The following is some history regarding New York Colonial Graves, and the ancestors of those who are buried there. This is by no means a large sweeping dialogue of new york graves, however, it does focus on Pieter Waldron and his ancestry in New York.
Pieter Waldron (Walderom in some old records) was born in Manhattan in 1675. He was the son of William Waldron, a cooper by trade, and Engeltie Stoutenburg who, according to the records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York, he had married at New York Feb. 10, 1671. Pieter, named after his maternal grandfather, was also the grandson of Stuyvesant
A mason by trade Waldron went north to Albany circa 1699 with his young wife, Catherina. He soon engaged in the lucrative fur trade eventually purchasing property in Albany and Halfmoon. Waldron served in the Albany Militia, and as fire master in third ward of Albany, was a constable and a surveyor. Despite being a newcomer within the tight Albany inner circle, Peter did well. His success was reflected in his will of 1725 and also a 1720 portrait, which has been attributed to the Schuyler Limner who painted many successful people of his time, such as Robert Sanders. Sanders went on to become Albany’s right-arm sheriff, Resolved Waldron.’s twenty-third Mayor in 1750. Some believe that the Schuyler Limner was the portrait painter, Nehemiah Partridge.
According to the Albany Dutch Reform Church book of burials Pieter Waldron was interred in the Dutch churchyard, but not for eternity. His grave along with his wife, and their son, Cornelius, along with hundreds of others would be moved several times, first to the Albany Madison Avenue Dutch Church and later again to an area of what is today Washington Park. After the Civil War their remains were moved again to the Albany Rural Cemetery at Menands, New York., but markers disappeared through the centuries as did cemetery records. Praise for New York church records.
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