Featured Gravestone – Augustus Winfield Thayer

DSC04397Section:  Baptist

Material:  White marble

A very simple rectangular slab with the upper left corner broken and darkening of surface.   Inscription is legible.

Inscription:   Died July 14th, 1840 Augustus Winfield Son of Isaac & Mary Thayer aged 7 years 8 months & 12 days. When blooming youth is snatched away By death’s relentless hand Our hearts the mournful tribute pay Which pity must demand.

The Albany Argus carried the sad details of the boy’s accidental death:

Shocking Accident – A child of 6 or 7 years of age, the son of Mr. Isaac Thayer, deputy sheriff, was killed almost instantly yesterday afternoon at the turner’s shop of Mr. Stevens, in Howard Street.  The lad was at play in the shop, when by some means he removed the support to some heavy timber, which fell and crushed him in a most shocking manner.  He was taken up alive, but died in a few minutes.

A subsequent death notice also mentions that he was the Thayer’s youngest son and that the timber fell from a lathe.  His funeral was held at his parents’ house at 64 Howard Street.  The site of his death was the shop of Peter D. Stevens at 50 Howard Street.


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