The following is an extraction from a report made by the Daughters of the American Revolution on the Flandreau Cemetery in 1941.
FLANDREAU GRAVEYARD The Flandreau Graveyard was used as a private bural place by the Flandreau family, one of the old Huguenot families of New Rochelle. The farm on which the burial plot was established was owned by Peter Flandreau, and devised by him to his brother, Benjamin, in his will, dated April 20, 1785. It is just possible that the burial place was started by Peter, but this is not definitely known. The stone of Benjamin Flandreau who died February 19, 1800, is believed to be the oldest in the cemetery and his burial in the plot is believed to be the first. It is stated by Mr. Morgan H. Seacord that when he made a record of the inscription on this stone, over forty years ago, it was the oldest in the cemetery. The stone may still be found and read, although it is lying out of place on the ground under leaves and branches. The plot was not laid out by deed until February 16, 1814, when the children of Benjamin Flandreau made a reservation 28 yards by 13 yards, with a right-of-way for access thereto from Boston Post Road of Turnpike Road. (Libre "R", page 200, White Plains Court House) Between the time of the burial of Benjamin Flandreau (1800) and the time the plot was formally laid out (1814) there had been burials by other members of the Flandreau family. The cemetery is still owned by the heirs of the Benjamin Flandreau who died on February 19, 1800. It is apparently abandoned, with no one left who is interested in its care. Most of the names on the stones are those of old and respected Huguenot families of New Rochelle. The cemetery - or what is left of it - is located on Chester Place, just east of Emerson Avenue. Emerson Avenue is at the east and of Main Street or the Boston Post Road, and runs from Main Street towards the Sound. Chester Place is the second street to the left, off of Emerson, (see map) The east line of the cemetery is right on the boundary line between New Rochelle and Mamaroneck. This farm was purchased some time before the Civil War by Samuel F. Cowdrey. He called the place "Hazelhurst", a name still used for the section. The burial plot was not included in the purchase of the farm by Mr. Cowdrey. A right-of-way to the plot was also retained by the Flandreau family. Mr. Cowdrey wanted the property as a part of his estate. He therefore offered to buy the plot and move, at his own expense, all of the bodies to a burial ground selected by the Flandreau heirs. They were unwilling to agree to this, for the little graveyard was still being used and carefully cared for. Mr. Cowdrey had a hedge planted around the plot and it was also enclosed by a stone wall. After the death of Mr. Cowdrey, in the late years of the 19th centrury, the property was taken over and development of it as a residential park started some forty years ago. The plot has not been used for burial for many years. About 1889 Mr. George T. Davis wrote a paper on the cemeteries of New Rochelle. About the Flandreau Graveyard he says: "This cemetery is situated on Main Street at the Mamaroneck line east of the residence of Mr. S. F. Cowdrey and can not be seen from the street. No persons except the Flandreau family are buried here. The interments average about one per year. Only one monument is erected here and that was erected to the memory of a young man who was killed during the war." There could not have been many burials after this time, although there was an inscription on a stone recorded in 1923 indicating a burial in 1892. This burial was very likely the last. After the opening of Beechwoods cemetery there were many removals from this old private plot to the new cemetery. The monument of which Mr. Davis speaks was erected during the Civil War by the parents of Elisha Harsen. On May 10, 1923. Mrs. Florence S. Bennett of New Rochelle visited this cemetery. At that time the development of the locality was going forward, new roads were being put through, houses were being built, etc. Mrs. Bennett found the little cemetery in a deplor- able condition. However, at that time the monument to Elisha Harsen was still intact, except for small shippings. She made a copy of the very interesting inscription, which follows: In Memory of Elisha Harsen aged 23 yrs. and 4 mos. 1st Asst. Engineer in the United States Navy on board the Monitor Tecumseh, who perished in Mobile Bay on Aug. 5th, 1864, when their vessel was sunk by a rebel torpe- do, This monument is erected by his parents whose consolation is, that their son died in the ser- vice of his country. He died do- ing what he could to suppress the wicked rebellion of the slave states. While leading the fleet which ran past the forts of Mobile Bay, the Tecumseh was struck by the fatal torpedo which launched into eternity as brave a crew as ever manned a vessel. They offer- ed themselves a sacrifice to their country, met the fate they had some reason to expect, and by bravely confronting it, averted it from others. None but heros would have consented to lead through the terrible dangers of that battle day. As heros they did their duty; while at their ports they perished and were bur- ied in the dark waters with more that a hero's salute. Their country will never cease to cher- ish the fame they so gallantly won. This inscription occupies three sides of the monument. On the forth side is the following quotation: "DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI" A week later a second visit was made and Mrs. Bennett found that the shaft of monument had been forced off of the base, and an effort had appar- ently been made to destroy it. As a result of the story which Mrs. Bennett wrote and which was published in the "Standard-Star" the monument was moved to Beechwoods Cemetery where it may now be seen. Another Civil War soldier, buried in this plot, was Theodore Flandreau, a sergeant. His stone was so broken at the time Mrs. Bennett visited the cemetery that nothing more could be read. However, his record was known, and a stone to his memory now stands in the Beechwoods Cemetery not far from that of Elisha Harsen. Theodore Flandreau was the son of Elijah Flandreau. He was born on July 5, 1844. He served in Company E. 73rd N.Y. Volunteer Infantry. He died on Nov. 20, 1886. The "Flandreau Post" G.A.R. is named in honor of him and of his brother, John. The little cemetery is now in even worse condition, few of the stones are legible, and fewer still are in their original positions. Scattered pieces of markers were found in all parts of the plot. An attempt was made to fit them together. It was sometimes possible to do this. However, it was impossible to locate the positions of the graves. Therefore, no sat- isfactory map of the graveyard can be furnished. FLANDREAU GRAVEYARD 1. A miscellaneous groups of fallen stones. It was not possible to read any of them. They were on a line with the rear of the plot where the tabulation started. 2. FLANDREAU In memory of ELIZABETH, wife of BENJAMIN FLANDREAU who died September 15, 1822. Aged 51. 3. FLANDREAU In memory of ....AMIN FLANDREAU who departed this life Aug. 27th, 1807. Aged 45 years, 2 months & 10 days. Foot Stone B.F. 4. Broken Stone. 5. FLANDREAU SUSAN FLANDREAU Died Nov. 5, 1868. Aged 68 years, 2 months and 12 days. Stone in good condition. 6. Broken Stone. 7. Broken Stone. 8. SEACORD In memory of MAGDALEN, wife of DANIEL SEACORD who died Jan. 30, 1840. Aged 80 years, 4 months and 1 day. 9. SEACORD In memory of JOHN W. SEACORD, son of DANIEL who died July 10, 1838. Aged 41 years. 10. RUSSEL SARAH ESTHER, daughter of (LABAN?) & SARAH RUSSEL departed this life Oct. 16, 1829 in her 15th year. 11. Fallen Stone. 12. SEACORD In memory of JAMES A., son of LEONARD and MARIA SEACORD who died Oct. 13th, 1842. Aged 5 yrs. and 5 mos. 13. Group of eight field stone markers. 14. FLANDREAU In Memory of BENJAMIN FLANDREAU who departed this life February 19, 1800. Aged 81 years, 5 months and 15 days. 15. The G DANIEL BO Nothing more could be read. 16. FLANDREAU In memory of ANN ELIZA, wife of BENJAMIN FLANDREAU who died Mar. 4, 1835. Agen 24 years, 2 mo. 23 days. also BENJAMIN FLANDREAU, son of BENJAMIN and ANN ELIZA FLANDREAU died Mar. 25, 1835. Aged 1 month & 12 days. 17. FLANDREAU In memory of BENJAMIN FLANDREAU Born Feb. 22, 1810. Died Nov. 21, 1844. Foot Stone B.F. 18. MULLINEX In memory of JOSEPH MULLINEX who departed this life Oct. the 28th day, 1807. Aged 83 years, 1 month, 13 days. 19. Foot Stone D.S. (DANIEL SECORD'S stone was standing in 1923. See below.) 20. Miscellaneous group of 20 or more markers. No inscriptions could be read at this time. 21. FLANDREAU In memory of CATHARINE IRENE, wife of Elder DANIEL A. FLANDREAU who departed this life October 8th, 1815. Aged 40 years and 23 days. Foot Stone C.I.F. 22 ISABELLE Nothing more could be read on this stone at this time (See below for record of 1923.) Note 1. Over forty years ago Mr. Morgan H. Seacord, well-known historian of New Rochelle and descendant of an old Huguenot family made a partial record of grave stomes in the Flandreau Graveyard at that time. The following inscriptions, not found in 1939, were recorded by him. In memory of ESTHER FLANDREAU the wife of BENJAMIN FLANDREAU who departed this life May 8th, 1811. in the 82nd year of her age. (She ws ESTHER BADEAU. Red Stone.) On the bottom of stone recorded above as No. 3. Also of his son BENJAMIN, who departed this life August 20th, 1805. Aged 1 year, 10 months & 7 days. In Memory of JOHN FLANDREAU, who departed this life January 27th, 1809, Aged 37 years, 9 months & 25 days. In Memory of ELIZABETH, wife of BENJAMIN FLANDREAU who died Sept. 15, 1822, AE. 51 Sacred to the memory of ESTHER, widow of WILLIAM STILLWELL who died April 26th, 1832, in the 76th year of her age. The Grave of DANIEL SECORD Born March 13, 1759. Died June 13, 1843. (See 15 and 19 above.) In Memory of of MAGDALEN, wife of DANIEL SECORD who died Jan. 30, 1840. Aged 80 years 4 months & 1 day. In Memory of JOHN W. SEACORD, son of DANIEL and MAGDALEN SEACORD who died July 10, 1838. Aged 41 yrs. 1 mo. and 12 days. JOHN BADEAU, died Dec. 11, 1815. Aged 74 years. SUSAN BADEAU, died Dec. 8, 1817. Aged 66 years. Note 2. In 1923 Mrs. Florence S. Bennett of New Rochelle visitied this cemetery and made as much of a record as she could. The cemetery was, at that time, filled with litter of the development which was going on all around it. The following stones not found in 1939, were record- er by her at that time. ESTHER FLANDREAU, wife, died May 8, 1811, Age 82. BENJAMIN FLANDREAU, died Sept. 13, 1822. Age 54. BENJAMIN FLANDREAU, died 1832. Age 51. ISABELLE FLANDREAU, wife, died Nov. 19, 1892. Age 82. (See No. 22) DANIEL SEACORD, died 1843. Age 84. (See No. 19) JOHN SEACORD, son, died April 26, 1832. Age ?