Ellen and Anna Baltimore


As previously noted in Without Stones , the number of headstones currently present in the African Methodist Episcopal section of the Church Grounds does not correspond to the number of known burials there.  Presumably, many of the stones are lost as the list of names in the Common Council’s inventory of graves to be removed from the State Street Burying Grounds was transcribed directly from the gravestones (and, conversely, there are several stones present in the A.M.E. lot that were not listed in the inventory and one that was originally located in the Potter’s Field, but placed with the A.M.E. stones).

At least one set of remains moved from the Colored or Negro lot at the State Street Burying Grounds was not placed in the A.M.E. section of the Church Grounds.  Ellen Baltimore, who was born in 1786 and died on April 22, 1842, was reburied in Section 99 on the Cemetery’s North Ridge.  She shares a granite headstone with one Anna M. Baltimore, presumably her daughter.  Anna was born in 1824, deceased in 1884.  An older headstone lies flush to the earth directly in front of the Baltimore monument and may be Ellen’s original headstone.  The edges of this old stone are partially embedded in the earth, but it may be possible to read the worn inscription if the edges are cleared on a future visit.

Ellen’s entry in the Common Council inventory notes that she was the wife of James Baltimore.  According to census records, James was born around 1794 and was listed as a whitewasher.  He must have remarried after Ellen’s death as the 1850 census lists his household as including Eve (wife), Hannah (age 13), Levi (8), and Mary (5).  Hannah was born before Ellen’s death and may have been her daughter.  Anna Baltimore appears in the 1850 census as a resident in the household of William McHench, a clerk.  This family included William’s wife (Margaret), and their grown children (Margaret, Euphenia, Sarah, David, Mary, and Caroline), and William’s 90-year old mother, Ann (a native of Ireland).  Anna’s position in this large household isn’t stated, but she was likely a servant.

According to the burial card on file at the Cemetery, Anna died in Brooklyn of rheumatism and was buried two days later.

Section 99 on the North Ridge is a large, level plot in an area of the Cemetery that contains the penitentiary and orphanage lots, the relocated Arsenal Burial Grounds, a Grand Army of the Republic lot, and  a number of graves which were moved from the Cemetery by families to individual plots as opposed to being part of the mass transfer from State Street to the Church Grounds.  Section 99 also includes a very large lot which was purchased in 1854 by the estate of a woman named Ellen Jackson.  Very little is know about her except that her will stipulated the purchase of this lot for the burial of African-Americans.  There are relatively few headstones in Section 99 compared to surrounding sections, but records show close to three hundred burials in the lot identified on cemetery maps as belonging to the Estate of of Ellen Jackson.  Burials in Section 99  include at least two African-American Civil War veterans and descendants of Samuel Mando are buried near the Baltimores.  The Mando and Baltimore lots are close to, but not part of the Jackson lot; these are both family plots.


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3 responses to “Ellen and Anna Baltimore

  1. Toff Philippo

    I wonder if a copy of Ellen Jackson’s will is extant?

    • Coincidentally, this just occurred to me a couple of days ago. I’ve had no luck searching census and other records. So I was thinking that tracking down her will might be worth a try.

  2. Toff Philippo

    Sometimes, historically, counties kept deeds for cemetery lots, which might be worth checking. I’m not sure for what period of years that was done.

    I wonder if the First Israel AME Church in Albany might have any records pertaining to Ellen Jackson or to any of the people who were recorded as having been buried in the AME lot.

    I also wonder if Ellen and Anna Baltimore might be related to the Samuel and Phoebe Baltimore family of Troy (buried in New Mount Ida Cemetery) – the grandparents of Garnet Douglas Baltimore. Ellen Baltimore’s date of birth of 1786 is close to is close to Samuel Baltimore’s of 1782; though they could be completely unrelated, they could potentially be siblings.

    Also, the Report of a Special Committee on Burial Grounds contains signatures of “churches and congregations, which embrace all those interesed in the burial grounds”. It includes not just the African Methodist Episcopal Church but also the African Second Wesleyan Church and African Baptist Church. There’s no list of interments for those latter two. Have you ever been able to determine anything regarding them?

    Keep up the good work – you might consider self-publishing a sort of prototype of your book to show people to encourage donations, selections from your blog perhaps. I’ve been pretty pleased with results from CreateSpace though I wish there were a local company.

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