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ONEIDA LAKE CEMETERY INVENTORY

MESSENGER’S BAY, NY

The Oneida Lake Cemetery is a small community cemetery located at Messenger’s Bay, Town of Lenox, Madison Co., NY.   The cemetery is on the south side of NYS Rt. 31 just east of the intersection of Main St. Road, which connects Rt. 5 in Canastota with Rt. 31 at Messenger’s Bay.  The cemetery is owned and maintained by the Oneida Lake Cemetery Corporation.

 There are 570 known burials in the cemetery, which takes its name from the early Madison County settlement of Oneida Lake that had become a thriving community with a post office by the 1830’s.   The cemetery has a “potter’s field”  where an unknown number of people were buried without grave markers.  Fallen trees, vandalism and time have resulted in the destruction of some markers.

 Although the cemetery has many 19th century burials, it endured a period of neglect during the early 20th century. In 1930 the Oneida Lake Cemetery Corporation was organized. At that time community volunteers leveled the grounds and repaired broken monuments, restoring the cemetery as a suitable memorial for those buried there.

 The attached inventory was compiled in 2006 from cemetery stone inscriptions and annotated by Sandra B. Wilsey.  The partial survey done Mary K. Meyers and Joyce C. Scott in 1964 was utilized as a reference for some missing stones.  If there are corrections or additions, please contact swilsey@twcny.rr.com.   

Originally Compiled 2006 - Revised Sept 2009 – 586 stones/burials   

©-2006- Sandra B. Wilsey. All rights reserved.