Wood fragment from Sir William Johnson's coffin

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Wood, paper, string
Overall: 1 x 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. ( 2.5 x 16.5 x 6.4 cm )
written: on paper wrapper; "Piece of the coffin of Sir William Johnson who died in 1774/ Taken from the vault June 1862/ by M. Wade esq. Clerk of Fulton County/ Presented to N.Y. Historical Society/ by...kinner, September, 1862"
Wood fragment from Sir William Johnson's coffin wrapped in yellow paper with accompanying letter.
Gallery Label: 
Sir William Johnson, the Mohawk Valley pioneer and colonial superintendent of Indian affairs, was buried in the Episcopal church in Johnstown, NY in 1774, and was reinterred during the rebuilding of the church in 1862, at which point this coffin fragment was recovered.
Credit Line: 
Gift of P. Skinner
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group