As Brooklyn Archeologist, Arthur Bankoff, mentioned in his Brooklyn On Line interview, Brooklyn in this period was a pioneer and farming community. The Flatlands Dutch Reform Church was a center of Pioneer Life in Flatlands. It's cemetery dates back to the beginning of European civilization in the "New World" Many of the Tombstones are written in Dutch, and not until the mid 1800's does English become common on the grave markers.
This Stone, for example,
is not as difficult to read because of the wear and age of the stone,
as much as it is written in DUTCH! Dated to 1767, it is one of dozens
of markers here
which predate the Declaration of Independence. The Family name of the
person was Schenek, one of the common names in Dutch Brooklyn which
in our streets and institutions.