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Judy Campbell (#48478118)
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Harvey Bell
RE: Old Thompson Farm Cemetery
Hi Judy,

I don't know much of anything about these people or their graves. A few years back I was trying to locate the family cemtery so I could add them to Find A Grave. The local historical society had a couple of photos, but could not locate them. I had to contact the lady who had taken them.

Using her photos I tried to match the view she seemed to have and ended up at the wrong house north of where they ended up being. The people let me search their grounds but with no luck. I left deciding that the stones had been moved or destroyed. The owners had no knowledge of them.

That fall as my wife was driving home from work she was able to see the two stones that remain off a farm path and in the woods since the foliage was away.

I immediately took the photos with my cell phone and have intended to go back to take better ones, opportunity permitting.

As with all of the property around here, the original landowners were drawn in a lottery at the end of the Revolution, with the Federal Gov't awarding 100 acres and NY awarding an additional 500 acres.

Most of the original owners never settled them, instead opting to sell the lands sight unseen to speculators. States to the east had little or no lands to award and their veterans (and others) bought the lands from the speculators. Only about one in a hundred who settled the Bounty Lands were from NY.

The land was obtained by illegal State treaties from the Native Americans who have been somewhat successful in suing NY in recent times resulting in our casinos!

Glad you were able to luck upon the monuments!

Harvey

Added by Harvey Bell on Jul 14, 2014 5:54 PM
 

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