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Featured Gravestone – Mary and Pamelia Pells

DSC04846Section:  Garretson Methodist Episcopal Church

Material:  White marbl

A double stone, there is a complete diagonal break beginning at the top between the two halves and continuing downward through Mary’s half of the stone.   Upper part of Mary’s section is also partly embedded in the earth.  Stone has darkening from exposure, but text is generally legible.

Inscription:  In Memory of Pamelia C. Pells who died Sept. 30 1831 aged 2 years 2 months.  In Memory of Mary J. Pells who died Oct 1, 1831 aged 9 months.  Gone is the flowers sweet buds of early spring Thy ruthless Death cold finger rudely press’d Yet ah grim tyrant pointless is thy sting They fading fell to ripen with the blest.  Parents to you this cheering hope is given They sank to Earth to freshly bloom in Heaven.

The stone makes no mention of the parents’ names, however, burial records show an Ebenezer Pells, age twenty-six, also buried in this lot.  He died approximately seven months after these two little girls and the epitaph from his widow is written in a similar tone to that of these children making it possible that he was the father of Pamelia and Mary.

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Featured Gravestone – Thomas Martin

DSC04386Section:  Garretson Methodist Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Plain stone with darkening, only minor wear to edges and generally legible inscription.  Some spotting from lichen near top edge.

Inscription:  In memory of Thomas Martin who died July 23, 1844, aged 49 years.

City directories show a Thomas Martin, a laborer residing at 11 Liberty Street around the time of his death.

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Featured Gravestone – Ruth Mead

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Section:  Garrstson Methodist Episcopal Church

Material:  White marble

A small stone, probably truncated during its transfer.  Darkened surface and some wear to inscription.

Inscription:  Ruth Mead died 1843

This plain stone gives very little information on the deceased;  her age and date of death are not provided.  The surname Mead was fairly common in Albany at the time and this woman appears several times on newspaper lists of individuals with letters or other mail awaiting them at the Albany post office.

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Featured Gravestone – Sophia Bullen

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Section:  Garretson Station Methodist Episcopal

Material:  White marble

A very small headstone with a stylized willow tree filling the tympanum.  Bottom portion of stone is broken, surface has considerable wear.

Inscription:  Sophia Bullen, Daughter of J & S Bullen Died August 26, 1834 Age 19 months

While the condition of the stone is poor, it was possible to identify it by the Cemetery’s burial records.  There are only two Sophias listed in the Church Grounds section and only one in this congregation’s lot.

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Featured Gravestone – Maria Scott

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Section:  Garretson Station Methodist Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Stone has overall darkening, but minimal damage to visible portion.  Lower edge is embedded in the soil.  Inscription is legible except for buried part.  Design includes tassels on the finials and drapery framing a rose.

Inscription:  In memory of Maria Scott Daughter of Uri and Abiah Scott Who departed this life Feb. 2nd, 1827 Aged 25 years 1 month & 10 days.  How peaceful is the closing scene When virtue yields its breath How sweetly beams the smile serene Upon the cheek of death.  The Christian’s hope no fear can blight No pain her peace destroy.  She views beyond the realms of light A pure & boundless joy.

This stone a single rose framed by tassels and  drapery instead of the more common urn or willow.  About two years before Maria’s death, a notice appeared in the Albany Argus offering for sale a farm previously occupied by Uri Scott in Greenbush, Rensselaer County.  Additional information on the family is scarce.

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Featured Gravestone – Sarah Carls

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Material:  White marble

Inscription:  In Memory of Sarah, Wife of John D. Carls, Died March 13, 1845 in the 29th year of her Age.  A faithful wife, a loving mother, A Christian true this stone does cover.  Patient in suffering, strong in love, Dead to this world, but lives above.  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me write blessed are the dead with die in the Lord, henceforth, yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labours and their work do follow them.

Misc.:  A large, simple stone with only minor chipping.  Surface is heavily discolored, but inscription is generally legible (and transcribed on the burial index card at the Cemetery office).  Lower portion is partly embedded in the ground.

The Common Council inventory lists Sarah Carls as originally buried in the Baptist section of the State Street Burying Grounds.  However, the burial card on file at the Cemetery office lists Garretson Station Methodist Episcopal.   The 1855 census shows John D. Carls as an iron worker living in Albany’s 10th Ward with a second wife (unfortunately only identified as “Mrs. J.D.”) and the following children:  Emma (age 8), John (age 4), and Charles (age 1).  A Lydia Green, age 20, is also listed with the Carls, possibly a servant.  None of the children listed is old enough to have been Sarah’s child.  Since the stone refers to her as a mother, it is very possible that she had a child who died sometime between 1845 and 1855.

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Featured Gravestone – William Devoe

Section:  Garretson Station Methodist Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  Stone shows typical darkening and is broken in half; the bottom edge appears to match the top edge of the piece resting below it.  Text is legible, but the carver appears to have made a mistake and chiseled out the error.  The surname is carved directly above the “correction.”

Inscription:  William Devoe, Died 1832, Aged 43 years.

As noted above, the carver made an error in the surname, chiseled it out, and inscribed the name Devoe above.   There is a lack of dates and the stone seems to have been done rather hastily; there is a possibility that William Devoe was a victim of the cholera epidemic that struck Albany in 1832.  There is almost no other information available about this man at the moment; the Common Council inventory of graves from the Albany Methodist Episcopal congregation does list a Sarah Devoe (died 1841) as the wife of one William Devoe and a Julian (died 1836) as her daughter.  It is possible, but not yet certain if these women are connected to the same William Devoe who was originally buried with this stone.

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