"East of the Presbyterian Church and south of the Main Street in Bridgehampton, lies the ancient burying ground, used in common by residents near that center, to which was added on the east many lots, part of Mill Hill, and-title to which was in the name of individual owners, all these lots are fenced together as one enclosure and now incorporated.
"I have been urged strongly to write an article on this burying ground, on the plea that if I don't nobody will, and thus much of its history will be lost in oblivion. The undertaking would be formidable to one in middle, and is more so to me, in my 93rd year, with powers so deficient and memory impaired.
"I commence with alarm at my own temerity. Within this enclosure rests the bodies of three persons over 90 years of age, and I must soon be laid with them. There rest the remains of two County Judges and Surrogates, and there, and not long. survivors will carry my body, to where their bodies repose.
"In that hallowed ground was buried all that is mortal of two presidential electors, of six ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, of three Members of Assembly of this State, of twelve master mariners. of two surgeons of the Revolutionary War, of fourteen dead veterans who fought in the war for the Restoration of the Union, of a son of Bridgehampton
who made a name memorable and illustrious as an artistic painter.
"If we look at eminence attained, eloquence displayed, enterprise exhibited, heroism illustrated, patriotism signalized, virtue enthroned, piety predominate. all this speaks specifically from the mounds in the Bridgehampton Burying Ground. From the general I now state personal examples.!"
Aunt Phebe Smith, so commonly known, died April 24th, 1872, aged over 94 years, an example of industry, untiring, of resolution unswerving, of self denial persevering, a person persevering under the most arduous conditions, attaining a competency by honest endeavor, and leaving a name untarnished.
"Oliver Halsey died January 6th, 1885, having attained nearly the great age of 95 years. The son of William Halsey, a farmer, he lived and died in the same occupation, leaving to his descendants unencumbered and unimpaired, the inheritance received from his father, much improved.
"Jerusha Halsey, widow of Daniel Halsey, died August 29th, 1843, aged 92 years. She was the great-grandmother of William D. Halsey. a woman of strong character and saintly faith. In a terrible thunderstorm, her family proposed moving into another room, she said, 'Stand still, and see the salvation of God.' They did so, and the other room was soon struck so hard, that if there, death would have been their fate."