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Moravian Cemetery's Burial Records.

From: Moravian Cemetery: A Who's Who in Staten Island History.

Moravian Cemetery's burial records can be very helpful when researching genealogy.

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Richard Simpson – Historian and Tour Guide for Moravian Cemetery is now accepting requests for the following records:

. Death and Burial Records from 1758-1828

. Births and Baptisms from 1749-1883

. Marriage Records from 1764 to 1863

. Cemetery Records 1867-Present


We now have books which contain records for the above categories. 


We can now share these records with you. The records include....


Death and Burial Records 1758 -1828. These records include the deceased’s name, date of death, and their age in years, months and days. Some records list the parents and/or spouses name, occupation, place of death, and cause of death.

The burial places not only include Moravian Cemetery but include other cemeteries as well. What is referred to as Richmond Town Cemetery or Richmond Cemetery, is St. Andrew’s Cemetery at Richmond Town; the North Shore Cemetery, is the Dutch Reformed Church & Cemetery in Port Richmond; and the Bergen Point Cemetery in New Jersey. There were also burials in homestead graveyards (or family cemeteries) such as the Burbanck family cemetery (or graveyard) which was located on Todt Hill Road near Four Corners Road.

Here are examples of Death and Burial Records:

. Egbert, Abraham died 2 March 1822 at Blazing Star. Age, 56 y. 11 m. 2 d.

. Bogart, Hannah Maria, daughter of Simon Bogart, died 6 September 1822, of Yellow Fever, buried at Richmond Town.

. Van Pelt, George, married, died 12 May 1832, fell overboard on way from N. York here.

Births and Baptisms Records 1749-1883. These records include the date of Baptism, name of the child being baptized, the parents’ names, and the sponsor’s name(s).

As early as 1749 the Pastor(s) of the New Dorp Moravian Church was requested by families living in Staten Island to preside over baptisms, weddings and funerals. The Pastor(s) recorded their entries in record books which now allow us to provide their records to people researching genealogy.


Examples of Baptism Records include: (The spelling of the word baptized is abbreviated Bap.).

. 1798 May 13, Parents: Ruben Seymourson. Child: John. Bap. at parents’ house.

. 1798 Sept 19, Parents: John Dorset, Child: Peter. Sponsors: Edward Beatty; James and Catherine Colon.

. 1802 August 25. Parents: Bininger, merchant of N.Y. Child: Martha. Bap. at Bergen Point, N.J. to which place the parents fled sometime before on account of yellow fever in N.Y. Child died soon after Baptism and was buried at Bergen Point.


Marriage Records 1764 -1863.  The Pastor of the New Dorp Moravian Church performed marriages not only in the New Dorp Moravian Church but also performed marriages in houses, and at other churches. In some cases notes have been included.


Examples of Marriage Records include: (Correct spelling of names wasn’t a priority but we get the idea of who they’re talking about, i.e.: Corshon should read Corson, Ryerrs should read Ryers, Symonson should read Simonson, etc.).

. December 27, 1764. David Burger and Anne Stilwell. In presence of about 30 persons in her mother’s house in Old Town.

. June 22, 1794. John Corshon and Catherine Ryerrs. Married at house on North Side. 

. August 4, 1804. Charles Symonson, single. Mary Vanderbilt, eldest daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt and Phebe Vanderbilt.


Search Fees.

. There is a search fee of $10. per name. The fee will include searching for that name in all three categories (Death and Burial Records; Marriage Records; and Births and Baptism Records).

. All entries are recorded in books and listed in chronological order. There are no separate records.

. If a record is found we will copy it and forward it to you.

. As it still takes time to search through record books, if no record is found the search fee is not refundable.


We continue to provide the following records.


Cemetery Records 1867-Present

Interment Records – An Interment Record will usually include the deceased’s name, age, date of death, cause of death, place of death, location of grave, date of interment, name of person giving order, name of undertaker, arrival time at cemetery, and clergyman. Please note, because of privacy issues, the cause of death will not be listed on records after 1960.

Plot Card - A Plot Card shows who is interred at the site. It also shows the date of interment. It does not show the date of death. The date of death can only be found on an Interment Record.

Diagram Card - A Diagram Card shows the location of graves and who is buried in the grave. Please note, Single Graves do not have a Diagram Card.

Search Fee. There is a fee of $20. per person, required to provide an Interment Record. If applicable you will also receive a Plot Card and Diagram Card.

Photographs of Gravestones – We can supply photographs of gravestones providing one is placed at the gravesite. Inscriptions on gravestones have become an important tool when researching genealogy. A gravestone is purchased by the family from a monument dealer. The cemetery does not sell gravestones nor do they carve inscriptions on stones. A gravestone is a personal choice and not everyone has a stone. There is a fee of $10. per photograph, per gravestone. Photographs will be sent in an attachment in an e-mail. Please note, we do not print out photographs.

Payment Instructions – Please contact me as to search fees before sending any monies.

We do not accept personal checks. Please obtain either a bank check or postal money order, made payable to Richard Simpson. Mail your request along with your check to:

Richard Simpson

c/o Moravian Cemetery

2205 Richmond Road

Staten Island NY 10306


Thank you, Richard Simpson – Historian and Tour Guide, Moravian Cemetery.


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