Sunday, June 10, 2012
Made By Dickerman
While photographing an adjacent headstone, the upside-down text on this one caught my eye. Located near the bottom of the headstone, it reads Dickerman Albany. This portion of the stone would've been most likely hidden by the earth when the stone stood upright.
A search of contemporary city directories shows that a stone-cutter by the name of Joel R. Dickerman had a shop at the corner of Westerlo and Green Streets. His home was at 208 Lydius Street (now a block of Madison Avenue occupied by the New York State Museum).
I've found little information about this Andrew Briare, except that other members of his family were in the confectionery business. In fact, a Mrs. Pearl S. Briare is listed as a confectioner at 124 Greene Street, just a few doors away from Dickerman's stone-cutting shop.