This cemetery was visited on 9/3/09

September 9, 2009

Take Sandgate Road from Route 313 in West Arlington, Vermont. Follow this road through the settlement of Sandgate, past the town offices and about three miles past the end of the pavement. Just past a red mobile home take the road that veers to the left. It’s very rough and quite washed out. Entering the cemetery from Moffit Hollow Road, although it is not marked by the town. My Jeep Liberty had no trouble getting up the road, but a 4WD vehicle is a must as there are many washouts along the way. Follow the dirt road up the hill about a half mile. On your right you will see a metal pipe padlocked to two posts and on the date of this visit a small US flag. The cemetery is beyond this pipe a few hundred yards and not visible from the road. The cemetery is maintained by the town at least once a year keeping the berry bushes in check. However, a growth of ferns covers a large section of this cemetery. GPS Coordinates: 43.1925 -73.13583

As you enter the cemetery the first visible markers are on your right slightly elevated.

From Cemetery at Beartown, Vermont

First readable stone is that of:

Mr. Matthew Covey


May 18, 1822

Age 44 years

Stop traveler as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now soon you must be
Prepare yourself to follow me.

To the right and just beyond this marker is that of:


Wife of George Richardson


Feb 1 1847 age 27

He is not dead but sleepeth

In the middle section of the cemetery the first readable stone is that of:

William Parkhurst


March 19 1832

a 18 yrs 3 mos 19 days

Next and the stone is:

Elvira Parkhurst

Died September 9, 1844

Age 31 years


Son of James and Derotha Reed

died Dec 11, 1812 age 6 years 7 months 5 day

Next stone just has the initials:


Next is Emeline dau of Frasier and Calista Reed

Died Sept 2, 1825

Age 11 weeks

Sleep on Sweet babe and take thy rest god cald the home when he thought best.

Next stone is:

Joseph T.

Son of

Joseph Reed

died Oct 12, 1857

Age 10 months d’ 10 days

Not dead but sleepeth

In memory of Chefter son of Edward M and J Rhoda….

The bottom half is not readable and seems to have eroded with time. The stone is broken and appears to has been cemented back together a some time many years ago.

In this cemetery there appear to be other burials in the section to the left, but only two stones are readable.

Hazeltines — marked by U.S. Flag indicating a rev war vet, located in the back left corner of this cemetery.

Simeon Hazeltine

died May 6th 1821 in his 87th year of his age

Affliction long have I
For physicians proved in vain
My Lord has pleased to call me
And take away my pain.


Wife of Cap Simeon Hazeltine

died May 18 1828 aged 84 years

Rest worthy and from all thy toils

thy god has called thy home

to remain the deeds which have last done.

Wide view of the Hazeltine plot.

Visited: September 3, 2009


8 Responses to “This cemetery was visited on 9/3/09”

  1. Jerry Reed said

    Hi, you may leave a comment here.

  2. Linda Reed Earle said

    I am looking for information on Mathias Reed. I believe he is my fourth great grandfather. He had a son Daniel Ruhterford Reed who moved to Hermon NY. He had a son Daniel R. Reed and one of his sons was Linnet Eugene Reed who moved to Sinclairville NY. Linnet’s oldest son was William who was my grandfather. I thank you for taking the time to read this note and I hope to hear from you. Thanks again Linda

    • jerrysvoice said

      Sorry for the delay in responding. The Beartown cemetery blog got tied up in transferring from one email to another and I wasn’t able to reply until I was able to get the admin rights moved.
      Mathias Reed is quite elusive. I found one genealogy (Cleveland )that implied that he was living in Antwerp NY (Jefferson County) when his daughter Rebecca married Russell Carpenter. The book titled “The Folks” by D. Ray Wilson (Wayside Press 1974) states “The Carpenter brothers were sons of Russell Carpenter, born May 25, 1803, in Westerly, Rhode Island, and Rebecca Reed born August 26, 1811, in Vermont. She was the daughter of Mathias Reed. Russell and Rebecca were married in Antwerp, Jefferson County, New York. Rebecca died January 15, 1880. Russell died Sept 8, 1888, in Caro, Michigan.” Her sister Eurana Reed who marrried Noah Hamilton is listed as being buried on the Noah Hamilton grave site in the Hermon Cemtery (Old side) and died Feb 9, 1855. I found some newspaper articles published in 1937 that talk about the discovery of human bones on the old Noah Hamilton farm. The article talks about a cemetery that was once located there but had been moved when they put in a road. The article states that Noah’s first wife (Eurana Reed) was buried there. If that is the case, she obviously had been moved at some time to the Hermon cemetery or at least her name is in the marker located there. I know there are a lot of possibles but sometimes you have to be a detective to find the facts. Slowly the pieces are coming together. This is all I have been able to find so far. Hope this helps. Regards, Jerry Reed Again sorry for the delay.

  3. Capt mac said

    The cemetery was cleaned up in the late 1980’s by the Green Mountain Boys who all live in the Bennington county area. Before that it was overgrown and hidden. There are maps which show the cemetery location. They are the ones who come up and clean it up once a year not the town. It’s volunteer work nobody gets paid to do it. Col. Hazeltine is buried on the edge of the cemetery and when buried the plot had a clear view of all of Beartown and the valley below. Since he was buried the forest grew up around the plot and now it’s in the middle of the forest

    • jerrysvoice said

      Thanks for sharing that information. I have been looking for my ancestor Mathias Reed and his wife Elizabeth Day who we know livved in Sandgate from the late 1700s to about 1830. It is still a mystery where they came from, who their parents were and where they are buried.

  4. NewEnglander said

    Mathias’ daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy), indicated on the 1880 Census that Mathias was born in England and she indicated that her mother, Elizabeth Day, was born in NY. That’s as far as I have gotten so far.

    • jerrysvoice said

      Thanks for posting this. I would appreciate any information you can share on the daughter Elizabeth especially her married name and where she lived in 1880. This is our best clue yet on where Mathias came from before Sandgate Vermont.

    • jerrysvoice said

      I tried to reply to your email address. However it came back as deliverable.

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