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Featured Gravestone – Frederick Matthews

DSC00793Section:  Second Presbyterian

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  Much of stone has darkened to gray, some chipping along edges, and bottom corners are becoming embedded in the earth.  Overall, the inscription has some minor erosion (mainly to the first lines), but is very legible.

Inscription:  A Tribute of Friendship.  This stone marks the spot where repose the mortal remains of Frederick Matthews, Born in New Braintree, Mass. April 22, 1793; Died in Albany, June 4th, 1830.  He was a true Friend, a good Man, and a devout Christian.

A graduate of Harvard, Frederick Matthews served as headmaster of the Albany Female Academy (later known as the Albany Academy for Girls) from 1824 to 1826.  He also appears on a list of resident members of the Albany Institute (now the Albany Institute of History & Art).

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Featured Gravestone – Abigail Wilson

Section:  Second Presbyterian

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  Edges of the stone are deep in the grass, lower edge appears to be partially embedded in the earth.  Stone features a willow tree which frames an urn with a flame.

Inscription:  Erected November 29, 1828, in memory of Mrs. Abigail Wilson, second wife of Samuel Wilson, globe manufacturer; who died August 28, 1828, in the 25th year of her age.  The many exalted virtues which conspicuously adorned the character of this amiable woman, will render her long remembered and lamented by a numerous circle to whom she was allied by the tenderest of ties of consanguinity, friendship, and affection; by whom her society was ever hailed with delight, and joy, and esteem, as a balm to sooth their sorrows and afflictions.

With its classic design and glowing epitaph, this is an exceptional gravestone which was one of a pair erected by Samuel Wilson.  Records, including Joel Munsell’s Annals of Albany, indicate another stone was erected on the same date for Wilson’s first wife, Jane, who died the preceding year at the age of twenty-eight.  Jane’s stone, which has not yet been located and photographed, also features a long, loving epitaph and also memorializes an infant son who died a month before Jane.  This Samuel Wilson was the son of noted globe manufacturer James Wilson.  The elder Wilson is also buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery with an elaborate monument by Robert Launitz.

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