Thursday, November 14, 2013

Drowned In The Albany Basin

The inscription on this very worn marble headstone reads:  The Grave of Alexander Smith of the city of Hudson who was drowned in the Albany Basin on the night of the 4th of April A.D. 1829, aged 49 years.

The Albany Argus carried a short news item about Smith's death which noted that his body was found a week after he was seen aboard a steamboat bound for Albany.  It was presumed that he attempted to go ashore in the dark, missed the pier, and fell into the water.  He left behind a wife and child in Hudson.

He was originally buried in the Episcopal section of the old State Street Burying Grounds, but was not part of the mass removal to the Church Grounds to make way for Washington Park.  He was instead reburied on the North Ridge.

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