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Below are the inscriptions from headstones at the Schuyler Flatts burial ground as compiled and published by Joel Munsell in 1874. The stones were later removed to the Rural Cemetery and arranged in the rear of General Philip Schuyler’s memorial. The inscriptions are now mostly illegible on all but a few of the stones. Fortunately, Munsell’s transcription preserves the names, dates, and some fine examples of early American epitaphs.
In memory of
daughter of Cornelius
& Harriet Schuyler,
who died Oct. 9, 1828,
AE. 3 yr’s. 6 mo. 19 d’s
As sweet the flower that scents the morn,
But withers in the rising day,
Thus lovely was this infants dawn,
Thus swiftly fled its life away.
The Schuyler Flatts Burial Project is seeking artists to design the wooden containers in which the remains will be reinterred. Details at the link below:
Material: Brown sandstone
A simple sandstone marker with darkening of surface and damage to upper left corner, but a generally legible inscription.
Inscription: In Memory of Ann daughter of Volkert S. & Anne Veeder who departed this life July 9, 1795 aged 17 months.
Ann Veeder was one of five children of Albany merchant and fire inspector Volkert S. Veeder (1760-1812) and his wife, Anna Spann (married 1786).