Featured Gravestone – Sophia Bullen


Section:  Garretson Station Methodist Episcopal

Material:  White marble

A very small headstone with a stylized willow tree filling the tympanum.  Bottom portion of stone is broken, surface has considerable wear.

Inscription:  Sophia Bullen, Daughter of J & S Bullen Died August 26, 1834 Age 19 months

While the condition of the stone is poor, it was possible to identify it by the Cemetery’s burial records.  There are only two Sophias listed in the Church Grounds section and only one in this congregation’s lot.

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1832 – Cholera & The State Street Burying Grounds

brksbyrwl In 1832, Albany was among a number of cities struck hard by an outbreak of cholera.  The following January, the Albany Evening Journal published an itemized list of expenses incurred by the city during the epidemic.  Included among the expenses were various costs relating to burials, particularly in the Potters Field at the State Street Burying Grounds.  The list gives at least a partial glimpse into the deadly impact of the illness. Cholera Expenses From The Chamberlain’s Report to The Common Council, January 1833 The bulk of the burial related expenses are listed under Schedule G (with the heading, “Coffins, Grave-Yards & Extra Burials), but a number appear in the other schedules. Continue reading

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Jeremiah Field and The Headstone That Was Not Lost

004One of the older sandstone slabs at the edge of the Dutch Reformed section of the Church Grounds and previously pictured in the post, The Oldest Stones, can now be identified as a gravestone long assumed to have been discarded after it was discovered during mid-19th century excavations near the site of the old Dutch Reformed burial ground on Beaver Street near South Pearl.  The article posted yesterday, Ancient Albanians, provided the needed details to identify the stone which was described as “thrown out” along with that of Albany’s second Mayor, Johannes Abeel.

Jeremiah Field and The Headstone That Was Not Lost at gardenalley.net

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Ancient Albanians

The article below was published in the Albany Journal on July 31, 1888 and, while the container here is described as a flour barrel, it relates to the same discovery of remains covered in a second article published on August 2 – see Bones In A Sugar Barrel.  Any question marks or brackets in the body of the article indicate that the newspaper is illegible in those places. 

The Albany Journal, Tuesday, July 31, 1888


Some Of Their Bones Dumped Into A Flour Barrel

Excavations on Beaver Street Disclose the Crumbling Remnants of Dutch Burghers – A Former Graveyard Under Pick and Shovel – Antique Inscriptions on Tombstones

Three skulls and a number of thigh bones, ribs and other of the smaller bones of human skeletons were unearthed Tuesday afternoon in front of the old Jackson corps armory on Beaver street. Together with the space in front of the old armory building and the old public market building site, the [illegible] between Beaver street and the old Dutch church was used as a burial ground by the congregation of that church many years ago. The Dutch church on Beaver street was built in 1805, when the tombstones and the remains of members of the congregation who had been buried in the original Dutch church burying plat at the intersection of State street and Broadway, were taken up and re-interred at the Beaver street house of worship. Continue reading


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The Book of Burials – At The Flatts

The Book of Burials contains a list of individuals buried at The Flatts, the large Schuyler farm north of Albany.  These burials took place between 1728 and 1755.   They represent only a portion of the total burials in The Flatts cemetery.  The remains, along with a number of headstones, were removed from the Flatts to the Rural Cemetery in 1921.

A more detailed description and history of The Flatts cemetery can be found hereContinue reading

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The Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground

A page profiling the Schuyler family cemetery at The Flatts has been added to the blog’s main menu.

The Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground

The list of Flatts interments from the Book of Burials and other information will be added to the page in the near future.

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Onondiyo, known to the Dutch and English at Albany as Captain John, was an Oneida sachem respected as both a fine orator and a warrior who had served as a scout to the Americans during the Revolution.  He was described by white contemporaries as “a young Chief of first abilities” in his nation.

Along with Skenandoah (Shenandoah), he was a member of a delegation of Oneida sachems who had traveled to Albany to negotiate a treaty between their nation and New York State.  While in Albany, Skenandoah and Onondiyo both fell seriously ill, possibly from smallpox.  Skenandoah recovered, but Onondiyo died on September 12, 1795.   The Oneida delegation remained in the city to honor him with their own rites according to a September 15 death notice printed by Joel Munsell in Volume 3 of his Annals of Albany.

Capt. John, one of the Oneida sachems, and the principal orator and public speaker of the nation, died and was interred in the Presbyterian cemetery. The deputation of chiefs and sachems of the Oneidas, then in this city, attended the funeral, and performed the solemnities thereof, according to the custom of their nation.

Onondiyo was a Presbyterian convert and, as noted above, buried in that church’s cemetery.  The Presbyterians had recently acquired a section of the municipal burial ground just off Eagle Street and immediately south of the present East Capitol Park.   The remains in this early municipal cemetery were removed to the State Street Burying Grounds after 1800, and, ultimately, reburied in the Presbyterian portion of the Rural Cemetery’s Church Grounds.  Among the many remains interred here without any record or headstone are those of the eloquent Onondiyo.

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