Rededication of Sheriff York headstones

The Fort La Presentation Association, in conjunction with the Ogdensburg Historical Commission, and Forsyth’s Rifle Reenactment Organization, refurbished the headstones of Sheriff Joseph York and his wife Lavinia. The headstones are in the City of Ogdensburg Cemetery on State Highway 812. The headstones had begun to weather and lean toward one another. Thanks to the efforts and vision of these three organizations and others, the stones have been reset in the ground and professionally cleaned.
On Saturday Sept. 18, 2021, a celebration of the refurbishment was held, along with a formal dedication of the new Pomeroy Legends and Lore sign which has been placed in the cemetery in honor of Sheriff York and his wife. Joseph York was the undersheriff for St. Lawrence County for three years and sheriff for another four years. He served as the county representative in the state legislature for three years and was involved with establishing the first volunteer Fire department in Ogdensburg. He also helped defend his town twice during the War Of 1812 by manning an artillery position during the two attacks.

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