Thursday, April 15, 2010
New York City’s founding families
The city’s oldest cemeteries are home to the tombstones of early bigwig early New Yorkers.
The first Riker (of Rikers Island fame, of course) arrived in New Amsterdam from Holland in 1638.(For all you non-New Yorker's that's the jail on it's own island).
His descendent, John Lafayette Riker, was a Civil War colonel in a Union Army volunteer regiment called the Anderson Zouaves.
Riker was killed at the Battle of Fair Oaks in 1862 and buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.
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