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First Baptist Church of Romulus (Kendaia),
Seneca County, N.Y.
The Kendaia Church was founded in 1795, and lost its building when its land was taken by the Army in 1941, at the start of World War II. Regular services ceased in 1945.
- 1895 Centennial History of the First Baptist Church of Romulus.
- The First Baptist Church of Romulus — an article, biography of Pastor Wisner Kinne, and list of members from 1896. The complete book from which this is taken, Manual of the Churches of Seneca County, is available here.
- Kendaia related photographs.
- Kendaia Church newspaper clippings. (PDF)
- Newspaper article about the moving of the Kendaia church building in 1954. Also scan of original article and recent pictures.
- 1961 Newspaper article (PDF) about the Kendaia church and cemetery. Source: Old Fulton NY Postcards (online newspaper site)
- 1969 Newspaper article (PDF) about the Kendaia church and cemetery. Source: Old Fulton NY Postcards (online newspaper site)
- History of the church (PDF) by the Seneca County historian.
- Thesis (PDF format, 7M, offsite, no longer available online as of 2022) about the Seneca Army Depot and the Kendaia church:
Bruno, L. Dean. Once a Home, Now a Memory: Dispossession, Possession and Remembrance of the Landscape of the Former Seneca Army Depot, 2008.
The Kendaia Cemetery
There does not appear to be a definitive list of burials in this cemetery. Here are the various sources I have found, and I am working on a composite list from all available information - email me with questions.
- Currently I am contributing to the Wikitree.com Cemeterist project for the Kendaia cemetery. Over three-quarters of the graves have now been added to the site, with gravestone photos and obituaries if available.
- Find A Grave cemetery records for Kendaia. This is probably the most complete list available online, although I have found some errors in it. Last burial was in 2012.
- The Kendaia Interment List, with maps, as currently posted at the cemetery. This was an Eagle Scout project by Maverick Coryell of Phelps, N. Y. There are some irregularities in the formatting, spelling, and plot numbers to watch out for, as well a few missing graves. The plot map is incomplete, see below.
- "Record of Interments..." in the Kendaia cemetery, (1993), in the Family History Library. There are some minor differences with the above list (which looks to be based on this one). This list doesn't have any burials after 1992 when it was transcribed.
- Plot maps based on "Record of Interments..." above. The "Old Yard" plots are in the northern half of the cemetery, and the "New Yard" plots are in the southern half.
- Some tombstone pictures and transcriptions are on the New York Gravestones Project site.
- Complete text of Some Cemeteries of the Between the Lakes Country, published in 1974. Some partial old Kendaia records are in the first volume; the index is in the third volume.
- Old Kendaia Cemetery record list - located on the old Seneca Co. Genweb site. Note: I have found numerous errors or omissions in these records when compared to the actual tombstones.
- Old map showing location of Kendaia Cemetery. (The crosses at the bottom right of the words "Seneca Army Depot".) The red line is the current Rt. 96A and the land to the left (west) of the road is now Sampson State Park. Google map
- Aerial photo of Kendaia Cemetery and the former Seneca Army Depot, looking SE. Courtesy of Bill Hecht.
- A visit to the Kendaia Cemetery, May 2009. Note: this is not the current route taken to the cemetery.
- Deer Haven Park - offers tours of the former Seneca Army Depot and the white deer.