Early Families in the Cemetery

New Castle was originally settled about the middle of the 18th century. Most of the pioneer families were Quakers, and their earlier generations were buried in the graveyard of the Chappaqua Friends’ Meeting House, a short distance away on Quaker Road. But from the time that Fair Ridge was founded, many old families, Quaker and non-Quaker alike, chose to bury their deceased members in the community cemetery.
Here are just a few of the most widely represented of these families:


The original Quinby family homestead was centered on Whippoorwill Road, about where the Whippoorwill Country club is now. In the 18th century, Moses Quinby was one of the three Quakers entrusted with the construction of the first meetinghouse. His descendants settled on Millwood Road and King Street, and both branches have plots here.


The extensive Washburn family in New Castle originated with Richard Washburn, who settled on Campfire Road in the early 1700s. The graves of his descendants are located throughout the cemetery.


The Carpenter family also traces its roots to 18th-century pioneers, and, its members, like the Washburns, are buried individually and in family plots at several locations in the cemetery.


John Underhill was a 17th-century Indian fighter who later became a Quaker. Several of his Quaker descendants settled in Westchester. As noted above, the site of this cemetery was on land owned by Jesse Haight Underhill, who is buried with his parents and offspring in a family plot at the southern end of the ridge.

Gray Williams
December 9, 2013