The following information is from the Troy Irish Genealogy website:
The State Street Burying Grounds, was opened by the City of Albany in 1801 to alleviate the overcrowded churchyards and private family graveyards. It was located at the eastern end of what is now Washington Park in Albany.
Most churches were given their own sections of the Burial Grounds and interments from previous church grounds and in the city cemetery at State and Eagle Streets were moved here. Within a few decades, however, the State Street Burying Ground was already in decline. The graveyard was extremely overcrowded and suffered from neglect and vandalism.To see this new data base, go to http://www.rootsweb.com/~nytigs, click on PROJECTS and then click on STATE STREET BURIAL GROUNDS.
In 1866, Albany's Common Council addressed the matter of the Burying Grounds and passed a resolution to close it. All graves in it would be removed to the Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, New York. Burials in the Catholic Grounds Section, however, were moved to St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, New York.
This new data base identifies the re-interments from the following 15 different sections of the Burial Grounds:
In addition to the 15 separate files of data, there is a master list for ALL of the re-interments as part of this new data base.
- Rural Reformed Protestant Dutch Church
- St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
- First Presbyterian Church
- Second Presbyterian Church
- Third Presbyterian Church
- United Presbyterian Church
- African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Garretson Station Methodist Episcopal Church
- Baptist Church
- Albany Society of Friends
- Ebenezer Lutheran Church
- Catholic Church Grounds
- First Universalist Church
- Methodist Episcopal Church
- Potter's Field
The data base covers 3,685 names and a number of the records may include age, date of birth, date of death, place of birth, names of parents, spouses, etc. As many of the middle names listed for individuals are more than likely to be "family surnames" these "likely surnames" have been included in the index as a cross reference. Also, in those instances where the parent’s names of a married woman were mentioned in the comments section, a cross reference to the parents surname was also included in the index.
My thanks to newsletter reader Bill McGrath for telling me about this new resource.