Below are the inscriptions from headstones at the Schuyler Flatts burial ground as compiled and published by Joel Munsell in 1874. The stones were later removed to the Rural Cemetery and arranged in the rear of General Philip Schuyler’s memorial. The inscriptions are now mostly illegible on all but a few of the stones. Fortunately, Munsell’s transcription preserves the names, dates, and some fine examples of early American epitaphs.
In memory of
daughter of Cornelius
& Harriet Schuyler,
who died Oct. 9, 1828,
AE. 3 yr’s. 6 mo. 19 d’s
As sweet the flower that scents the morn,
But withers in the rising day,
Thus lovely was this infants dawn,
Thus swiftly fled its life away.
– Continue reading
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)
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
The Book of Burials contains a list of individuals buried at The Flatts, the large Schuyler farm north of Albany. These burials took place between 1728 and 1755. They represent only a portion of the total burials in The Flatts cemetery. The remains, along with a number of headstones, were removed from the Flatts to the Rural Cemetery in 1921.
A more detailed description and history of The Flatts cemetery can be found here.
Joel Munsell’s 1874 transcription of headstones at The Flatts is here.