Our History Rests Here
Founded In 1847
In 1813 General Henry Leavenworth purchased a square rod of land from George Fisher for the purpose of burying his wife. Others were invited to use this site for interment of deceased relatives. The graveyard was deeded to the Village Trustees in 1830 (in part) by Erastus Root and the remainder in 1849 by G.H. Edgerton. This Cemetery was located at the present day Court Street and High Street adjacent to the Cherry Hill Estate.
The rapid growth and importance of Delhi demanded a more fitting cemetery and in June 1849 citizens of Delhi organized the Woodland Cemetery Association with the following officers: Richard Titus (Pres.); H.D. Gould (V.P.); Charles Marvin (Sect.); Horace Griswold (Tres.) The land on Whig Road (Meredith Street) was purchased and lots were laid out.
In 1857 lots were $8.
Download the First Meeting Minutes from 1847.
Below you’ll find some of the founders and early leaders in Delhi, NY, and also some individuals who helped shape our state and our nation.
d. July 21st 1834
Henry Leavenworth did a lot of traveling in his day, and even a bit more posthumously. Leavenworth had strong ties to Delhi, and eventually, a city in Kansas was named after him. [from Mark Simonson's Backtracking: The Early Years in The Daily Star]
James Harper Graham
d. June 23rd 1881
Graham was town supervisor of Delhi, New York, chairman of the board of supervisors of Delaware County and engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1859, he was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress, serving until 1861. He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1871 and served in the New York State Senate. [from Find A Grave]
Ferris Jacobs, Jr.
Civil War Union Army Brevet Brigadier General, US Congressman
d. August 30th 1886
During the American Civil War Jacobs served in the Union Army as a commissioned captain in the 3rd New York Cavalry as lieutenant colonel of the 26th New York Cavalry. He also served as brevetted brigadier general of Volunteers.He delegated at the Republican National Convention in 1880, and was elected as a Republican in the Forty-seventh Congress. [from Wikipedia]
d. December 24th 1846
Root was a member of the New York State Assembly (Delaware Co.) in 1798–99, 1800–01 and 1802. Root was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 8th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1803, to March 3, 1805. [from Wikipedia]
Osman N. Steele
d. August 7th 1845
Undersheriff Steele was slain by anti-renters during the Anti-Rent War, a tenants' revolt in upstate New York from 1839–1845. The Anti-Renters declared their independence from the manor system run by patroons, resisting tax collectors and successfully demanding land reform. [from Wikipedia]
d. October 28th 1873
Gordon served as a member of the NYS Assembly, as district attorney of Delaware County, and served as town supervisor of the town of Delhi. In 1840 he was elected as a Democrat to represent New York's 20th District in the 27th Congress. In 1844 he was elected to represent New York's 10th District in the 29th Congress. [from Wikipedia]
John Womack Vandercook
d. January 6th 1963
John Womack Vandercook was an NBC radio news commentator, actor, and writer. Vandercook wrote for the Atlantic Monthly and The Saturday Evening Post. He was also a novelist whose works were turned into screenplays for Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939), Murder in Trinidad (1934) and The Caribbean Mystery (1945). [from IMDB and Find A Grave]
Herman Day Gould
d. January 26th 1852
Gould was elected as a Whig to represent New York's 10th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. A Connecticut native, Gould spent most of his life in Delhi, New York, where from 1819 he was active as a merchant. He co-founded the Delhi National Bank and was its first President, and was also a member of the town's Board of Supervisors in 1842 and 1843. [from Find A Grave]
2 Orchard Street
Delhi, NY 13753
Woodland Cemetery is open 365 days a year.
From May 1 to October 31: 7 am - 8 pm
From November 1 to April 30: 7 am - 5 pm
Woodland Cemetery Association
P.O. Box 183
Delhi, NY 13753