Westchester County, NY
Following is a list of the sandstones (also called redstones or brownstones) and slate (two only) in the Old Van Cortlandtville Cemetery on the corner of Oregon Road and Locust Avenue in Cortlandt Manor (formerly called Peekskill), Westchester County, NY. This cemetery is next to the Little Red School House, adjoins Hillside Cemetery and surrounds Old St. Peter's Church. The Cemetery is often referred to as Old St. Peter's Church Yard.
According to Scharf, "In 1750, Andrew Johnson ..., a son-in-law of Stephanus Van Cortlandt, for the sum of five pounds, conveyed to Caleb Hall, Joseph Travis, and Pelatiah Hawes, six acres of land lying at a place called Peekskill, on the north side of the Crompond road, to be used as a site for a schoolhouse, burying ground, and meeting-house or houses for the religious (under the protection of his Majesty) such as adherents of the Church of England, the Presbyterian, Independents, Baptists, or Congregationalists, etc., but for no other purpose." (page 385, Vol. 2, History of Westchester, NY)
According to Historic Van Cortlandtville (page 23), "Messrs. Travis and Haws gave their four acres to the Episcopalians, Hall turned over his two acres to the Baptists who built a church on the south section of the plot in 1772."
Former Peekskill historian, Carlton B. Scofield, tells us "Caleb Hall was a Baptist and a pioneer ... at the end he was laid to rest in 1791 in a place close beside the Van Cortlandtville Baptist Church built in 1772. The church was built on land given to the Baptists by Caleb Hall." (page 10, History Of The First Baptist Church)
The Jacobs and Voct stones are in the same area as the other sandstones, but are not considered part of the Van Cortlandtville Cemetery (they are said to be in Hillside Cemetery). According to Scharf, (page 388, Vol. 2), "...when the grounds surrounding the old Episcopal Church (St. Peter's) became filled, lots were bought and interments made in the private property adjoining ...." In 1864 what is now Hillside Cemetery was purchased, including those graves that were made on private ground. I have included these three stones in this listing as they are in the same area as the other sandstones.
The Hall gravestones are not near any of the other sandstones in the Van Cortlandtville Cemetery, but they are directly in back of the Little Red School House, once the site of the early Baptist Church.
The first recorded gravestone on the six acre plot seems to have been Stephen Travis who died in 1751. St. Peter's Episcopal Church was started in 1766 and dedicated in 1767, and the Baptist Church was built on the plot about 1772.
Many of these old sandstones are damaged and down. Sandstones deteriorate from internal stresses. Stones that are 200 years old can appear perfect one day and the next day the entire face of the stone can "let go" and the face of the stone falls away and is lost forever. Please try to visit this historic cemetery and view these stones yourself before it is too late.
For more information on sandstones see the book "The Old Dutch Burying Ground of Sleepy Hollow" which is available in most Westchester County Genealogical and Historical Societies, as well as through some used booksellers.
|Surname||Given Name||Date of Death||Age at Death||
Miscellaneous, Epitaphs, Etc.
Comments in Italics
|BANKER||Jean||Mar 6 1806||6days||Daughter of John & Mary Banker|
|BANKER||Mary||Jul 7 1809||7y7m6d||Daughter of John & Mary Banker|
|BARRAT||Elizabeth||Jun 15 1788||Born Sep 15 1729, wife of John Barrat (stone down)|
|BARRET||John||Jul 31 1802||82y||An honest man's the noblest work of God.|
|BASHFORD||Byaly||Jun 22 1794||84y|
|BELL||Elizabeth||Jul 27 1816||44y1m28d||Wife of Frederick Bell|
|BELL||Frederick||Mar 13 1811||Born Sep 25 1769|
|BIRDSALL||Daniel||Oct 29 1800||65y9m13d|
|BIRDSALL||Eunice||Feb 9 1792||59y10m25d||
Wife of Daniel Willm Birdsall
When spring appears when violets blow
& shed a rich per(fume)
How soon the fragrance breaths its last
How short livd is the bloom
Fresh is the mo(rning) (s)ummer rose
Hangs withered ere on....
We scarce enjoy the balmy gift But mourn the pleasure gone.
(stone falling apart)
|BIRDSALL||Hannah||Nov 3 1815||3y3m11d||
Born Jul 23 1812 Dau. Of Daniel Wm & Phoebe Birdsall
Beneath a sleeping infant lies
To earth her body's lent
More glorious she'll here after rise
Tho' not more innocent
|BIRDSALL||Hannah||Apr 4 18(17)||75y4m27d||
Wife of (Dan)iel B(irdsal)
(stone crumbling almost gone)
|BIRDSALL||Hephsa||May 9 1795||26y3m3d||
Wife of Daniel William Birdsall
O happy dead in peace that sleep
Tho' o'er your mouldring dust we weep
A faithful Saviour soon will come
That dust to ransom from the tomb.
|BURD||Ann||Sep 10 1813||59y5m26d||Wife of Joseph Burd|
|CAMMET||Joseph||Nov 22 1799||11y5m||
Son of Thomas & Billacha Cammet
Dear friends who live to mourn & weep
Behold the grave where I sleep
Prepare for death for you must die
(last line underground)
|CONKLIN||John||Jan 24 1789||60y||
Born Oct 9 1729
As I am now you soon
Proper (sic) for death and
|DRAKE||Bilbeck||May 2 1771||71y||Wife of Capt. John Drake|
|DRAKE||Elizabeth||Jan 7 1772||21y||
Wife of Isaac Drake
Swift was her flight
Short was her Road
She closd her eyes
And saw her God.
(this stone is slate not sandstone)
|DRAKE||Jerimiah||May 6 (?) 1784||58y||Born 1726 (stone damaged)|
|DRAKE||Jesper||Feb 26 1771||19y||(this stone is slate not sandstone)|
|DRAKE||Mary||May 21 1779||32y5m17d||Wife of Samuel Drake|
|DRAKE||Rebekah||May 13 1772||43y1m28d||
Here Lyes the Body of
the Wife of Samuel Drake Esqr
Born Mar 15 Day 1729
Married May the 14 Day 1753
And Departed this Life
May the 13 Day 1772
Aged 43 Years 1 Month and 28 Days
Behold and see as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
(this line is unreadable)
Prepare for death and follow me.
(this stone cracked in half in 1997)
|DRAKE||Ruth||May 19 1786||68y||Wife of William Drake Esq.|
|DRAKE||Samuell||Jan 13 1774||75y||(Samuell is spelled with two l's)|
|DRAKE||William Esq.||Apr 29 1802||80y|
|DUSENBERRY||Denton||Nov 6 1802||62y3m|
|DUSENBERRY||Elizabeth||Feb 26 1794||1y10m26d||
Daughter of Denton & Sarah Dusenberry
Sleep lovely babe
and take thy peaceful rest
God call'd thee early
because he thought it best.
Son of Jonathan & Rachel
Born Jun 7....
|FERRIS||Jonathan||(face of stone destroyed)|
|FERRIS||Rachel||May 6 1779||43y9m14d||Consort of Jonathan Ferris|
|HAIGHT||Samuel||Jun 30 1814||68y8m27d||
While on the earth I did remain
My later days were grief and pain
Till Christ my God has thought it best
To take me to a place of rest
|HALL||Anna||Mar 25 1793||9y3m33d||Daughter of Caleb & Margarell Hall(spelled with two l's not two t's) (see intro)|
|HALL||Caleb||Oct 1 (?) 1791||91y||(see intro)|
|HALL||Jane||Mar 6 1778||78y||Wife of Caleb Hall (see intro)|
|HALL||Margeret||Apr 2 1794||47y24d||
Wife of Caleb Hall
As all must die we certain know
Let each one ready be also
|HALL||Mary||Jan 26 1795||19y||
Daughter of Dan & Mary Hall
(see introduction above)
|HAWES||Judith||Sep 22 1803||87y|
|HAWES||Pelatiah||Aug 27 1791||78y||(stone says "Pelatiah Hawes Esqr.")|
|HELIKER||Martin||Aug 2 1794||82y|
|HOPPER||James||Aug 11 1796||24y|
|JACOBS||Rebecca||Jan 3 1814||67y11d||(stone sunk & cracked) This stone is actually in Hillside (see above intro)|
|JACOBS||Samuel||Dec 31 1827||78y2m20d||(see above intro) in Hillside.|
|JONES||John||Feb 9 1808||76y1m18d|
|JONES||Rachel||Oct 18 1807||76y8m2d||Wife of John Jones|
|JONES||Sarah||Dec 31 1770||34y||Wife of John Jones|
|KING||Anthony||Oct 19 1792||9m12d||
Son of Henry & Susanna King
Death oft destroys
The parents joys
|LASCELS*||Edward*||Dec 5 17??||67y||* Name is not on stone, only death date and age. Stone is broke and sunk.|
|LICKLY||John||Nov 17 1807||73y||
When you come here my grave to view
As you are now I once was too
But sudden death has brought me here
To follow me my friends prepare.
|LICKLY||William||Oct 1 1805||31y9m12d||Born Dec 18 1773|
|MEEKS||Michael||Jan 8 1809||43y6m 13d||(stone crumbling)|
|NELSON||Joseph||Jul 6 1811||32y8m28d||Son of John & Sarah Nelson|
|OWEN||Jonathen||Jan 16 1785||Born Jul 17 1737|
|PAULDING||Esther||Mar 6 1804||35y11m5d||
Just when the strings of life were broke
I saw my glass was run
Peace to my soul my Jesus spoke
And heavenly joy begun.
One babe before me took her flight
On her my Jesus smild
And now I've pass'd deaths gloomy night
And eight more left behind.
|PAULDING||JOHN||Feb 18 1818||60y||(Revolutionary War Hero. He now rests under the large monument where his body was moved by "The Corporation of the City of New York" He most likely originally had a sandstone in the area where his family is buried.)|
|PAULDING||Mary||Mar 23 1803||11m4d||
Our Heavenly Father call'd her home
----Angels bliss to share
And by Jehovah's blessing crown'd
Nor needs a mothers care.
|PAULDING||Sarah||Oct 23 1789||22y6m18d||
Sarah Tidd the wife of John Paulding
How vain to mourn the happy dead
Who now to heavenly realms are fled;
Repine no more your c'plaints forbear
And all prepare to meet her there.
|PENOYAR||???N (possibly John)||Sep 21 1770||
Born Oct 6 1737
She that hath made----God
Shall find a------
Shall walk all beneath his shade
And there at night shall rest his head
(stone badly damaged)
|PRESHER||Wright||Oct 23 1790||1y1m4d||Son of William & Anna Presher|
|PURDY||Elias A.||Apr 2 1816||
||Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord|
|SMITH||Philemon, Jr.||Dec 14 1814||Born Jan 20 1788|
|SPOCK||James||May 14 1804||64y||(stone damaged)|
|SPOCK||Mary||Feb 27 1803||58y||Wife of James Spock (stone damaged)|
|TAYLOR||Joseph||Jan 27 1782||77y||(sunk)|
|TAYLOR||Mary||Feb 15 1798||81y||
Wife of Joseph
|TRAVIS||Elizabeth||Oct 11 1762||16y9m24d||
Born Dec 18 1745
Daughter of Joseph Travis
(this grave also has large grave stone lying flat over the grave)
|TRAVIS||Stephen||Sep 12 1751||3y7m|
|TURNER||John||Mar 27 1788||42y|
|TURNER||Mary||Sep 2 1826||79y||Wife of John Turner|
|VOCT||Mary||Feb 22 1799||18y19d||Wife of John C. Voct. (see above intro) in Hillside Cemetery|
||Mary C.||(buried with mother, Mary, above) (see above intro) in Hillside Cemetery|
|WARD||Caleb||(wife Mary, face of stone destroyed)|
|WARD||John||(wife Mary, stone broken and gone)|
|WARD||Mary||Sep 15 1765||60y||
Wife of John Ward
Eternity How Long
(stone down and broken in half)
|WARD||Mary||Feb 20 1801||70y||Born Apr 30 1731, wife of Caleb Ward|
© 1999 Jean Ann Orser Lupinetti for the above information.
The above text and table have been generously provided to this site by Jean Ann Orser Lupinetti.
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