Featured Gravestone – Thomas & Mary Diamond

Section:  First Presbyterian Church

Material:  Marble

Inscription:  This stone records the death Thomas Smith Diamond Who departed this life  July 18th, 1796.  Aged 59 years.  Also Mary Diamond Relict of the above who departed this life December 16th, 1817 Aged 79 years.

This stone is in reasonably good condition with no visible breaks, although the lower half is embedded in the earth and exposure to the elements has darkened the white marble to a dull gray.  It remains legible.

Thomas Diamond was reportedly of Huguenot ancestry.   He is known to have been a member of the Albany Masonic Lodge and to have served in the Albany militia during the Revolution as he was granted a land bounty after the war.  A carpenter by trade, he worked on the building of the Van Rensselaer Manor. Before settling permanently in the city of Albany, he lived for a time in Lansingburgh and his son, William, was said to be the first male child born there.

Mary Diamond’s maiden name was McLane.  After Thomas’ death, she is known to have lived at 109 Lydius Street (now Madison Avenue near South Pearl Street).

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One response to “Featured Gravestone – Thomas & Mary Diamond

  1. I really like hearing about the history. It’s fascinating to go into a cemetery and read everyone’s tombstone.

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