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Bethany County Home - horses falling into the graves.

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Bethany County Home - horses falling into the graves.

Posted: 20 Jul 2003 4:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: MOTT, BENSON
My ggg grandmother, Polly Mott was in the county home in Bethany, Genesee County, NY with 2 of her children. I found her in the 1860 census and when I first read the notation that they were paupers, it kind of took me by surprise. I don't know when or why she died. I tried to get her death record but there are only a few remaining and none for her. When they closed the home they lease the cemetery land out to the farmers.

An old farmer told the local historian it wasn't a pretty site when the horses fell into the cheap graves and bones started flying both of living and dead. I'm told now it's a county park and evergreen trees are planted over the graves.

When I think of this it's a little funny about the horses but so sad that because you are poor they didn't think to move the graves or at least keep all of the death records. I can only hope that my ggg grandmother has a lovely strong Christmas tree above her remains. Probably the only pretty thing she ever could call hers.

By 1880, her daughter Clarissa, one in the county home, has been married to Frank Benson since about 1860 and lives in nearby Attica.

If anyone has any infomation on this county home or old records of the churches from about 1860 +. I would appreicate seeing it.

It would be interesting to read about the home and get a sense of Polly's and Clarissa "story" and what happen to Polly's husband, Aaron Mott. Can't locate his burial either or any church records for this time period in Bethany.
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