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Featured Gravestone – Jane Wendell

202Section:  Dutch Reformed

Material:  Brown sandstone

A small stone with a heavy amount of lichen on the surface.  Carving is partly obscured by the lichen, but otherwise legible.  Bottom of stone was broken, possibly at time of transfer.

Inscription:  In memory of Jane Wendell daughter of John and Cathalina Wendell who departed this life November 24, 1795 aged 1 year, 9 months and 21 days.

She was the daughter of John H. Wendell


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The Book of Burials – At Papskinee

The 1722 Book of Burials lists those buried at Papskinee, meaning Papscanee Island on the east side of the Hudson River.  The exact location of this burial ground is now lost, but it is believed to have been in the vicinity of Teller’s Point and the Port of Rensselaer.  It is not to be confused with the Staats burial ground which still exists on private property nearby.  Papscanee is now accessible as a nature preserve.

See The Book of Burials master post for further details on the list.

The Book of Burials – At Papskinee

Gerret B. Van den Bergh’s child was buried at Papskinee (November 14, 1725)
Mattys Van de Bergh’s child buried at Papsknee (June 21, 1729)
Johs Schoonmaker’s child was buried at Papsknie (August 13, 1729)
Johannis Schoonmaker was buried at Papsknee (May 8, 1730)
Thomas Witbeck buried at Papsknee (May 6, 1731)
Hendrick Bries’ son was buried at Papsknee (January 25, 1732)
Gerrit C. Van Den Bergh’s child was buried at Papsknee (February 1, 1732)
Hendrick Bries’ child was buried at Papsknee (April 6, 1732)
Johs Van Vechten was buried at Papsknee (June 23, 1734
Cornelis Van Beuren’s little son was buried at Papsknee (October 27, 1735)
Gerrit Teunisse Van Vechten’s child was buried at Papsknee (August 19, 1740)
Barent Van Beuren’s child was buried at Papsknee (September 30, 1740)
Melchert A. Van Deusen was buried at Papsknee (January 6, 1742)
Johs Van Vechten was buried Papsknee (July 15, 1742)
Jacob Schermerhorn Jr was buried at Papsknee (June 20, 1743)
Barent Van Ceuren’s wife was buried at Paspknee (August 11, 1743)
Child of Willem Van Buren, at Papsknee (March 10, 1751)
Willem Van Beuren, at Papsknee (August 17, 1752)
Catie Witbeck, at Papsknee (September 30, 1752)
Hendrick Bries, at Papsknee (September 22, 1753)
Abram To’s Witbeck’s wife, at Papsknee (March 28, 1755)

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The Book of Burials – In The English Church

The Book of Burials also contains the names of individuals who were, for reasons not stated, buried at the English and Dutch churches, but included in the Dutch Reformed Church’s burial records.

 The English church was St. Peter’s Episcopal which, at the time, stood in the center of State Street near Lodge Street.  Its graveyard was on the north side of the church. Continue reading

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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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The Book of Burials – In The Church

The Book of Burials contains a number of individuals who are listed as being buried “in the church,” most likely meaning their coffins were laid directly beneath the church floor.  This practice was not uncommon in parts of Europe and colonial New York.   The first person on this list is Susana Brat (Susanna Dircks Bradt) whose grandson, Barent Brat, was the clerk of the church who kept this Book of Burials.  Susana was placed in the church on May 8, 1722; the next burial in the church occurred in 1729 with the interment of Anna Brat.  It was then another seventeen years before another person was buried in the church;  it is possible that, by 1746, room was no longer available in the vault below the church.  As with the vault burials, these would have been removed when the church was demolished and brought to either the burial ground at the Second Reformed Church or its vault.

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The Book of Burials – The Vault

Below is a chronological list of burials in the vault of the First Dutch Reformed Church which stood on Broadway at the foot of State Street hill until 1806.

Many of these burials were removed to the Second Dutch Reformed Church where they were placed in a vault beneath the bell tower.  Later, some were moved to the Madison Avenue Reformed Church and, eventually, to the Church Grounds (see Albany’s Dutch Stones and Not The Right Stones). 

See The Book of Burials master post for further details on the list.

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The Book of Burials – 1722 to 1757

Volume I of Joel Munsell’s Annals of Albany includes a list of over 1,700 burials from the Dutch Reformed Church.  The list includes interments in the churchyard just off South Pearl Street (later the site of the Second Dutch Reformed Church), the vault beneath the old church at Sate and Broadway, as well as those buried on their own property, in the burial ground at “Papskinee” (near Schodack), The Flatts, and other locations, as well as several individuals buried at the Episcopal and Lutheran churches.  The list is arranged by year.  Often, only a surname is given for married women or young children, such as “Child of Abram Yates” or “Child of Abram Yates.”  The list was compiled from a “Book of Burials” kept by Barent Brat and which passed to Harmanus Bleecker.  Munsell also gives some details on the cost of burials and other related information which will be dealt with in future posts. These burials can be found on-line on various genealogy sites, typically sorted alphabetically by surname.  Sorting the list by date and burial location, however, reveals some interesting patterns.  For example, in 1731-2, there is an extreme increase in deaths, especially among children.  This increase can be linked to an epidemic (possibly smallpox) that struck the city and claimed over seventy lives.  One of the victims was profiled here.   Another pattern appears in the location of burials; in 1746, burials in the church’s vault stop and, at the same time, burials described as “in the church” increase.  It is possible that there was no longer room in the old vault and those individuals who still wished to be interred within the church were buried beneath the floor. The burial list will be posted here in chronological order by location, beginning with the vault interments.

The Vault

In The Church

The Churchyard

At The Flatts 

At The English Church

At Papskinee (Papscanee Island)


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