Samuel Atkins Gravesite
Town of Warren

Herkimer County, NY

On State Rte 20, Town of Warren, Herkimer Co. NY, out in a field surrounded by an old lilac bush is a tombstone lying on it's side.

On August 26th, 2005, Town of Warren Historian Cathy Hoke along with Robert Gardner, Kenneth Allen Empey & Barbara Allen Empey Elmore cut away lilac limbs and dug around just enough to read the large marble stone.

Sacred to the memory of Samuel Atkins
who was born in Grimsbury Northamptonshire England
June 30 1813
died August 30 1841
aged 28 years
"We Shall Meet Again"

Research reveals that Samuel had just married the previous May 17th. His wife's name may have been Margarette. 9th December 1846 there was a wedding in Warren of the Rev. Maxey (or Maxcy) B. Newell (Universalist) of Brewster, Mass. and Mrs. Margarette M. Atkins of Warren NY. If this is the widow of Samuel Atkins, she died in childbirth 5 July 1850. Believe she was born in Amsterdam, Montgomery County NY; maiden name unknown.

The existence of a stone was known, but as it was on it's side in the middle of a huge stand of lilac bushes and on private property it stayed a mystery for years. Local lore had it as "an Indian grave"; also as a young man who had died passing through town on the stagecoach. The stone has fallen as to make viewing possible only from a certain angle and in optimal light conditions. Standing in the woodchuck hole gives the best view. Again, it is on private property.

Submitted by
Barbara Allen Empey Elmore

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