TOWN LINE CEMETERY
Bacheller Hill Road
(formerly South Town Line Road)
This farm plot cemetery is at the top of the hill on the South Town Line
Road out of Cassadaga. This road is to the left, or west, running
off the road leading to the former John XXIII Center. It is fenced
and mowed. There are no trees to attract burrowing animals, but the
stones are a sad mess.
We were contemplating using this cemetery in August, but a woman who
had been told about the Fenton Library by an enthusiastic Michigan friend
whom we had been able to help, dropped in for a visit and glanced at the
cemetery names. She told us she was sure she had the missing links
at home, so we postponed using this cemetery and featured the Prendergast
Cemeteries instead. Her Keith family lines are very relevant, we
She gives two lines with a Ruel Keith in them. First was Rev.
James Keith who came from Aberdeen, Scotland in 1662, studied under Increase
Mather in Boston, then settled in Bridgewater, MA. His son Josiah
married Mary Lothrop and moved to Easton, MA. Josiah Jr. married
Ruth Manley in 1730 and their son Josiah III, bor at Easton 11 Oct. 1732,
died 9 April 1803 married (1) Susannah Williams in 1758, (2) the widow
Rebecca Lathrop Williams (3) Hannah Wetherill. (Dates and wifes are from
DAR records.) His children were Bathsheba born 1759, Benjamin, Thomas,
Ruel, Lewis and perhaps James. Apparently these children were born
in the 1860s. The second line is Zephaniah Keith (she doesn’t give
his father’s name) who also lived in Eaton, MA. He married Mary Hooper,
daughter of Nathaniel, in 1750. He later moved ot Vermont.
His children were Israel, born 1750, Scotland, Cyrus, Ruel, Jonathan, Unite
and Alfred. Note the Ruel and Jonathan.
According to the tombstones, Ursula, the wife of Ruel was born in 1803
and Ruel in 179_. Lewis Keith is buried in the Stockton Village Cemetery
with his second wife Lydia who was born 28 April 1783 and died 13 Oct.
1871. It doesn’t seem as if this Ruel and Lewis could be the same
as the sons of Josiah III.
In the Mayville Sentinel for 20 July 1848 we have Ruel’s second marriage:
"Married in Pomfret 4 July by the Rev. H. Trotman, Mr. Ruel L. Keith and
Miss Caroline S. Barden of Pomfret." The Sentinel for 23 Sept. 1847
gives: "Died in Troy, Sept. 5th, Mrs. Mary Ann Keith age 42, wife
of Jonathan Keith of Silver Creek." This Jonathan may be a brother
of Ruel and Lewis. Again in the Sentinel for 24 Jan. 1850:
"Died in Silver Creek, Jan. 8th, Mrs. Keith, aged 79 years." This
makes her born in 1771, just right to be the mother of Ruel, Lewis and
According to the Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the American
Revolution, Vol. 9, p. 3: Josiah Keith of Easton served as a lieutenant
in Capt. Macey Williams’ company of Minute Men and as Captain of the 4th
Bristol County Regt. of Militia which marched to Tiverton on the alarm
of 1777. Page 39 lists Ruel Keith of Easton as a private who marched
to Tiverton. But which Ruel was it? And what relation was he
to Ruel of Pomfret?
Vol. 15, p 892 lists Jeduthan Tower of Rutland in a list of men mustered
by Thomas Newhall, muster master, to serve in Col. Waid’s Regt. at the
alarm of Rhode Island. He saw a great deal of service in the Revolution
and is undoubtedly the husband of the Mary in this cemetery. The
DAR lists him as born 17 May 1756, died 27 Aug 1817 and his wife as Mary
As for the Gates, we found out nothing, but we surmise that Betty,
born about 1785, was also a daughter of Jeduthan Tower and a sister of
Patty. We found no connection between these Towers and Elisha Tower
of Ellery or Perham Tower of Hanover.
Joseph and Jonathan were on two small stones thrown off in a far corner,
broken and eroded. Jonathan may be Jonathan Keith, although it looks like
a longer name with "chette" on the end. Joseph Eli may be Elijah
or Elisha but it could be Joseph E. Keith. It is so eroded it will
not trace. It looked as if he were the son of Jonathan or Nathaniel
but we couldnt’ be sure.
Young’s History of Chautauqua County, p. 474, says, " In 1817 Eli Webster
bought on lot 34 at or near where A. Bacheller and L. Keith resided 20
years ago." Lot 34 would be just where this cemetery is located,
so L. Keith must be Lewis. There is a "no trespassing" sign on the
fence. Who takes care of this cemetery?
KEITH, Ursula, wife of Ruel L. Keith, died 15 April 1847, aged 43-9-19.
KEITH, Ruel L. Keith died 16 Jan 1871 born 7 Mar. 17??, born Easton,
Bristol Co., MA.
TOWER, Mary, wife of Jeduthan Tower, died 30 Dec. 1835 in the 73rd year
of her age.
TOWER, Patty, child of Jeduthan Tower, and wife of Lewis Keith, born
in Rutland, Worcester Co., MA 20th of May 1791 married in Paris, Oneida
Co., NY 16th of Dec. 1815, died in Pomfret, Chautauqua Co., NY 13th of
GATES, In Memory of Henry Gates, died 29 Aug. 1822, aged 39 years.
GATES, In Memory of Betty, wife of Henry Gates, who died 1 Sept. 1822
aged 37 years.
GATES, Jonathan—son of --- 5 years of age. Looks like Jonathan
GATES, Joseph Eli or Joseph E. Keith ?? died---1829.
B44 McClenathan: Need records on this family, especially
pertaining to Permelia McClenathan 1804-1882 who married Haran Scofield.
Was she a daughter of William and Chloe McClenathan in The Abbey or John
and Rachel in Forestville? M.F., CA.
B45 WELLMAN, James, son of Barnabas and Lois Page Wellman of Busti.
He married Rhoda Gates (when?) daughter of Jesse and Rhoda Gates.
Did Jesse and Rhoda come to Chaut. Co.? The children of James and
Rhoda were: Harvey, born about 1810; Timothy, born about 1819; Curtis,
born about 1827; and Roseannah, born 15 May 1823. Were there other
children? Roseannah married 1842 Morris Mulkins son of John and Sarah
Lovejoy Mulkins. Want data on this Mulkins family. Roseannah
and Morris had two children born in Forestville: John W., 1845 and
Flora, 1848, before moving to Oakland County, Mich. would like all possible
information on these people. JCA, Clio, Mich.
B46 CORNELL: Want names and dates of parents of Abram Casler
Cornell, born Jamestown 9 Oct. 1840 and information about this Cornell
family. VFM, Okla.
B47 BEEBE: The DAR has turned down my application for membership
through Amon Beebe Sr. 1750-1830 of Clymer. Amon Jr. who came with
him from Guilford, NY applied for administration papers but nowhere do
the papers say that he was a son and the DAR say the "Jr" on his name doesn’t
prove anything either. Are there any old records in Clymer (perhaps
church records) that might help? Amon Jr. married Joann Northrup.
Did he marry her in Guilford, in Clymer or in Napoli, where he moved in
1822? Her father John L. Northrup, owned land in Napoli too.
But Amon Jr. was born 1784 and would be 38 in 1822. Would like information
on these Northrups too. OBW, Los Angeles.
B48 PERKINS: Kitchell 1808-1881, and wife Almina ROLPH 1811-1856
are buried in the Stockton Village Cemetery. Is she a sister of Thomas,
Staples, James and Lawrence ROLPH buried in the same cemetery? Who
was Kitchell Perkins? Want information on both families. Jamestown.
B49 FRANK: Want information on Theodore Frank, son of Davis
Frank of Busti an Kiantone. Davis Frank was born in Busti but lived
in Kiantone. He didn’t die in Kiantone. Where did he die? Who
was his wife Elizabeth 1833-1888? Fredonia
B50 TOWER-KEITH: Would like to have all possible information
on Jeduthan and Mary Smith Tower and on Ruel and Lewis Keith and their
B45 WELLMAN, James, son of Barnabas & Lois Page Wellman.
We have had no response on this query which was in the October article.
The 1940 census of Busti shows them living there with James and Rhoda aged
between 50 and 60; 2 sons between 20 and 30 and 2 sons between 10 and 15;
1 female betweeb 15 and 20; 1 between 10 and 15 and 1 between 5 and 10.
In the 1845 census for Oakland County, Mich, James is not given but Rhoda
is there with sons Timothy and Harvey (unmarried with a son under 10) and
2 sons unnamed. Someone in the Wellman family must have some information.
SOURCE: Fenton Historical Society Deserted Cemetery Series.
From the Jamestown Journal 25 October 1969, compiled and written by Edna