Did you know that March 11 is recognized as National Genealogy Day? In honor of this day, which encourages people to examine the history and lineage of their ancestors, here is a look at some of the more notable names which pop up in Trinity’s genealogical records.
Marriage of James Monroe:
On February 16, 1786, James Monroe—almost thirty years prior to becoming President of the United States—was married at Trinity Church by Trinity’s then-rector, Benjamin Moore.
Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright, were married at Trinity after having met while Monroe served on the Continental Congress, which met in New York, our newly founded nation’s capital at that time.
Monroe would later serve two terms as President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.
Baptisms of Alexander Hamilton’s children:
Five of Hamilton's children were baptized at Trinity between 1788 and 1800. Notably, several of them were non-infants, suggesting perhaps that this was a period of heightened religious involvement or interest for the Hamiltons.
Notable sponsors for these baptisms include General Philip Schuyler, Angelica Church Schuyler, and Stephen Van Rensselaer.
Baptism of Humphrey Bogart:
Buried deep in the 1913 baptismal register for St. Agnes Chapel, a former Trinity chapel that closed in 1943, is a line recording the baptism of one Humphrey DeForrest Bogart, who would grow up to be the “Greatest Male Star of All Time” according to the American Film Institute.
Bogart was baptized with his younger sisters on January 27, 1910. He was ten at the time of baptism, which has prompted unanswered questions about why his parents chose that moment to baptize their children. At the time, Bogart was a student at Trinity School, located on the same block as St. Agnes on West 91st Street.
To search Trinity Parish’s baptism, marriage, and burial records, visit our online registers database and virtual churchyards.