Captain Joseph Dykeman's name is carved upon his wife's, Elizabeth (nee Smith) Dykeman's gravestone and this is the only remaining visual remnant of his existance - I here choose to call it a cenotaph, or memorial to him, even though his earthly remains were not buried here according to "Pelletrue's History of Putnam County", page 453.
Thanks to research by findagrave member, JEANNE MARIE, my quest to find him is satisfied. I thank her and include the information she found:
"Pelletreau's History of Putnam County (p.453) lists Capt. Joseph Dykeman as being buried in DREWVILLE CEMETERY in the town of Carmel in Putnam County. I understand that Drewville Cemetery was drowned by the Croton Falls Reservoir."
I have further found that: Putnamgraveyards.com verifies that the Old Drewville Cemetery, later known as Gregory Cemetery, was inundated by the flooding upstream from the dam. In 1837, under the direction of engineer John Jervis', work began on the construction of the Croton Dam. Four hundred acres of farms and homes were flooded. Obviously, graves were not moved and now lie under 36 million gallons of water.
The name Dykeman is spelled in so many ways in the findagrave system, ie. - Dyckman, Dikeman, Dickman, Dechman, Diteman, Dittman, etc., so I choose to leave Captain Joseph here where his family has gravestones with the spelling DYKEMAN.
Joseph is a son of Ann Chapman Sturges, reputedly a daughter of Thaddeus Sturges.
His father is recorded as Frederick Dykeman, of Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut. Frederick is believed to be a son of Rachel DeVeaux and Johannes Dyckman of Winchester County, New York.
Husband of (1) Eunice Darling [25 May 1757]; (2) Elizabeth Smith [abt 1778].