NEW YORK MARBLE CEMETERY - WALL TABLETS

The Marble Cemetery has no individual headstones.  The north and south portions of the aboveground walls surrounding the half-acre vault area hold plaques of Tuckahoe marble engraved with the names of the early  19th century vault owners (who in many cases are buried elsewhere) and the vault numbers.  The names of the persons buried in the 156 vaults are NOT inscribed anywhere except in the written registers.

The position of each plaque on the wall indicates the location of each corresponding vault.  The walls are deteriorating and many of the family plaques are fallen, broken, or missing.  Many of the fallen stones are stored on site.  As a rule, the south wall plaques are in better shape than the north wall ones.  About a dozen stones are in near-perfect condition.  It is known what was probably engraved on each plaque, so some plaques can be “read” that otherwise would be illegible.  The stones are listed here in numeric vault order, which is different from their geographic arrangement.  Slashes indicate separate lines of engraving.  Dashes indicate illegible portions of lines.  The V-cut Roman lettering is uniform:  the top line(s) is the purchaser’s name, in the center is Vault in large letters, and at the bottom is No followed by the numeral.

In the center of the East Wall is a large, completely illegible marble plaque, which once said “New York Marble Cemetery ~ A Place of Interment for Gentlemen.”  The West Wall, which is gone, once held a large, pure white Index Stone with the original owners’ names in alphabetical order.  The stone fell long ago and cracked into a number of small pieces, several of which can still be clearly read.  As the Cemetery is restored, it is hoped that more missing pieces will be found.

1. Illegible   [Fallen]
2. /VAULT/ [Fallen]
3. --- HOW/ [Fallen]
4. Missing
5. ----MARSH/ [Fallen]
6. ANTHONY LAMB/VAULT/No 6 [Fallen]
7. DAVID ANDREWS/ VAULT/ No 7 [Very faint]
8. GEORGE BOWEN/ RICHARD B. BROWN/ VAULT/ No 8 [An earlier owner’s name has been erased]
9. JOHN MORRRISON/ VAULT/ N--
10. URIAH SCRIBNER/ VAULT/ No 10 [Excellent]
11. PETER OGILVIE/ VAULT/ No 11 [Excellent]
12. ASA H. CENTER/ VAULT/ No 12 [Excellent]
13. WILLIAM OSBORN/ VAULT/ [Faint]
14. WILLIAM MCINTOSH/ VAULT/ No 14 [Faint]
15. THOMAS LORD/ VAULT/ No 15
16. /VAULT/ No 16
17. ---ROBBINS/VAULT/No 17 [Fallen]
18. Missing
19. DAVID B. OGDEN/ VAULT/ No 19
20. SAMUEL JONES/ VAULT/ No 20
21. ASAPH STONE/ VAULT/ No 21 [Faint]
22. BENJAMIN BAILEY/ VAULT/ No 22
23. JOHN C. MORRISON/ VAULT/ No 23 [Fallen]
24. --- MANY/ VAULT/ [Fallen; Very faint]
25. JAMES KENT/ VAULT/ No 25
26. GEORGE GORDON/ VAULT/ No 26 [Excellent]
27. GEORGE CURTIS/ VAULT/ No 27 [Different carver?]
28. DANIEL FANSHAW/ VAULT/ No 28
29. WILLIAM ---/ VAULT/ [Very faint]
30. GEORGE GRIFFIN/ VAULT/ No 30 [Cracked]
31. DAVID JO---/ VAULT/ No 31
32. CHARLES WARDELL/ BENJAMIN R. ROBSON/ VAULT/ No 32
33. ELISHA PECK/ VAULT/ No 33 [Newer stone]
34. JOHN W. WOOD/ JOHN B. BROWER/ VAULT/
35. ELISHA RIGGS/ VAULT/ No ---
36. EDWARD BANKER/ VAULT/ No 36 [Fallen]
37. DAVID LEE/ VAULT/ No 37 [Recarved?]
38. PAUL SPOFFORD/ THOMAS TILESTON/ VAULT/ No 38 [Excellent]
39. JOHN W. LEAVITT/ VAULT/ No 39 [Recarved?]
40. JOHN NEILSON/ VAULT/ No 40 [Excellent]
41. RALPH OLMSTED/ VAULT/ No 41 [Excellent]
42. HEMAN AVERILL/ HENRY COIT/ JOSEPH OTIS/ AUGUSTIN AVERILL/ VAULT/ No 42 [Excellent]
43. ROBERT MCJIMSEY/ VAULT/ No 43 [Fallen]
44. BOONEN GRAVES/ [Fallen; cracked]
45. / VAULT/ No 45
46. Missing [Possibly the unidentified fallen stone with an erasure]
47. Missing
48. ANDREW C. ZABRISKIE/ VAULT/ No 48 [Reset in wall in position for No. 99]
49. JOHN COOK HALSEY/ VAULT/ No 49 [Newer stone; Halsey Genealogy says 1927]
50. ELIS---/---/---SON/ [Does not say Lucia Grosvenor Williams]
51. No 51/ PERKINS NICHOLS/and/ MRS. SARAH F. CADLE [Smaller stone made after 1880; reset low in wall]
52. DAVID HOSACK/ [Reset low in wall]
53. Missing [Ilegible; fell & cracked, May 2004]
54. Missing
55. SAMUEL M. THOMPSON/VAULT/No 55 [Fallen; cracked in half]
56. / VAULT/ No. 56
57. Missing
58. JOSEPH V. VARICK/ VAULT/ No 58 [An earlier owner’s name has been erased]
59. VAULT/No 59 [Fallen; only bottom half is extant]
60. ABIJAH FISHER/ VAULT/ No 60
61. --- ROSE/ ---MASON ROSE/
62. WILLIAM NEWCOMB/ VAULT/ [Recarved?]
63. HENRY MARVIN/ GILBERT DEVOE/VAULT/ No 63 [Cracked]
64. --- JUDSON/
65. PETER VAN ZANDT/ [Very faint]
66. HENRY FANNING/ JOHN STEARNS/ADOLPHUS LANE/ [Faint]
67. Illegible
68. MOSES H. GRINNELL/ VAULT/ [Very faint]
69. NATHANIEL COGSWELL/ [Fallen; pieces missing; recut in 1910]
70. M--- MONSON/VAULT/No 70 [Fallen; faint]
71. PETER DEMILL/ VAULT/ No 71 [Fallen; broken]
72. JOHN SAMPSON/ SAMUEL TISDALE/ VAULT/ [Faint]
73. --- WILLIAMS/ RICHARD WILLIAMS/ THOMAS WILLIAMS/ [Very faint]
74. Illegible
75. HENRY TROWBRIDGE/ --- COMSTOCK/ [Fallen]
76. THADDEUS PHELPS/ VERDINE ELSWORTH/ VAULT/
77. DANIEL BOARDMAN/ VAULT/ No 77 [Excellent]
78. Illegible
79. ABRAHAM FARDON/ VAULT/ No 79
80. Illegible
81. JAMES ---/ VAULT/ No --- [Very faint]
82. Missing
83. BENJAMIN WRIGHT/ JAMES WRIGHT/ VAULT/ No 83 [Fallen; broken]
84. Missing
85. Illegible
86. Missing
87. AUGUSTUS WYNKOOP/ VAULT/ [Fallen; broken]
88. Missing
89. AARON CLARK/ VAULT/ No 89
90. Illegible [Fallen]
91. Illegible
92. JAMES MURRAY/ HAMILTON MURRAY/VAULT/ No 92 [Fallen]
93. ---N BUCK/ VAULT/ [Cracked]
94. Missing
95. Missing
96. Illegible
97. WILLIAM GREEN/AP--- / [Fallen]
98. PETER ---/ [Fallen]
99. JOHN --- SHEPARD/ NATHANIEL COSKRYS/ VAULT/ No 99 [In position for No. 48]
100. Illegible
101. --- F. RANDOLPH/
102. GEORGE D. PHELPS/--- RANDOLPH [Fallen]
103. Missing. Never reset into wall from Dead House façade.
104. ---KERNOCHAN/--- [Fallen; chipped]
105. WILLIAM CRUIK---/ VAULT/ No 105
106. ROBERT CENTER/ SETH GROSVENOR/ VAULT/ No 106
107. ALLISON POST/ VAULT/
108. Illegible
109. Illegible
110. ---ER-/ VAULT/
111. Illegible
112. Illegible
113. / VAULT/
114. PETER VANDERVOORT/ VAULT/No 114 [Fallen]
115. OB---/ [In the wall position for V. 116]
116. /VAULT/ [In the wall position for V. 115]
117. Illegible
118. Illegible
119. ---ALL/ VAULT/ [An earlier owner’s name has been erased]
120. GEOR --LASS/
121. ---RIG--/ [Fallen; broken; lower two-thirds missing]
122. Missing
123. Illegible
124. Illegible
125. Illegible
126. Illegible
127. BENJAMIN DEFOREST/CHARLES DEFOREST/ [Faint]
128. Illegible
129. Illegible
130. Illegible
131. ---GSLEY/
132. Illegible
133. --- BROWN/VAULT/No 133 [Fallen]
134. Illegible
135. Missing
136. Missing
137. Missing
138. --- GREENWAY/ [Fallen]
139. Missing
140. FR---/VAULT/No 140 [Fallen; broken in half]
141. Illegible [Fallen]]
142. G G AND ---/ [Fallen]
143. Illegible [Fallen[
144. Illegible [Fallen]
145. --- STRONG/
146. Illegible
147. Illegible
148. Illegible
149. ---M VAN---/
150. ---ARD-/
151. Illegible [Fallen]
152. ---N---/
153. Missing
154. Missing
155. JOHN HAGGERTY/VAULT [Fallen]
156. Illegible [Fallen]
Anne W. Brown, 2008