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Old Town Cemetery
Hempstead, Nassau County, New York
Old Town Cemetery, Hempstead, NY
GPS: 40.709287, -73.622889
Denton Green Park
353 Fulton Ave
Hempstead, NY 11550
Published: December 25, 2020
Total records: 542
Old Town Cemetery is also known as, "Denton Green Cemetery" and "Fulton Cemetery". Today it lies beneath "Denton Green Park". It is owned and maintained by the Town of Hempstead.
The "Old Town Cemetery" dates as far back to the 1600's when the Town of Hempstead was first settled. The original gravemarkers have since been destroyed by time or removed by vandals. Burials in the cemetery continued up through the 1930s. The latest burial appears to be that of Mary Loretta Duryea. The earliest gravemarker ever found in the cemetery had an inscription of, "R.S. 1711".
By the late 1800s, the cemetery had become neglected. The Village of Hempstead took over ownership of the cemetery and eventually converted it into a park named "Fulton Field". The Village had made a record of every known grave and today still has that record. What markers still existed were laid flat over their graves and buried over.
Today, the park is named, "Denton Green Park".
See also, "New Cemetery" which was located adjacent to this cemetery.
Josephine C. Frost Transcription
In 1904, Josephine C. Frost visited the cemetery and made a record of every tombstone that was still visible and readable. She produced a transcription entitled, "Cemetery Inscriptions from Hempstead Long Island New York" consisting of transcriptions from four cemeteries, including this one.
The document linked below are pages from that transcription, of just Old Town Cemetery...