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Jamaica in Queens County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Prospect Cemetery

 
 
Prospect Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2017
1. Prospect Cemetery Marker
Inscription.
Original Jamaica town burying
ground, established 1660.
Egbert Benson born 1746
died 1833, buried here. First
Attorney General, N.Y. State.

 
Erected 1936 by State Education Department.
 
Location. 40° 42.099′ N, 73° 47.917′ W. Marker is in Jamaica, New York, in Queens County. Marker is on 159th Street south of Archer Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jamaica NY 11433, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The King Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jamaica Estates - A Residential Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Jamaica Estates New York World War II Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Queens Borough Hall Persian Gulf War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sergeant Colyer Square (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval (approx. 2.2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); U.S. Post Office Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamaica.
 
Also see . . .
1. History (Prospect Cemetery Association). "Prospect Cemetery, the early graveyard
Prospect Cemetery Marker - Wide View, with Chapel of the Sisters image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2017
2. Prospect Cemetery Marker - Wide View, with Chapel of the Sisters
of the small town of Jamaica, is one of the few remaining Colonial cemeteries in Queens. In the early 1600's, this site was part of the land belonging to the local tribe of Indians known as the “Yemecah”, meaning beaver, an animal which thrived in the area. In 1656, a group of English colonists petitioned the Dutch Governor-General, Peter Stuyvesant, to grant them a settlement which was near today’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Apparently, this site was not satisfactory, and later in the same year, the colonist moved northward, and described themselves: “We owners by purchase from the Indians and grant from the Governor and Council -- living at ye new plantation near unto beaver pond, commonly called Jamaica -- .... have reserved unto ourselves 10 acres of planting land a man.....” The Dutch called this area “Rustdorn”, but after the surrender of the colony to the British, “Jamaica” was used exclusively. In its first year of existence, the settlement elected Daniel Denton, a member of a family which was to remain in the area for generations, as clerk of both the town and church, illustrating the interrelationship between church and government in this early period. It was not until thirty years later, in 1686, however, that Jamaica was granted its charter as a village by British Governor, Thomas Dongan...." (Submitted on September 28, 2017.)
Prospect Cemetery - Looking Northwest Across Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2017
3. Prospect Cemetery - Looking Northwest Across Cemetery
 

2. Prospect Cemetery (Queens) (Wikipedia). "Prospect Cemetery is a historic cemetery located in the Jamaica section of the New York City borough of Queens. It was established in 1668 and known as the "burring plas." The cemetery’s original main gate was on Beaver Road which led from Sutphin Boulevard to Jamaica Avenue. The cemetery was generally known as the Presbyterian burial ground and is one of the few remaining Colonial cemeteries in Queens....The cemetery includes approximately 240 family plots containing 2,100 burials and date from the founding of the cemetery to the late 20th century...." (Submitted on September 28, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on September 27, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2, 3. submitted on September 28, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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