The cemetery is the resting place for William Bettys and his wife, who have the oldest tombstone, dated about 1793.
"Just to show how little attention was paid to detail back then, the Bettys name is spelled differently on the headstones," said Gribben.
The family owned Bettys Tavern on Route 50 in Burnt Hills, a stucco building the town is considering purchasing and renovating into a museum and park. Their son Joseph was a traitor in the Revolutionary War and was hung, and allegedly buried on the tavern property.
"It's a beautiful place in town," said Hopkinson of the cemetery. "It's well worth preserving."
For information about the Hillside Cemetery fencing fund, contact Dorothy Hopkinson at 399-5116.""