Category: Voegtly Cemetery

  • John Nicholas Neeb Monument, Voegtly Cemetery

    A broken column, representing a life cut off before its time: Mr. Neeb died at not quite 42. “He died yet lives,” says the inscription around the monogram on the column.

  • Gate and Iron Fence, Voegtly Cemetery

    The Voegtly Cemetery in Troy Hill has an unusually fine wrought-iron fence and gate—and, because the ironworker left his name in the iron itself, we know exactly who is responsible for it.

  • Voegtly Obelisk, Voegtly Cemetery

    Father Pitt assumes that this is a descendant or other relative of the Voegtly who donated the land for the original Voegtly Church in Dutchtown, whose name this cemetery perpetuates. The name of Mathias Voegtly is still quite visible, but the rest of the inscription is badly eroded. We can just make out the name of Elizabeth Voegtly, but the rest is difficult.

    However, the graves of the Voegtlys are also marked with expensive granite memorials, and though they are overgrown with wild grapes (you can see the mound of grape vines to the right of the obelisk), Father Pitt pushed back the grapes enough to collect these data:

    Mathias Voegtly: Born November 26, 1811; died January 17, 1884

    Elizabeth Voegtly: Born July 28, 1805; died October 2, 1890.

  • Godleib R. Fritz Shield, Voegtly Cemetery

    A bit of a mystery. This metal shield has fallen from some monument somewhere, and is now sitting on the base of the Kredel monument. Father Pitt has never seen a grave marker with a shield like this, so he does not know what kind of thing it would have been attached to—perhaps an iron post that has disintegrated? The rust has obliterated some of the letters, but Father Pitt is fairly sure of his reconstruction:

    NOV. 28 – 1858
    JULY 11 – 1892

  • Maria Dorothea Gros Grave, Voegtly Cemetery

    A popular genre of German grave: the single unit with headstone, footstone, and sides, the whole thing looking very much like a nineteenth-century bedstead. Maria Dorothea Gros was born in the little town of Lorbach in Hessen-Darmstadt, now the German state of Hesse. A translation of the inscription:

    BORN AUGUST 24, 1828
    DIED SEPTEMBER 27, 1888.