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Andover Cemeteries

Cole-Dike Cemetery Tombstone Photos

On this page are photos taken at the Cole (Dike/Dyke*) Cemetery, Town of Andover - Elm Valley NY; NOTE: The name as most commonly spelled in the 1800s was Dike, and in the 1900s the spelling became more acceptable as Dyke.  Either has become acceptable as evidenced by the name of the Creek, Streets and even the Museum--Nathaniel Dyke Museum.

Shown is every stone that is viewable as of 7/26/2003.  Many slate stones are completely weather blasted and have become completely smooth.....nothing remains of inscription.  Original List was formed from visit/observation of Ron Taylor & William A. Greene.


 

benjaminocole1907

Benjamin Cole, d. 1907


 

dikeplot2

Dike Plot


 

leottlydike

Leottly Dike


 

 

lydiadike

Lydia Dike (Photo#1) by Ron Taylor,2003


 

Lydia Dike-2

Lydia Dike (Photo#2) Unknown Photographer, Unknown Date.

From files of Allegany County Historian, submitted by William A. Greene


 

 

nathdikedar

D.A.R. Marker for Nathaniel Dike, Rev. War Veteran


 

nathdikegrave

Nathaniel Dike Grave


 

rachaelcoled1837

Rachael Cole, Wife of Daniel Cole d.1857


 

 

simonadams

Simon Adams & Eunice Baker


 

 

willardadams

Willard Adams, d.1837 - photo 2003 by Ron Taylor

(2/2016; Only the lettering "Willard" remains on the stone.  The rest of the face of the stone has dropped off.)


 

 

zeriahdike

         Photo by Ron Taylor, 2003                           

Zeriah Dike, daughter of James & Phebe Dike

1st Settler Burial in Allegany County


 Below is photo taken 2/22/2016 by Ron Taylor; Photo 2 below is enhanced in black & white to help show the actual lettering, now so badly deteriorated.  The listing in between is from visual observations in the past along with tracings done several years ago and transcribed here.

Zeriah Dike stone taken 2 2016 2

 Zeriah Dike - 1797-1798


 

Following is a transcription of engraving on tombstone of Zeriah Dike, first death of settlers in Allegany County and First Burial in county and Town of Andover.  The transcription is based on both visual and tracings of the stone.

Zeriah Dike was the Grandchild of the 1st County  Settler, Nathaniel Dike.  Both of these Dike family members along with several of the Stephen Cole family are buried in the “COLE-DIKE CEMETERY”.

TO

THE

MEMORY OF ZER

IAH DIKE DAUGHTER

OF JAMES AND PHEBE

DIKE DIED JAN 21

1798 AGED 10 MONTHS

AND 5 DAYS OLD

 

 The above transcript is presented with lettering shown in exact location as it appears on the stone......


 

 Zeriah Dike stone taken 2 2016 3 

 Above is same photo, enhanced to black & white to help readers.

 


 

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