Posted By:Bonita Shafer
Subject:Town of Watertown Cem. on Overlook Road
Post Date:July 09, 2000 at 08:35:37
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Forum:Jefferson County, NY Genealogy Forum
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Parker, Boom, and Butterfield Families in Jefferson County NY.

The Old Parker Family Cemetery came to our attention in mid June. So a trip was planned to check it out.
We found a very quit peaceful setting. Beautiful stonewall made of glazier rocks, with a stile leading into the burial grounds. Within the burial ground are large hundred-foot cedars trees surrounding the inside stonewall. Seven gravestones are visible, one stone not readable and two others are broken laying flat on the ground.

As you descent the stile to the left propped against the second cedar tree along the stone wall we found a small broken stone belonging to Lydia Butterfield who died 24 August 1863 at the age of eight years, daughter of Egbert and Laura A Butterfield.

Between the second and third tree a few feet to the right is located a large obelisk stone with the top two feet broken off laying at the base, turning the broken pieces over the name Kasanadana wife of can be read, on the remaining part of the stone you can read the words H. Butterfild died 18 Jun 1896 age 81 years, Hamilton died 18 Jan 1854 age 54 years.

In front to the right of H. Butterfield stone, is the stone of John Parker 1832-1918, his wife Sarah V 1841-1927, and to the right of John Parker stone lying between two cedar trees are the remains of at least five gravestones. A few more feet to the right of those trees is a stone belonging to Sarah Johnston 1818-1901. The next two stone beside Sarah 's are very old weathered stones, with one broken a lying on the ground. You cannot read either stone.

Making are way around the inside of the graveyard it is clear that there are many more graves unmarked and missing. We found three more stone to the right of the stile toward the center of this 50` by 50` burying ground. The stone for Mary Kay wife of O.C. Boom dau of C.A. & Nancy Tayler (no mistake in was spelled with an E not A) her date of death was 1 Apr 1842 the gravestone was broken at the base and laying flat on the ground one can only guess at her age. To the right on Mary Kay is another tall obelisk style marker with the names of Wm Boon died 23 1865 age 86 years Sarah his wife died 21 Dec 1852 age 69 years, at the base of this gravestone we found lots of small broken stones. Few feet to the right of the Wm Boon marker is a stone marked Sidney Butterfield 1847-1876.

We spoke to the family who live but a few feet away. They told us that over the years around Halloween time they have tried to stop people from taken the gravestones. The Town of Watertown is the caretaker for this cemetery, and has tried keeping it mowed,

While checking out additional research on this graveyard I came across a reference to other names that may be buried in this graveyard too.

The following are the names compiled from the DAR cemetery records. Benjamin Andrus died 24 July 1842 age 46 years his wife Laura died 8 December 1845 age 52 years. Libbie L Martinell died 11 June 1881 age 19 years. Freddie E Parker died 21 Dec 1870 age 7 years, son of John G & Sarah Parker. Nina G Parker died 5 January 1872 age 4 years, daughter of John G & Sarah Parker. Mary Ann Boom's age is also listed as 22 years, 10 months. Isaac Parker born 1772 died 29 October 1856 his wife Mercy born 1772 died 23 January 1840. Mary Stella died 24 Jul 1851 age 1 year 9 months, daughter of Hamilton & K Butterfield.

Isaac Parker and his wife Mercy Budlog once owed the farm where this cemetery is located. She was the daughter of Aaron Budlog and Alice Green.

One mystery I have found though is the stone of Lydia Butterfield's she is listed on the DAR records as being buried in the Old Gotham Cemetery.

We also found indication that there is another cemetery across the road in a small wooded area. Closer inspection shows this to be true. Gravestones can clearly be seen from the road to the back of the wooded area. What the name of the cemetery is is another mystery.

In an 1976 article written by the late Mrs. Robert Spinks she called it the Woodruff Cemetery.

The Stones 1864 Atlas shows both cemeteries. The name Wm Boom, and Butterfield are showed as living close to the Parker cemetery, while you can fine Woodruff close to the other. We where not able to check out the later cemetery do to the fact at the present time it is fence off by an electric fence, and cows are roaming freely there the cemetery. Plans are underway to find out who owns the farm.

If you know of or have heard stories of other family burial grounds, please contact Bonnie at