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Ancient Albanians

The article below was published in the Albany Journal on July 31, 1888 and, while the container here is described as a flour barrel, it relates to the same discovery of remains covered in a second article published on August 2 – see Bones In A Sugar Barrel.  Any question marks or brackets in the body of the article indicate that the newspaper is illegible in those places. 

The Albany Journal, Tuesday, July 31, 1888


Some Of Their Bones Dumped Into A Flour Barrel

Excavations on Beaver Street Disclose the Crumbling Remnants of Dutch Burghers – A Former Graveyard Under Pick and Shovel – Antique Inscriptions on Tombstones

Three skulls and a number of thigh bones, ribs and other of the smaller bones of human skeletons were unearthed Tuesday afternoon in front of the old Jackson corps armory on Beaver street. Together with the space in front of the old armory building and the old public market building site, the [illegible] between Beaver street and the old Dutch church was used as a burial ground by the congregation of that church many years ago. The Dutch church on Beaver street was built in 1805, when the tombstones and the remains of members of the congregation who had been buried in the original Dutch church burying plat at the intersection of State street and Broadway, were taken up and re-interred at the Beaver street house of worship. Continue reading



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Not The Right Stones

From one of the companion blogs, a post about two Church Grounds stones and a mistake on an interpretive sign in Washington Park.

Not The Right Stones

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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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