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Mike Niethe (#47990888)
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I live in the City of Lockport (Niagara County) in the State of New York.
I live near both Cold Springs and Glenwood Cemeteries. I like to post gravestones of my ancestors that are buried in this area, along with other monuments that are difficult to read due to weathering and damage.
I wrote down all the gravestone inscriptions in the older sections of Cold Springs Cemetery in 1994. I wasn't too concerned about the newer sections of the cemetery because the written records are in good shape and the monuments and gravestones are generally granite, which is hundreds of times harder than the old marble monuments in the old sections. Unfortunately I didn't have a digital camera back then, and Find A Grave wasn't around yet, so all the gravestones are not yet methodically recorded on this website.
Some of the old marble monuments are already difficult to read despite the fact that they are less than two hundred years old. I figure that these inscriptions should be recorded now before they are lost for perpetuity.
I also research and record obscure grave information that I think will be valuable for future genealogists, for example there are a number of old cemeteries in the City of Lockport that have been moved (a number times in certain cases) to other locations.

The old "Millard Cemetery" on Millard Street in the City of Lockport is an example.
Millard Street was later changed to Bacon Street.
The old Millard Cemetery was "moved" (at least in part) to Glenwood Cemetery around 1919.
Some old maps show the "Malard Cemetery" which I think is a spelling error.
To add to the confusion, the Millard Cemetery is also known as the Bacon Street Cemetery, and it's referred to as the "west end burying ground" in some old area church records.
At least some of the remains (including those of Sheriff Almon Millard) were moved to Glenwood Cemetery in 1919.
Another "infamous" burial was that of Sheriff Eli Bruce who was buried in an unmarked grave in the Millard Cemetery in 1832. If in fact all the remains were removed to Glenwood, Sheriff Bruce's remains now rest in an unmarked grave there.
Much has been written about Sheriff Eli Bruce and I'm certainly not an expert on those matters.
Hard evidence of the cemetery move has been elusive to me. Most of the evidence I have is anecdotal, often coming from newspaper articles and little tidbits here and there.
The people at Find A Grave tell me I should record burial information in the cemetery where the remains are now located in order to reduce the chance of confusion.
If anyone has information on this cemetery, please share it with me.

Another is the old Grace Church Cemetery on Lincoln Avenue in what was then the Village (now city) of Lockport. Those monuments and remains were removed (in part) to Glenwood Cemetery.
I have access to the old burial records from Grace Church, and I've located most of the associated gravestones at Glenwood. Elias Ransom is an example.
A real mystery (for me at least) is General John Jackson mausoleum. I've seen a number of notations that he was entombed in a big mausoleum in Grace Church Cemetery on Lincoln Avenue when he died in 1875.
As of now (2013) I've been unable to figure out what happened to that mausoleum. I located a small marble headstone engraved "JOHN JACKSON DIED APR. 17, 1875" in Section 14 Lot 85.
This is definitely General Jackson's headstone because his name appears in the cemeterey records as being "from Grace Cemetery".

Another enigma is the "Friends" (Quaker) Cemetery(s) in the Village (now city) of Lockport.
At this point I'm not sure of the sequence of events although I know one cemetery was located on Lincoln Avenue adjacent to the Grace Church Cemetery. (This I learned from notations in the old Grace Church records that describe burials "in the Friends Cemetery adjacent to the church cemetery").
Old maps show that a cemetery was located on the west side "Washburn Street" (the part that is now called Locust Street), near what is now Sargent Drive.
Other maps show a cemetery located on Market Street near the corner of Chestnut Street.
Some remains (and monuments) are now at Cold Springs Cemetery.
I don't know if these cemeteries were associated with different churches or were moved from one location to another. I hope to research tis matter in the future.

In my opinion the most interesting cemetery is Cold Springs.
If you were to drive by on Cold Springs Road, it looks like one big cemetery although in reality it is a hodgepodge of FOUR adjacent cemeteries, separated (in part) by old stone walls.

Another future project I have in mind is recording the hundreds burials from the old County Poorhouse. Many of these people were buried in the old county cemetery on Davison Road, along with other area cemeteries.
There are NO individual gravestones of any type at the Davison Road site, and my best guess is that few of the former residents of the Poorhouse have headstones in the other cemeteries.
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Tom Duncan
Capen headstone
Hi Mike,

Thanks again for adding another of my headstone photo requests, this time for Anna and Burt Capen. I certainly appreciate it.

Tom
Added by Tom Duncan on May 18, 2015 3:26 PM
Stephen Barneby
Mina Witmer Kline
Mike,

Thanks very much for taking this photograph and for all the other you have done in the Lockport area. This is a very nice community service that your are doing.

Would you have any objection to my using Mina's photo on my Ancestry.com family tree?

Thanks again for your help.

Steve Barneby
Added by Stephen Barneby on May 16, 2015 9:05 PM
rosie mcnaughton
Tina Boyer,
Thank you so much, Mike, for the burial information and photo of headstone for Tina Boyer. I appreciate it very much. It makes the memorial so much better. Keep up the good work.
Rosie McNaughton
Lockport
Added by rosie mcnaughton on Apr 25, 2015 10:22 AM
Dawn Haase
Baney
Hi Mike. If you come across any Baney's let me know Phillip Shook and his first wife Mary had a daughter Catherine. She married David Baney. there is nothing on them on find a grave. Iknow the passed away in Niagara County somewhere.
Dawn
Added by Dawn Haase on Apr 17, 2015 3:21 PM
Dawn Haase
Shook's in Cold Spring.
Hi Mike,
Thanks for all the updates on the Shooks. Are you related to them at all. If so how.
Added by Dawn Haase on Apr 14, 2015 4:03 PM
Bruce Genewich
Carson/ thompson
Hi Mike, I am on a wild one here. got family bible of "Carson" given to me to chase while General Wood is still waiting for a living relative. Looks like I have searching in Glenwood and in Cold spring. Hope to see you this year.
Added by Bruce Genewich on Mar 25, 2015 1:20 PM
George DeKay
Cutter
Mike, THANK YOU for adding the stone pics to my memorial for Sarah Mosure Cutter.
George
Added by George DeKay on Mar 20, 2015 8:12 PM
Sharon Fulton
RE: Shimers at Cold Springs
Thanks! I really appreciate that!
Added by Sharon Fulton on Mar 14, 2015 3:52 PM
Sharon Fulton
Shimers at Cold Springs
Hello! I was wondering if you would allow me to attach (with appropriate credit given) your 3 headstone photos from the Shimer memorials at Cold Springs cemetery to my tree on Ancestry?

Thanks for considering my request. :)

Sharon
Added by Sharon Fulton on Mar 14, 2015 1:08 PM
Bruce Genewich
RE: J.B. Southworth
I did that on a request of some people from the douglas plot. Dean told me about them. You and I must meet. I am shoveling snow now and my Woods project is on hold until my home is safe. Like Ice stuff...
Added by Bruce Genewich on Mar 03, 2015 11:37 AM
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