THE WOOD ROOM IN THE WILLIAM STOUTENBURGH HOUSE – Chair, chest and table for cannonball by Tony and Shirley Walker in 2014
The following is a reprint from the 2014 Annual Stoutenburgh-Teller Family Association Annual Newsletter, submitted by Ila Stoutenburg-Malloy.
A new major feature of our website will be an in depth study of the occupants of our cemetery at 13 Doty Street in Hyde Park, New York, known as The Stoutenburgh Burying Grounds. A directory lies within the gates to assist visitors in finding their ancestors. Investigation into family records has recently revealed new light on its occupants at rest.
Photographs of many of the headstones therein may be seen at www.stoutenburgh.com, in a growing collection entitled “A Guided Tour.” This expansion of content dictates the reorganization of what has heretofore been in a “blog” form, one monthly posting showing on top of another. This format, similar to “urban sprawl” is now outgrown. We request patience as we remodel.
The Hyde Park town historian hopes to include our Burying Ground in a new walking tour brochure. The cemetery is also a geocache site, to which attention was drawn in a previous edition of our newsletter. Part of Jacobus’ son Luke Stoutenburgh’s original farm, it has remained in our hands since before the Town of Hyde Park, previously called Stoutenburgh, was founded. Details of Jacobus’ will have also been presented in past issues of this annual publication.
A survey of Luke’s Farm, the underlying area of Hyde Park, is among the antique documents held in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum, the place of this year’s annual meeting. An avid collector of historical documents pertaining to Hyde Park, President Roosevelt, as senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church unveiled the marble tablet, lying therein, in memory of our ancestor Jacobus and his beloved wife Margaret Teller. A newspaper article regarding this event may be viewed online.
Several of Jacobus’ sons, as Revolutionary War soldiers, have stones in the Cemetery. Our late President James Spratt contributed greatly, assisted by Tony Walker and others, in the mapping and delineation of our current understanding of the cemetery. Gilbert Stoutenburgh, now deceased, a founding member of the Stoutenburgh-Teller Family Association, left a great legacy in his formation of the Trust for its care. Another founding member, Maud Stoutenburgh-Eliot was neighbor to the President, whose letters are to be found in his personal files.
We would like to thank Pam Doots of the Dutch Reformed Church in Hyde Park for her part in promoting the Cemetery as a geocache site. In a related endeavor for points of historical interest, Pam contacted us this year in search of the original documentation of Luke’s bequest of the land underlying this church, wherein are framed the famous Stoutenburgh stained glass pieces.
Feel free to get lost (safely) for a few hours in our present version of the website. You will find an excellent online research article with all the best links as a guide to demystify the process of searching out your particular line of ancestry.
Due to technical difficulties connected with the “Comments” feature, it is temporarily disabled. The “Contact” form is still available. Efforts have been made to keep in touch with those who have contacted us in previous years. You are important to us. If you have not heard from us, please make the effort to reach us at the addresses provided at the end of this newsletter.
“Thank You” to Marguerite Spratt for the contributions of her late husband, and our past President, James Spratt’s collection of maps, legends and research. His footsteps we hope to follow in preserving our past in the present. One of his greatest achievements, with your support, was to fulfill that part of our Mission to procure the William Stoutenburgh house, wherein lies our museum. A pre-Revolutionary war stone house, it drew FDR’s praise and admiration.
We hope members get involved with our project. In the event you are unable to contribute information, funding is greatly appreciated to assist with the maintenance of our legacy. We desire to present well in the face of more visitors to Hyde Park in coming years, among whom we hope to find you pleased with the continuation of those efforts made on behalf of us by those who have gone before.
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