Category Archives: St Mark’s and Jay Family Vault

Why the Bowerie? Our Stuyvesant Relationship

JAY-STUYVESANT Relationships.
EARLY JAY BURIALS: The Jay Vault

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 and settled as a trader and married ANNA MARIKA BAYARD in 1697.

Anna BAYARD’s paternal grandmother was ANNA STUYVESANT, the sister of the early leader of New Amsterdam, PETER (Petrus) STUYVESANT. He had married Anna’s husband, SAMUEL BAYARD, 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 with the Stuyvesant family which may be why a burial vault in the Stuyvesant Orchard at St Marks in the Bowerie became the resting place for JAY family members until it was moved to Rye in 1807.

Anna Stuyvesant remarried but outlived her second husband. She died in 1683, ten years after her brother Peter who had been buried in a vault under the family chapel in the Stuyvesant orchard in the Bowerie. This was to become the site of St Mark’s in the Bowerie church. She probably was buried in this vault.

This may have been the start of the Jay Family vault. Anna Stuyvesant BAYARD brought four children to New Amsterdam. Balthazar, Nicholas, Petrus, and Catherine. The oldest, 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 the 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 St Marks vault.

During the Revolution, New York was occupied by English troops and no burials took place. The son of Auguste Jay and father of John Jay, Peter and his wife Mary Van COURTLANDT died in Fishkill and Pougkeepsie during this time and were buried in a vault near Fishkill.

After the Revolution John and Sarah Livingston moved back to New York and were involved with Trinity Church about 1784. Also their oldest son Peter Augustus went to Trinity. 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.

There were several Jay burials during the period of 1780 and 1806. Three children of Peter and Mary Van Courtland were buried. In 1791 Anna Marika Jay was buried. She with Peter were the two children blinded by small pox in their youth. In 1799 Frederick Jay died. He was probably buried here along with his first wife who had died in 1791. In 1801 Augustus Jay died and was buried. He was the son with a learning disability. Finally Sarah Livingston Jay, John Jay’s wife, died in 1802 and was buried in the family vault.

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. This may have made continued use of the Jay Vault in the Stuyvesant Orchard impossible.

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. AUGUSTE and his wife Anna Marie BAYARD may have been buried in the Stuyvesant vault. The cemetery in Rye was open to the descendants of Peter Jay so Auguste probably would not have been moved. It is also unclear where the Jay Vault was other than in the Stuyvesant Orchard near what is now St Mark’s in the Bowerie. It is also possible that the second vault was Peter and Mary from Fishkill.

Burials
Fourth Generation
Peter Jay MUNRO died at age 5 in 1797
Mary MUNRO died at age 6 in 1802

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

Probable Burials
First Generation. Doubt they were moved
Augustus Jay. Died New Rochelle in March 1751
Anna Maria BAYARD died New Rochelle in Feb 1726

Second Generation Question if this was the second vault moved.
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

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.
EARLY JAY BURIALS: The Jay Vault

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. 

Burials
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 moved.to 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.

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