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Cadwallader David Colden
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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
Added by: Eric K. Washington
11/01/2011
 
 

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