One old cemetery set high on a steep hill on the side of the road. Lots of research to do here. The earliest stone I could read was 1705. I’ll be traveling back to Pelham soon. In the front, the stones are early 1800’s for the most part but if one travels toward the back, you will find some really old stones. Some are unreadable, or might only after a rubbing. It’s not prohibited here but I don’t make it a habit so I had no supplies.
Some interesting stones were for the family of Ferguson. John and his wife, Anna have a stone with two faces and a scalloped edge. He died in 1753 and she several years later in the 1760’s. (Forgot to write it down and obscured in pic, darn it)
There was also a stone for John Butler who passed in 1759. His stone has had it rough yet it has been encased in a cement block. The block is easily two feet by two and the stone is only held in a small cut out on one side by two bars. This seems an odd preservation method, leaving it exposed yet “jailed” in like that.
The oldest I found was Mrs Josiah Hamble who passed in November of 1705* at the ripe age of 43. There was one other that was very hard to read and I’ll have to take a closer look another time and look a few details up.
*Correction: upon closer examination and a little research, the date of Mrs Hamble’s death was actually 1765, not 1705. As it turns out, there were settlers in the town of Pelham prior to this date but a plaque in one of the other old cemeteries stands in rememberance of them stating that they were burried in unmarked graves due to the lack of availability of markers (due to material or skilled workers perhaps?) prior to 1765.