Unfortunately, to many, Memorial Day means little more than an optional parade and then it's off to the malls for Memorial Day sales. I hope many of the readers of this column will take some time this weekend to reflect on the sacrifices made by all our veterans over the years and perhaps visit a local cemetery.
There are 11 cemeteries in Johnsburg Township, including Bates and Hack on Goodman Road in Johnsburg, Kenwell and Methodist on each side of the Johnsburg Methodist Church on South Johnsburg Road, The North River Cemetery on Cemetery Road off of 13th Lake Road, St. James and Union Cemeteries in North Creek, The Mill Creek Wesleyan Cemetery on Garnet Lake Rd, and the Wevertown Cemetery on Rt 28, north of Wevertown. There are also two family cemeteries, including the Pasco Cemetery on South Johnsburg Road near the Thurman line and the Jarius Westcott Cemetery, a lovely site 150 feet north of the intersection of Armstrong Road and Bartman Road in Bakers Mills.
Of all these, the Mill Creek Wesleyan Cemetery needs the most sprucing up. An informal group of neighbors out this way have expressed an interest in seeing that work done, but apparently there is a real question as to who owns the property and who is responsible for the care of that cemetery. Buried in that cemetery are Civil War veterans Fred Gearing and a group I have listed in my earlier columns, including Rev. John Bartman, Henry Flansburg, James Flansburg, Dudley Hewitt, John Jones Jr., and Charles Stackhouse.
Born 1828, parent's names unknown. Served with Co. C of the 93rd NYVI. Died 1900.
In the Pasco Family Cemetery are buried:
Born 1850, son of Abiram and Sarah (Ward). There is an Abiram Galusha who was a Revolutionary War veteran who died in 1851, when Morgan would have been one and is perhaps his grandfather. Abiram is buried in the Wevertown Cemetery. Morgan served in Co. I of the 6th NY Volunteer Infantry. If the birth date is correct, Morgan would have been only 11 when the war broke out. Morgan died July, 29 1877 at age 27.
Pasko (Pasco), Leander
Birth date unknown, son of Elihu (age 65 in the 1860 Johnsburg Census) and Nancy (maiden name unknown). Served in Co. I of the 96th NYVI and died May, 10 1890.
Pasko (Pasco), Truman
Born 1843, son of Joseph and Sarah (maiden name unknown). Served with Co. G in the 118th NYVI. Died July, 11 1864 during the war at age 21 in Portsmouth, VA
They are joined by three other Civil War veterans that I have listed in earlier columns, including Seymour Coleman Pasco, and John Hodgson Pasco, both of which were killed in the war, and Alexander Trumble.
In the Jarius Wescott Cemetery is a single headstone for Civil War veteran Jarius Westcott, his wife and three children, two of which died on Christmas Day in 1880. His wife Francis died the following year. Jarius lived until 1923.