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Featured Gravestone – Octavia Maria Graham

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Section:  St. Peter’s Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Stone has much darkening from exposure along with chipping to edges which has damaged part of the name.  The epitaph is still very legible.

Inscription:  In Memory of Octavia Maria Graham who departed this life Dec’r 23rd 1829, aged 29 years.  Could virtue e’er be death be spared Or innocence could save, Sure then would Maria ne’er have shared The cold and silent grave.  Nor always here shall death confine Her mouldering form to lie.  The grave its victim shall resign And death itself shall die.  Then shall she hear the blissful cry Through Heaven’s high arches rings.  Whence now O! Grave thy victory And where O! death thy sting.

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Featured Gravestone – Amos T. Walker

DSC02737Section:  St. Peter’s Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Simple stone with typical darkening, but no major breakage.  Inscription is very legible.

Inscription:  In Memory of Amos T. Walker A native and Citizen of Burke County Georgia who departed this life in Albany on the 20th of June A.D. 1832 being in the 32nd Year of his Age.  Peace to his ashes.

1820 census records show an A. Walker born in 1800 as a resident of Waynesboro in Burke County, Georgia.  Walker’s death in Albany occurred during a time when the city was affected by a serious cholera outbreak, but a letter published in the Albany Evening Journal the morning after his death assured the public that Walker’s death was not a result of cholera.

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The Dirk Knock Stone

246 This is the 1865 headstone of Dirck Knock cited in John Wolcott’s article, Albany’s Dutch Stones.  As the article notes, this is the latest stone bearing a Dutch inscription in the Church Grounds. The majority of Dutch inscriptions in the Church Grounds are found on 18th-century or early 19th-century headstones and many of them belonged to second and third generation residents of Albany who could trace their lineage back to the earliest settlers and who had retained their language well after the English took control of the city in 1664.  The Dirck Knock stone, however, was a later immigrant who came from Holland some time prior to 1853 when the city directory shows him living at 49 Howard Street.  The 1855 census lists him as “Derick Knock,” a janitor residing with his wife and mother. Also, this was fairly late for a State Street Burying Grounds interment.  By 1865, new burials had slowed dramatically as calls for the removal of the old municipal cemetery increased.  There were about eight new burials the year Dirck Knock was laid to rest and only three additional burials the following year (compared to a dozen new interments in both 1863 and 1864).

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Albany’s Dutch Stones – John Wolcott

This article originally appeared in the short-lived Washington Park Spirit on July 29, 1971. ALBANY’S DUTCH STONES by John Wolcott Albany has one of the most interesting and unique histories of any community of Colonial foundation, in America.  But in terms of physical vestiges of its early heritage, the City has virtually nothing to show.  The following is a quotation from a Hudson River Guide published in 1867: “the ambition of the people of Albany seems to be to get rid of, as far as possible, of everything that can make their town venerable or betray its connection with the past.” This statement still holds true today.  The list of historic monuments destroyed down to this year, even after the establishment of the Tulip Festival, the Mayor’s Historic Sites Commission and the associated publicity given to local history, is too long to be mentioned. One type of historical monument that has escaped our insensitive materialism is found in the old tombstones of early Albany.  One must go outside the City to see these interesting, sepulchral monuments, but not far out.  The form that “progress” took here, unlike in other cities, died not even let the dead rest. Continue reading

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Featured Gravestone – The Peppenck Children

DSC00891Section:  Dutch Reformed

Material:  White marble

Marble has the usual darkening, but no serious damage is apparent.  Inscription is very legible except for the last line which is partially buried.  Headstone features an elaborate urn under the branches of a stylized willow tree.

Inscription:  Todora Peppenck Died Feby. 14, 1857.  Aged 2 years & 3 months.  Yan Peppenck Died Aug. 3, 1861.  Kinder of Yan & Grade Peppenck.

Stone is notable for its use of the word “kinder” for “children.”

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