New York USA
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This cemetery is located at the end of Driftwood Drive in the town of Western, on the northwest side of Delta Lake, overlooking what was the village of Delta. The graves in this cemetery were moved here about 1910 when the State of New York built the Delta Dam. There were five known cemeteries in and around the village of Delta prior to the flooding of the land for the reservoir. None of the cemeteries were incorporated and all had been neglected for many years. All except one were family plots containing from one to a dozen graves, mostly old and unmarked. One was on the Moses T. White farm along the old Stokes Westernville Road, the second was on the Wager property just west of Westernville, the third was in the vicinity of what is now the Delta Lake State Park, and the fourth was on the old Stokes Westernville Road south of Kettle Hill. The Wager plot was said to contain the remains of several slaves brought to the area by General Floyd. The one graveyard that was more than a family plot was the Rudd Cemetery.
The cemetery is not maintained at all and is overgrown with weeds and brush. Even though over 600 graves are here, there are very few tombstones present. Due to the condition of the grounds the few tombstones that are there are not visible. Most of the graves moved here had no means of identification at the time they were relocated.