Named after John Woolsey, the Woolsey Cemetery in Dix Hills serves as the final resting place of many Revolutionary soldiers. John Woolsey, who died in February 1850 at the age of 89, had enlisted in the Revolutionary Army at the young age of 15. At his demise, the Long-Islander published a tribute reading, "He was one of the relics of brave old days, and with an unfailing memory and clear intellect, was want to recount the stories of his birthday and youth of a happy nation. He was a valuable citizen, and in every respect a noble specimen of the men of 1776. Tall and commanding in appearance, and universally respected, he honored the country he fought for, by an upright life, and has left an example to this age which is not to be disregarded."
John Woolsey was married to Phebe, whose brother was John Rogers, another Revolutionary War soldier who is also buried in the cemetery. John Rogers served as a private soldier in Colonel Jesse Woodhull’s First Regiment of Orange County Militia.
The Woolsey Cemetery is located inside the gated community of Hunting Hollow Farms.
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