New York Cemetery Looking relatives

+6 votes
I came across this announcement while looking for other information. However, this seems like a good place to post this:
The burials involved seem to be mostly from about 1899. I've named the individuals listed on the website below and tagged some possible matches or possibly related individuals.
Charles Sherwood (Sherwood-2845)
Francis Burroughs (Burrows-3386)
Alexander H Dudley (Dudley-3470, Dudley-5266)
John Waldo (Waldo-438, Waldo-281, Waldo-265
John LaDue (possibly a very distant cousin of mine)
WikiTree profile: John LaDue
in Genealogy Help by J Briller G2G6 (7.3k points)

3 Answers

+5 votes

It's an unusual announcement:

Research is currently being performed in an attempt to find any legal direct descendants for the below section deed signers/purchasers with negative results thus far. NO BURIALS HAVE BEEN PERFORMED IN ANY OF THESE SECTIONSShould no legal descendant(s) be found by May 1st, 2021, an application will be submitted to the New York State Division of Cemeteries (NYSDoC) to reclaim them. Upon approval from the NYSDoC to officially reclaim them, the plots will not be sold but will be offered to local funeral homes for the burial of indigent persons. 

I wonder how often this happens? Perhaps one of our cemetery folks has an idea?

by Dina Grozev G2G6 Pilot (103k points)
+3 votes

Looking at the notice it seems these people bought plots long ago...and then it says: NO BURIALS HAVE BEEN PERFORMED IN ANY OF THESE SECTIONS.

So that implies they are not buried there at all, just never used their plots.  Rombout Cemetery is a non-profit historic Cemetery with an appealing history-focused web presence complete with footnoted references.smiley 

The website also has info about the option of buying a new plot in the open section of the cemetery, including pricing, so this seem to be a very up-front sort of operation. 

The notice identifies John Waldo the purchaser as  born June 2 1846 and that matches the wikitree profile for my second cousin three times removed.  John Bruce Waldo was buried elsewhere with his parents:

John Bruce Waldo was the great grandfather of Actress Lee Remick. She had two children, one of whom is mentioned in the notice: Matthew R. (Remick) Colleran, and a daughter Katherine Lee Colleran,  who has two children born in the 1990s. Likely John Waldo has many living descendants. 

Probably these heirs could have some legal claim to the plot, but if unclaimed it will be donated and not sold, so overall this seems reasonable with respect to respecting John Waldo. Not sure about any of the others who are listed. 

by R Adams G2G6 Mach 2 (20.7k points)
+2 votes
He is my 2nd great granduncle. He was only 2 when he died, so probably not bought by him. John H LaDue. Possibly another John LaDue
by Janice Sutherland G2G6 Mach 4 (43.7k points)

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