26 June 2020

Couse Corners Cemetery

For the past five years I knew of a hidden cemetery, the Couse Corners Cemetery in East Greenbush. However I did not know where it was located. Many times I drove by the area looking for it and also peered into the woods hoping to find it. It was a mystery.

This past Winter during one of my jaunts I saw a man working in his front yard so I stopped my truck and asked him if he was aware of this cemetery. He said "yes" and brought me to it. All of the gravestones were toppled and covered with dirt and leaves. I asked if he would mind if I restored the cemetery when the weather became warmer. He said that he would like that. The rest is history now and the cemetery is restored.

When this project began I was aware of four burials in this cemetery from data found in the rensselaer.nygenweb.net website. The four gravestones were transcribed in November 1978 by a local historian. The area around the toppled gravestones was cleared and probed. Luckily an additional gravestone and a footstone were found.

All of the gravestones were cleaned with D2 Biological Solution and reset upright proximate to where they were unearthed. Three of the gravestones were broken and one of them was broken into six pieces that I could find. A sizable portion of the left side and top of the gravestone was missing. Those pieces could not be located; so those parts of the gravestone needed to be fabricated with a lime-based mortar.

Below are pictures of the project after the gravestones were uncovered.



As work progressed, Lany's and Jane Ann's gravestone in repair.



The gravestone of Dorrithy D. Pool was transcribed in November 1978. Today much of the left side of her gravestone was missing including the beginning of her name. Her stone was broken in numerous pieces.



[DO]RRITHY POOL
wife of
Daniel D. Lansing
died
June 13, 1841
aged 26 yrs. 3 mos.
& 8 days.


LANY C.
wife of
Stephen Ostrander
DIED
Jan. 8, 1846
aged 18 years
& 17 days.

Footstone of Lany C. Ostrander



JANE ANN POOL
wife of 
George Bishop
died
Sept. 30, 1838;
aged 31 y'rs & 22 days.


FREDERICK
ALBERT
son of Isaac &
Eliza C Birch
died
July 14, 1840
aged 11 m's
& 15 d's.


DAVID HENRY
son of 
Isaac & Eliza
C. Birch died
Sept. 3, 1838
aged 1 yr.
2 ms. & 7 ds.

Below is an overall view of the finished cemetery.






11 June 2020

AncestryDNA for Dad on Father's Day

Father's Day is around the corner. If Dad or Grandpa has not yet taken an AncestryDNA kit now is the time. The cost is only $59 and the sale ends on 21 June 2020. See what you can discover in your family tree with DNA!


03 June 2020

Free Record Collection During the Month of June

MyHeritage will open one of its subscription record collections to the public for free everyday during the month of June!

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02 June 2020

New Post/Update on Evangelical Protestant Cemetery

Work is progressing at the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery in Albany. For an update on this project please click here.


Exploring the Rhineland-Palatinate Free Webinar, 3 June 2020

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21 May 2020

MyHeritage Free Access to Military Records

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23 April 2020

Ancestral Gravestones

Trying to get back to posting blog stories. The Coronavirus has many lives turned upside down; including myself. I am not ill but tied up and out of my element in other ways. In this article I will post a photo of the gravestones of my direct ancestors who are buried in the United States. For my genealogy research, I am very fortunate that most of my family is buried locally.

Paternal Grandparents

George Edward Kirk White & Margaret Mary Gannon
Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, NY

Maternal Grandparents

Joseph Albert Koreman
Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont, NY

Agnes Johanna Bailey
Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont, NY

Paternal Great Grandparents

George Washington White
Clara Boyd Hitchcock
Graceland Cemetery, Albany, NY


John Joseph Gannon & Catherine Theresa Eger
Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, NY

Maternal Great Grandparents

Joseph William Koreman & Mary Albert
Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont, NY


Mary Elizabeth Schick & Henry Joseph Bailey
St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY

Paternal Great Great Grandparents

Charles William White & Mary Ann Wilson
Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY

Edward Kirk Hitchcock
&
Maria Louisa Mulder
Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY


Michael Joseph Gannon & Ann M. Cummings
St. Agnes Cemetery, NY


George Eger & Catherine Schuster
Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, NY

Maternal Great Great Grandparents

 Henry Koreman
Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont, NY

Margaret Behrhof
Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont, NY

John Albert & Sophia Albert
Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont, NY

Henry Joseph Bailey & Johanna O'Donnell
St. Agnes' Cemetery, Menands

Paternal Great Great Great Grandparents
Robert White & Ann Strong
Wellsville Cemetery, Wellsville, KS

James Henry Hitchcock & Caroline Gertrude Hitchcock
Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY
James & Caroline have no grave markers

Jacobus Mulder 
&
Klaasje Klasen Booij
(Clarissa Boyd)
Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY

Maternal Great Great Great Grandparents

Cornelis Koreman & Maria Catharina Colen
Originally buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Albany, NY
Location of remains are unknown

Michael Behrhof & Magdalene Schaetzle
Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont, NY

John Albert
Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont, NY

Julia Hoffman
Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont, NY

Joseph Albert & Maria Ittinger
Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont, NY

Henry Benjamin Bailey & Bridget Kennedy
Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont
Buried in family plot with no gravestone

Thomas O'Donnell & Catherine McCarthy
Thomas originally buried in St. John's Cemetery, Albany, NY
Location of remains unknown
Catherine McCarthy buried in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY
Catherine has no gravestone

Paternal Great Great Great Great Grandparents

Geesje Roelofs Hoorn 
(Lucretia Boyd)
New Mount Ida Cemetery, Troy, NY
Husband Klaas Remmelt Booij remains are unknown

Aistroppe Robinson Hitchcock
Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY
wife Margaret Ann Sickman
buried at Albany Rural Cemetery without a gravestone

Paternal GGGGG Grandparents

Elizabeth Sickman
Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY

Paternal GGGGGG Grandparents

Samuel Hitchcock & Mary Schlippe
Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY