Ron Eggleston made a trip this summer to upstate New York where his branch of the Eggleston family lived, died and many are buried. He explored the Kinne Cemetery where he found family headstones.
Grave of Asa Eggleston (ll) in Old Kinne Cemetery, Antwerp NY
Grave marker for John Mitchell Eggleston and his two wives, Old Kinne Cemetery, Antwerp
Monument of Joel and Sophia Eggleston and three of their children, Old Kinne Cemetery
Ron found an open vault there in the cemetery, which stirred his curiosity. His inquiry led to a family story, which had inspired some local folklore and creepy activities. Details of this story were found in a newspaper article in the Commercial Advertiser of Canton, N.Y. dated Tuesday, July 11, 1916. This article was titled: “Mystery of Open Vault: Gruesome Night in Northern New York Cemetery”
It never ceases to amaze me how a simple question can lead to the discovery of a whole family
MAKING THE CONNECTION
In August 2014, I received an email from Jill in Cornwall, England asking about some Eggleston deeds that I had posted on the Cayuga County, New York Genweb page that she had not been able to access. I was going through a family crisis at the time, so neglected to respond to her for a few months. When I finally did, I asked her which Egglestons she was hoping to connect to these deeds. Her response sent me on a quest. The result of this collaborative effort with Jill resulted in what I believe is an expansion of the family tree and possible solution to a mystery.
Jill was trying to find information about Leonard Eggleston, who was the son of Nathan Eggleston and Laura. This family had lived in Auburn, Cayuga County for some time. These names jumped out at me. I had listed a Leonard Eggleston among the mystery Egglestons at the end of my book. (P. 649-650) I first found mention of a Leonard Eggleston in the records of the First Baptist Church of Marcellus, which was in neighboring Onondaga County. He was on lists of Church members, one dated 1849.
There was also a Laura Eggleston mentioned in those same church records. Laura had joined the church by letter in 1817. The records did not say from where or when she came to Marcellus. Oliver Eggleston joined the church about the same time. Oliver later had difficulties with the church because of foul language. Giving testimony about these allegations were his brothers Nathaniel and Edward and also Laura Eggleston. Edward and his wife Sybil lived in various towns in Cayuga County. Continue reading
Research by Ronald Eggleston, Lansing MI
John Mitchell Eggleston is my great-great grandfather
John Mitchell Eggleston was the ninth child of Asa Jr. and Content Hadsell Eggleston. He was b. 7 Aug, 1806 in Hebron, Washington, NY. He died 20 Aug, 1880 in Antwerp, Jefferson, NY.
On 2 Apr 1829, he married Ann Keene, b. 10 Jul 1812 at Empeyville, Oneida, NY with whom he had seven children. She died 20 Dec, 1848. His second marriage on 13 Nov 1851 in Antwerp was to a widow, Luana Seaver Clark, b. 17 Dec 1826, d. 26 Nov 1912. Her parents were Watson F. Seaver and Alviera White Seaver, of Elmira, NY. Luana had a daughter, Jane Clark, from her first marriage to Scott Clarke. John and Luana had one son. John, Ann and Luana are all buried in Antwerp Old Kinne Cemetery, Jefferson, NY.
John Mitchell Eggleston
Luana Seaver Eggleston
(photos courtesy of Jerry Eggleston)