Prospect Cemetery is the resting place of important figures in early New York City history. One example is Egbert Benson, a friend to Alexander Hamilton who acted as his secretary at the Constitutional Convention. Benson was a judge, State Attorney General and Congressman. Many Revolutionary War veterans, a great deal of whom served with Skidmore's Minutemen, are also buried here. Many descendants of those families fought in the Civil War, and were buried here as well.
Grave markers range in style from the simple hand-carved fieldstone of Thomas Wiggins, dated 1728, to professionally carved brownstones with depictions of winged skulls and angels, to the striking marble and granite obelisks made fashionable
In 1857 Nicholas Ludlum, a wealthy New York merchant born in Jamaica
added land purchased from the Long Island Railroad to the eastern side of
the cemetery and commissioned the construction of The Chapel of the Sisters.
The Chapel was Ludlum's grieving tribute to his three daughters, all of
whom died young. The Chapel's builder, Thomas Clary, is also buried here.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 40° 42.12′ N, 73° 47.929′ W. Marker is in Jamaica, New York, in Queens County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jamaica NY 11433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Prospect Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Stone Church (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jamaica Center Sidewalk Clock (about 800 feet away); The King Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Jamaica Estates - A Residential Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Jamaica Estates New York World War II Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Morris Park World War I Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Queens Borough Hall Persian Gulf War Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamaica.
Also see . . . Prospect Cemetery (Prospect Cemetery Association)
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