One hates to split hairs. Especially the hairs of the dead. But a joyful discovery in my local cemetery was soon followed by an almost instant disappointment.
According to a few 19th-century published references, the remains of New York's own Philip Livingston--one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776--were buried in Trinity Church Cemetery. And in 1931, another cemetery ambler had recorded the inscription from Livingston's gravestone verbatim:
FROM THE MIDDLE DUTCH CHURCH
FAMILY VAULT OF PHILIP LIVINGSTON.
ONE OF THE SIGNERS OF THE
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
So off I ran to see if the stone was still there. And it was! But no sooner had I got home and Googled up Philip Livingston online than I found scads more references and headstone images that located him at Prospect Hill Cemetery in York, Pennsylvania (where he'd died while attending the Continental Congress there in 1778).
But what gives? Here's a pic of the stone at Trinity Church Cemetery, but the story of his remains here remains a mystery. At least for the weekend.