West Part or Fomer Cemetery has the most revolutionary war graves we have ever seen in one burial ground. Exceptional, because stones have detailed information about these soldiers, we actually visited here twice, once after the snow to find all the buried stones. This cemetery is located in the west part of Southampton, or “Fomer”, as the section is called. It is on the west side of the road leading north from “Russellville” to the White reservoir and Westhampton.

It is on land which was originally a part of the farm of Noah Dady, whose buildings stood near by. The cemetery is owned by the town and is kept in good repair, although, there have been no burials there for some time. It was taken into the care of the town November 30, 1810.

This whole section has been taken over by the Holyoke Water Company, and there are very few houses there at the present time. They have all been taken down and moved away. The cemetery stands on high ground. There are several graves of Revolutionary soldiers here, most of which have been marked.

The oldest tombstone is that of an infant a son of Mr. Isaac and Mrs. Mindwell Parsons – Dec. 27, 1788, and the next oldest is that of Mrs. Samuel Burt, who died May 31, 1792. She was the wife of the first settler of this section. They settled here before 1738. There were probably other burials here earler, but these are the oldest tombstones.

The last burial was in 1904.

“From Original Edition” town of Southampton

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