Section: St. Peter’s Episcopal
Material: White marble
Misc.: The stone has darkened to gray and there are several large chips along the top. Epitaph at the bottom is illegible, but the rest of the inscription, while worn, is general legible. This stone features an exquisitely detailed willow-and-urn motif.
Inscription: Sacred to the memory of Thomas B. Hill, son of Samuel and Mary Hill, who departed this life August 12, 1825, aged 21 years, 3 months. Is this the fate, that all must die? Will Death no ages spare? Then let us all to Jesus fly, And seek a refuge there.
This exceptionally beautiful headstone marked the grave of Thomas Hill, son of prominent Albany merchant Samuel Hill and his wife, Mary Barry. Samuel Hill founded the Albany Hardware and Iron Company (first located on State Street, this company would later erect a large building on Broadway, now famous for the U-Haul truck mounted on its roof) and his mansion, designed by Philip Hooker, became the home to Albany’s prestigious Fort Orange Club. The epitaph on this stone was part of a list transcribed in Volume 4 of Joel Munsell’s Annals of Albany.