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Town of Amenia
Dutchess County
John Dux
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March 6, 2000

Amenia Burying Ground  (Red Meeting House)

Oldest Stone:  1750

 The cemetery is in very good shape.  The stones are very interesting and old.  Poucher refers to this as the Red Meeting House church grounds.  Current references refer to it as Amenia Burying Ground.  There is a tiny red 1-room school house 50yrds from this cemetery called Indian Rock Schoolhouse.

LOCATION: A mile northeast of the village of Amenia, at the site of the former "Red Meeting House".
INSCRIPTIONS: 503 in number. Copied by L. Van Alstyne of Sharon, Conn. See page 102 of "Burying Grounds of Sharon, Conn., Amenia and North East, New York", printed 1903.
REMARKS: The Presbyterian church, known as "Carmel in the Nine Partners", was organized in 1748.  The "Red Meeting House" was built in 1758 on land given for a church and burial ground by Captain Stephen Hopkins of Amenia.

Oldest stone:
HOPKINS, Ruth, dau. of Stephen and Jemima (Bronson) Hopkins, d. May 14, 1750, in her 12th yr.

WOOD, Rev. Elijah, departed this life Feb. 11, 1810, in his 65th yr.
"A dying Preacher I have been / To dying hearers such as you / Though dead, a preacher still I am / To all who come my grave to view / May this a sollum warning be / That you must quickly follow me."

HOPKINS, Mehetabell - Sacred to ye memory, of Mrs. Mehetabelll ye amiabel consort, of Capt. Michael Hopkins; and Dautr. to ye Rev'd Mr. William and Mrs. Temperance Worthington of Saybrook, who Departed this Life July ye 14, 1771: Ae. 34. "Beneath this stone enter'd Doth lie: / As much Virtue as Could Die, / Who, when alive did vigour give: / To as much beauty as could live."

HOPKINS, Stephen, d. Feb. 8, 1767, in his 61st yr. "He was a tender Husband, Indulgent Father, Kind Master; his Life a series of Piety and Charity to the Poor. He sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, with an assur'd Belief Of a Blessed Immortality."