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Featured Gravestone – Charity Fox

DSC01652Section:  Presbyterian*

Material:  White marble

Large white stone with a distinctive shape.  Carved drapery frames the upper part of the tablet with a cover urn above it.  Stone is very darkened and inscription is heavily eroded, though the text was copied on the burial index card.

Inscription:  In memory of Charity, wife of Bristol Fox, who departed this life September 1, 1825, aged 29 years, 10 months, and 12 days.  Also, Catherine Louisa Fox, aged 4 months and 12 days, also Edward Henry, aged 23 days.

*While the stone is currently located in the United Presbyterian section of the Church Grounds, the Common Council inventory lists it as originally erected in the Methodist Episcopal section of the State Street Burying Grounds.

Charity’s maiden name was Devoe and it is possible she was related to William Devoe who is also buried in the Church Grounds.  The 1825 city directory lists her husband as a carpenter at 654 South Market Street.  The dates of death for the children are not given and it is not known if either died at or around the same time as Charity.

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Featured Gravestone – Nancy Jamieson

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Section:  Methodist Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  Very discolored stone with lower portion embedded in the earth and a good deal of wear to the inscription.  Features two willow trees framing an urn-style monument and a swag of vine-like foliage carved above the inscription.

Inscription:  Nancy Wife of W. Jamieson

While the date on the stone is not visible, cemetery records indicate Nancy died in 1838.  She is not included in the Common Council inventory; this could be one of a number of mistaken omissions or she may not have originally been buried in the State Street Burying Grounds.  There is no W. Jamieson listed in the inventory (only a child named Edward Bradstreet Jamieson, son of James and Elizabeth).

Edited June 26, 2013:  The Cemetery burial card was copied from the stone while it was more legible and read Nancy, Wife of W. Jamieson, died July 3, 1838, AE 59 years.

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Featured Gravestone – John Walker

Section:  Methodist Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  Stone features a classical urn beneath a willow tree.  Stone has the usual darkening, lower edge is partly embedded in the earth, some blurring of carving due to erosion, text is legible..

Inscription:  John Walker, Died Jan. 14th, 1832, Aged 53 years, 14 days, Then a member of Assembly from the County of Clinton.

John Walker was a native of Worcester, Massachusetts.   A printer by trade, he moved first to Colchester, Vermont, then to Rouses Point, near Champlain, New York, where he also served as a Deputy United States Customs Officer.  He died in Albany while serving in the New York State Assembly and, following his death, fellow members of the Assembly wore black armbands as a “testimony of respect.”  His widow, Sarah Fitch Walker, outlived him by almost forty years and is buried in Rouses Point.

The following is an account of Assemblyman Walker’s death as printed in the Albany Evening Journal:

Sudden Death of a Member of the Legislature. The Hon. John Walker, a member of the from the county of Clinton, was found dead in his bed at the Merchants Exchange about half 11 o clock this forenoon.  Mr W has been in feeble health for several weeksm but was in his seat yesterday, and retired last night after passing the evening in cheerful conversation with his friends, as well as he had been during the session.  His absence at the breakfast table was not remarked nor was he missed until Mr. Wright had occasion to open his room door, when he was discovered lying on his side, without the distortion of a muscle, and apparently in a quiet sleep.  But upon attempting to awaken him, it was discovered that he had fallen into the sleep of death!  The spirit had departed.  Doct. Maxwell, who visited the remains, informs us that Mr. Walker’s death was occasioned by the rupture of a blood vessel near the heart, and that he died without any consciousness of his situation.

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