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Yale Family Monument ~ Salisbury Rural Cemetery


Hermon MacNeil’s 1939 work for the prominent Yale Family of Salisbury, New York, commemorates 10 generations of  their ancestry.  The monument in the Salisbury Rural Cemetery (Click here) contains nine gilded reliefs of various occupations of the ancestors.  A Bronze bas relief contains two circular portraits of William T. Yale, and son, Milton H. Yale.  I have yet to see and photograph these works directly but have discovered them at the Salisbury Cemetery History link above, and the Smithsonian Institute Collections Search Center (an excellent catalog of art, sculpture, and photos from all over the United States).

 Smithsonian Institute describes it as follows:

Nine rectangular, gilded reliefs are installed along three sides of a rectangular base. In each relief a male figure represents one of the various professions of the Yale family members. The professions, such as settler, surveyor, farmer, soldier, inventor, postmaster, and merchant, are inscribed at the base of each relief. The fourth side of the base has an inscription plaque containing two circular relief portraits, one of William T. Yale and one of Milton H. Yale   [ Source: SI-CSC -bottom of page ]

Yale Family Memorial by Hermon Atkins MacNeil dedicated in 1939

Yale Family Memorial by Hermon Atkins MacNeil dedicated in 1939 [ SI-CSC ]

This side represents five occupations of the Yale generations.

This side represents five occupations of the Yale generations. [ SI- CSC ]

This side commemorates the occupations of

This side commemorates the occupations of Settler and Surveyor [ SI-CSC ]

The Bronze Plaque commemorates the Yale ancestors

Lisa Siaski The Bronze Plaque commemorates the Yale ancestors in two circular relief portraits, one of William T. Yale and one of Milton H. Yale marking their endowment through the Yale Memorial trust. [ SI-CSC ]

Lisa Slaski has summarized the following information at her website: For more history on each Yale ancestor click on the link below:

SOURCE: Lisa Siaski:  http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/salisbury/yalemon2.html

[ This monument was dedicated by William T. Yale on 20 May 1939 to ten generations of the Yale family who made their way in this country.  The monument is made of granite stone with nine small gold plated bas-reliefs figures sculpted by Herman A. MacNeil of College Point, L.I.

The Inventor

      The five figures on the front of the monument are clearly visible from the road with two additional figures on each of the narrow sides.  The reliefs represent the various professions of different members of the Yale family with each figure holding a tool or other symbol of that profession.  The figures are, from left to right, the: Settler, Surveyor, Revolutionary Soldier, Farmer, Inventor, Developer, Postmaster, Merchant, and Executive.

Under the reliefs on the front of the monument is the following inscription:

1637 – Yale – 1937
Landed at Boston from Wales
Settled in New Haven Colony, 1638
Came to Salisbury about 1810, whence
the last five of ten generations went forth
The back side of the monument has a bronze plaque with the portraits of William T. Yale and Milton H. Yale in place of reliefs.

The inscription on this plaque reads as follows:

“The western part of this cemetery was given to the association by Milton H. Yale in 1907.  The Yale Memorial Trust Fund, given in 1922 by his son William T. Yale, and other cemetery benefactors, is an endowment for the cemetery’s perpetual care.”

On the sides of the monument, under the figures, are the words “Courage” and “Wisdom” and the names and dates of William’s 9 ancestors, himself and Fred S. Yale of Flushing, L. I.:

Thomas Yale 1616-1683
Capt. Thomas Yale 1647-1736
John Yale 1687-1782
Nash Yale 1715-1802
Nash Yale 1744-1789
Divan B. Yale 1772-1849
Allen Yale 1793-1865
Truman L. Yale 1815-1888
Milton H. Yale 1845-1920
William T. Yale 1875-1943
Fred S. Yale 1881-1971




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