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Tombstone of Michael Cresap.

Tombstone of Michael Cresap.
Title
Tombstone of Michael Cresap.
Date 
ca. 1775
Medium 
Stone, oak, other wood, paint, brass
Dimensions 
Overall: 38 x 35 x 6 1/4 in. ( 96.5 x 88.9 x 15.9 cm )
Description 
Tombstone of Michael Cresap in oak frame with open top and squared side posts with large mushroom finials; tombstone with arched top carved with highly stylized human face with wings(?), possibly an angel, and inscription; framed stone mounted on gray-painted rectangular wooden base with inscribed brass plaque.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Rector, Churchwardens, and Vestrymen of Trinity Church
Object Number 
1867.443
Marks 
carved: on face of tombstone: "In Memory of / Michael Cresap First Capt. / Of the Rifle Batalions[sic] / And Son to Col. Thomas / Cresap. Who Departed this / Life Octob. the 18, 1775" impressed: on brass plaque affixed to wooden base: "THE GIFT OF / the Rector Churchwardens and Vestrymen / Of / TRINITY CHURCH / To / The New York Historical Society / MDCCCLXVII"
Gallery Label 
A Revolutionary soldier, Michael Cresap was born in Allegany County, Maryland, in 1742, and died in New York City in 1775. His father, Thomas Cresap, who was born in England in 1702 and arrived in the colonies around 1717, acted as intermediary between the colony government, the Iroquois and the Cherokees, using his stockaded house on the Appalachian border as his base. He died around 1790.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group