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I live in Troy, NY, right across from the New Mount Ida Cemetery. Myself, along with some wonderful friends and neighbors adopted this cemetery over the years to try to help clean it up. When I moved to this city eight years ago I couldn't believe how much of a mess and run down it was. There was garbage everywhere, stones knocked over and brush growing so high you couldn't even tell where the markers were. Well after these years of our slow volunteer work, you can definitely tell it's a cemetery again. Even the city seems to come mow it now. Also, every spring an Earth Day clean up is held back there. |
I have taken a lot of gravestone photos in some of the cemeteries that are close to where I live here in Troy. I'm hoping it might help others out with locating their long lost family members. Most of my relatives are buried in Ulster and Duchess County NY. If you see a memorial that I have created and would like me to add more information to it, make sure you send me the note by using the edit tab, and then "suggest a correction."
My all time favorite cemetery would have to be the Coleman's Station Burying Ground, a small family cemetery located on my Grandparents farm. As I kid I loved playing around in there, trying to find ghosts (I never did). But as I got older, I really came to appreciate the history of the people that were buried there. I realized how important it was to preserve these stones that were slowly falling apart. This was the first cemetery I photographed for Find a Grave and I know it definitely started this wonderful hobby of mine. Recently a lot of restoration work was done in there, such as repairing the broken gravestones and installing a gorgeous wooden fence. Thank you so much to everyone that was involved with donating their time and money with this project.
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|mlw||RE: Memorial for Nicholas Petit #175453119|
Thank you! I can only say that I am "fairly certain" that Fr. Petit is buried there. About 7 years ago I was searching for information about him. I have a website http://indianacatholic.mwweb.org Fr. Petit came to the US via New Orleans and he and some other Jesuits ran a college, called St. Mary's in Kentucky. He also served in Vincennes Indiana and was asked to be the second Bishop of Vincennes (now Indianapolis), but the Jesuit superiors would not release him from the order. When St. Mary's closed, the Jesuits moved to either Fordham or the Troy area.
The Jesuit archivist gave me the following information:
I am responding to your request for info on Fr. Nicolas Petit. Alas – I have been unable to find his resting place. I know it is not Fordham, Frederick, Woodstock, Or St. Andrew – or West Park. My conclusion is that it was in Troy – at one of the cemeteries. A few years after he died, apparently the Jesuit parish bought land or part in a cemetery, but I have no record of who was buried there. ((the cemetery of St. Andrew on Hudson has some graves, transferred there from West Park – dating back to the 1880’s but Fr. Petit is not among them..)) In further research, I noted that the day or two after he died, in the minister’s day book is an item “Coffin, $21.” But no note of where the coffin ended up!
So, I thank you for any and all work that you can do!
Added by mlw on Jan 20, 2017 6:43 AM