Beartown Cemetery - Town of Sandgate, Vermont

A listing of the visible markers of this 200 year old cemetery visited on 9/3/09.

Take Sandgate Road from Route 313 in West Arlington, Vermont. Follow this road through the settlement of Sandgate, past the town offices and about three miles past the end of the pavement. Just past a red mobile home take the road that veers to the left. It's very rough and quite washed out. Entering the cemetery from Moffit Hollow Road, although it is not marked by the town. My Jeep Liberty had no trouble getting up the road, but a 4WD vehicle is a must as there are many washouts along the way. Follow the dirt road up the hill about a half mile. On your right you will see a metal pipe padlocked to two posts and on the date of this visit a small US flag. The cemetery is beyond this pipe a few hundred yards and not visible from the road. The cemetery is maintained by the town at least once a year keeping the berry bushes in check. However, a growth of ferns covers a large section of this cemetery. GPS Coordinates: 43.1925 -73.13583

As you enter the cemetery the first visible markers are on your right, slightly elevated.


First readable stone is that of:
Mr. Matthew Covey
May 18, 1822
Age 44 years

Stop traveler as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now soon you must be
Prepare yourself to follow me.

To the right and just beyond is that of:
Wife of George Richardson
Feb 1 1847 age 27

He is not dead but sleepeth


In the middle section of the cemetery
the first readable stone is that of:

William Parkhurst
March 19 1832
a 18 yrs 3 mos 19 days

Next and the stone is:
Elvira Parkhurst
Died September 9, 1844
Age 31 years


Son of James and Doretha Reed
died Dec 11, 1812 age 6 years 7 months 5 day

Next stone just has the initials

Emeline dau of Frasier and Calista Reed
Died Sept 2, 1825
Age 11 weeks

Sleep on Sweet babe and take thy rest god
cald the home when he thought best.

Joseph T.
Son of
Joseph Reed
died Oct 12, 1857
Age 10 months d' 10 days

Not dead but sleepeth

In memory of Chester son of Edward M and J Rhoda
The bottom half is not readable and seems to have eroded with time. The stone is broken and appears to has been cemented back together at some time many years ago.

In this cemetery there appear to be other burials in the section to the left, but only two stones are readable.

Hazeltines—marked by U.S. Flag indicating a Revolutionary War vet, located in the back left corner of this cemetery.

Simeon Hazeltine
died May 6th 1821 in his 87th year of his age

Affliction long have I
For physicians proved in vain
My Lord has pleased to call me
And take away my pain.

Wife of Cap Simeon Hazeltine
died May 18 1828 aged 84 years

Rest worthy and from all thy toils
thy god has called thy home
to remain the deeds which have last done.

Wide view of the Hazeltine plot.

Posted by Jerry Reed