Friends Ground

Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, USA Add to Map
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A Friends' Meeting was organized at Poughkeepsie early in the nineteenth century. In 1821 Isaiah Green deeded to the Society a half acre of his farm for burial purposes. The deed conveyed a right of way to the burial lot from the Dutchess Turnpike (now Main street) along a lane, which lane was thenceforth known as "Quaker Lane."
It is greatly to be regretted that the old and distinctive name of "Quaker Lane" has, with the growth of the city in this neighborhood, given way to commonplace modern usages and become "Palmer street". When the Society of Friends divided Into Hicksite and Orthodox in 1828 the Hicksite Meeting at Poughkeepsie retained this burial ground. In 1911, after the publication in the Poughkeepsie Eagle of the inscriptions copied by Dr. Poucher and Miss Reynolds, the Hon. Charles N. Arnold of Poughkeepsie, representing the Hicksite Meeting, had the burial lot restored to order at his personal expense. All wild growth was cleared away and a fence built. In the course of this work nine inscriptions were found on stones overlooked in the tangle which have been incorporated in the following list. There were also old stones in this ground which, in accordance with Quaker custom, were unmarked. In 1922 the burial ground was entirely dug over and its boundaries obliterated in the course of creating a public playground.

  • Added: 2 Feb 2011
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