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||On the east side of Route 9D at the foot of Sugar Loaf, about 100 yards south of the Beverly Robinson House Historic Marker.
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||Across the road from the St. Francis Retreat House of the Capuchin Fathers
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Based on published genealogies and cemetery lists, here's an ID on the Amy Denning mentioned on the memorial in the Denning Plot, Rt. 9D, Philipstown: Amy Maria Hawxhurst, daughter of Anne Pratt and William Hawxshurst, wife of William Denning; b. c1747/8 Oyster Bay, NY, d. 7 May 1808.
She was William's second wife; the first was her sister Sarah, 1740-1776. Between them, they had nine children.
The Denning Plot is by the Beverly Robinson property, which William Denning bought after the Revolution. The Denning, Duer and Robinson families were connected by marriage.
Amy was once buried here, but then her remains were moved elsewhere. (She is not with her husband, however; his gravesite is in St. Paul's Churchyard, Manhattan, which has survived intact though only one block from Ground Zero. He is buried near two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Rosetta.)
A monument is all that remains in the Denning Plot, partially copied by Buys (p. 90) in the 1970s:
"Beneath the ... beautiful ... Removed by her wish the remains of Amy Denning, wife of William Denning,
deposited by her express directions. This marble ... to recall to her children the rembrance [sic] of a mother
by a friend who best knew her virtues and most respects her memory."
The "friend' remains unknown.
Amy and William are great-great-great grandparents of Ellin Travers Mackay, who married Israel Baline, better known as Irving Berlin.