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Featured Gravestone – John Alden


Section:  First Universalist

Material:  White marble

Rectangular stone with incised border.  Some chipping around edges, including upper corners.  Darkened surface, but inscriptions is legible.

Inscription:  John Alden Born at Claremont N.H. Dec 20, 1809 Died at Albany June 16, 1845 An Honest Man

City directories published shortly before his death list one John Alden as a brickmaker residing at 383 Lydius Street (now Madison Avenue).


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Featured Gravestone – The Burton Family

DSC01672Section:  First Universalist

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  A large rectangular slab with a deeply-carved plain border.  Contains names of three family members, but no dates.  Marble has darkened, some spotting, some chipping to upper edge, bottom edge embedded.

Inscription:  In Memory of John Burton, age __ years,  and of his wife, Deborah, Aged 63 years, and of their son, John Jackson Burton, Aged 20 years.

Interestingly, the inscription lists no dates and omits the age of John Burton entirely.  There is no further information on them in their entries in the Common Council inventory.  Census records show several Burtons residing in the area, but so far none seem to be an exact match.  Joel Munsell’s Albany Register For 1849-1850, however, does provide some details.  According to Munsell, Deborah Burton died on March 25, 1849 and the younger John the day before.  There was a cholera outbreak in Albany that same year, though most cases began to appear in the summer months.  Munsell does not mention the elder Burton.  It is possible that he died around the same time as his wife and son and that all three were early victims of that year’s cholera outbreak.

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Featured Gravestone – Rudolph Ziegenhorn

Section:  First Universalist Church

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  This simple stone is partially embedded in the earth along its edges, but in otherwise very good condition and completely legible.

Inscription:  Rudolph Ziegenhorn Born in Germany 1821 Died at Albany April 3rd, 1855.  “After life’s fitful fever, He sleeps well.”

There is very little information on this young man beyond what is carved on his gravestone.  The Common Council’s inventory of graves from the State Street Burial Ground lists him, but slightly misspells his name as Zeigenhorn and lists his date of death as April 15.  The stone is noteworthy in its use of the quote from Shakespear’s Macbeth instead of the more typical religious epitaphs or verses admonishing the living to be mindful of their own mortality.

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