Monthly Archives: April 2012

Featured Gravestone – Maria Dow

Section:  Dutch Reformed

Material:  Brown sandstone

Misc.:  Stone appears to have a substantial piece broken from the right side.  Upper portion has also broken away, but the portion of carving visible suggests that this stone originally had a soul effigy; the carving appears to be the lower part of a wing.   The surviving text, however, is deeply carved and legible.  Incomplete, but interesting example of an inscription in Dutch.

Inscription:  Hier Ligh Maria Dow Johannes Ganse Heere Ontslaepe Augustus 1759 (incomplete word) 7 Maend

Maria Dow or Douw was the wife of Albany brewer Johannes Gansevoort.  She was born in 1725 to Petrus Douw and Anna Van Rennselaer.  Married in 1750, Maria had four children before her death in 1759.

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Featured Gravestone – Marron Newland

Section:  First Presbyterian

Material:  Brown sandstone

Misc.:  Very large headstone with heavy patches of lichen obscuring parts of the text and carved decorations.  Some heavy chipping along upper part of stone. Visible parts of finely carved  inscription are not badly eroded.  Features a soul effigy with deeply cut wings flanked by floral emblems.   There is an inscription above the soul effigy, but only parts of  it  – the uncertain or the uncertainty – is legible between the lichen patches.

Inscription:  In Memory of Marron Newland, Daughter of Joseph and Isabel Newland, who departed this life May 5, 1791, aged 2 years, 1 month, and 8 days.

Murran’s father is identified in historic church records as a merchant, evidently a prosperous one as he was able to afford a very generously sized and finely carved headstone for his small daughter.  Murran’s mother was a a native of Scotland whose maiden name was Minnoch.

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Featured Gravestone – Sarah Foster

Section:  Dutch Reformed

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  Stone has weathered to gray, but carving is very legible.  Minor edge wear with one large chip on right side.

Inscription:  Sarah Foster, Wife of James Hill, Born April 15, 1798, Died December 5, 1854

Though she is listed under her maiden name first on her headstone, Sarah Foster appears in the Common Council inventory under her husband’s name and the name Foster does not appear her listing at all.

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Featured Gravestone – Rebecca Swart

Section:  First Presbyterian

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  This stone has weathered to gray and broken off at the lower half.  There was an additional line of text below the break.  Top portion of the stone features a very simple open book (presumably a Bible) within a saw-tooth half circle.  There does not appear to have been any inscription or further decoration on the pages of the book.  The broken stone shown below it in the photo is from a separate monument about which I have no addition information at this time.

Inscription:  In Memory of Rebecca Swart, Wife of Cornelius Swart, Jun., who died Jan. 21, AD 1825.

According to the listing in the Common Council’s inventory, there was an additional line of next reading 35 y. 3 mos.

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