Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Albany, New York Burials: State Street Burial Ground and Albany Rural Cemetery

Inscriptions for burials at the State Street Burial Ground from the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Albany, New York, compiled by William V. Hanney were published in the Dutch Settlers Society of Albany Yearbook, volume 39 (1963-64). A scanned copy of the pages has been placed online (State Street, Albany burials).

There are just a few Browers on the list, but those researching other families of the Albany, New York area will find many other familiar names.

As the introduction states, those interred in this cemetery were moved in 1867 to the Albany Rural Cemetery, which is in Menands, New York. Menands is a village in the Town of Colonie, Albany County, just north of the Albany city line. includes in its collection of databases, "Menands, New York, Albany Rural Cemetery Burial Cards, 1791-2011." A paid subscription is required for access to the searchable database. The database contains burial records for 56 persons named BROWER and for five persons named BREWER. Images of the burial cards can be viewed and downloaded.

Here is an example of one of the burial cards. Nicholas M. C. Brower, originally from the Albany area, died at Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, but was buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery. He was an ancestor of Chester A. Brower.

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