Fishkill Landing was combined with another village, Matteawan, in 1913, to form the city of Beacon. With assistance from people at the First Reformed Church of Fishkill, at the public library in Fishkill, and at the public library in Beacon, I found the cemetery where I believe he is buried.
At the Fishkill Public Library I found a book that I had previously found a transcription of online. Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, New York, Nineteen Thousand Inscriptions, (Vol. II), collected and edited by J. Wilson Poucher and Helen Wilkinson Reynolds, was published in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1924. Pages 92-97 list the 343 inscriptions collected by volunteers of the Dutchess County Historical Society.
|From page 92 of Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, New York|
Page 92 indicates that the Dutch Churchyard at Fishkill Landing was in an "overgrown and disorderly" condition in October 1915 when the volunteers named in the image above transcribed the gravestone inscriptions.
Two pages later, I found the following listing:
|From page 94 of Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, New York|
Given directions by the reference librarian at the Beacon Public Library, we found the Reformed Church of Beacon on Wolcott Avenue (Route 9D). (The back of the cemetery is on Beekman Street.) Interestingly, this church and cemetery are not indicated on Google Maps.
|Reformed Church of Beacon, from Wikipedia. See a negative image of this church.|
It turns out that the cemetery that was "overgrown and disorderly" in 1915 is now a small forest. Mystery: why was the cemetery allowed to become so overgrown?
|Photograph taken behind the church of the overgrowth|
In the image below, from Google Maps, you see the church and behind it (towards the upper left) a wooded area which is a steep hill downward from the church to where the cemetery is. This photo was likely taken in early spring so you can see white where there are probably gravestones. When we were there, it was mid-October and the trees were still covered with leaves, which made it too much of a challenge to attempt to get a photograph of what we could barely see through the trees.
|Reformed Church of Beacon, NY, from Google Maps (29 Oct 2011)|
Update: Thanks to a commenter on this post, I now do have a picture of his gravestone. See Tombstone Tuesday ~ James McAlpin.
My descent from James McAlpin and Jane Hunter > David Hunter McAlpin > Frances Adelaide McAlpin > Charles McAlpin Pyle > Charles McAlpin Pyle, Jr. > me.
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