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Freedom Cemetery
Freedom, Cattaraugus County, New York

Osmun Rd & Freedom Rd, Freedom NY

Lat: 42° 29' 00"N, Lon: 78° 20' 14"W

Contributed by Arlene Hughes, Jul 12, 2007, last edited Jul 24, 2007 [ancestry214@aol.com]. Total records = 1,041.

This cemetery is located at the corner of Osmun Road and Cattaraugus County Road 23 (Freedom Road), on the west side of Freedom, New York, on the south side of the road.

This cemetery has an English Section and a Welsh Section, which is sometimes called the Welsh Yard. Today, two separate organizations maintain the one cemetery. The Welsh section is maintained by the Freedom Cemetery Society and the English section by the Freedom Cemetery Association. A line of bushes provides the present-day division, which was once marked by a stone fence.

In 1844 Welsh immigrants of the Ebenezer Baptist Church set aside a portion of their church land for a burial site. The land was donated by Deacon John Lewis in the southwestern part of Lot 13, in Freedom. Rufus Metcalf, who came from Vermont in 1811, donated land for the English section, which was nearby, for burials of English speaking Yankee settlers.

This cemetery is still in use today and it is very well maintained by both groups.

I completed this transcription on Jul 12, 2007, using information acquired when I walked and read this cemetery using a digital camera. This includes all existing and legible headstones and markers at that time. I have a photo of each stone. This is a work in Progress.

- Arlene Hughes

b. = born
d. = died
Sec E = English Section
Sec W = Welch Section

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