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December 07, 2016
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Abiding in Cochecton

David W. Tyler Died December 25th, 1850 Aged 34 years, 9 months, and 19 days Devout and godly while on earth All Christian brethren knew thy worth Vain things distracted not thy mind In all things thou art good and kind Devoted brother, son, and friend, Well didst thou work unto the end Thy thoughts were lifted up on high You strove to be prepared to die Lord grant that in a better land Each friend around thee there may stand Rejoicing all a happy band

On the left-hand side of Tyler Road, heading south, just past its intersection with Ehrly Road, an upright gray stone slab with sign attached is the understated gateway to this cemetery. A fairly steep slope leads to this un-manicured cemetery covered with ferns, brambles and heavy undergrowth. Once designated as a veterans’ cemetery, it is now home to many who never served in the armed forces, including infants. Graves here date from the early 19th century to the present. Founding families Tyler, Skinner, and Nober each have plots separated by ornamental ironwork fences unique to this cemetery. Another remarkable feature of this cemetery is that some of the older monuments contain verses that are legible and relevant even today. (See David Tyler’s inscription at right.)

[Editor’s note: The River Reporter thanks the Keesler and Nearing families for generously sharing their knowledge of these cemeteries.]