Genealogy Links

N.Y.C. Genealogy

Best Sites & Sources

NYC Census Records

NYC Cemeteries

NYC Record Surveys

N.J. Genealogy

NJ Record Surveys

Essex Co., New Jersey

Site Map

More Content Coming

New York City Genealogy

St. John's Burying Ground, Manhattan, New York City

The Following article transcribed below titled, "A Great Opening of Tombs," first appeared on Sunday, December 4, 1892 in The World, which was a New York City newspaper. Within were listed names of persons found on the tombstones then standing in St. John's Burying Ground located in Lower Manhattan where today lies James J. Walker Park. With only a handful of the remains claimed, nearly all of the 10,000 are still buried beneath the park.

St. John's Chapel, with its burial–ground, was part of Trinity Episcopal Church and Parish. A separate article, which followed the above mentioned article, announced the intended destruction of this chapel. SEE a transcription of both articles below... [Note, that the names of those persons listed in this newspaper article are in some cases difficult to read—if you think that one of the names may have been misinterpreted you may want to consult the original article—I have added a question mark where there was question as to the accuracy of my transcription and have underlined the letter(s) in question.]


St. John's Burying Ground to Be
Changed to a City Park.

Trinity Church Is Powerless to Stay the
        Decree of the Court of Appeals,
        Although Relatives of the Dead Will
        Make a Fight—Views of Assembly–
        Man Walker and S. V. R. Cruger—
        The Names of Hundreds of the Dead.

     It is likely that the city will soon have
10,000 dead bodies on its hands, including
those of many people who were among the
builders of New York, and the city authori–
ties haven't yet any idea what to do with
them. Since the Supreme Court of New York
State decided in favor of the act empowering
the city to convert the historical St. John's
Burying Ground at Hudson and Leroy streets
into a public park, the Park Board has been
busy preparing for the completion of the pro–

     "The Park Board is now at work on the
maps of the property around the cemetery
for assessment purposes," said John P. Dunn,
Clerk of Street Openings, yesterday, "and
as soon as they are ready I will call together
the Board of Appraisal appointed for this
task, and it will take the proper steps to con–
vert the cemetery into a park. I haven't any
idea yet what the land in the cemetery is
worth. That depends on the Board of Ap–
praisal. But it will be settled very soon, for
I will call the board together in a few days."
"Do you know what will be done with the
10,000 or more bodies that have been in–
terred in the cemetery?"

     "No, I do not. I suppose the Trinity Church
Corporation, which owns the cemetery, will
look after that."

     Mr. Dunn was reminded that Trinity con–
sidered it the duty of the city, having appro–
priated the cemetery, to look after the bodies.
Then he said:

     "Well, perhaps it is incumbent upon the
city to do it. But I haven't the slightest idea
what provision the city will make for them
or where it will place them. But it ought not
to be a difficult matter. I don't think the
Trinity Church people should make so much
opposition to the conversion of the cemetery
into a park. There hasn't been a burial there
now for about forty years, I think. It is but
a small place, half a block or so. More than
ten thousand persons were interred there,
and they must have been put in five or six
deep. There could be no harm in removing
them now."

     The Board of Appraisal on St. John's cem–
etery, as it is generally known, is composed
of ex-Senator Eugene S. Ives, Joseph Ullman
and Richard Deeves, with Mr. Ives as chair–
man. Mr. Ives said yesterday:

     "We are waiting, but just as soon as Mr.
Dunn calls us together we will proceed with
the work of appraisal and assessment. We
intend to carry out as speedily as possible the
intent of the act converting St. John's Ceme–
tery into a park.

     "I understand, however, that we are likely
to meet with further opposition. I have
heard it said that the people who have rela–
tives buried in the cemetery intend to take
the case to a higher court than the Court of
Appeals of New York State. They will fight
the act to the last. They will, according to
what I have heard, induce some lot owner
who is not a resident of this State to bring a
suit. Being a non-resident, the case will
have to go into the United States Courts and
then they will carry it to the Supreme Court
at Washington. But even if it is thrown
into the United States Courts we shall go
right along with the work unless they get
an injunction against us.

     "As to the cost of this conversion from
a cemetery into a park I cannot say anything,
because I have made no investigations. I
don't know what will be done with the bodies.
I suppose the city will have to find a place
for them, but I really do not know where."

     Mr. Dunn, like Mr. Ives, had also heard of a
plan to throw the case into the Supreme
Court of the United States, but he couldn't
say whether it would really be done, as he
had received no communication from Trinity
Church on the subject.

     If the matter is carried to the Supreme
Court of the United States and an injunction
is obtained against the city it may, according
to Mr. Ives, delay the establishment of the
park eight or ten years, even should the city
eventually win the case. If the change is
finally made, one-half the expenses will be
paid by the property-owners in the vicinity

     Assemblyman William H. Walker was the
originator of this park scheme. He intro–
duced in the Board of Aldermen in 1887
the resolution to appropriate the cemetery
and make a park out of it. The Trinity
Church corporation employed good lawyers
and appeared before the committees of the
board to fight the resolution. But the Alder–
men passed it and then Trinity appealed to
the Supreme Court and was again defeated.
Another appeal was taken to the General
Term and the city authorities were again
victorious. Judge Morgan F. O'Brien then
appointed the present board of appraisal,
but another step was taken by Trinity. The
case was carried to the Court of Appeals at
Albany, and this state court of last resort
recently decided that St. John's Cemetery
could be appropriated by the city for park

     Mr. Walker is much elated over the decision
of the Court of Appeals and he considers the
matter as good as settled. In regard to it he

     "The Trinity Church Trustees gave us a
very long fight, because they feared if St.
John's Cemetery was appropriated they
would be forced to give up more of their
property. They did not want to set an ex–
ample, and so did everything in their power
to prevent the taking of the cemetery by the
city. Our arguments as to the necessity of
the park were so convincing that the resolu–
tion at once passed the Board of Aldermen,
and all the courts took our view of it."

     Mr. Walker said that the city would re–
move the bodies now in the cemetery and
would do it very carefully and in a manner
that could not offend and of the relatives of
the dead. But like Mr. Dunn and Mr. Ives,
he doesn't know where the city will put
these bodies. He thought that perhaps the
Trinity Trustees would make room for them
in some of their other cemeteries.

     Col. Cruger, one of the trustees of Trinity
Church, did not seem to think that the fight
against the city would be continued. But
he, as well as others, was at a loss to
know what disposition would be made of the
bodies. But he was quite sure that in the
event of their removal Trinity could not take
care of them.

     "We have no place to put them," said he,
"and the city must care for them. All our
cemetery space is pretty well taken up, and
it is out of the question for us to find graves
for more than 10,000 dead. We understand
that the city must care for the bodies after
they have been removed.

     "The city will have to make provision. It
may not have any burying-ground for them
now, but we cannot help that. I have made
a suggestion that the city permit the bodies
to remain in the cemetery, and permit us to
lay out walks and build fences. But it is
only a suggestion. Some of the ancestors of
the best known New Yorkers are buried in
old St. John's, and I have heard that there
will be suits brought if the bodies are re–

     Col. Cruger's suggestion about leaving the
bodies and making walks and building fences
around them was afterwards mentioned to
Mr. Ives, but he didn't think that a park
of that kind would be a very cheerful place.

     Mr. Duncan, vestryman of Trinity, gave in–
teresting facts about the cemetery.

     "Previous to the year 1819," said he, "the
Corporation of Trinity Church set apart a
portion of the block bounded by Clarkson,
Hudson and Leroy streets, for a place of
burial, the churchyard of Trinity Church
and St. Paul's Chapel being no longer avail–
able for such purposes on account of the
large number buried therein. From 1819 to
1852 there were interred in the new ceme–
tery, known as St. John's Burying Ground,
10,672 persons, without distinction of race,
station or creed, though the larger number
were probably Episcopalians. Is that the
crime for which their dust must be scattered
to the four winds of heaven?

     "There were interred from 1819 to 1829,
3,629; from 1829 to 1839, 5,451; from 1839
to 1849, 1,304; from 1849 to 1852, 288.
Since 1852 some bodies have been placed in
vaults, but not many. In 1888 the questions
were considered of building an uptown
chapel and of consolidating the work of St.
John's Chapel and St. Luke's Church, upon
the Hudson street front of St. John's burying
ground, on a plot 208 by 162 feet, in which
there had never been any interments. The
uptown chapel of St. Agnes, on Ninety–
second street, near Columbus avenue, is
finished and occupied, and St. Luke's Church,
on the corner of One hundred and Forty–first
street and Convent avenue, is finished and
will be occupied before Christmas.

     "The value of property in the neighbor–
hood of these churches has been largely in–
creased, and the city will reap a large return
in taxes. But while this uptown work has
been going on the downtown work has not
progressed, of the reason that the city
authorities resolved to take for a park the
burying ground, including the front on
which Trinity Church intended to consolidate
the work of St. John's and St. Luke's.

     "The Court of Appeals has decided that
the city can take the burying ground for a
park, so that Trinity Church must now go
elsewhere and do its work. The city
authorities must remove the remains of the
10,000 interred therein, in such a way as they
and the descendants and other relatives of
the dead, under the direction of the courts,
may decide. Trinity Church is now power–
less in this matter.

     "Trinity Church, although greatly sur–
prised and annoyed by the action of the city
authorities (an action altogether unneces–
sary, as other land in the immediate vicinity
of the burying ground could have been had at
a cost not exceeding what must be paid for
the plot chosen), will not neglect the work
before them, and for the present the services
and schools will be continued at St. John's
and St. Luke's as usual."

     Many members of the most illustrious
families of New York are buried in old St.
John's. Here is a complete list of the names
on the tombstones:

Ellen Anderson
Jane Anderson
James Armstrong
Henry Afit(?)
Catharine Ann Allen
Daniel Adams
James Anderson
Mrs. Esther Addy
Joseph Austin
Eliza Akin
Robert Anderson
Caroline C. K. Archer
Jane Arnold
George Ackerley, M. D.
William E. Avery
Warren V. Anderson
Arthur B. Brookins
John Butler
Hannah Braine
Charles Bagg
Alexander Baker
Charlotte Eliza Bacon
Josiah R. Brady
Edward B. Burton
Children of Noble and
   May Bennett
Sarah Ann Brooks
Mary Barnett
Danforh Billings
John Bruerton(?)
Ann Bool
James Boyle
Mary Jane Boyd
Sally Charlotte Benson
Catharine Baker
Catharine Eliza Brown
Mary Blanck
Catharine Balley
John Black
Caroline Brewer(?)
Elizabeth Braine
Pierre Joseph Bocar(?)
James Wallace Butler
Henrietta S. Brinckerhoff
Harriet Bensen(?)
Capt. Theodore Biles(?)
Mary Bryan
Henry Cleveland
George S. Cleveland
Thomas Campbell
Leticia Crane
Charles Castendlock(?)
Jame Clark
Jane C____n(?)
Children of Elisha and
   Cornelia Ann Clark
Harriet C________d(?)
Thomas Canton
William Crane(?)
Daniel S. Caligy(?)
Robert C. Carpenter
L_____(?) Frances(?) Callia(?)
Ann Maria Clapp
Nancy Collins
Mary Augusta Cassan
Wm. and Mary Crozier
Elizabeth Corgan
Dominick Crassons
George Crawford
Daniel Constable
Jacob Henry Clinch
Eliza Crassons
Mary Cornall
Catharine Clay
Nathane Clark
James Coghran
John H. Clarke
David S. Craig
Francis Henriot Contoit
Maria Ann Contoit
John H. Contoit
Henry A. Curphew
Robert Codey
W. B. Curtis
William Clarke
Hannah H. Creudel
Henry Cromwell
Charles Henry Cronnett(?)
Just Ducommon
Thomas R. Davies
Mary Dickinson
Edwin H. Downes
Susan Jane Davis
Susan Dingee
Ellen Downes
James Denhane
G. E. Duckwitz
Daniel Dikeman
Julia Dodez
Ann Parker Dunn
John Donalson
Ann Amanda Drake
John Downes
Elizabeth Downes
James Emmens
William G. Ely
Harriett Ann Eisher
Elsy Errickson
James Erwin
William Eldredge
Caroline Eldredge
George Ellis
George Everson
Elizabeth Ebbets
David Ferris
Hetty Forster
John Foster
Children of Arc. T. and
   Jane E. L. Finn
Hamlet Fairchild
Charles Fish
Joseph Falconer
Moses Fiero
James Fraizer
Rosina Famarias(?)
Juliana Francisco
Capt. Samuel Francisco
Joseph Frankland
Orange M. Ferriss
Janet Geinnel
Hugh Green
Nathaniel Camp Griffith
Frederick Garner
James Graham
Charles A. Gilbert
Robert Graham
Sarah Gordon
Susan George
Addison Gratton
David B. Gordon
Albert P. Griffin
Julia Graham
Mary L. Hyde
John Hind
John W. Henderson
Francis Hamilton
Thomas Hall
John Hawkins
Henry Hazelton
Catharine Hampton
William Henry Hilliker
Thomas Hazard
Nathaniel Horton
John S Hatton
Jane Louise Horton
Jane Horton
Charlottes Hoetman
Anna Maria Hinton
Mrs. Francis Hodgkinson
Rachel Hunt
Sloan Harvey
James Heron
Griffith Hugh
Thomas B. Hogg
Amzi Lewis Husted
Lydia Ann Husted
Catharine Hunter
Esther Hoffman
Charles James Hyatt
Mary Clark Hamilton
Robert Hampson, sr.
Mrs. Esther Hoyt
Susan Hall
Capt. Charles Hall
Hiram Hall
Eliza Ann Hodgson
Elijah Humphres
William L. Hyde
John Hotblack
John Humphries
Elizabeth Harrison
Sarah Horton
Euphemia Irving
Edward Innet
Michael Johnson
Caroline Augusta James
Benjamin Jewitt
Cornelia B. Johnson
Moses Jarvis
Moses Richard Jarvis
Grace Johnson
Susannah Ki_nsley(?)
Naomi Kelso
Peter Kinnan
Julia Hamilton Knight
Matthew King
Bernhard Kolster
George Kerr
James Lawson
Children of James and
   Mary Leggett
Elias Lipplatt
Henry Augustus Ludlam
Elizabeth Lott
Ephraim Lock
Caroline M Lent
Mariano Linares
Mary La Batut
Robert Lambert
Matthew Lawrence
Harriet Loring
Children of Matthew and
   Jane Lawrence
John Letson
Mary E. Ludlow
Peter Levenn
James Mansdeld
Maria Moore
Elizabeth Mackay
Charles Miller
James Holmes Moore
George McCready
Ellen McClelland
Elizabeth Moore
Ellen Malony
Catharine Messerne
Benjamin G. Miller
Robert McKee
Robert Martin
Elizabeth Meredith
Edward J. J. Cossart
John Hobart Rarie(?)
Thomas Griffith
Robert Massey
Elizabeth Maltman
Maria L Mathez
Children of R. & R. Martin
Joseph K Milnor
Mary Maverick
Samuel Mitchel
John McCready
James Mayers
Elizabeth McIntyre
Ann M. Morrison
Samuel W. Mcgee
Cordelia Morton
John F. Miller
Catherine Moore
James Miller
Elizabeth Miller
John E. Moneypenny
Mary Earle Mackenzie
Children of Peter and
   Elizabeth McIntyre
Mary Mann
Margaret Mann
Charles Moody
William McVeagh
Thomas Morton
Mrs. Susan McGowan
Ann Maria Mcgarey(?)
Mary Jane Martin
Joseph Morrison
Louisa R.(?) Mead
Abbey Matlack
Alexander Marcot
Peter Van Araden Mott
Jane Morrison
Frederick Aug. Norton
John Naid(?)
Gertrude F. Nellis
Esther Ann Niederman
Napoleon Nathalle
Catherine Nesbitt
John Nichols
Ebenezer Nickerson
William Park, jr.
John D. Perry
George Henry Parker
Joseph S. Parker
Eliza Pitman
Alexander Pirsson(?)
Abraham Parine
Daniel S. Peck
Francis Partington
Roselle Ann Paunell
Elizabeth Phillips
Jacob Perkins
Alice Purcell
Samuel Paxton
Samuel Pool
George Ponsot
_____ Quirk
Abraham Quick
William T. Russell
Edward Riley
Thomas R Renaud
Thomas Rundhay
George Richardson
Susan Roe
David Roe
Milton W. Rouse
George M. Rae
Mary Rogers
Almer H. Readon
John Reid
George Racater
Amanda Rockett
Benjamin Robinson
Silvester Robinson
Thomas Raven, sr.
William Rollinson
Nathaniel Robinson
Mary E. Ramond
George Man
Anthony Rainataux(?)
Mrs. Abigail T. Spear
Ann Coggie Sayer
William Sullivan
Ann Maria Speed(?)
Henry Senkston(?)
Eliza(?) Black
William Smith
Matthew Sayer
Peter Sawyer
George Sherwood
Ann Smuilen(?)
Sarah Smith
Enn(?) Eliza(?) Sutton
George Stackhouse
Thomas J. Smith
Richard William Stack
Peter Stagagum(?)
Mary Ann Spies
Anna Spencer
Jacob Shatzel
Edward Smith
Cornelia _(?) Stoucall(?)
George Shipley
Nelson Smith
Samuel C. Sherwood
Mrs. Marcy(?) Saddler(?)
Ann S___r(?)
James Savage
George Singleton
____(?) Skillman
Eleanor(?) Stevenson(?)
Richard Holt Sag__(?)
John Summerhays
Elizabeth Taylor
Amy Tamblingson
Elizabeth Tom
Thomas M. Topham
Thomas H. Trippler(?)
Rebecca Taylor, jr.
George Trimble
Capt. Peter Taylor
John Tice
Elizabeth L. Truman
Thomas Tompson
Mary Ann Tillotson
D. L. Tillotson
Hester Thomas
Andrew Ten Eyck
Nathaniel Thompson
Josiah Ten Eyck
Sarah Tompkins
Edward A. Tyler
Samuel W. Taber
Joseph Tremain
Joseph Tyler
Isabella Taylor
John G. Tardy
John Trour. sr.
Jean Gabriel Tardy
Mary Ann Tyler
Margaret Votey
Ann Vagg
Charles Van Zandt, M. D.
Sarah Van Houton
John Melwain Valentine
John Wilson
Philip Webber
Maria Augusta Wallace
Elizabeth Wallace
Walter Williams
Miles Williams
James Wood
William Williams
William Weatherspoon
Theodore Warner
Matilda Epping(?) West
Howel Watkins
George Waters
Susannah Walsh
Stephen Ward
S. Whitaker
Elizabeth Whittingham
Thomas Whittemore
Charles E. Wilson
John Walker
Albert Wunnenberg
Mary Wilson
James Woodham
Catharine Whitmore
Mary Ward
Alexander Wiley
Ann Wiley
Alexander T. Wiley
Thomas Wiley
John Wood
Robert Wood
Charles Warner
Frederick A. Ward
Catharine A Wilson
Charles White, jr.
Margaret Wright
Lydia Wemmell
Margaret Wolfe
Oliver Wilson
James Wright
Moody Wood
Francis Wunnenberg
Margaret L. Willett
Sarah Ann Wenman

Annie Arden
Thos. Misnard(?) Adriance
William Armstrong
John Anthon
John Ackerson
Mary Ashhold(?)
Mrs. Jeasey(?) Atkinson
Elizabeth P. Brown
Charles Blas
Samuel Beaumont
Eliza Bromwell
James Bowman
Abraham L. Braine
Rachel Brown
Jane Becket
Hannah Butler
Sarah Blakeney
Harvey Buckly
Elizabeth Brown
Ann Lake Barger
Thomas G. Boyd
James Berrian
Henry Burger
Catherine Bowling
Miss Arabella Brett
Thomas Bonhill
William Benford
Capt. Joseph Bainbridge
Dennis Bergh
Mary Bool
Daniel Berry
Mary Billow
John Boynon(?)
Nathaniel Brown
Abram Broadboat(?)
James Brown
Nelson Bayman(?)
Margaret Boughin
Edward Brown
Peter Bostwick
Benjamin Bostwick
Benjamin Bertram
Washington F. Barnes
Thomas Bacon
William V. Brownell
Ann Butman(?)
Susannah Barnes
Charles Bakerell(?)
Margaret Chamberlain
Sarah Cooper
Margaret Crossey(?)
James K. Crape
Eunice Cook
Jesse Chip
Lucretia Coylas(?)
William Cor___(?)
Thomas Crosley
George Convey
Jane Chambers
James Coles
Capt. George Clark
Alexander Church
De Witt Clinton
Mary Clark
Catherine Bayard Cooper
Samuel W. Coates
Elizabeth Cotton
Eleanor Constantine
Dorothe(?) Coates
Caroline Louisa Cruger
Matilda Cook
Jabez Colt
Gilbert Cooper
Arthur Cowen
Margaret Casson
Louisa Clossey
Matilda Clossey
Elizabeth Day
John Dubois
Maria Mergoran Dickey
Martha Drury
Kitty Dobes(?)
Mary Eliza Delavan
Alexander Dugan
William Downey
John Dawson
James Davis
James Curry
Charlotte A. Downing
Benjamin Downing
John Walter Dyde
Theodore P. Davis
David Depew
Elizabeth Ann Duncombe
Alfred H. Duncombe
William Derickson
Hannah Davis
Sophie Thiery De Martin
Ann Delimather
Sarah Dellinger
William Dixon
John Dugan
George Murdock Eaton
Abel Feincher
William Henry Frieke
Elizabeth Fraser
Ann Fulerton
Michael Fash
James Forsyth
James Flynn
Sarah Furlong
Richard H.(?) Flagler
Abraham Ford
Henry Forster
Henry F. Finnegan
John Ferdinand
George Gray
George Gomes
Isaac Graham
Catharine O. Gho(?)
Henry Grathan
George Gibson
Joseph Green
David S. Gibson
Wm. Wilcocks Glib
Plumer Gregory
Thos. Callahan Gibson
Margaret Gram
Victoria Augusta Gowes
Mary Gowan
George Gordon
Mrs. Constance T. Goff
Frederick Gordon
William H. Grasoms(?)
Susannah Greene
Phoebe Graham
Deborah Goff
Ezekiel Green, jr.
Robert S Goff
Thomas Hasam
Thomas Hasselbok
E. Augusta King
Thomas Hamblin
Sarah Hartshorne
Joseph Hall
Thomas Humphreys
Walter Hewitt
Wheaton Hillron
Eliza Ann Huston
James Herd
Eliza Harrison
Mary Hazard
Henry clarke Heald
James Hatton
Mrs. Ann Horton
Caleb Horton
Maria Homer
Hugh Houston
John Hill
Catherine Agnes Hedden
Eoilne(?) Hoffman
Catharine Hamilton
Gordon Holley(?)
Joseph Hoyt
Matilda Hoyt
William Henry Hoyt
Henry Hammond
Catharine Hanrahan
Henry Heiser
Mary Heiser
William J. Hoyt
Thomas Hodgkinson
Thomas Phoenix Hudson
Charles S. Hayden
Margaret Cornelia Hawley

Charles H. Humbert(?)
John P. Haff
Nathaniel Hall
Samuel Hugg
Alexander Hands(?)
Margaret nn Irving
John Rogers Isaacs

Bryan Johnson
Richard T. Jater
Elizabeth Johnson
Carloine James
Phebe Jarvis
Ellen John
Richard Jones
Josephine Kendrick
William Fitzpatrick
Thomas Prentice Kettell
Margaret King
Maria Kent
Bridget Keane
Henrietta Ketcham
Fannie Littlefield
Mrs. Elizabeth Lawrence
Susan L. Livingston
John S. Latour
John Lewis
George M. Lyons
Geo. Eugene Livingston
Lucy Lathrop
Sarah Ann Langdon
Sarah Loyd
Edward Lott
Henry Lott
Elizabeth Marshall
Mrs. Emily A. Morse
Joseph Mather
Elizabeth Mather
Jean Benoit Lagrave
Jean Benoit Lagrave
Joseph McCready
John Mackay
Hugh Moore
George Meade
Cornelius E. Moore
Frederick Moffatt
Euphemia Mackay
Andrew Mowbray
George Messerne(?)
William Thomas McReaye
Ann Moore
Sarah Constance Miller
Hannah McDermott
Robert Marshall
Elizabeth Collins
John H. Ferriss(?)

Fred'k McReady
Margaret Mahon
Maria Miller
Jacob Cantin Meyer
David Magnin
Caroline Maverick
Thomas Miller
Mrs. Jane Metcalf
Isabella Mainfold(?)
Eliza Moselly
John Morrison, jr.
Robert Morton
Sarah Mather
Jane M. F.(?) Maxwell
John Mitchell
Adam Mount
William Miller
James McMullen
Lucina McMullen
J. L. Muller
Samuel Silgreaves McCall
Eliza C. McCormaick
Lawrence Meyer
Ann Morrel
John Frederick Mason
John Frederick Mason, jr
Donald McLoin(?)
William Henry Major
Robert Mount
Mary M. Neuville
Robert Nesien
Joseph Netherwood
Isaac Obie
Abagail S. Osborn
Margaret Osborn
Susana Eliz Onderdonk
William Osborn
William Overend
Charles S. Oram
Mary Elizabeth Oram
John Charles Onderdonk
Peter Jay O'Kill
William S Ogden
James G. Parker
Abigail Paulding
Elizabeth Patchen
John James Parrot
William Pirsson(?)
Elizabeth Pickford
Jane C. Parine
Mary Ann Parker
Leonard Peters
Moses Platt
John Penn
Augusta Perrett
Catharine Penny
Mrs. Frances Peck
Maria A. H. Prescott
Jane Pitcher
Frances Ann Richardson
Hugh Richards
William Rogers
Ann Randall
Catharine Reeves
John Reeves
Elizabeth Risler
William Risler
Robert Rutherford
Catharine Ann Radcliff
Julia Ann Robinson
Thomas Ellison Rumsey
Eliza Ann Ramer
Charlotte M. Ritter
Bernard Robinson
James D. Renville
Joseph Renville
Catherine Reade
Edgar Romaine
John Richmond
John Romaine
Jeremiah Robinson
Boyd Roydon
Rhoda Ann Robinson
John A. Schermerhorn
Catharine Maria Secort
George W. Simonson
William H. Shapman
Martha Pease Stoddard
Samuel Simpson
Mary Seabury
Margaret Smith
John J. Smith
Ellen Stewart
Elizabeth Snell
Maurice Smith
Agnes Sykes
Agnes Smith
Mrs. Ann Sherman
Ann Smith
Edwin Spencer
Maria Shatzel
Thomas Simms
Maria Smith
James A. S. Smith
Elizabeth Sutton
Hubert S. Smith
Nathaniel Sherwood
Nancy S_____L(?)
William Shrp
Alexander Sloan(?)
Matilda H. Shatzel(?)
Thomas Sch____lin(?)
Calvin Sayer
Samuel C. Stanton
Sims(?) children(?)
David W. Thorp
George R.(?) Thorp
Margaret A. Torrey
Matthew Trimble
Jane Trimble
Esther Trimble
Hannah Towers
Jacob Tabele
Zippohat Tabele
Richard Tabele
Margaret Jane Tee(?)
Henrietta Towne
Capt. John Turnbull
Morgan Thomas
Francis Tremain
Sarah Thorne
Maria Ann Townsend
Susan Ustick
William Ustick
Thomas W. Ustick
Robert Ustick
Sally Underwood
James Underwood
James Utt, jr.
Eugene Underhill
James Vincent
James Venables
Paul Vandervoort
John Vandervoort
Elizabeth Van Boskerek
William H. Valentine
Sarah E. Vigers
Joel West
Mrs. Ruth Whitehorn
Hammond Wallace
Margaret Walker
J. Williams
John Whitehead
William Wood
George Weakley
Richard Welsh
E. Jane Williams
Martha E. Williams
Eleanor Wellslager
Aaron Woodward
Dorcas M. Wood
Henry Wheat
Miss Ann Western
Catharine Watts
Mary Williams
William White
Vincent J. Wooldridge
Mrs. K. Wenman
Emma Williams
Elizabeth Witts
John Webb, jr.
Mary Warner
Ann Wilson
John H. Wheeler
William Williams
George Wheeler
______ Waiter
Enock Whitney
Children of Thomas and
   Elizabeth Whitney
Maria Catharine Wilcox
Hannah Wippenhourst
Elizabeth Wippenhourst
Ann Whittingham
Esther Ann Young
Mary Ann Yonel
Martha Young
robert Yonge
William Young
Robert Young
John Young.

Historic St. John's Chapel Must Give
Way to a New Edifice.

     St. John's Chapel, on Varick street, that
ancient landmark, whose tall spire has
towered high above the roofs in the lower
part of the city, and whose clock dial has
marked the time for generations, will soon
be torn down and a new edifice will be built
upon some other site not yet determined
upon. The removal of the old chapel was de–
cided upon at the last meeting of the Vestry
of Trinity Church. Encroachments of busi–
ness, following the removal of the former res–
ident population of that neighborhood and
the noise occasioned by the constant move–
ment of trains at the freight depot in St.
John's Park, have made this prospective
change expedient.

     The History of St. John's Chapel is interest–
ing. One hundred years ago, in the fall of
1792, the Vestry of Trinity Church found it
absolutely necessary to erect another house
of worship. This necessity was due to the
rapid growth of the city, whose population
was spreading to the northward from Old
Trinity and St. Paul's. In that year the
Committee of Leases was ordered by the ves–
try to examine and report as to what part of
the land belonging to it ought to be reserved
for another church, school–house, burial
ground and other public purposes.

     No action appears to have been taken for
ten years, but in 1802 a resolution was
passed by the vestry that a room should be
secured in Brannon street, now Spring street,
for public worship, and that benches should
be provided for such assembly. A committee
was also appointed to select a site for a new

     The first situation proposed by the com–
mittee for the new edifice was on the square
formed by Duane, Greenwich, Hudson and
Jay streets, with the intention that the
church should front on Duane street. At the
meeting of the vestry on April 7, 1803, sev–
eral plans were examined and those drawn
by John and Isaac McComb were approved
and accepted. It having been suggested,
however, that a part of the ground in–
cluded in the site selected might re–
quire the driving of spiles, in order to
render the foundation safe, the committee
was instructed to make an examination.
They did so and found it inadvisable from the
uncertain nature of the ground to put up the
new church there, Finally, it was resolved
to build the church on the east side of Hud–
son Square, the site on which St. John's now

     This land was on the very verge of a place
as unsuitable as possible for a substantial
edifice, and the following year the Committee
of Leases was ordered to have the pond filled
up on the east side of Lispenard's garden.
The land was wild and marshy. It was sur–
rounded by bushes and bulrushes, in the
winter being a favorite place for skaters and
at certain seasons of the year for sportsmen,
who here found game abundant. In re–
ferring to the condition of the property
in that section of the city in the
early part of the century, a chroni–
cler of the time says that while Trinity
Church was looking about for a site for its
new church, a philanthropic citizen offered
as a gift six acres of land at Broadway and
Canal street, This proffer was declined,
however, because the vestry did not consider
the land of sufficient value to go to the ex–
pense of fencing it in.

     St. John's Chapel was completed in 1807.
It was much more costly than was expected,
$172,833.64, What was then considered an
enormous sum, being expended. This was
exclusive of the price of the organ, which was
captured by one of the British cruisers while
on its way to New York. It was finally re–
deemed on the payment of $2,000.

     The chapel was consecrated by Bishop
Moore in 1807 with imposing ceremonies.
Since then the building has been enlarged at
three different times to meet the wants of
the parish.