Delphi Falls

Delphi Falls, New York is a hamlet in the town of Pompey, Onondaga County, New York. It was prosperous in the early 19th century. It is the location of several houses and has a golf course nearby. There are a lot of corn fields. It is the boyhood home to author Jerome Mark Antil and fictional surroundings for his novel The Pompey Hollow Book Club featuring Delphi Falls residents Dale Barber, Bobby Mawson and historical The Delphi Falls Cemetery. Delphi Falls is located southeast of the hamlet in Madison County.


US Congressman. He was trained as a carpenter and moved to Onondaga County, New York in 1812. He settled in Delphi (now Delphi Falls), and became active in a variety of ventures, including a dry goods store. Litchfield served as a Major in the War of 1812, and became one of the county's leading citizens, serving as Justice of the Peace and Onondaga County Supervisor. From 1817 to 1821 he was Delphi's Postmaster. Litchfield served in the New York Assembly in 1819. In 1820 he was elected to the US House as a Democratic-Republican. He was reelected in 1822 as a Crawford Republican, and served from 1821 to 1825. Litchfield did not run for reelection in 1824 and returned to his Onondaga County business interests. He served in the New York Assembly again from 1831 to 1833. In 1838 he relocated to Cazenovia, Madison County. He served in the state Assembly in 1844 and 1848, serving as Speaker in his final term. Litchfield remained active in numerous businesses, including serving as President of the Detroit, Monroe, and Toledo Railroad.

Bio by: Bill McKern

General Henry Slocum. Click Here To Learn More.


Henry Warner Slocum was born at Delphi, New York on September 24, 1826. He graduated from West Point with the class of 1852, and served against the Seminoles and in Charleston Harbor. In 1856 he resigned his commission to practice law, settling in Syracuse and becoming a state legislator and a colonel in the state militia.
With the outbreak of war Slocum became Colonel of the 27th New York, and was wounded at First Bull Run. When he recovered he was given a brigade, and then a division in Franklin’s 6th Corps. After Antietam he was given command of the 12th Corps, which performed well at Chancellorsville, although Slocum scathingly criticized Hooker.
Slocum was criticized for delaying his arrival at Gettysburg while sending his troops on ahead; he knew that as senior corps commander he would assume command if he arrived before Meade. Once he arrived he did well, holding the right flank of the army against repeated attacks by Ewell’s Confederate 2nd Corps.
After the Union debacle at Chickamauga Slocum’s 12th Corps was one of two corps of the Army of the Potomac chosen to go west under Hooker’s command. Slocum immediately sent in his resignation. It was refused, and a compromise was achieved where Slocum and a part of his Corps would operate independently of Hooker.
When Hooker eventually resigned (over being asked to serve under former subordinate Oliver Howard) Slocum was called to take over the 20th Corps, which was the first Union unit enter Atlanta. Slocum commanded the left wing of Sherman’s Army (the Army of Georgia) on the March to the Sea.
After the war he practiced law in Brooklyn and served three terms as a Democratic U.S. congressman. He also served on the Board of the Gettysburg Monument Commissioners. He died in Brooklyn in 1894


The Delphi Baptist Church, also known as Delphi Falls United Church, was built in 1815 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1] It's a very large, old, and well-lit church. It features large "twenty over twenty sash windows", consisting of 20 glass panes in each of upper and lower sashes. It is the only surviving nearly-original church "in Onondaga County surviving from the Federal period."

Delphi Falls Baptist Cemetery

The Delphi Falls Cemetery, situated around the Delphi Falls Baptist Church, in the Hamlet of Delphi Falls in the southeast corner of the Town of Pompey, Onondaga Co., NY, is one of the more unique cemeteries in central New York. Although the church is very old, built in 1816, the cemetery which wraps around the back of it seems to be older as a number of burials date even earlier than the church, with the earliest dated 1803 - 13 years before the church was built. There is a tradition that additional burials may be located under the church, but the source of this is not known. It is also possible that the pre-1816 burials here had been moved to this cemetery from other cemeteries which were being abandoned or which the family was no longer using, this being a common practice in the nineteenth century.

The cemetery and church were until recently falling into disrepair. Within the past few years a considerable amount of labor has been expended to restore the church building and to return the cemetery to a more kept appearance. The cemetery seems to have been in good condition in 1941 when Girard M. and Marjorie H. Parce made a transcription of the stones and made a map of the location of all the stones. Today there is still much work to be done, but the stone wall surrounding the grounds has been partially restored, many fallen stones have been dug out and set upright, an iron fence around one of the small plots has been fixed, and many holes and depressions have been filled.

This is a large cemetery and I did not intend to make a new listing of the stones, but my experience with the Parce's list indicated that there were some minor errors which might make a new examination necessary. The Parces made two lists, one alphabetical and one to go with their map and discrepancies between the two lists in spellings, dates, and ages made one question which version was correct. Their map is a wonderful finding aid which I could not hope to update, but the researcher using it to find some stones should be aware that there are also some minor problems with the map. When the Parces made the map they surveyed the cemetery in three sections: the south section, central portion, and then the north section. The most troublesome errors are found on the map where these sections adjoin, particularly along the eastern part of the central portion.

What I observed in the field was different in various ways from the two Parce lists (alphabetical and numerical) and my study has compared and checked their data against what is upon the tombstones. My work, which may have errors, includes all of the correct information from the stones, and the old lists when stones are now missing, and thus is intended to replace the other lists.

Several stones from the 1941 Parce list were not found in 1994: Thomas L. Allyn, Edwin S. Farnam, Huldah S. Farnam, Rebecca Holbrook, Maria Hubbard, Adelia A. Ahern Pulford, (old stone of Plina Rogers), Stephen B./H. Savage, and Richard Taylor Jr.. (There may not be stones for the Farnams, Holbrook, and the faceless stones may be Hubbard, Savage, or Taylor.) Several stones are now mostly or entirely illegible: Zebulum Edgerton, Elijah Hill, Ordilla Sheldon, Solomon Sheldon, Asenath Sweet, Joseph Sweet, Mary Ann Sweet, and P_____ Sweet. I have not yet made comparison to the transcription list made by William M. Beauchamp about 1910.

In 1994 a number of individuals which are not on the Parce list were found. Some of these were on the Parce list under severely incorrect names, and others were on stones which have been found during the recent restoration efforts. As I am also counting other representations of individuals (unmarked graves, unmarked field stones, eroded stones, missing stones) there are several more individuals noted here than there are names. The additional or corrected names and individuals are: 2 empty bases, 6 unknowns, Ethan Allen, Polly Cary, Daniel Davis, George Dings, Charles L. Fisher, Francis N. Ferry (or Terry), J.M. Fisher, Caroline Graves, Carret Hotaling, Garret H. Hotaling, Millie Hill Humphreyville, Elijah E.C. Jackson, Marion Kellogg, Celestia Lansing, Hannah Lansing, Lucien Lansing, Sarena Lansing, Isaac Merriam, ______ Morehouse, Earl Olcott, Ella J. Larabee Olcott, Cora M. Olcott, ______ Potter, Burton Reynolds, Emmie Adell Robins, Calista Rogers, Marcia A. Savage, Grace A. Shankland, Elizabeth Skiner, Annie C. Spencer, P_____ Sweet, Alta Leonia Thompson, ______ Watkins, and Byron P. Wells.

Donald and Barbara Gwinn, who live next door to the cemetery, told me that there are several stones buried under the junk in their barn. These stones were not accessible at the time of my survey, but Mr. Gwinn said that he was interested in making them known. There are also many unmarked graves, and Eleanor Hyle Dillon tells me that her Great Great Grandfather, Samuel Cook, is buried in the blank space between his two wives (Clarissa Cook died 1845, and Sena Fairbanks Cook died 1869) but there has never been a stone to anyone's knowledge or record.

The cemetery, clearly marked by a well constructed stone wall, is 188 feet deep (east to west) and 213 feet wide (north to south) with a 40 by 43.5 foot block occupied on the central west part by the back part of the church building, for a total of 38,304² feet. The burials are evenly scattered throughout the cemetery with no noticeable clusters (family groups excepted). The graves are in straight rows but the rows tend to be short or extend only 1/3 of the way across the cemetery, suggesting that each part of the cemetery was recognizably separate (north, south, and east of the church) but that the new burial plots were laid out as the needs arose. Burials go all the way to the edges of the fenced in area except along the back (east) where the row is very sparsely occupied. The headstones are at the west end of the grave, with the faces to both the east and west, primarily the west. The rows are about 10 feet apart and the graves are allotted about 3 feet width. Although two gates are located on the west side of the cemetery, on the north and south sides of the church, there are no apparent lanes or paths through the cemetery.



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