Misplaced?

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As previously mentioned at the bottom of this post about the Altar Monument in Saint Agnes Roman Catholic Cemetery (adjacent to the Albany Rural Cemetery), there is at least one headstone at Saint Agnes that originated from the State Street Burying Grounds and was most likely misplaced here instead of the Church Grounds.

This small, plain marble headstone is propped against the back of a monument in Saint Agnes.  The inscription reads:  David D. Winne Son of Daniel  D. & Maryann Winne Died April 31st, 1832 Aged 2 years, 1 month and 19 days.  Also Rachel Ann Winne Daughter of Daniel D. & Maryanne Winne died December 9th, 1839 Aged 1 year 2 months & 9 days.

(The first date listed on the stone is obviously an error as there is no such date as April 31.)

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This stone is listed in the Common Council’s inventory of graves in the Reformed Dutch section of the State Street Burying Grounds.  When the stones and graves were removed to make way for the creation of Washington Park, this stone would have been destined for transfer to the corresponding section of the Church Grounds.  However, for reasons unknown, it now rests against an apparently unrelated headstone (that of Adolph Bridge who died in 1844) in Saint Agnes Cemetery.  One of the two Dutch Reformed sections of the State Street Burying Grounds lay across from the Catholic section divided by a path which ran east to west through the Burying Grounds.  This close proximity of the two sections may be a possible explanation for the misplacement of this stone during the mass removal of graves (assuming the Winne children were buried in the southeast Reformed Dutch section and not the northwest one).

There are a number of Winnes listed in the Rural Cemetery’s burial card file and in the Common Council inventory of the old Burying Grounds.  There are several Daniel Winnes listed, but none of the dates correspond.  The 1844 city directory lists him as a dealer in drygoods at 95 Market Street with a residence at 287 Washington Avenue.  Burial cards for graves in the Church Grounds are almost entirely copied from the inscriptions and thus young David and Rachel do not appear in the file.

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Below:  Front view of the graves of Adolph and Mary Bridge in Saint Agnes Cemetery.  The corner of the Winne stone can be seen in the space between them.

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Featured Gravestone – James Hodge

DSC00855Section:  First Presbyterian

Material:  White marble

Stone has damage to left finial, along with the usual darkening of the surface.  Some wear to edges and bottom is embedded in the soil.  Inscription is crisp and legible.

Inscription:  In Memory of James Hodge who was born at New Windsor, Orange County October 4, 1761 and died at Albany  January 10, 1819  in the 58th year of his age.  He was distinguished for filial rely conjugal & parental affection & Mechanical skill.  Blessed are the pure in heart For they shall see God.

Various genealogical resources identify James Hodge as the son of Isaac Hodge and Jane Moffat.  Records idicate that Isaac Hodge and James’ wife, Sarah McCready, are also buried in this section though their stones have not yet been photographed for the blog.  Sarah died in 1804 and James remarried a woman named Jane (maiden name not recorded).  He had two children by his first marriage; a son named John Hodge (died at the age of six and is also buried here) and Jane (died in 1838).

John Hodge’s headstone was previously posted here.

According to information compiled by Joel Munsell the Annals of Albany, James Hodge was a founding member of the Albany Mechanics Society and a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church.  A contemporary of architect Philip Hooker, he is known to have worked as a stone mason on the building of the second St. Peter’s Episcopal Church which was designed by Hooker.  Also,  a half dozen mantels in the United States Capitol are attributed to him and date from the reconstruction of the building following the damages of the War of 1812.

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Featured Gravestone – Maria Scott

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Section:  Garretson Station Methodist Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Stone has overall darkening, but minimal damage to visible portion.  Lower edge is embedded in the soil.  Inscription is legible except for buried part.  Design includes tassels on the finials and drapery framing a rose.

Inscription:  In memory of Maria Scott Daughter of Uri and Abiah Scott Who departed this life Feb. 2nd, 1827 Aged 25 years 1 month & 10 days.  How peaceful is the closing scene When virtue yields its breath How sweetly beams the smile serene Upon the cheek of death.  The Christian’s hope no fear can blight No pain her peace destroy.  She views beyond the realms of light A pure & boundless joy.

This stone a single rose framed by tassels and  drapery instead of the more common urn or willow.  About two years before Maria’s death, a notice appeared in the Albany Argus offering for sale a farm previously occupied by Uri Scott in Greenbush, Rensselaer County.  Additional information on the family is scarce.

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The Final Traces of St. Mary’s Cemetery

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The photo above gives a glimpse of the last traces of old St. Mary’s Cemetery which occupied land just off Washington and North Main Avenues.  Long since replaced first by the park of the same name and, later, by the present Albany High School.  A 1932 article in the Albany Evening Journal profiled Mary Conway, the widow of the cemetery caretaker, who lived in the cottage shown until just before it was demolished.

CLEARING OF ST. MARY’S PARK BRINGS TEARS TO AGED WOMAN WHO INHABITED REGION by H. Eric Liljehom

See also:  Saint Agnes Cemetery – The Altar Monument

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Featured Gravestone – Mary Hosford

DSC02663Section:  Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Simple white stone with usual darkening and legible inscription.

Inscription:  In Memory of Mrs. Mary Hosford wife of Harley Hosford who departed this life 3rd March 1815 aged 23 years 1 month & 12 days.  Not lost but gone before.

Mary Adams was the wife of Harley Hosford, a maker of musical instruments.  Hosford, a native of Connecticut, died in Havana in 1822 at the age of thirty-one.  The couple had at least one son, Aaron, who was born in Albany in early 1815 and died in 1840.  A clarinet made by him is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and can be viewed on-line.

The History of the American Pianoforte by Daniel Spillane has a brief entry on Hosford:

“Harley Hosford, musical instrument-maker, 97 State Street,” is given in the first Albany directory.  Hosford made made organs and pianofortes in a small way in this year and as early as 1810 was known in relation to pianofortes in that city.  He was moreover a teacher and identified probably to some extent with musical progress in Albany after the beginning of the century Hosford was as far as can be ascertained the first maker of pianos in Albany although his relation to the business was of an insignificant character Nothing can be learned of his subsequent fate

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Featured Gravestone – Octavia Maria Graham

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Section:  St. Peter’s Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Stone has much darkening from exposure along with chipping to edges which has damaged part of the name.  The epitaph is still very legible.

Inscription:  In Memory of Octavia Maria Graham who departed this life Dec’r 23rd 1829, aged 29 years.  Could virtue e’er be death be spared Or innocence could save, Sure then would Maria ne’er have shared The cold and silent grave.  Nor always here shall death confine Her mouldering form to lie.  The grave its victim shall resign And death itself shall die.  Then shall she hear the blissful cry Through Heaven’s high arches rings.  Whence now O! Grave thy victory And where O! death thy sting.

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Featured Gravestone – Amos T. Walker

DSC02737Section:  St. Peter’s Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Simple stone with typical darkening, but no major breakage.  Inscription is very legible.

Inscription:  In Memory of Amos T. Walker A native and Citizen of Burke County Georgia who departed this life in Albany on the 20th of June A.D. 1832 being in the 32nd Year of his Age.  Peace to his ashes.

1820 census records show an A. Walker born in 1800 as a resident of Waynesboro in Burke County, Georgia.  Walker’s death in Albany occurred during a time when the city was affected by a serious cholera outbreak, but a letter published in the Albany Evening Journal the morning after his death assured the public that Walker’s death was not a result of cholera.

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