One of several stones set upright along the edge of the Church Grounds, the gravestone of Eliza Maxwell is broken, stained and spotted with lichen. Despite the damages, it remains a beautiful and detailed monument. The upper portion features a pair of clasped hands, often a symbol of eternal affection. Above the joined hands, the stone is crowned with a heavy arrangement of flowers and foliage centered around a rose.
The inscription on this gravestone reads:
Eliza Wife of James Maxwell Died Nov. 2, 1858 Aged 32 year. A loving wife to me most dear, A faithful comrade I parted here, Her days ith me was short but sweet, I hope with her in Heaven to meet.
Eliza was first interred in the Episcopal section of the State Street Burying Ground and brought to the Rural Cemetery in the general removal of remains and markers when the old graveyard was transformed into Washington Park.
There were several James Maxwells residing in Albany at the time of Eliza’s death. One is listed in the city directories as a marbleworker residing at 40 Park Avenue. It is quite possible that this was Eliza’s husband and that he carved this stone for her grave himself.