Hezekiah Joslyn (1757–1865) was a physician, a nationally known abolitionist, and the father of woman’s rights leader Matilda Joslyn Gage. (Nineteenth-century practice was to use the singular, woman's, when referring to women as a class; later practice was to use the plural, women's).
Joslyn died on October 30, 1865, at the Fayetteville home of his daughter. He was buried in Cicero, New York, where his family had lived from 1823 to 1850, and where Matilda was born in 1826.
The hillside graveyard is located less than a thousand feet from the site of his Cicero home. His imposing grave marker was inscribed: “AN EARLY ABOLITIONIST.” Among all his achievements, that was the one of which Hezekiah Joslyn was most proud.
October 30, 1865