Some Interesting Ancestors Of
New York Marble Cemetery

Read some stories about the ancestors buried at New York Marble Cemetery and the interesting lives they led.

Richard M. Blatchford – by R. Breck Denny

Richard Milford Blatchford was born in Stratfield, Connecticut on April 23, 1798. He was the ninth of 17 children of the Reverend Samuel Blatchford and Alicia Windeatt. In 1804, the family moved to Lansingburgh, near Saratoga, New York
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Aaron Clark by Brooks Wrampelmeier

According to his own Family Record, Aaron was born 16 October 1787 in Worthington, MA, son of David Clark and his second wife Lydia Benjamin. Soon after his birth the family removed to Vermont. During the War of 1812, he was private secretary to (…more)

Mary Ann Delafield DuBois – by Anne W. Brown

The 19th-century women buried in the New York Marble Cemetery had the same intelligence and drive as women today.  Complex household management, constant child-bearing, limited formal education, and societal expectations (…more)
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George Douglass – by Kenneth P. Woodington

George Douglass was a businessman in Baltimore and later in New York. He was a member of the fifth generation of Douglasses descended from Col. John Douglass (1636-1678), who was born in Scotland and came to Maryland around 1654. (…more)

Daniel Fanshaw – by Warren Fanshaw Rollins, III

Members of the New York Typographical Society held fellow printer Daniel Fanshaw in high esteem. Upon his death at age 71 in February of 1860, its members proclaimed that for thirty days the Society’s rooms were to be (…more)
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In 1831 John Hone became President of the New York Marble Cemetery’s first Board of Trustees, the same year Rembrandt Peale painted this portrait. (…more)

David Hosack, 1769-1835 by Penelope Rowlands

Born in Manhattan in 1769, David Hosack lived, at the very center of New York. He was a friend and confidante of some of the more distinguished citizens of the early Republic, including General Alexander Hamilton, (…more)
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Francis Markoe, 1774-1848 by Anne W. Brown

“The happiest man I have ever known”[1] grew up on St. Croix when it was part of the Danish West Indies. Francis and his brother Peter were sent to Philadelphia to school and graduated together from Princeton in 1794. Francis became a U.S. citizen at 21 and two years later married a Philadelphia girl, Sarah Caldwell. (…more)

John Mitchell Mason , 1770-1829 by Tiffany McKerahan

John Mitchel Mason was born in New York City in 1770 and graduated from Columbia College (now Columbia University) at age 19. After studying theology at the University of Edinburgh, he became pastor of the Scotch Presbyterian Church on Cedar Street in NYC. (…more)
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Gardiner Spring was born in 1785, attended Berwick Academy in Maine and later graduated from Yale University in 1805. In 1806 he married Miss Susan Barney and moved to Bermuda where he worked as a teacher while studying law. (…more)

James Tallmadge, 1778-1853  (from US Congress Biographical Directory)

James Tallmadge was born in Stanfordville, Dutchess County, N.Y. on January 28, 1778.
He was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1798 and was secretary to Governor Clinton 1798-1800 at which time e studied studied law. (…more)
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Thomas Tileston, 1793-1864 by R. Breck Denny

Thomas Tileston was born in Boston on August 13, 1793, the second of 11 children of Lemuel, an indigo merchant, and Mary Minns.  At the age of 13 he secured a position as a printer’s apprentice at the firm of Greenough & Stebbins in Boston at the salary of $30 a year and board.  Under revised ownership, the printing and publishing house, (…more)

Myndert Van Schaick, 1782-1865 (by Harold deWolf Fuller, Ph.D.)

Born in 1782, Myndert Van Schaick had two projects which engrossed his mature years.  He lived to see both well on the way to success.  Without his active service neither would probably have shown great progress in his lifetime.  No praise is too high for such foresight and enterprise. (…more)
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Benjamin Wright, 1770-1842  (by Neal FitzSimons, Fellow, ASCE)

Born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, just before the American Revolution, Benjamin Wright’s professional career covered the burgeoning of the industrial revolution in the United States. By the time of his death in 1842 the American transportation network had become the envy of the world. (…more)