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I live in Troy, NY, right across from the New Mount Ida Cemetery, that myself, along with some wonderful friends and neighbors have adopted to try to help clean up. When I moved to this city five years ago I couldn't believe how much of a mess it was. There was garbage everywhere, so many stones knocked over and brush growing so high you couldn't even tell where the markers were. Well after these couple years of our slow work, you can definitely tell it's a cemetery again, and even the city seems to come to mow it now on a regular basis. So thank you so much to everyone for your help! Also, every spring an Earth Day clean up is held at the New Mount Ida Cemetery. Neighbors, veterans groups and fraternities will come to help clean it up a little in any way they can. Let me know if you are interested in stopping by. |
I have taken a lot of random gravestone photos in some of the cemeteries that are close to where I live here in Troy. I'm hoping it might help others that do not live around here. Most of my relatives are buried in Ulster and Duchess County NY. If you see a memorial that I have created and you want me to add more information to it, make sure you send me the note by using the edit tab, and then "suggest a correction."
My all time favorite cemetery would have to be the Coleman's Station Burying Ground, located on my Grandparents farm. I think this little old rundown family cemetery is what got me into this strange hobby in the first place. As I kid I used to love running through there, trying to scare myself with thinking I was going to see ghosts (I never did). But as I got older, I really came to appreciate the history of the people that were buried there, and how so important it was to preserve these stones that were slowly falling apart. This cemetery was the first place I ever took photos of for this website, and I know it definitely started this strange hobby of mine. Recently a lot restoration work was done back there to fix some of the markers, and I want to say thank you so much to everyone that was involved with donating their time and money with this project.
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Alysia, I have been wanting to get a message to you and when I discovered that you also put the Merrigan's stones in Elmwood Hill up here I knew I had to take advantage. Thanks for the Merrigans. That was a surprise. I would not have expected they were in that cemetery because they lived most of their lives in Brunswick. Irma was a McNaughton.
Fred and I went to New Mt. Ida Memorial Day and were horrified at the condition of the cemetery. Some of it was mowed but most was not. In spite of it we traipsed through it trying to find the graves of Johnny and his sister, John who was the son of George, and George. The only one we found was Malcolm who was at what appeared to be the front of the cemetery but down about a block from the entry. I put flowers on it and said a prayer. We did not find any of the rest of them and I thought they might all be together. We assumed that the part that was mowed was the front of the cemetery but not all of that was mowed. That being said, if you stood there in the mowed area and looked at the house across the street, to your right there was still a large area that was not mowed in front and we went all the way to the fense and headed toward the mowed area. We found Malcolm about half way through that and his grave had a side street on the other side of the fence beyond it. I do not believe that Malcolm's grave is on here but I could be wrong. We looked all over the rest of that front section that was not mowed for the rest of the family but did not find any of them. I had flowers and Flags for all of them but only Malcolm got them. We were there almost two hours and actually had to stop because Fred was starting to get rashy and swell. He has terrible reactions to vegetation. We want to come back again but It likely will be next year because currently we are in Hawaii for 3 months with Fred's jog. Then we will return to Lake George and I possibly will have my hip replacement (traipsing through all that rough, uneven ground was very hard for me too.). After I recup from that we will return to Florida and return again the following May.
Now that we have an idea of what the cemetery looks like, you could tell us where the other McNaughton are and if they are together. Do you know why that cemetery is not cared for by the Cemetery association? That is just so sad, especially for all the veterans who are in there.
Thanks again for what you do Alysia. Totally appreciate it. We took the rest of the flowers and used them on our other MacNaughton vets in Elmwood Hill.
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