New York USA
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
PLEASE DO NOT ADD NAMES TO THIS CEMETERY.
It was moved to Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery in 1955 and called North Road Cemetery on the stone and is not an active cemetery. This listing is for reference only of the people who were buried here, and is transcribed from the Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle. Thank You.
According to the Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle 480 headstones survived with 510 names. I have now upgraded all the names and dates from "Old Gravestones Of Dutchess County" written by J. Wilson Poucher, M.D. and Helen Wilkinson Reynolds.
This book lists many defunct cemeteries in New York and is invaluable for genealogists. Published in 1924, however it is most likely hard to find in good condition, and my local library's copy is quite fragile.
Wednesday, January 24, 1912
DUTCH CHURCH CEMETERY
NAMES AND INSCRIPTIONS
A Full List of Names on the Stones Remaining
in the Old Cemetery North of City near
Mr. Wilbur's Hillcrest.
On the east side of Hyde Park
Road, just north of this city, is a
burial ground belonging to the Dutch
Church. The land was acquired by
the church a century ago, and inter-
ments were made in it so late as the
eighties, but for thirty years, it has
not been used, has been entirely ne-
glected, and by many is now alto-
gether forgotten. At present it is
densely overgrown with sumach
bushes, poison ivy, blackberry vines,
rank grasses and weeds; is scarred
by woodchucks' burrows, and track-
ed by trailing paths of boys and
tramps; while many of the grave-
stones are cracked, fallen and de-
The statement is said to have been
made in the past that the right to
care for and manage this cemetery
lay with the plot-owners, and that
the Dutch Church as a corporate
body lacked the power to control it,
which idea may have grown out of
a confused tradition regarding the
provisions of the deed for the prop-
erty. The deed is recorded in the
county clerk's office (Liber 21, page
413) and shows that, when the
church desired to open a new bury
ing ground in 1810, three of its
members advanced the money to pay
for it, they being reimbursed later
through the sale of plots. These
three men were appointed to lay out
the land as a cemetery, but there
their duties and connection ended.
In the sale of the plots the only right
conferred upon the purchasers was
that of making interments, the title
to the whole tract being vested in
In 1916 the Dutch Church of
Poughkeepsie will be two hundred
years old, and its members look back
upon its long life with pride. How
could the church of to-day more fully
honor itself on this anniversary then
by honoring this resting place of its
former members and restoring the
same to a state of respectability?
During November and December,
1911, Dr. J. Wilson Poucher and
Miss Helen W. Reynolds have copied
the inscriptions on the stones remaining
in this yard, and the Magic publishes
collections as a definite contribu-
tion to the genealgical history of
the 480 stones bear the names of
510 individuals, and many families
are represented which in their sev-
eral days, have been prominent in
the social, political, professional or
business life of the place; such, for
example, as the Tappens, Everetts,
Blooms, Evertsons, Harrises, Oakleys,
Innises, Roosevelts, Varicks, and Ad-
riances, while sixteen former' mem-
bers of the Consistory of the Dutch
Church lie buried here, namely:
Wines Manney, Abraham Pells, John
Pells, David Carpenter, Henry
Barnes, Robert Forrest, Evert A.
Pells, William Bell, Michael T Hyz-
er, John C. Van Valkenburgh, Dr.
John Barnes, Herman J. Jewett, Ben-
jamin Howland, George Bloom, Geo.
Swan, Jacob Boerum.
To this list of members of Con-
sistory might be added the name of
Dr. Peter Tappen (brother-in-law of
Governor George Clinton) to whose
memory a stone is standing, but as
Dr. Tappen died in 1792, and this
burying ground was opened in 1810,
it is a question whether the stone
marks the spot of where his body lies.
In this instance, and in some others
where stones bear dates prior to
1810, there may have been removals
to the new ground from the Dutch
burying ground on Main Street.
That a number of removals were
made from this yard on the Post
Road to the Rural Cemetery, after
the opening of the latter in 1854, is
also undoubtedly the case.
of the 510 names of individuals
found in the following collection of
inscriptions, 130 are those of child-
ren under twelve years of age. Gene-
alogically, the record of the children
is valuable for supplying, as it does
in the name of the parents. the heads
of several households in Poughkeep-
sie in various generations: it has
further bearing, also, as a side-light
on the hifh infant mortality
The inscriptions on all the stones
have been copied as carefully as pos-
sible, but the action of wind and
weather on porous sandstone has
blurred and scaled so many that, if
any inaccuracy is discovered allow-
ance must be made for the difficulty
experienced in the work.
The stones in this cemetery were moved to Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery in early 1955, and the property became part of St. Francis Hospital.
I am going to transcribe the complete newspaper article here to complete this cemetery, even though the names are now in the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Most of the stones have deteriorated and are unreadable, but I will try to add pictures for the ones that have survived.
If you have an interest in a specific cemetery for me to include on Findagrave let me know and I will try to transcribe it here.