|Cadwallader David Colden|
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Added by: Eric K. Washington
|Headstone of Mayor Cadwallader D. Colden. He shares a plot with his father-in-law Samuel Provoost, Bishop of New York 1787-1801; his wife Maria Colden; D. Colden Robertson; and his son David Cadwallader Colden, who was a principal host of Charles Dickens during the author's first American visit in 1842.|
According to Trinity Church's archivist, their records indicate Mayor Colden's removal in 1843 from an interment (no cemetery specified) in New Jersey, where he had died, to a Trinity Church Cemetery receiving vault. Other sources say he was buried at Grace Church Cemetery in Jamaica, Queens. At any rate, he was removed in 1845 to a prominent spot in the cemetery's Easterly Division. But by 1869, the advent of Broadway cutting through the cemetery caused Colden to be removed to a plot in the cemetery's Westerly Division. He was essentially forgotten in this inconspicuous plot until this researcher rediscovered him in July 2011.
Photo: ©2011 by Eric K. Washington
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