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St Mark’s and Jay Vault

Sharon and I spent part of this afternoon talking with Roger Walters at St Mark’s. He is very much involved in the churches past, but they have few records before the mid 1800’s! We both agreed that Anna Stuyvesant was our connection to St Mark’s. The Jay Vault was probably in the Stuyvesant Orchard which is now 11th Street, and this is the reason it was moved to Rye.

The church is charming, with a very active rector and growth. Service is in the round. Nice place to visit!

Addendum. I found a map from 1815 that shows St Mark’s on the corner of 11th St and second Ave with St Marks Cemetery across second Ave. The Cemetery has disappeared and that must have been where the Jay Family Vault was.

The JAY CEMETERY: The FAMILY PLOT: The Jay Vault at St Mark’s in the Bowerie

JAY-STUYVESANT Relationships.

The Jay who first came to what was to become the United States was AUGUSTE in 1687. As a young man he had returned from an Asian tour on one of his fathers boats just after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes into the port of La Rochelle. His family had been forced to flee. He was saved by a half Huguenot/half Catholic Aunt and smuggled aboard a vessel bound for Charleston, South Carolina. He moved to New Amsterdam, settled as a trader and married ANNA MARIKA BAYARD in 1697.

Anna BAYARD’s paternal grandmother was ANNA STUYVESANT BAYARD, the sister of the early Mayor of New Amsterdam, PETER (Petrus) STUYVESANT. He had married Anna’s husband’s sister JUDITH BAYARD. Samuel BAYARD had died in Holland in 1646 and the next year Anna with her four children sailed to New Amsterdam to join her brother Peter. There was a strong connection between the BAYARD and  STUYVESANT family. Peter Stuyvesant had purchased for himself the area now called the Bowerie. His home and chapel where at third ave and 10th st. This family connection may be why a burial vault in the Stuyvesant Orchard at St Marks in the Bowerie became the resting place for JAY family members.

Anna Stuyvesant remarried but outlived her second husband. She died in 1683, ten years after her brother Peter. He had been buried in a vault under his family chapel in the Bowerie. This was to become the site of St Mark’s in the Bowerie church. She was buried in this vault. Her son Balthazar who died in 1705, was probably buried in the Stuyvesant vault but this is not documented. 

I am not sure when the decision to build the Jay Family vault in the garden near the chapel was made. Anna Stuyvesant BAYARD brought four children to New Amsterdam. Balthazar, Nicholas, Petrus, and Catherine. The  Question if this wtheoldest, Balthazar married in 1664, Marietje Lookermans. It was their daughter ANNA MARIE BAYARD who married AUGUSTE JAY in 1697. Anna Marie died in 1726 and was interred in a Vault in the Stuyvesant Orchard in the Bowerie. Her husband Auguste died in 1751 and was also buried in the “family” vault. I believe they were the first “JAYs” to be interred in the Stuyvesant garden. I am not sure what happened between 1750 and 1780. I have no record of burials.

During the Revolution, New York was occupied by English troops and no burials took place. PETER JAY, the only son of Auguste Jay and father of JOHN JAY, died in Pougkeepsie during this time and was buried in a vault owned by Gysbert Schenck near Fishkill with his wife MARY Van COURTLAND who had died a year before. The entire family had been forced to leave Rye during the revolution and stayed first in Fishkill and then in Poughkeepsie. 

After the Revolution the remaining  family moved back to the Rye house. In 1795 Jay became Governor of New York and moved in his second term to the new state Capitol in Albany. He retired from that post at the end of his second term to live in Bedford in 1801.

A Jay Family vault in the Stuyvesant garden was used during the period of 1780 and 1806. Children or wives of children of Peter and Mary were interred. In 1791 daughter Anna Marika Jay was buried. She with “blind” Peter were the two children blinded by small pox in their youth. In 1799 their youngest son Frederick Jay died. He was interred along with his first wife, Polly Barclay, who had died in 1791. Frederick had been involved in the care of the family during the period they had left Rye.  In 1801 Augustus Jay died. He was the son with a learning disability. Finally Sarah Livingston Jay, John Jay’s wife, died in 1802 and was interred in the family vault.

There were probable interments of children who died. This would include Jacobus (1731-1731) Frederick (1744-1744) and Mary (1749-1752). Also son Sir James Jay had a son Peter Augustus Jay that died in childhood. (1784-1786)

During this time the Stuyvesant property in the Bowerie underwent change. In 1793 the great grandson of Peter Stuyvesant, also Petrus, sold the family chapel and land to the Episcopal church for $1.00. A new church was designed and built on the same site as the family chapel. St Mark’s in the Bowerie was consecrated in 1799.

It was soon after that that the family decision was made to set aside a tract of land in the East Meadow on the Rye Estate as a burial plot. Changes were happening at St Mark’s which may have necessitated this. New York City was undergoing street planning grid changes and construction of 10th street was planned at St Mark’s for about 1810. The garden was going and the Jay Vault needed to be moved. Also all the other burial sites in the garden were moved. 

In 1804, Goldsboro Banyer, the infant son of Marie Jay Banyer died soon after childbirth and it was decided to have him buried in the East Meadow of the Rye Estate.This burial was followed by his father in 1806 and then young sister in 1808. The contents of the vault at St Mark’s was moved about 1806.

There is some question if there was one vault or two moved to Rye. AUGUSTE and his wife Anna Marie BAYARD may have been interred in a separate vault and children who died interred in this.  John Jay had declared the cemetery in Rye open to the descendants of his father, PETER JAY. Had Auguste and his wife been the original burials in a Jay Vault?  If so they would have been moved. Was there a second vault? This was moved. Were father Peter and Mary also moved to Rye from Gysbert Schenck vault? I can find no evidence for a vault from Gysbert Schenk in existence in the Fishkill area. It would seem that with the move of the contents of the Jay Vault from the Bowerie and the importance of the decendecy from Peter Jay to be eligible for cemetery burial that Peter and Mary  were also moved. 

Third Generation
Anna Maricka Jay. Died in Rye in 1791
Margaret “Polly” Barclay. Died in NY in 1791. First wife of Fady Jay.
Frederick Jay died 1799 in NY
Augustus Jay. Died in Rye in 1801
Sarah Livingston Jay. Died in Bedford in 1802

First Generation. Probably the first interments in the Stuyvesant garden.
Augustus Jay. Died New Rochelle in March 1751
Anna Maria BAYARD died New Rochelle in Feb 1726

Second Generation: Very likely Rye
Peter Jay. Died in Poughkeepsie in 1783. Buried in vault of Gysbert Schneck
Mary Van Courtlandt. Died in Fishkill 1777 Buried in vault of Gysbert Schneck.

Eva Van COURTLANDT, infant daughter of Frederick Van COURTLANDT and Frances JAY, Peter Jay’s sister in 1733. She was born in 1732.

JAY-Van CORTLANDT relationships

JAY-Van CORTLAND relationships

Family intermarriage occurred among the early Families that settled in the New Amsterdam region. This was very apparent between the Jay Family and the Van Cortlandt Family.

The first Jay settler was Auguste,(1665-1751) who had been forced to leave France when he returned on one of his father’s ships to a post edict of Nantes France He was able to escape France with the help of an aunt and ended settling in New Amsterdam. He became a merchant and married Anne Marika Bayard, a descendant of Anna Stuyvesant. They had four children that survived infancy and married and had children. This becomes the basis of the Jay Family in what was to become the United States.

Judith Jay* married Cornelius Van Horne
Marie Jay married Pierre Vallete
Francina Jay* married Frederick Van Cortlandt*
Peter Jay** married Mary Van Cortlandt**

The Judith Jay and Cornelius Van Horne marriage produced two children who married: Cornelius and Augustus. Cornelius Van Horne married Elizabeth Van Norden. Descendants of her family were to purchase the Jay house and property in Rye in 1805. Augustus Van Horne married his first cousin, Anna Marie Van Cortland. She was the daughter of Frederick Van Cortlandt who married his aunt, Judith sister Francina Jay. They had one daughter Elizabeth who married Thomas Stratfield Clarkson. Their daughter Elizabeth Stratfield Clarkson married her cousin, the son of Uncle General Matthew Clarkson, Matthew. He married his cousin the youngest daughter of Peter Augustus Jay and his aunt Mary Rutherford Clarkson, a daughter of General Matthew Clarkson, Sarah Matilda Jay. They had one child Banyer who was one of the original trustees of the Jay Cemetery and with his wife is buried there. ??Confused?? See the chart!

Their second daughter Mary, married Pierre Vallete and no intermarriages occurred!

Their third daughter, Francina Jay, married the son of Jacobus and Eve Van Cortlandt, Frederick Van Courtlandt.

Their fourth child, a son, Peter Jay married the sister of Frederick, daughter of Jacobus and Eva VC, Mary Van Cortlandt. Peter Jay was a successful merchant in New York, who bought the property in Rye and moved the family there in 1745. It is this family that we are most interested in.

The first Van Cortlandt settler was Oloff (1600-1684) His second
son Jacobus (1658-1739) who in 1700 was Mayor of the City of New York, married Eve Phillipse. They had four children, three daughters and one son. Their family became intertwined with the Jay Family with marriage of their son Frederick to Francina Jay and their daughter Mary to her brother Peter.

Margareta Van Cortland* married Abraham de Peyster
Frederick Van Cortlandt* married Francina Jay*
Anne Van Cortlandt married John Chambers
Mary Van Cortlandt* married Peter Jay*

Margareta Van Cortlandt and Abraham de Peyster had six children. Their oldest daughter Catherine married John Livingston, the brother of William Livingston, the father of Sarah Livingston Jay, the wife of John Jay.

Frederick Van Cortland married Francina Jay and lived in the Van Cortland House in Yonkers. (This has become the area in the Bronx, Van Cortland Park) They had five children, two daughters and two sons who married and had children.

James Van Cortlandt married Elizabeth Culyer
Augustus Van Cortland married Helen Barclay. Their daughter Helen married James Morris whose son Augustus married Harriet Munro.
Anna Marie Van Cortlandt* married Augustus Van Horne* her first cousin. Their mothers, Francina Jay and Judith Jay were sisters. They had one daughter who married Thomas Stratfield Clarkson as outlined above.
Eva Van Cortlandt* married Henry White. They had one daughter, Margaret White* who married her cousin Peter Jay Munro.* the only child of Eve Jay and Henry Munro. They had nine children that survived infancy. Two of their children had inter family marriages between Jay and Van Cortland descendants.

Anne Van Cortland married Judge John Chambers. She was close to Eve Jay, and introduced her to Harry Munro at Trinity Church where he was a guest preacher.

Mary Van Cortlandt* married Peter Jay* and they had seven children. As noted they bought the property in Rye NY and moved the family there in 1745.

Eve Jay married Henry Munro and had one child Peter Jay Munro. As mentioned Peter married his cousin Margaret White and had nine children. Two of these children, Harriet and Henry married into the Van Cortlandt family.
Harriet Munro married Augustus Frederick Morris. His father was James Morris and his mother was Helen Van Cortlandt, the daughter of Augustus Van Cortlandt. Augustus Morris changed his name to his mothers Van Cortlandt. Their children were all named Van Cortlandt.
Henry Munro married Anne Bayley. Their daughter Mary White Munro married James Bruen. They had several children.
Augustus Jay
Sir James Jay with Anne Erwin
Peter “blind” Jay
Anna Marika Jay (blind)
John Jay married Sarah VanBrugh Livingston, the daughter of Gov William Livingston and Susana French. They had six children. John Jay was involved in several branches of Government during his life and was a Founding Father of the United States. His oldest son, Peter Augustus married into the Clarkson Family. His wife, Mary Rutherford Clarkaon, father was General Matthew Clarkson. Peter Augustus and Mary youngest daughter Sarah Matilda Jay married cousin Matthew Clarkson, son of the General.
Frederick Jay married twice but had no children.