Posted By:Jo Ann Kaufman
Subject:Joseph Dickson, b. 1846/47; of Albion at time of death in 1894
Post Date:November 11, 2013 at 13:31:46
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Forum:Orleans County, NY Genealogy Forum
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I'm working on the old Town of Dunkirk Cemetery in Chautauqua County, NY, and found this in the Dunkirk Evening Observer Index:
Dickson, Joseph d. 3 Nov 1894 at Van Buren Railroad Crossing; of Albion, Orleans Co., [NY]; deserted his wife Anna and 6 children; buried Dunkirk Cemetery [13 Nov 1894 Observer] Note that this cemetery included a potter's field and there is no marker for Joseph.

from Wikipedia: A potter's field or common grave is a term for a place for the burial of unknown or indigent people. The expression derives from the Bible, referring to a field used for the extraction of potter's clay; such land, useless for agriculture, could be used as a burial site.

From the 1892 New York State Census for Albion:
Joseph Dickson, 45, farmer
wife Lena, 36
Catherine, 13
Owen D., 11
Mary A., 8
Susan A., 6
Florence, 3

I hope this helps someone solve a mystery. Who knows if he really deserted his family or not?