I am a descendant of Captain William Kidd (1645-1701) who was active in the building of Trinity Church before he became a pirate! I understand there is a plaque to his memory in the churchyard. Do you have a reference to this? We were frequent visitors to the church when we lived in NY, but were unaware of this possibility until now.
-John and Anne
Dear John and Anne,
There is no plaque commemorating Captain Kidd in our churchyard. In our Vestry Meeting Minutes from January 6, 1982, it is noted in the Rector's report that:
"Captain Kidd, the infamous pirate who died on the gallows, was never a Vestryman of Trinity Parish in spite of the claim made by "Ripley's Believe It or Not." He was on the pew list of 1696 and lent equipment for raising stones of the first Trinity Church. Since Captain Kidd left New York in September of 1696, two years before Trinity held its first service, he never worshipped in the church."
The associations noted in this resolution are the only ones Trinity has with Captain Kidd, and are the only record of his involvement with Trinity.
Author: Trinity Wall Street Communications
Created: March 18, 2009
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