I have previously asked several questions about my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars/Sillars that included Finding Naturalization Record for Hugh Sellars from Scotland who lived in Albany (New York State) 1855-1872?
Today I was alerted to a new record set by Ancestry.com:
Ancestry.com. New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: New York County, District and Probate Courts.
I have not found Hugh there, but I did find three entries for his second wife Mary related to the same probate and then a burial record for her at:
Ancestry.com. Menands, New York, Albany Rural Cemetery Burial Cards, 1791-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Albany Rural Cemetery Internment Cards. Menands, New York: Albany Rural Cemetery.
From those records I now know that:
- Mary died on 24 Apr 1872 at Albany with her last residence given as 311 Washington Ave (which is where their Variety Store was located). She was buried on 26 Apr 1872 at Menands (Albany Rural Cemetery) in Lot 32, Section 103 which was the Lot of Hugh Sellars. She was aged 67 and born in Devon, England.
- On 7 May 1872 Caroline Paleur, a daughter of Mary Sellars (who died intestate), was granted the administration of her mother's goods, chattels and credits. I was not previously aware of this daughter but the 1865 New York State Census recorded that she had 4 children, and this is the first of those that I have been able to find.
There is no mention of Hugh in the probate, but the 1872 Albany Directories records him with a Variety Store and house at 311 Washington Ave which suggests he had been living with Mary until at least close to when she died. That is the last time he appears in those directories, and the last record that I have of him.
Given the above, what might be inferred from the following on Mary's burial record ...
Does it simply mean that Hugh bought the Lot? Does it mean that Hugh was the first occupant of the Lot? If the latter then it is odd that Mary can be found using http://albanyruralcemetery.org/search-arc/ but Hugh cannot.
As a postscript to this Q&A I contacted the cemetery Registrar as suggested in this answer and, unfortunately, learned that they do not have a copy of the deed to this lot in their files.