Mike Niethe

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47990888

Bio

Although there are a few memorials for my ancestors that I would like to continue to maintain, I will gladly transfer management of my Find-a-Grave memorials to family members. Just ask.
Although I try not to make mistakes, I sometimes do.
If you detect a mistake in one of my memorials, I WELCOME a correction.
If I post something in one of your relative's memorials that you find offensive, please contact me. There is no need to be rude.


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.

Note: I encourage anyone searching for gravestones in Cold Springs Cemetery to also search "Price Cemetery" and vice versa.
In 2016 I started creating memorials for those people buried in Price Cemetery. I discovered that some Find-a-Grave contributors had already created memorials for Price Cemetery burials but had recorded them as being in Cold Springs.
Price Cemetery is adjacent to, and often confused with Cold Springs. There are no clear boundaries between the two, and there is no sign for Price Cemetery.
See my cemetery description for Price Cemetery.

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