Myth #3: There are a lot of Astors buried in the churchyard
This week, the Archivist's Mailbag uncovers the truth behind some other common myths about Trinity Church. Today, we tackle Myth #3: There are a lot of Astors buried in the churchyard.
While Trinity Church and churchyard feature monuments and sculptures donated by the Astor family, there aren’t any Astors buried in Trinity churchyard. There are 37 members of the Astor family interred in Trinity Church Cemetery
, located at 155th Street and Broadway in northern Manhattan.
John Jacob Astor died March 29, 1848 the wealthiest man in America. He was buried amongst other Astors at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The St. Thomas Astors were re-interred at Trinity Cemetery June 20, 1851. John Jacob Astor IV, who died on the Titanic, is buried there, as is his son, John Jacob Astor VI, who was born four months after his mother survived the sinking. John Jacob Astor VI died in 1992 and is the last Astor buried in the cemetery.