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Search for a Grave

We’re at work creating on-line search tools for finding a particular person’s gravesite, or to help find who is buried in a particular section of the cemetery. Until then, we’ve compiled a list of other resources we hope you’ll find helpful.

Find A Grave

Findagrave.com has the world’s largest gravesite collection, with nearly 5,000 memorial records for Woodland Cemetery in its database.


Woodland Cemetery is the resting place of over 8,000 individuals. Download a Woodland Cemetery Old Section Map or a New Section Map.

Old Cemetery Names

Searching for an old family name? Download Woodland Cemetery’s Old Cemetery Names document. Or contact Friends and we can aid in your search.

Documents Gallery

Below you’ll find some facsimilies of Woodland Cemetery’s historical documents. Click on an image to enlarge.

D/2 Biological Solution is a biodegradable, easy to use liquid that removes stains from mold, algae, mildew, lichens and air pollutants. It is effective on marble, granite, limestone, brownstone, travertine, masonry, terra cotta, concrete, stucco, wood, and other architectural surfaces including monuments, sculpture and headstones. A contact time of only 10 to 15 minutes followed by scrubbing with a soft nylon or natural bristle brush will loosen most biological and air pollutant staining.

Professional Cleaning Services in Delhi

Gravestone Cleaning Service
Marianne Greenfield
(607) 267-2708

Cleaning Gravestones

Cleaning gravestones can be a meaningful way to preserve important historical information. Remember, “If you can read it, there’s no need to clean it.” Here are some tips for cleaning gravestones:

  • Timing Matters: Avoid cleaning gravestones until after the danger of frost has passed to prevent water from freezing and damaging the stone.
  • Handle Fallen Stones with Care: Never attempt to move a fallen gravestone; leave this task to the experts.
  • Cleaning Process:
    • Spray D/2 on all parts of the stone and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
    • Use a wooden paint stick or plastic scraper to gently remove lichen.
    • For lettering and decorations, use the pointed end of a bamboo skewer or chopstick.
    • Avoid using wire brushes, household cleaning products, power washing, chalk, flour, shaving cream, Windex, dish soap, or vinegar.
  • Cleaning Solutions: You can use plain water or purchase D/2 from atlaspreservation.com. If you have questions, consult a professional conservator.
  • Tools: Use a pail for wash water and a plastic, nylon, or natural bristle brush. Apply minimal pressure while scrubbing, and rinse with clean water after cleaning. Work from the top down and keep the stone wet to prevent abrasion.
  • Fragility Warning: Old gravestones, especially those made of marble and limestone, are fragile. Avoid using force and never use a gravestone for support when standing from a kneeling position. Do not sit on gravestones.
  • Cleaning Frequency: Limit cleaning to no more than once every 10 years. Take photographs and note down the information exactly as it appears on the stone, including any mistakes.
  • Permission: Always obtain permission from the family or cemetery before cleaning gravestones that do not belong to your own family.

Cleaning gravestones is a valuable way to honor our history, but it should always be done with care and respect for the past and those who have passed on.

Tips courtesy of Marianne Greenfield, Cemetery Conservationist

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Notable Residents

Osman Steele



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.

Henry Leavenworth



Henry Leavenworth was an American soldier active in the War of 1812 and early military expeditions against the Plains Indians. He established Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, and named after him is the city of Leavenworth, Kansas, Leavenworth County, Kansas, and the Leavenworth Penitentiary.

Ferris Jacobs, Jr.

Civil War Union Army Brevet Brigadier General, US Congressman


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.

John Womack Vandercook

Writer, Actor


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).

Toliver Holmes

Union Army Solider


Toliver Holmes was a young black man born into slavery in Virginia who escaped to New York, changed his name to avoid capture, and mustered into the Union Army’s 26th Regiment of Colored Troops (NY), later settling in Delhi, NY.

Holmes' Civil War experience was dramatized in the play Toliver and Wakeman by Kyle Bass, and premiered at Franklin Stage Company in August 2023

Erastus Root



Erastus Root was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He is most notable for serving four separate non-consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 19th Century. Born in Hebron, Connecticut Colony, he graduated from Dartmouth College and practiced law in Delhi, New York.

Margaret Womack Vandercook



Margaret Womack Vandercook has been described as the queen of Camp Fire writers, writing 21 Camp Fire novels under her own name as well as the pseudonym "Margaret Love Sanderson." In addition to the Camp Fire Girls series, Margaret is also known for her other girls series books which include the Ranch Girls series, Red Cross Girls series, and Girl Scouts series. Additional works include stories, articles and poems for Harper's Bazar, Delineator, Pearson's Magazine, Book News Monthly, Paris Modes, and many other publications.



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


2 Orchard Street
Delhi, NY 13753



(607) 746-6663

Mailing Address

Woodland Cemetery Assoc.
P.O. Box 183
Delhi, NY 13753