A NY Chapter of DAR, May Get Ownership Over Cemetery They Already Maintain

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Follow Up: Cemetery transition nearer

By Bob Gardinier

Published 8:22 am, Sunday, February 3, 2013

COHOES — After a title search that went back nearly 300 years, it has been determined there is no legal owner of a historic cemetery established by Anthony Van Schaick near the mansion he built sometime between 1735 and 1755.

A year ago, Mayor John McDonald, now a state assemblyman, tried to find the owner so the property could be deeded to the General Peter Gansevoort chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who have owned and maintained the mansion and grounds since 2001. At least 50 Van Schaicks and their relatives are buried in the cemetery just north of the house. Other Van Schaick family relatives, including Revolutionary War Gen. Peter Gansevoort, are buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery.

Anthony Van Schaick’s will states the plot is to be set aside for use as a cemetery and can never be sold.

“The title search we did came up with no clear owner and we determined the city is definitely not the owner,” Corporation Counsel Greg Teresi said.

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