Featured Gravestone – George Vernon

DSC02655Section:  Saint Peter’s Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Plain stone with typical darkening from exposure and a large section of the base broken off.  Deeply-carved inscription is very legible.

Inscription:  Sacred to memory of George Vernon who departed this life on the 13th of June 1830 after a painful and lingering illness which he bore with the meekness and resignation of a true christian and died in the hope of a blessed eternity.  He was most warmly esteemed by all who Knew him.  This Stone erected as a tribute of affection by his bereaved and afflicted widow.

George Vernon was born George Verrall in 1800.  An English actor, he came to Albany with a family of fellow thespians named Fisher.  He married a member of this family, Jane, and on March 18, 1828, took over the management of Albany’s Pearl Street Theatre.  This theatre was, at the time, struggling, but Vernon was able to make it successful within two seasons.  His successes were, unfortunately, short-lived as he died in 1830.  More on George, his career, and his wife can be found here.

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