|Birth: ||Aug. 8, 1840|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 1842|
John Augustus Baum, son of John Andrew Baum and Sarah A. Baum, who died in Troy of Scarlet Fever. He seems to have originally been buried in Mount Ida Cemetery:
"John A. Baum's child 26 Apr 1842 2y W . . Native"
"Troy Burial Records 1842: April 1842" http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyrensse/troybur9.htm
The italic "ALSO" that appears at the bottom of the headstone might be for his older infant brother Charles Lowrey Baum, who died a month later.
Sometime after October 16, 1850 it must have been reinterred to Oakwood Cemetery.
"On September 9, 1848, the Troy Cemetery Association was organized […] On September 5, 1849, the first land embraced in its area was purchased […] On October 16, 1850, the grounds were consecrated"
Weise, Arthur James. "Oakwood Cemetery." The City of Troy and Its Vicinity. Troy, NY: Edward Green, 1886. 54.
The headstone in Lot F is not included on Oakwood's map of the plot. Since the names were chiseled away, its owner was a mystery to me and others who'd seen it there - including living relatives of the closest of the two families buried in that plot. A Find A Grave user pointed out that a 04/26/1842 death of a child of 1y 8m 19d is listed at "Oakwood Cemetery Troy, New York 1851-1872 Interments." http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyrensse/cemoak1851.htm. It was only after seeing that when I found the Mount Ida page above indicating he'd been buried there first.
The Baum family is in L102, which is near to F, but does not border it. Seemingly the old headstone was discarded when a new one of stone matching that of the Baum family obelisk was created for John Augustus Baum and Charles Lowrey Baum. Both boys' full names and dates appear on the northern face of the family obelisk.
How the old one wound up in F is anyone's guess; I'm supposing it had somehow been buried in a (then) unused section, and then when that lot was dug, the diggers left it on the surface. If they'd feared that a grave there had gone unmarked while the stone had been buried (if it had), thankfully there's no remains. It's kept the wrong lot company long enough that I hope the stone remains!
John Andrew Baum (1810 - 1850)
[Lot F headstone]:
Died April 26, 1842
Aged 1 year, 8 months,
and 19 days.
CHARLES JOHN A
[L102 obelisk, northern face]:
JOHN AUGUSTUS BAUM
BORN AUGUST ? 1840
DIED APR 26 1842
CHARLES LOWREY BAUM
BORN MAY ? 1838
DIED MAY 16 1842
New York, USA
Created by: tofftroy
Record added: Dec 16, 2012
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