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Wilson in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Greenwood Cemetery

 
 
Greenwood Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
1. Greenwood Cemetery Marker
Inscription. In the 1850's, Luther Wilson (son of our founder, Reuben Wilson) donated the land for this cemetery, which the Greenwood Cemetery Association was formed to oversee. The cemetery's name was derived from the huge pines that occupy the property. The original plot of land comprised current cemetery sections A, B, C and D, primarily to the left of where you are now standing. The sections that are now open land were purchased later. Stone markers with dates of death preceding 1850 indicate reinterred graves, the remains originally having been buried in the old cemetery near the Wilson Depot area. As you walk through the cemetery, note the various Victorian symbols on the stones (e.g., urns signifying morning, globes signifying eternity, trees signifying the continuation of life). Membership in the Greenwood Cemetery Association provided for free use of the cemetery's horse-drawn hearse. (Non-members paid $5 for this service.) The carriage house for this hearse stood to the west of the current entrance. In the 1950's, the Town of Wilson took over from the old Greenwood Association and continues to care for the cemetery today. ~ as told by C. F. Horton.

Circa 1900 - Reuben Wilson, along with many of his descendents, are buried here.
 
Location. 43° 18.596′ N, 78° 
Backside of Greenwood Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
2. Backside of Greenwood Cemetery Marker
NY Route 18 east at Pettit Street. Marker is next to the wooden utility pole, and it is facing the sidewalk.
49.944′ W. Marker is in Wilson, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is at the intersection of Harbor Street (New York State Route 18) and Pettit Street, on the right on Harbor Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the opposite side of Harbor Street from the cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Wilson NY 14172, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corner of Pettit and Bay Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Park and Harbor Streets (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Log House Built in 1818 by Reuben Wilson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vietnam Memorial in Memory of 1st Lt. Michael E. Witkop (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Solemn Tribute to the Men and Women of Wilson who Served (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pettit Street and Chestnut Street (approx. mile away); Lake Street and Young Street (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilson.
 
More about this marker. This section of street is compass north-south, though Route 18 is marked east-west.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Wide View of Greenwood Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
3. Wide View of Greenwood Cemetery Marker
Looking across Harbor Street towards the cemetery.
Greenwood Cemetery Road Sign image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
4. Greenwood Cemetery Road Sign
Westward on Harbor Street. Sign is dark in this view, on the right. The main entrance to the cemetery is just beyond the sign. The marker (backside) is on the corner at the left in the distance.
Greenwood Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
5. Greenwood Cemetery Entrance
On Harbor Street (NY Route 18).
Greenwood Cemetery Gate Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
6. Greenwood Cemetery Gate Plaque
This plaque is affixed to the front gate. According to the Wilson Veteran's Memorial on Park Street, only one Revolutionary War Veteran is buried here.
Greenwood Cemetery Map Sign image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
7. Greenwood Cemetery Map Sign
Showing the lettered areas as described on the marker.
Greenwood Cemetery Rules Sign image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
8. Greenwood Cemetery Rules Sign
Greenwood Cemetery Memorials Sign image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 14, 2014
9. Greenwood Cemetery Memorials Sign
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2014
10. Greenwood Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 4, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   9. submitted on June 22, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   10. submitted on June 4, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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