The Newtown Historical Society announced on Monday that it replaced the deteriorating plaque on a monument dedicated to Astoria’s founding family at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Maspeth.
The weathered plaque, which marks a plot that contains the remains of William Hallet and his descendants that were transferred from the family’s graveyard at Hallet’s Cove to the cemetery in 1905, was replaced after efforts by the historical society, as well as Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria).
“I commend Newtown Historical Society for being proactive and restoring this important link to Queens history,” Vallone said in a prepared statement.“Queens is a great place to call home, whether it’s your first year in the borough or your family’s 350th.”
The Hallett family, led by patriarch William, emigrated from England and settled in Greenwich, Conn. in 1648, but moved in 1652 to a 160-acre property in the Hallett’s Cove area of Astoria.In 1664, Hallett expanded his estate to 2,200 acres, which included all of modern-day Astoria.
Several generations of Halletts lived on the property and as was customary at the time, family members that died were buried near their home. The Hallett cemetery was located between Astoria Boulevard and Main Avenue. Over time, the family’s land was divided into parcels and sold.