Not to be confused with another "Bailey Cemetery" in nearby Kent Cliffs, a very small cemetery on Peekskill Hollow Road along the right side as you travel towards Putnam Valley: Latitude: 41.44450, Longitude: -73.75609.
This "Bailey Family Cemetery" is located directly across the road from the original Bailey residence at West Lovell and Union Valley Roads in Carmel.
In the Fall of 1988, the Carmel Historical Society began its renovation and beautification. In the intervening three years, a large body of information was gathered on that branch of the Bailey Family that made its home in Carmel. None of the engraved headstones was standing when work began, and most were broken, some in many pieces. In addition, large pieces of headstones and footstones were missing. Also, the Cemetery and the adjoining property were totally covered with brush and dead or dying trees. Clearing and beautifying the property and searching for missing headstones consumed more than half the time required to restore the Cemetery.
Following restoration, visitors to the Cemetery could once plainly see a transition from BAILY to BAILEY. But by August, 2011, only eight (at best) original stones remained identifiable at all and only one was whole. All six headstones dated 1842 and before were engraved BAILY, while those stones engraved in 1864 and later used the BAILEY spelling. Earlier spellings also included BAYLY, BAYLEY.
All past surveys find 14 grave plots. Only 13 stones at 14 plots were identified and mapped in 2005. At some time, Isaac Smith's stone was moved from its actual grave, where Kottas describes it as imbedded in the maple, to a seemingly open plot in the front row; perhaps that plot #7 has a downed stone for Stephen Baily under the soil. There is no known record of the number of people buried in the Cemetery. The number actually buried differs from both transcribed and visible stones today because, from family records, stones for family members known to be here were lost even before the first transcription. Additionally, some believe the total number of original burials and stones is unknowable due to the common practice of burying servants and others (i.e., Indians, and the indigent), and marking the grave with a simple fieldstone. Some such fieldstones were found in the Cemetery when restoration work began and have been left in place.
The Bailey Cemetery was restored 1988-1991 by TCHS and townspeople; almost all work was vandalized or fell apart before 2004. A large branch of the maple fell in 2010, leaving the tree in bad condition. By August, 2011, the tree was gone together with the embedded stone of Isaac Smith. Today, only a stump remains.
GPS Coordinates: 41.35542, -73.71968
- Added: 6 Apr 2011
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2396446
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