My pal Sarah Celentano of the New-York Historical Society spent Christmas Eve 2019 at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn and got some photos of the Christmas family plot. It’s one of the older plots in the cemetery, in fact, and I remembered I had found it too when I visited in October 2018. To find out more about the Christmas family, I turned to the reliable Maggie Blanck.
Family patriarch Charles Christmas (1795-1868) was British immigrant who owned grand mansion in what is now called the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn that was known as the Christmas Mansion, at 2nd Place and Henry Street.
Charles Christmas was one of the best brokers and bankers in this city. He is now a partner of the great banking house of A. Belmont & Co. Fortunate as Mr. Belmont seems to be in everything, he never was more fortunate than when he secured the brains, financial experience, and the integrity of Charles Christmas. He was for many years the chief manager of Prime, Ward & King, whose fame was world wide. Their banking house was at 42 Wall street. Mr. Christmas left that house in order to go into the same business at 44 Wall street, with Robert I. Livingston in 1834, under the firm of Christmas & Livingston. [Old Merchants of New York City]
They don’t carve tombstones like this anymore — take a look at that elaborate serifed lettering. Christmas’ wife Harriet passed away in 1837, before Green-Wood Cemetery was established, so she was likely exhumed and reinterred in the Christmas Green-Wood plot.