIUS, Jane, d. Sept. 20, 1860 age 30 yrs. CORNELIUS, Henry, d. June 12, 1855 age 75 yrs. CORNELIUS, Samuel, age 78 yrs. (no date of birth or death) CORNELIUS, Mary J. age 56 yrs. (no date of birth or death) CORNELIUS, Antoinette, b. Aug. 17, 1843, d. Aug. 7, 1921 FARRELL, Libby, w. of Wm. Farrell, dau. of Tredwell & Hannah BAKER, d. Nov. 10, 1872 age 18 yr. FLEET, Phebe, d. July 30, 1859 (?) age 61 DODGE, Henry, 1830-1857 DODGE, Eliza B. 1806-1894 EMEIGH, Anna M.,dau. of Ardon S. & Eliza SEAMAN, b.Feb.19, 1818,d.May 26,1864 GOULD, Mary Ann, d. Aug. 15, 1861 age 45 yrs. 4 m. 23 dy. HAFF, Henry, b. Sept. 22, 1809, d. Jan. 12, 1881 HAFF, Mary A., w. of Henry HAFF, b. May 9, 1822, d. July 21, 1900 HAFF, David, b. April 14, 1844, d. Feb. !Q, 1915 HAFF, Edgar, 1841-1922 HAFF, Frankle, b. Sept. 18, 1872, d. Nov. 6, 1872 HAFF, Frannie, d. June 20, 1880 age 82 yrs. 3 mos. 5 dy. HAFF, Nelson, d. Feb. 16, 1831 age 12 yrs. or 17 yrs. HAFF, William Watson, d. Sept. 16, 1858 age 7 yrs. 8 mos. HICKS, Mary M., b. Feb. 22, 1832, d. Nov. 6, 1897 HICKS, Whitehead, b. Dec. 20, 1797, d. Mar. 1, 1853 HICKS, Ann, w. of Whitehead Hicks, b. Feb. 1, 1799, d. May 27, 1887 HICKS, Merritt, b. March 3, 1827, d. Sept. 20, 1849 HORTON, Orion J., b. May 27, 1870, d. Dec. 3, 1874 HOWARD, Susie, b. Sept. 28, 1886, d. Aug. 2, 1887 age 10 mos. 23 dy. HOWARD, Gracie, b. Apr. 2, 1885, d. Aug. 3, 1885 HOWARD, Wm. H., d. July 4, 1879, age 2yrs. 2mos. 3 dy. HOWARD, I, d. Jan. 1, 1879, age 3yrs. 10 mos. 29 dy. JACKSON, Jane Elizabeth, w. of Noah Jackson, dau of Wm. & Elizabeth BUNTING, b. Feb. 19, 1812, d. May 28, 1895 BUNTING, Robert B., b. Sept. 13, 1832, d. Sept. 11, 1905 BUNTING, Mary S., w. of Robert B. Jackson, b. June 28, 1835,d. Aug.30, 1889 BUNTING, Jeremiah B., d. June 4, 1875, age 70 yrs. BUNTING, Jerusha, w. of Jeremiah B. Jackson, d. June 3, 1861, 54 yrs.11 mos. 16 dy. BUNTING, Lieut. H. R. Adjet, 5th, N. Y. B. A. (no date) BUNTING, Ann T., w. of Sq. S. Jackson, d. April 25, 1865 JAGGER, Mary E. SEAMAN, w. of William Jagger, d. Nov. 5, 1917,age 86 yrs. JONES, Townsend,b. Mar. 16, 18Y8,d. Oct. 21,1884 JONES, Israel S. b. Aug. 20, 1812, d. Jan. 29, 1893 JONES, Elizabeth, w. of Israel S. Jones, b. Sept. 5, 1814,d. Jan.11,1887 JONES, Adelia, b. July 25, 1845, d. Nov. 15, 1845 JONES, Ellen, dau. Wm. H. & Alma Jones, b. Apr. 7, 1867,d. Aug.18,age . 4 mos.11 dy. JONES, Eleanor, dau. of Israel & Eliza Jones, age 6 mos. JONES, Mary J., w. Elbect Jones, d. July 31, 1820 age 29 yrs.1 mno.14 dy. JONES, Martha A., dau. Elbert & Mary J. Jones, b. 1849 JONES, Elbert, b. Apr. 5, 1816, d. Aug. 16, 1846, age 30 yrs. 4 mos.10 days JONES, Almy, b. Feb. 3, 1787, d. Apr. 6, 1843, age 56 yrs. 2 mos. JONES, Mm. D., b. Apr. 5, 1771. d. Sept. 2, 1845, age 74 yr. 4 mo.27 dy. JONES, David, b. May 23, 1807, d. Jan. 28, 1831, age 23. JONES, Eliza, b. Nov. 10, 1719, d. Mar. 26, 1831, age 81 yrs. KNIFFEN, Mary (see Clock) LAURIE, Mary, infant dau. of Mm. & Fanny Laurie (no date) LIVINGSTON, Henry, 1850-1923 LOINES, Sarah W., b. Aug. 18, 1801, d. Oct. 2, 1895 POST, Ann B., widow of John B. POST, d. Feb. 15, 1842, age 38 yrs.4 mos.3 days POST, John B., d. Sept. 9, 1897 age 87 yrs. 5 mos. 8 dy. POST, Maria, w. John B. POST, d. May 22, 1886, age 73 yrs. I mo. 4 dy. POST, Asa J., b. Dec. 23, 1844, d. Aug. 16, 1895 POST, Mary A., w. of Asa J. POST, b. April 16, 1848, d. May 6, 1919 POST, Mary Louisa, d. Nov. 20, 1872 age 20 yrs. POST, Samuel C., d. Nov. 26, 1872 age 53 yrs. I mo. 7 dy. POST, Mary M., w of Samuel C. POST, b. Jan. 13, 1822, d. Jan. 2, 1901 POWELL, John T., d. Aug. 26, 1877 age 54 yrs. POWELL, Wm., d. Oct. 18, 1908 age 82 yrs. POWELL, Susan, d. Jan. 11, 1908, age 80 yrs. POWELL, Coles C., d. Sept. 28, 1906, age 63 yrs. POWELL, Eliza. b. July 9, 1808, d. Jan. 18, 1886 POWELL, Ann, b. Mar. 5, 1799, d. Jan. 22, 1872 SEAMAN, Charles P., d. Feb. 16, 1913, age 73 yrs. SEAMAN, Wm. B., d. July 15, 1909, age 79 yrs. SEAMAN, Davis Sands, d. Jan. 10, 1880, age 81 yrs. SEAMAN, Ann Maria Bunting, w. of David Sands SEAMAN, d. Jan. 22, 1864,age 55 yrs. SEAMAN, Ellen A., dau. David Sands and Ann Maria SEAMAN, 24 yrs. SEAMAN, Sarah Jane, dau. of David S. & Ann M. Seaman (date covered) SEAMAN, John J., b. Oct. 25, 1824, d. Dec. 4, 1876, age 52 yrs. SEAMAN, Esther, w. John J. SEAMAN, b. Feb. 14, 1826, d. July 31, 1894 SEAMAN, Benjamin, b. 1798, d. 1848 SEAMAN, Jemima, w. of Benjamin Seaman (date covered) SEAMAN, Elizabeth, dau. of Benjamin & Jemima SEAMAN, d. Apr. 15, 1853 SEAMAN, Jacob, d. Feb. 22, 1868, age 81 yrs. SEAMAN, Albert, d. May 2, 1886, age 1-7-4 SEAMAN, John R., d. Dec. 11, 1883, age 1-11-2 SEAMAN, Susan, d. May 5, 1886, age 39-2-22 SEAMAN, Enoch, b. Dec. 10, 1822, d. Oct. 28, 1873 SEAMAN, Eliza, d. Dec. 8, 1871, age 45 yrs. 2 mos. 13 dy. SEAMAN, Julia, d. Sept. 20, 1860 age 11 yrs. SEAMAN, Fanny, d. Mar. 21, 1861 age 4 yrs. SEAMAN, Ann, d. July 10, 1819, age 11 yrs. 8 mos, 12 dy. SEAMAN, Mary ATTMORE, w. of Albert SEAMAN, b. Nov. 22, 1861, d. Dec28, 1898 SEAMAN, Edward HALLOCK, infant son of Albert & Mary SEAMAN, d. Mar. 17,1895 SEAMAN, Albert W., son of Albert & Mary SEAMAN,b. Aug.25, 1887, d.Aug.14,1888 SEAMAN, Mary, dau. Edward H. & Martha A. SEAMAN,b. Dec.3, 1848, d.Aug.19,1876 SEAMAN, Martha ALTHAUSE, widow of Edward H. SEAMAN, b. March 1828,d. Feb.9,1899 SEAMAN, Edward H., b. Mar. 22, 1822, d. Feb. 12, 1881 SEAMAN, Eliza, b. Oct. 20, 1793, d. Feb. 3, 1875 SEAMAN, Ardon, b. Sept. 5, 1795, d. Apr. 2, 1875 SEAMAN, Phebe, w. of J. J. SEAMAN, d. Nov. 29, 1855, age 32 yrs. 6 mos.14 dy. SEAMAN, Daniel, d. Aug. 3, 1841, age 78 yrs. 3 mos, 22 dy. SEAMAN, Charlotte B., b. Oct. 31, 1805, d. Feb. 20, 1831 SEAMAN, Mary, b. Nov. 23, 1768, d. age 71 yrs. SEAMAN, Mary, wife of Zebulon SEAMAN, b. Aug. 11, 1774, d. Sept.19,1861. SEAMAN, Zebulon, b. Jan. 30, 1771, d. Sept. 7, 1838 SEAMAN, Gilbert, Co. G. 139 Reg't N. Y. Vols. d. Oct. 5, 1901, ae 63 SEAMAN, James, d. Mar. 16, 1891, age 59 yrs. SEAMAN, Armenia, d. July 14, 1896, age 59 yrs. SEAMAN, Sarah M., d. Oct. 25, 1916, age 74 yrs. 4 mos. 28 dy. SEAMAN, Dorothy, d. June 12, 1864, age 72 yrs. 9 mos. SEAMAN, Mary, w. of Daniel, d. Sept. 1, 1861 age 89 yrs, 10 mos. 8 dy. SEAMAN, Alfred, d. Oct. 18, 1901 age 95 yrs. 1 mos. 1 dy. SEAMAN, Martha, w. of Alfred, d. Oct. 6, 1861 age 50 yrs. 5 mos. 28 dy. SEELIG, Geo. W., 1901-1915 SOUTHARD, Lucilla, b. June 23, 1862, d. Aug. 21, 1865 SOUTHARD, Mary, b. May 27, 1841, d. March 24, 1910 SOUTHARD, Emeline D., w. of John H. SOUTHARD, d. June 7, 1880 SOUTHARD, Sarah E.,dau. of John H. & Emeline SOUTHARD,d. Sept.19,1880,3 mos,3 dy. SMITH, Howard E.,son of Richard & Angeline SMITH,d.Oct.4,1884,age 1yr.11mos.10 dy. SMITH, Angel ine, w. of Richard SMITH, d. Oct. 5, 1884, age 24 yrs.7 mos, 9 dy. SMITH, John G., son of George G. & Almy J. Smith, d. Dec. 26, 1877.age 11 yrs.3 mos. SMITH, Nancy B., w. of Hewlett SMITH, d. Dec. 18, 1874 age 62 yrs.8 mos. 27 dy. SMITH, Hewlett, d. March. 22, 1871 age 60 yrs. 7 mos. 3 dy. SMITH, Eliza Ann, dau.of Hewlett & Nancy SMITH, d. Mar. 23, 1863,age 11 yrs.7 mos. STEIN, Mary A., b. Mar. 20, 1809, d. Dec. 19, 1878 TITUS, Hewitt C., d. June 24, 1859, age 32 TITUS, Martha, w. Amuel TITUS, d. Aug. 8, 1859, age 67 TOTTEN, Richard, 1810-1887 TOTTEN, Sarah A. w. of Richard TOTTEN, d.Sept.15,1885,age 69 yrs.10 mos.28 dy. TOTTEN, Elizabeth, w of Jacob TOTTEN,died Oct.2.1864 age 72 yrs. VALENTINE, Sidney, b. Dec. 3, 1864, d. Feb. 18, 1866 VALENTINE, Charlotte B., w. of Daniel VALENTINE, b. May 18, 1836,d.Jan.5,1866 VANWYCK, Richard, 1830-1902 Van SISE, Everett H., d. Feb. 20, 1885 age 3 yrs. 5 dy. Van SISE, Elbert, b. July 31, 1837, d. Aug. 1, 1917 Van SISE, Maria A. Smith, w. Elbert Van SISE, b. Aug. 3, 1848, d.Dec.25,1907 VERITY, Mary E., d. Oct. 29, 1856 age 11 yrs. VERITY, Edward, 1846-1928 VERITY, Jacob J., b. Jan. 7, 1812, d. May 14, 1901 VERITY, Ann Maria, b. May 22, 1817, d. Oct. 20, 1884 VERITY, Jones, s. of Charles & Ann VERITY, d. Jan. 20, 1862 age 1 yr.8 mos. VERITY, Stephen H., d. Sept. 22, 1901, age 80 yrs. 7 dy. VERITY, Hannah, w. Stephen H., d. May 14, 1895, age 42 yrs. 7 mos. VERITY, Samuel C., s. of Stephen & Hannah VERITY, d.Sept. 8,1883,age 25 yrs.10 mos. WEEKS, Luke B., s. of Jesse & Sarah WEEKS, d. Nov.11,1850,age 12 yrs.4 mos.3 dy. WEEKS, Julia, w. of Luke B. WEEKS, d. Sept. 19, 1849, age 30 yrs.25 dy. WILLETS, Martha Louisa, dau. of David S. & Ann M. SEAMAN, w. of Abraham Willets, b. Mar. 15, 1854, d...(date under ground) WILLIAMS, Mary, b. Nov. 21, 1835, d. June 6, 1911 WILLIAMS, John, b. Nov. 9, 1829, d. Dec. 2, 1904 WILLIAMS, Maryett, dau.John & Mary WILLIAMS,d.May 10,1862,age 3 yrs.8mos.21dy. WILLIAMS, George, d. Apr. 8, 1875 age 5 yrs. 6 mos. 4 dy. WILLIAMS, Amos D., d. Aug. 16, 1872 age 76 yrs. 5 mos. 12 dy. WILSON, Chas. Henry,son of Samuel & Ruth WILSON, d.Apr.17,1869,age 9yrs. 2dy. WILSON, Charles, Co. H. 119th Reg't N.Y. Vol. d. 1872, age 32 yrs. WILSON, Willet, d. July 3, 1894 age 61 yrs. 10 mos. 6 dy. WILSON, Eliza, w. of Willet WILSON, d. Oct. 10, 1911, age 82 yrs.5 mos.27 dy. WILSON, Sarah M.,dau. of Willet & Eliza WILSON,d. Mar. 21, 1881, age 22yrs.10mos.23 dy. WILSON, Edward D.,s of Willet & Eliza WILSON,d.Dec.20,1867,age 3 yrs.3 mos.5 dy. Copies by Florence B. R. Smith, 1930, assisted by Mrs. Leonard D. B. Smith. Revised and supplemented by Vital Statistics, Town of Hempstead, by Helen L. Strang, 1975. Source: Old Burying Ground Oakfield Avenue, Wantagh, N.Y. By: Karl F. Pfeiffer Wantagh American Revolution Bicentennial Committee (Bellmore Library, Bellmore.N.Y.) Transcribed by Nancy E Lutz Back to CEMETERY INDEX Back to BROOKLYN Page Main