From Sorrow to Serenity
Monument to Mead Belden (1833-1876) and his first and second wives, Sarah Elizabeth Hubbell Belden (1834-1855) and Amelia Gertrude Woolson Belden (1844-1864) and their family in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. Mead was a Freemason, a clothing merchant, and senior partner of Belden & Van Buskirk. Later, he was involved in construction and helped build canals and reservoirs.
According to legend, either a ghostly bride or both a bride and a groom have been seen descending the stairs to the bottom of the hill. The following account appears on a sign for the Oakwood Ghost Trail: "Me & my friends spent the night in Oakwood one night. Over by the stairs graves in the west of the cemetery, I looked to my right and saw the bride and groom. They were beautiful, but they were bloody and they vanished before our eyes." It's unclear how this story is related (if at all) to the Belden family.