A new Facebook page has been created to compliment the blogs. It will be a way to revisit older posts, share photos that might not fit the blogs, and a place share updates and news. It will cover Albany Rural Cemetery and the Church Grounds (see today’s photo post about the gravestone of S.C. Erambert).
Albany Rural Cemetery – Beyond The Graves
It has been announced that the remains (believed to have been slaves discovered during excavations on land that was once part of the Schuyler Flatts will be reburied with ceremonies on June 18, 2016 at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Details will be posted to undergroundrailroadhistory.org as they become available.
Click here for past posts on the Flatts burials.
Section: Dutch Reformed
Material: Brown sandstone
A small stone with a heavy amount of lichen on the surface. Carving is partly obscured by the lichen, but otherwise legible. Bottom of stone was broken, possibly at time of transfer.
Inscription: In memory of Jane Wendell daughter of John and Cathalina Wendell who departed this life November 24, 1795 aged 1 year, 9 months and 21 days.
She was the daughter of John H. Wendell
Section: Garretson Methodist Episcopal Church
Material: White marbl
A double stone, there is a complete diagonal break beginning at the top between the two halves and continuing downward through Mary’s half of the stone. Upper part of Mary’s section is also partly embedded in the earth. Stone has darkening from exposure, but text is generally legible.
Inscription: In Memory of Pamelia C. Pells who died Sept. 30 1831 aged 2 years 2 months. In Memory of Mary J. Pells who died Oct 1, 1831 aged 9 months. Gone is the flowers sweet buds of early spring Thy ruthless Death cold finger rudely press’d Yet ah grim tyrant pointless is thy sting They fading fell to ripen with the blest. Parents to you this cheering hope is given They sank to Earth to freshly bloom in Heaven.
The stone makes no mention of the parents’ names, however, burial records show an Ebenezer Pells, age twenty-six, also buried in this lot. He died approximately seven months after these two little girls and the epitaph from his widow is written in a similar tone to that of these children making it possible that he was the father of Pamelia and Mary.