Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 PM
Starr Library, 68 West Market Street, Rhinebeck 12572
The story of Andrew Frazier, African American Revolutionary War Veteran,, Milan landowner and patriarch
Born around 1742 at Morrisania, the Manor of the great Morris family near New York City, Frazier would
be swept up in the powerful currents of land patents and speculation of the 18th century and the
Revolutionary War. See how he brieﬂy intersects with Rokeby’s Senator, Ambassador and Secretary of
War, John Armstrong, Jr. Frazier’s descendants would include a pioneering woman who would break
racial barriers in New York City at the turn on the 19th century and also be recognized for bringing
comfort and service to WWI veterans. We’ll look at the importance of what we memorialize, and why 19
headstones of the Frazier family in Rhinebeck Cemetery, curiously adjacent to Section E, the section
dedicated to the burial of persons of color, are an important touchstone into three centuries of personal
and community lessons.
Bill Jeffway is the former Milan town historian and Co-Chair of the Milan Bicentennial Committee.
Photo of the vicinity of the Frazier farm in Milan
(Frazier house not visible) courtesy of Jack Campisi.