A Day in Danby

There’s a lot of cemeteries in Danby, 17 according to the VOCA cemetery database. We got to 11 of them on Saturday in a whirlwind effort to validate our article, Danby's Cemeteries in 1882. We didn’t find all the cemeteries in the article, we found cemeteries that weren’t in the article, we found a couple of cemeteries that are about as remote as they get in Vermont, we found out that Danby is extremely mountainous, we saw many wonderful carvings on 200 year old headstones, we got the sense that there were lots of Quakers in Danby in the old days, we were disturbed by the headstones we saw piled in a cemetery’s rock wall, we got directions from a Long Islander that led us right to a cemetery, we got directions from a native that there weren’t any cemeteries in Mt. Tabor (we guess now that we didn’t ask the question properly), and all-in-all, had an absolutely wonderful journey. 17 - 11 = 6 to go.

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Danby's Cemeteries in 1882

Abby Maria Hemenway’s 1882 History of Rutland County, Vermont contains an interesting description of Danby’s cemeteries. Using VOCA's cemetery database, built and maintained by member Tom Ledoux, Find A Grave, Google Maps, Google Earth, the 1869 F.W. Beers & Co. map of Danby, logic, and guessing, we put names to these cemeteries, and headstones to the people mentioned. The bold italicized font is Abby's article. We invite your comment and corrections!

There are some 6 or 7 public cemeteries in the town, besides several family cemeteries.

The oldest is on the farm originally owned by Micah Vail, and now by Eunice Reed. It was given to the town in 1776, by Capt. John Vail, and Micah Vail and his wife were the first persons interred; it is almost entirely occupied.

The next oldest is west of the Corners, on the farm of Ira H. Vail. It was given to the town in 1785, by Henry Herrick... Read on...

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