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Re: Flandreau cemetery
Posted by: Peter Gunn Date: December 09, 2001 at 19:51:58
In Reply to: Re: Flandreau cemetery by Peter Gunn of 136

Chris Mosher sent me a note today about a visit he made to the Flandreau Cemetery. Here's his note. I'll follow it up with a copy of my response to him on the matter:

I also visited Flandreau Cemetery in New Rochelle. It took me a while to find it. I ran into the neighbor Joel Katz, who told me a bit about it. He said the other neighbor is encroaching on the cemetery, and even tried to put up a swing set there. Joel tried to buy it from the town, but they wouldn't let him; they told him he would have to exhume the bodies! He lives in Larchmont and the cemetery is in New Rochelle; the town line runs right between the properties. He said the cemetery used to extend to where the present-day Chester Ave. runs. It used to be a dead end road, and when it was extended to run into Larchmont, they exhumed some of the bodies and moved them to another cemetery (he didn't know which one).

The cemetery was covered with leaves, vines, and garbage. Many trees have grown there. I was able to locate a total of 5 full stones and two fragments. Of the 5 full stones, one was standing and one was propped up against a tree (I think Joel moved it there). Joel said you were up there at the beginning of the summer and asked if I was in touch with you. I took photographs of the existing stones and I have them stored on my computer.

I'm attaching an HTML page of the transcripts I was able to get. I've tried to make the transcripts as accurate as possible, copying all spelling and abbreviations exactly. You can update some of the ones in your WorldConnect database if you like. In the transcripts, the unreadable parts are in [brackets].

It's a shame the cemetery has fallen to such disrepair. Cleaning it up appears to be a big project, and I'm not sure it would stay clean anyway. I'd like to go back sometime and at least try to locate more stones and photograph them and make transcripts.

I've looked through your WorldConnect database and tried to find all the people buried there. I've found a total of 25 people and I've made a list. One note: I have a theory about one of the people in the db:
Benjamin Flandreau (ID: I27) (c 1781-1832) the source of which is a transcript from a stone in the cem.
Since this person doesn't seem to fit in with any of the Benj. we know about, I think that the original transcriber might have misread the stone or maybe read a broken stone. I think the stone may have been the one for Elizabeth (ID: I24) (1771-1822), and the stone said "Elizabeth wife of Benjamin Flandreau who died 1822 aged 51" and the original transcriber missed the first part and misread 1822 as 1832. The "aged 51"
part seems too much of a coincidence to me. What do you think?

Well, bye for now.
Chris Mosher


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