Material: White marble
A very simple stone without decoration, but a lengthy inscription carved from edge to edge. Stone is darkened with a large section flaked away near the base, but the entire inscription is intact and very legible.
Inscription: Here lie the remains of Edward Chinn, Esq. was was a native of the town of Bridgewater in the County of Somerset and who after upwards of 40 years in North American departed this life in this city on the 17th of August 1802 in the 71st year of his age. I know that my Redeemer liveth.
Edward Chinn was born around 1732 and came to North America to work as a trader in Montreal, often spending winters among the Ottawa near the Great Lakes. During the Revolutionary War, he departed Canada for New York and embraced the colonial cause. In a letter to General Horatio Gates, Chinn described himself as “one of those Persons, who was obliged to leave Canada, when the American Army retreated therefrom and waiting with Expectation of one day being able to return.” Chinn served in the 1st Canadian Regiment of the Continental Army and, in 1779 married Margaret Livingston, the sister of his commanding officer.
Following the war, the Chinns settled in Claverack. Census records show they owned three to four slaves between 1790 and the time of Edward Chinn’s death. Edward Chinn was buried in the Episcopal section of the State Street Burying Grounds and census records show that his widow relocated to Maiden Lane in Albany until her death in 1820. She is also buried in this section, but her stone is some distance away.