An item of interest about my g-g-g-grandfather and his father. Excerpts from a 1963 newspaper article by historian Clarence Lewis (Niagara County, New York)
Isaac Woolson "2", arrived there [Lewiston, New York] in 1810. He built a large two-story log cabin on the south side of the Ridge just west of Dickersonville. An immense fireplace with a bake oven on each side was at one end of the first floor. Doors at each side made it possible for huge logs to be drawn by horse or oxen into the cabin where they could be rolled into the fireplace. On Dec. 19, 1813 when the English and Indians looted and burned Lewiston they pursued the fleeing settlers along the Ridge Road. When they arrived at the Woolson home they found it empty, for Isaac Woolson had fled to Warren’s Corners where some 200 fugitives had stopped temporarily, knowing that the English and Indians had been repulsed near the junction of Church Street and the Ridge. Mr. Woolson went to Batavia, where he made a payment to the Holland Land Co. on his 640 acres of land. While in Batavia he enlisted at the Arsenal and was sent with other recruits to help defend the Frontier. The English and Indians previously on their pursuit of the refugees had burned every building along the Ridge Road as far as Church Street, except for two or three taverns which were well-stocked with liquor. They set fire to Isaac Woolson’s log cabin but, being built of large hardwood logs, the fire did not spread and soon burned out with comparatively little damage to the cabin. After the war was over and the cold and discouraging year of 1816 was passed, Mr. Woolson went back to Vermont and brought his 60 year old father, Isaac "1", back to his Dickersonville home. Isaac "1" had fought two enlistments of nine months each in the Revolutionary War. On Oct. 11, 1820 Isaac died in the log cabin of his son. The present Dickersonville Cemetery not then having been started, he was buried in a cemetery on the northwest corner of the Ridge and the Ransomville Road. The cemetery, according to local tradition, was called the Pool Cemetery by some area residents, and the Woolson Cemetery by others. Apparently it was on land owned by the Pools. One of the first, possibly the first burial there, was Isaac Woolson , the Revolutionary War veteran. Thus the origin of the two names. This cemetery suffered the fate of several old cemeteries in Niagara County in the middle of the past century. An adjacent farmer, wanting the plot for other purposes, took down the tombstones and paved his cellar with them. Having one too many, he left it out in the yard. Harry Haven, who confirmed the story for me, states that it is still laying there today. Later residents of the house, somewhat more squeamish than the former owner, laid a concrete floor on top of the tombstones in the cellar. Thus our Revolutionary War veteran, Isaac Woolson "1", lies under the land on that northwest corner, no one knows exactly where, and his tombstone lies under the concrete floor of a nearby early 19th century historic house.