Daniel Cemetery

This burial ground contains the graves of the following:

  • Daniel5 Junkins (Daniel4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Robert1), b. 1773/74, Scotland, York, ME, d. 11 Nov 1848, Scotland, York, ME.
  • Hannah (Shaw) Junkins, wife of Daniel5, b. abt 1770, York, York, ME, d. 13 Aug 1849, York, York, ME.
  • David5 Junkins (James4, Joseph3, Alexander2, Robert1), b. 21 Feb 1776, Scotland, York, ME, d. 3 Dec 1855, York, York, ME.
  • Abigail5 (Junkins) Junkins (Daniel4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Robert1), wife of David5, b. 1777, Scotland, York, ME, d. 25 May 1853, York, York, ME.
  • Several graves marked with fieldstones


This cemetery was visited by brothers Donald and Roland Junkins in 1977 and an account can be found in Donald's poem "The Homestead," in Agamenticus Poems.


The cemetery was revisited in March, 1991 by Roland and David and Linda Leck. Roland recounted this brief visit: "As we were approaching the Day Place, I sensed a clearing and I said to David, 'I think this is it.'1

"One of the top slabs of the root cellar was pulled aside and I was sorry to see it that way. It had just snowed a little bit and there was just a dusting and it was pretty up there. The cemetery was further from the house than I had remembered. No stones were standing now.

"We brushed them. Somebody has kept them free over the years. Abigail's stone had broken in the middle from rot, so we uncovered the name to find out who it was. Her footstone is as good as the day that it was put there. There are two big ugly gnarled pine trees in the middle fo the cemetery that should come out before we do anything.

"That point of land is very similar to the land around the Sylvester Cemetery. It comes to a point and looks like there was a small pond at one time. We just cleared the leaves off at this time. Two weeks later, we carefully disinterred the stones and laid them on a flat spot. David's and Abigail's had granite bases and Daniel's and Hannah's were just stuck in the ground. Behind one of the gnarled pine trees there's a fieldstone marker. There are six such markers. The configuration of land is a little hillock, self-contained."

The Mount Agamenticus Gateway: Marvin Swain Walks with a Stranger in the Woods above Kingsbury Marsh, June 1977

This road goes up the mountain, though it aint
a mountain, just the highest hill in these
parts. The homesteads are fallen in
but for the root cellars. Burial places
grown up around with trees and bush. —s' shame.
Them people set store by this hear land, clearing,
piling walls. Granite's what they could handle, —
cut them root cellars thick

as thi's over the brook, oxen
done that. See that slab straight up
there? Use to be one opposite. A fellow
come with a pick-up and hauled it out —
leaning almost over.

but he couldn't get this'n. I measured twelve
feet above ground, no telling how deep
it's under. Someone had a mind for it to stay
put. Beats me why anyone'd want either one.
Evidence, you say? I guess probably. It's
a gateway of some sort. Two-three
times a year I come by hunting. I
think of them oldtimers going by taking
no notice, going on to what they was going
on to. They knew they was passing through.

Go ahead and push — try both arms against it,
it won't budge. Imagine that fellow
in the truck, trying to pull it out,
having to give up on it?

Donald Junkins

On August 17, 1991, several members of JFA met with Roland Junkins to hike to the Daniel burial ground. An account of that hike was published in JFA newsletter no. 5, Winter 1991.

Also in newsletter 5 was the following about the Daniel cemetery from Donald Junkins: "An ecological footnote: Hurricane Bob destroyed the road leading up to the Daniel Junkins Homestead. It is not possible any longer for even a four wheel drive vehicle to make the ascent. This is the road climbed after the conclusion of the August dig at the Garrison site by the group led by Roland Junkins to view the Daniel cemetery on the mount. When Roland and David Leck restored this cemetery last spring (first expedition in March when snow was on the ground, and a video is available of that expedition), they carried 13 bags of cement in David's truck. Now the road has been cut away into deep gullies by the water that roared down the road during and after the hurricane. David and Roland got the good work done just in time."


In August 2006, a group of eleven, guided by Ron Nowell, took a walk "up the mountain", visiting the Daniel Homestead and burial ground. That walk was described by Virginia L. Woodwell, A Walk to Remember and published in JFA newsletter no. 15, Winter 2006.

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