Haviland Cemetery, Harrison, New York

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Narrative below is courtesy of Christopher Haviland, Havilands.org.

Haviland Cemetery, Town of Harrison, County of Westchester, New York State

The Haviland Cemetery is an old burying ground in the beautiful suburbs of Harrison, NY. I had some trouble finding it in early 2003 and had to seek assistance from the City Hall, but when I finally discovered it I realized that half the problem is that the sign post had been knocked over and was lying on the ground, face down, on the other side of a rock fence. The cemetery itself is obscured from the road by some hedges that have been deliberately planted there. It sits on the Northwest side of Pleasant Ridge Rd. in between the intersections of Sterling Rd. and Woodlands Rd., and is situated in a thicket between two large houses. None of my direct ancestors are buried here, however. The fallen sign should be redone anyway, because the hinged section on the bottom is not correct. It reads "1st Burial 1783 Bart. Haviland". It is likely that someone, without looking closely at the gravestones, mistook a record saying "b. 1783" as being buried in 1783. In fact, Bartholomew (son of William Haviland & Elizabeth Gedney) was born 9 Jan 1783 and died 28 Oct 1851. He is buried here, but he was not the first. The first might be his uncle, John S. Haviland, who died 26 Oct 1826. There is a very old tombstone here that clearly has John S. Haviland on it, but the rest of the writing is warn away. It stands close to his grandson, John S. Haviland, who has the tallest tombstone in the small cemetery. If, however, this is not the same John S. Haviland, then Bartholomew's own father, William, is the next oldest burial, who died 24 Jun 1834 and whose tombstone is just about unreadable.
The "est. 1842" on the sign is the date on the deed where William Haviland deeded the property to his son Bartholomew Haviland and others to formally establish it as a burying ground, even though family members were buried there earlier. Information written in RED below indicates that I'm guessing the identification of the grave or I couldn't identify it at all.
Thanks to Albert Smith, Linda Bohrer, and Shirley Curts for helping me research these Havilands.
Photos by Christopher Sirmons Haviland. You may download and use any tombstone photograph at this site as you wish.

Copies of survey and deeds added by Robert Alan Haviland.

Survey 1902.
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Deed 1904.
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Deed 1910.

Haviland Cemetery Sign
Haviland Cemetery

John S. Haviland
Son of Joseph Haviland & Annar
Husband of Sarah Purdy
b. 6 Dec 1757, d. 26 Oct 1826
Note: As this tombstone cannot be read, except for his name, I may have it matched with the wrong person. If I'm right, this is the oldest burial in this cemetery. If you can confirm or correct this, please contact us.

Walden K. Haviland - Unknown Relation
Note: The closest name I have to this is a Waldon Haviland, son of James S. Haviland, son of David Haviland & Elizabeth Secor. If you know who Walden K. Haviland is, please contact us.


William Haviland
Son of Joseph Haviland & Annar

Husband of Elizabeth Gedney (m. 14 Feb 1781)
b. 4 Jul 1754, d. 24 Jun 1834

Elizabeth Gedney
Wife of William Haviland (m. 14 Feb 1781)
b. 14 Feb 1763, d. 16 Nov 1842

Bartholomew Haviland
Son of William Haviland & Elizabeth Gedney

Husband of Mary Purdy (m. 26 Sep 1810)

b. 9 Jan 1783, d. 28 Oct 1851

Mary Purdy
Wife of Bartholomew Haviland (m. 26 Sep 1810)
b. 12 May 1788, d. 3 Mar 1846

Edward Haviland
Son of Bartholomew Haviland & Mary Purdy

Husband of Mary Coles,

& Mary J. Turner,

& Mercy S. Butterfield

b. 1821, d. 7 May 1905

Mary J. Turner
Wife of Edward Haviland

b. 1837, d. 1869

Mary Coles
Wife of Edward Haviland
b. 4 Jun 1827, d. 29 Aug 1862

Mercy S. Butterfield
Wife of Edward Haviland
b. 1824, d. 1895

Catherine Hoehn
Wife of Samuel Purdy Haviland

(Son of Joseph P. Haviland & Mary Elizabeth Taylor)

b. 8 Nov 1882, d. 20 Nov 1918
Note: Catherine Hoehn died at 36 years old. Samuel Purdy Haviland then married her sister-in-law Alma Hoehn.

Eliphalet Haviland
Son of Bartholomew Haviland & Mary Purdy

b. 12 Jun 1828, d. 12 Nov 1834 (age 6 yrs)

Margaret Purdy

Wife of Joseph Haviland (m. 1827)

(Joseph Haviland is the son of Joseph Haviland & Phoebe Gertrude Purdy)

b. 1808, d. 10 May 1874

Joseph Haviland
Son of Joseph Haviland & Annar

Husband of Phoebe Gertrude "Gertry" Purdy

b. 6 Sep 1760, d. 20 Dec 1836

Phoebe Gertrude "Gerty" Purdy

Wife of Joseph Haviland
b. 1762, d. 2 Aug 1845

David Haviland
Son of Joseph Haviland & Phoebe Gertrude Purdy
Husband of Elizabeth Secor
b. 15 Mar 1795, d. 12 Mar 1860

Phoebe Miller

Wife of James Haviland (m. 24 Feb 1820)
b. ???, d. 2 Sep 1886
Note: I believe this to be the grave of Phoebe Miller, but I am not certain of it. It sits to the left of a tall grave for John S. Haviland, who I believe to be her son. If this is true, however, I do not know where the grave of her husband James is located. If you know that my notions are incorrect here, please contact us.


John S. Haviland

Son of James Haviland & Phoebe Miller

b. 22 Dec 1820, d. 5 Jun 1852
Note: Josephine Frost records that James Haviland and Phoebe Miller had only one son, James S. Haviland, who married Sarah Ann Seymour. In an interview with James Sr. in 1851, he said James was his only son. However, this tombstone clearly indicates John S. Haviland a son of "James & Phebe Haviland." There is only one recorded instance I have of a James marrying a Phoebe in the Haviland family tree, and they just happen to have family buried here. So I'm making a guess that John S. Haviland could be another son of James Haviland & Phoebe Miller that is not recorded. (Possibly a "disowned" son, at least as far as the father was conserned.) If you know can confirm or deny, please contact us.

John S. Haviland, 
(Closer View)

Anna Haviland
Daughter of John S. Haviland & Sarah Purdy
Wife of David Purdy
b. 26 Apr 1793, d. 11 Mar 1833

Sarah Ann Seymour
Wife of James S. Haviland (m. 29 Apr 1857)

(James S. Haviland is the son of James Haviland & Phoebe Miller)

b. 20 Jan 1837, d. 28 Aug 1892
Note: We do not know where her husband, James S. Haviland, is buried.


Elizabeth Haviland
Daughter of John S. Haviland & Sarah Purdy
b. ca 1796, d. 25 Feb 1875

Jane Haviland
Daughter of William Haviland & Elizabeth Gedney

Wife of Eliphalet Todd (m. 20 Jun 1822)

b. 5 Jun 1796, d. 29 Aug 1878
Note: Josephine Frost's "Haviland Genealogy" has her death date as 28 Aug 1878.


William Parker
Husband of Deborah Haviland (m. 31 Dec 1822)
b. 4 Jan 1799, d. 20 Dec 1867
Note: There is also a Robert Parker (d. 28 Sep 1842 aged 67 yrs 2 mths 3 days) buried in the Haviland Cemetery in Harrison, with his wife Mary (d 2 Mar 1857 aged 79 yrs 9 mths 23 days); and a Theodore Parker (d. 20 Dec 1852 aged 28 yrs 10 mths 12 days). I do not know how they are related to William but they are buried beside him. Possibly brothers and in-laws?

Deborah Haviland
Daughter of John S. Haviland & Sarah Purdy
Wife of William Parker (m. 31 Dec 1822)
b. 26 Apr 1797, d. 15 Feb 1869

Charlott(e) Haviland
Daughter of William Haviland & Elizabeth Gedney
b. 9 Dec 1802, d. 10 Oct 1865

Sarah Maria Parker
Daughter of William Parker & Deborah Haviland
b. 20 Feb 1828, d. 27 Mar 1831 (age 3 yrs)

Joseph P. Haviland

Son of Joseph Haviland & Margaret Purdy

b. 6 Nov 1846, d. 7 Mar 1909
Note: I am not certain if this Joseph P. Haviland is the same person as the Joseph Haviland who is son of Joseph and Margaret (Purdy) Haviland. If you know for sure one way or the other, please contact us.

Chauncey Haviland, Jr.
Son of Chauncey Haviland & Mary E. _____.

b. 29 Nov 1875, d. 14 Aug 1904

Eliza H. Clarke
Baby Daughter of Benjamin Clarke and Matilda G. Haviland

b. Jun 1837, d. Aug 1838

Mary Lucy
Wife of Alfred Haviland - Unknown Relation
There was apparently an Alfred Haviland, son of Joseph P. Haviland and Mary Elizabeth Taylor, who was born Jun 1885. Could this be his wife? But if the dates are right, she would be 20 years older than he, which would be rare for those days. If you know who this is, please contact us.


Matilda G. Haviland
Daughter of William Haviland & Elizabeth Gedney

Wife of Benjamin Clarke

b. 18 Jul 1799, d. 25 Aug 1853

Guy Lynwood Haviland
Son of Charles Wesley Haviland & Fredina A. Barmore

Husband of Elizabeth Cumming

b. 16 Jan 1901, d. Jun 1985

Restoration 2018

This cemetery underwent a major restoration in 2018. Fortunately for the cemetery and the descendants of it's "inhabitants", Eagle Scout candidate Milo Haviland, Troop 2 Mamaroneck, undertook the cemetery as his Eagle Scout project. Milo assembled a team of volunteers, coordinated with the City of Harrison, the Harrison Historical Society, and nearby landowners.

Reset Haviland Cemetery sign.
Haviland Cemetery partway through restoration.
Setting the bench donated by the Harrison Historical Society.
Milo Haviland and his volunteers.

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