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Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Cattaraugus County

Index to Locations

  • Allegany St. Bonaventure Cemetery
  • Dayton Cottage Cemetery
  • East Otto East Otto Cemetery
  • Ellicottville Jefferson Street Cemetery
  • Ellicottville Sunset Hill Cemetery
  • Franklinville Mt. Prospect Cemetery
  • Hinsdale Hinsdale Cemetery
  • Olean Mt. View Cemetery
  • Olean Oak Lawn Cemetery
  • Olean Pleasant Valley Cemetery
  • Portville Chestnut Hill Cemetery
  • Randolph Randolph Cemetery
  • Salamanca Wildwood Cemetery


    St. Bonaventure Cemetery
    Allegany, Cattaraugus County, New York
    Politicians buried here:
      Fred W. Forness, Jr. (1873-1964) — of Allegany, Cattaraugus County, N.Y.; Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in New York, December 20, 1873. Democrat. Automobile dealer; garage owner; candidate for New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County, 1914, 1923, 1927; mayor of Olean, N.Y., 1934-37, 1940-41; defeated, 1937, 1943; chair of Cattaraugus County Democratic Party, 1962. German ancestry. Member, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Died in Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., November 2, 1964 (age 90 years, 318 days). Interment at St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Fred W. Forness (1843-1921) and Mary (Riehle) Forness (1846-1928); married to Bird Lillian Merrill (1874-1955).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Thomas Henry Dowd (1859-1953) — also known as Thomas H. Dowd — of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Humphrey, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., August 20, 1859. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904, 1932; Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1923; appointed 1923; defeated, 1923. Died in Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., October 20, 1953 (age 94 years, 61 days). Entombed at St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Danford W. Dean (1853-1934) — of Franklinville, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Centerville, Allegany County, N.Y., February 8, 1853. Democrat. Contractor; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904; candidate for New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County, 1911, 1917. Died July 7, 1934 (age 81 years, 149 days). Interment at St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Tower J. Dean (1819-1906) and Esther Abigail (Young) Dean (1831-1903); married, February 8, 1882, to Jennie B. Connors (1855-1930).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Cottage Cemetery
    Dayton, Cattaraugus County, New York
    Politicians buried here:
      Norman M. Allen (1828-1909) — of Dayton, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born December 24, 1828. Republican. Member of New York state senate 32nd District, 1864-65, 1872-73, 1882-83; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884. Member, Freemasons. Died in Dayton, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., November 15, 1909 (age 80 years, 326 days). Interment at Cottage Cemetery.


    East Otto Cemetery
    East Otto, Cattaraugus County, New York
    Politicians buried here:
      Solon S. Laing (1847-1911) — of East Otto, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in East Otto, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., July 28, 1847. Member of New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County 2nd District, 1892. Died in East Otto, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., November 9, 1911 (age 64 years, 104 days). Interment at East Otto Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Laing (1812-1899) and Minerva (Pierce) Laing (1825-1915); brother of John DeMott Laing; married to Martha D. Eddy (1848-1932); father of John Laing (1880-1934); first cousin of Philip Adam Laing.
      Political family: Laing family of East Otto, New York.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Laing (1880-1934) — of East Otto, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in East Otto, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., July 20, 1880. Democrat. Hardware merchant; candidate for New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County, 1929. Died in East Otto, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., May 21, 1934 (age 53 years, 305 days). Interment at East Otto Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Solon S. Laing and Martha (Eddy) Laing (1848-1932); married, October 11, 1911, to Gladys May Beach (1889-1979); nephew of John DeMott Laing (1858-1929); first cousin once removed of Philip Adam Laing.
      Political family: Laing family of East Otto, New York.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Jefferson Street Cemetery
    Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York
    Politicians buried here:
      Staley Nichols Clarke (1794-1860) — of New York. Born in Prince George's County, Md., May 24, 1794. U.S. Representative from New York 31st District, 1841-43. Died in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., October 14, 1860 (age 66 years, 143 days). Interment at Jefferson Street Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of Archibald Smith Clarke (1778?-1821).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Sunset Hill Cemetery
    Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York
    Politicians buried here:
      William Grant Laidlaw (1840-1908) — also known as William G. Laidlaw — of Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Scotland, January 1, 1840. Republican. U.S. Representative from New York 34th District, 1887-91. Died August 19, 1908 (age 68 years, 231 days). Interment at Sunset Hill Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Commodore P. Vedder — of Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County 1st District, 1872-75; member of New York state senate 32nd District, 1876-77, 1884-91; delegate to New York state constitutional convention at-large, 1894. Interment at Sunset Hill Cemetery.


    Mt. Prospect Cemetery
    Franklinville, Cattaraugus County, New York
    Politicians buried here:
      Henry Van Aernam (1819-1894) — of Franklinville, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in New York, 1819. Republican. Member of New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County 1st District, 1858; U.S. Representative from New York, 1865-69, 1879-83 (31st District 1865-69, 33rd District 1879-83); delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868 (alternate), 1872. Died in 1894 (age about 75 years). Interment at Mt. Prospect Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Hinsdale Cemetery
    Hinsdale, Cattaraugus County, New York
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Nelson Ira Norton (1820-1887) — also known as Nelson I. Norton — of Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in New York, 1820. Republican. Member of New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County 1st District, 1861; U.S. Representative from New York 33rd District, 1875-77. Died in 1887 (age about 67 years). Interment at Hinsdale Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Staley N. Wood (1832-1914) — of Hinsdale, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Hinsdale, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., May 22, 1832. Democrat. Dry goods merchant; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 34th District, 1886 (Democratic), 1894 (Democratic), 1896 (Gold Democratic). Died in Hinsdale, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., June 19, 1914 (age 82 years, 28 days). Interment at Hinsdale Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Emery Wood (1797-1875) and Permelia (Marsh) Wood (1798-1872); married, June 2, 1853, to Laura Fort (1832-1896); married 1896 to Clara Parthenia Gile; third cousin once removed of Alexander Wheelock Thayer and Eli Thayer; fourth cousin of John Alden Thayer and Alexander Cook Thayer; fourth cousin once removed of Bela Edgerton, Willard J. Chapin, Heman Ticknor (1792-1864) and John Milton Thayer.
      Political families: Pendleton family of Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Saltonstall-Weeks family of Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Mt. View Cemetery
    Olean, Cattaraugus County, New York
    Politicians buried here:
    Frank W. Higgins Frank Wayland Higgins (1856-1907) — also known as Frank W. Higgins — of Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Rushford, Allegany County, N.Y., August 18, 1856. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1888; member of New York state senate, 1894-1902 (32nd District 1894-95, 50th District 1896-1902); Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1903-04; Governor of New York, 1905-06. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died in Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., February 12, 1907 (age 50 years, 178 days). Interment at Mt. View Cemetery.
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, December 1902
      Timothy H. Porter (died c.1840) — of Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn. Member of New York state assembly, 1815-17, 1838, 1840 (Allegany and Steuben counties 1815-17, Cattaraugus County 1838, 1840); county judge in New York, 1817-20; member of New York state senate 8th District, 1823, 1828-31; U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1825-27. Died near Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., about 1840. Interment at Mt. View Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Frederick Stanley Martin (1794-1865) — also known as Frederick S. Martin — of Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Rutland County, Vt., April 25, 1794. County judge in New York, 1840-45; member of New York state senate 32nd District, 1848-49; member of New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County 1st District, 1850; U.S. Representative from New York 31st District, 1851-53. Member, Freemasons. Died in Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., June 28, 1865 (age 71 years, 64 days). Original interment at Oak Lawn Cemetery; reinterment in 1896 at Mt. View Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Charles Sylvester Cary — also known as Charles S. Cary — of Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1876; member of New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County 1st District, 1883. Interment at Mt. View Cemetery.


    Oak Lawn Cemetery
    Olean, Cattaraugus County, New York
    Politicians formerly buried here:
      Frederick Stanley Martin (1794-1865) — also known as Frederick S. Martin — of Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Rutland County, Vt., April 25, 1794. County judge in New York, 1840-45; member of New York state senate 32nd District, 1848-49; member of New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County 1st District, 1850; U.S. Representative from New York 31st District, 1851-53. Member, Freemasons. Died in Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., June 28, 1865 (age 71 years, 64 days). Original interment at Oak Lawn Cemetery; reinterment in 1896 at Mt. View Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Pleasant Valley Cemetery
    Olean, Cattaraugus County, New York
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Frank N. Godfrey (1852-1924) — of Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., June 29, 1852. Republican. Farmer; member of New York state senate 51st District, 1913-14. Member, Grange. Died in 1924 (age about 72 years). Interment at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Chestnut Hill Cemetery
    Portville, Cattaraugus County, New York
    Politicians buried here:
    William E. Wheeler William Egbert Wheeler (1843-1911) — also known as William E. Wheeler — of Portville, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Mayville, Chautauqua County, N.Y., November 21, 1843. Republican. Tannery manager; lumber business; banker; member of New York state assembly, 1892-93, 1900 (Cattaraugus County 1st District 1892, Cattaraugus County 1893, Cattaraugus County 1st District 1900). Presbyterian. Died in Portville, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., April 28, 1911 (age 67 years, 158 days). Interment at Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William French Wheeler (1811-1892) and Flora (Atkins) Wheeler (1815-1850); brother of Nelson Platt Wheeler; married to Almira Mersereau (1849-1923); uncle of Alexander Royal Wheeler; first cousin thrice removed of Hezekiah Case; first cousin four times removed of Noah Phelps; first cousin five times removed of Erastus Wolcott and Oliver Wolcott, Sr.; second cousin once removed of Asahel Pierson Case; second cousin twice removed of Parmenio Adams and Amos Pettibone; second cousin thrice removed of Gaylord Griswold and Elisha Phelps; second cousin four times removed of Oliver Wolcott, Jr., Roger Griswold and Frederick Wolcott; third cousin once removed of Hiram Bidwell Case; third cousin twice removed of Norman A. Phelps, John Smith Phelps and Almon Case; third cousin thrice removed of Augustus Pettibone and Rufus Pettibone; fourth cousin of Joseph Wells Holcomb, William Lucius Case and Arthur Burnham Woodford; fourth cousin once removed of Charles Creighton Stratton, Edmund Holcomb, Francis William Kellogg, John Leake Newbold Stratton, Selah Merrill, William Walter Phelps, Edmond Alfred Holcomb, Leonard Leach Case (1900-1978) and Donald Barr Chidsey.
      Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: New York State Legislative Souvenir (1893)
      John Garrison Mersereau (1799-1883) — also known as John G. Mersereau — of Erwin Centre, Steuben County, N.Y.; Portville, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Guilford, Chenango County, N.Y., September 18, 1799. Member of New York state assembly from Steuben County 2nd District, 1848-49. Died in Portville, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., July 10, 1883 (age 83 years, 295 days). Interment at Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Joshua Daniel Mercereau and Dinah (Garretson) Mercereau (1769-1822); married to Julia Redfield (1801-1855) and Nancy L. Wright (1806-1892); uncle of Edward Casterline Mercereau; grandson of Joshua Mersereau (1728-1804); first cousin once removed of Jacob Mersereau, Paul Mersereau and Peter Mersereau (1788-1879); first cousin twice removed of David Mersereau; second cousin of Joshua Mersereau (1804-1882); third cousin of Cornelius Mersereau; third cousin thrice removed of Claude Middleton Mersereau.
      Political family: Mersereau family of Staten Island, New York.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Randolph Cemetery
    Randolph, Cattaraugus County, New York
    Politicians buried here:
      Guy Carlton Fargo (1879-1960) — also known as Guy C. Fargo — of Cattaraugus, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Clymer, Chautauqua County, N.Y., January 7, 1879. Republican. Chair of Cattaraugus County Republican Party, 1933. Died November 28, 1960 (age 81 years, 326 days). Interment at Randolph Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Addison E. Fargo (1853-1930) and Adeline (Heslink) Fargo (1853-1918); married to Florence Hitchcock (1881-1979).


    Wildwood Cemetery
    Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, New York
    Politicians buried here:
      Edward Butterfield Vreeland (1856-1936) — also known as Edward B. Vreeland — of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Cuba, Allegany County, N.Y., 1856. Republican. Superintendent of schools; lawyer; banker; postmaster at Salamanca, N.Y., 1889-91; U.S. Representative from New York, 1899-1913 (34th District 1899-1903, 37th District 1903-13); delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1916. Member, Freemasons. Died in 1936 (age about 80 years). Interment at Wildwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Myra S. Price.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      George Wilson Cole (1858-1923) — also known as George W. Cole — of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Humphrey, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., December 31, 1858. Republican. Lawyer; Cattaraugus County District Attorney, 1902-13; Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1916-23; appointed 1916; died in office 1923. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Elks. Died in Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., March 30, 1923 (age 64 years, 89 days). Interment at Wildwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Stephen S. Cole and Lemira P. (Berry) Cole; married to Lucia Ellen Weber.
    Albert T. Fancher Albert Thomas Fancher (1859-1930) — also known as Albert T. Fancher — of Little Valley, Cattaraugus County, N.Y.; Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Leon, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., January 18, 1859. Republican. Oil producer; farmer; Cattaraugus County Clerk, 1885-88; member of New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County 2nd District, 1899-1902; member of New York state senate, 1903-08 (50th District 1903-06, 51st District 1907-08); delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1908, 1920, 1924, 1928. Member, Freemasons. Died in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., March 20, 1930 (age 71 years, 61 days). Interment at Wildwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Fancher (1823-1862) and Lydia M. (McLaughlin) Fancher (1832-1885); married to Loretta Beatrice Darragh (1880-1912) and Musette Kathryn Barker (1889-1944).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: New York Red Book 1907
      James Spencer Whipple (1852-1941) — also known as James S. Whipple; Spence Whipple — of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Cold Spring, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., October 1, 1852. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884; member of New York state assembly from Cattaraugus County 2nd District, 1888-91; delegate to New York state constitutional convention 51st District, 1915. Member, Freemasons. Died April 4, 1941 (age 88 years, 185 days). Interment at Wildwood Cemetery.
      George Hanford Ansley (1875-1961) — also known as George H. Ansley — of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., December 14, 1875. Democrat. Lawyer; chair of Cattaraugus County Democratic Party, 1910; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Phi Delta Theta. Died in Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., September 20, 1961 (age 85 years, 280 days). Interment at Wildwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Hudson Ansley (1838-1926) and Alzina Jane (Hanford) Ansley (1839-1919); married, October 18, 1906, to Charlotte Estelle Fish (1881-1915); married, November 6, 1917, to Dorothy Robbins (1895-1974).


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