Goodspeed Cemetery is located two miles southeast of Franklin Falls in the Town of St. Armand on Gladd Road (also known as John Simonds Road and Goodspeed Drive).

  Born Died Note: Inscription:

William Ralph Arnold.


Mar. 21, 1886 Aged 16 Yrs
1 Mo 19 Ds

Son of Norman T. & Ann Arnold

There is an inscription on the side which is illegible due to erosion.

Alfred W. Currier




Alfred W. and Gertrude
Lie here in the land they held so dear
In them the trees rejoice,
And of them, animals have no fear.

Gertrude Currier





Augustus Goodspeed

Oct. 9, 1833

Jan. 6, 1892

A member of Co D 17 Regt.
Vermont Volunteers

One by one earth's ties are broken
As we see our love decay
And the hopes so fondly cherished
Brighten but to pass away.

Rebecca F. Goodspeed


Aug. 17, 1858 AE 19 Years
& 9 M'os

Wife of Augustus Goodspeed,
Daughter of WM. & Sophia Galusha


Infant Goodspeed


July 21, 1856

Son of Augustus &
Rebecca F. Goodspeed


Elias Goodspeed.


Apr 9, 1870 AE 89 Yrs

A veteran of the war of 1812

Gone but not forgotten Our Father

Lucinda Goodspeed


May 5, 1854 AE 76 yrs.

Wife of Elias Goodspeed

Thus much – and 'tis enough to know,
Saints are completely blest;
Have done with sin, and care, and woe
And with their Savoiur rest.

Polly A. Goodspeed


May 30, 1865 AE 57 Y'rs.
3 Mo's. & 19 D's.

Wife of Nathaniel Goodspeed
Our Mother

This grave so deep and cold,
Doth my dear wife's form enfold,
Her spirit far away hath flown,
And I am left on earth alone.

Adelaid Goodspeed 


Apr. 2, 1860 AE 11 y'rs.
1 m'o. & 3 ds

Daughter of Nathaniel &
Polly A. Goodspeed 

Dearest Sister, thou hast left us,
But tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Here thy loss we deeply feel

Herbert Goodspeed 


April 17, 1860 AE 7 y'rs.
5 m'os & 15 d's.

Son of Nathaniel &
Polly A. Goodspeed 

Go sweet child thy savior calls thee,
From these scenes of pain and woe
All thy sufferings here are ended,
And thy work is done below.

Mary Goodspeed

c. 1844

Apr. 5, 1871 Aged 27 yrs.

Dau. of Nathaniel &
Polly A. Goodspeed 

Go home my friends, dry up your tears
I must lie here till Christ appears.

William Goodspeed


Aug. 17, 1864 AE [22] Y'rs.
7 M'os. & 18 Days

Son of Nathaniel &
Polly Goodspeed

(NOTE: This stone is lying flat on the ground. It is quite eroded.)

Nathaniel Goodspeed

c. December 16, 1807

Feb. 22, 1888 AE 81 Y'rs.
2 M's. & 6 Days

Our Father

He is gone, safe in the arms of Jesus
Safe in the promised land.

Nathaniel Goodspeed

c. June 1752

Dec. 25, 1834 AE 85 years & 6 m'os.

A Revolutionary Soldier

May they rest in peace until the resurrection morn.

Abigail Goodspeed 

c. August 1745

Oct. 14, 1837 AE 92 years
& 2 m'os

His Wife


Roswell Goodspeed

January 20, 1835

August 1, 1910


Be ye therefore also ready, for in such an
hour as ye think not, the son of man cometh. 

Elenor A. Goodspeed


April 10, 1860 AE 2 y'rs
6 m'os & 25 d's.

Daughter of S. & M. Watson

Little hearts forever stainless
Little hands as pure as they
Little feet by angels guided,
Never a forbidding way. 

George S. Watson


April 9, 1860 AE 1 y'r 1 m'o
& 24 d's

Son of S. & M. Watson

They are going ever going,
Leaving many a lonley (sic) spot,
But tis Jesus who has called them
Suffer and forbid them not.

Under the terms of the will of Alfred W. Currier, the Goodspeed Cemetery, which was a part of his property in Franklin Falls, is closed.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, November 15, 1976

Paul Smith's College preserving glimpse of area history

Special to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise


SARANAC LAKE — "Down the Franklin Falls road about a mile past the picturesque old Arnold farm, guarded by the majestic splendor of Whiteface Mountain, will be found a tiny graveyard", wrote the late Gertrude B. Currier wife of Mr. Alfred W. Currier of Saranac Lake, in her diary. "To read the epitaphs on the century-old headstones," the diary continues, "is to visualize the life story of the Goodspeed family, who evidently were pioneers in this North Country... Great fields, cleared from the dense forests are testimony of the hardiness of the pioneers who opened a new land in America."

The Goodspeeds, who date back to the Mayflower, originally settled on 40 acres of land in the town of St. Armand 1829, which apparently they had received as remuneration for service in the Revolutionary War. Records show that four generations of Goodspeed men fought in three major wars — the Revolution, War of 1812 and the Civil War. The headstones of the graves, which face away from the road, are visited each year by the family's descendants, some of whom still live in the Bloomingdale area.

The Goodspeed house, dated 1836, remained in the family until 1914, when Baron D. Ling became the owner. Then, in 1935, Alfred W. Currier purchased the old homestead and some additional land, now totaling about 400 acres, which he has since donated to Paul Smith's College of Arts and Sciences.

The college maintains the original building which still has the original, ax-hewn spruce logs held by square-peg nails. The college also maintains the nearby graveyard where Nathaniel Goodspeed (d. 1834) his descendants and Mrs. Currier are interred. The lands surrounding the historic site are now being used for long-term research of white pine, oak, black walnut yellow birch, Douglas fir and hybrid larch at the behest of Mr. Currier. The projects which are under the direction of Dr. Fred M. Hunt, head of the Lands Department, PSC, and his assistant, Fred Klein, provide forestry students with the opportunity to study various aspects of forest lands management.

Of particular interest to Mr. Currier, and initiated by him is the study of the potential size and longevity of the white pine. A total of 13 white pines of outstanding size, quality and vigor were chosen by Mr. Currier to be spared forever from cutting so that their fullest potential might be realized. In addition, there is a large research project devoted solely to white pine plantation thinning. Other projects include a yellow birch plantation and hardwood plots which will provide a comparison of growth rates between white pine and various hardwood species.

Thomas N. Stainback, president of Paul Smith's, is one of the many who praises Mr. Currier for this substantial gift to the school. Stainback said, "The altruism of A.W. Currier will benefit the students of Paul Smith's for several generations now, as it is his wish that they may learn the good forest management practices started years ago on this historic land. The memory of the Goodspeed family and their struggle to survive will also be preserved in the old homestead and quiet gravestones which are still nestled among the pine, the cedar and the granite rocks of St. Armand." He adds "Paul Smith's College is honored to have been selected by Mr. Currier to perpetuate this glimpse of early Adirondack Americana."

This cemetery was compiled for the Northern New York Tombstone Transcription Project on April 1976 by a member of the Saranac Lake Genealogical & Historical Society and entered by Ralph W. Bennett. It was verified and photographed by Joyce M. Ranieri & Dorothy Horan on 8 September 2001.

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