Cohoes Cemetery (Defunct)

Columbia Street
Cohoes, Albany County, New York, USA
Memorials 1 added


Established 1846. The majority of the graves, about 950, were removed in 1896-1897 to the east side of Union Cemetery in Crescent, Saratoga County, New York.

"Another matter frequently discussed in the newspaper at that time (and in fact at intervals ever since) was the bad condition of the cemetery. This first received public attention at the annual meeting in 1852, when on motion of Mr. H. D. Fuller $400 were voted for purchasing and improving the grounds. No action was taken until the following year, when at the citizen's meeting held March 3d, it was resolved, 'that a committee be appointed for the purpose of making a selection of grounds suitable for a village cemetery, said committee to consist of one person from each of the religious congregations of the village, and two from the village at large.' The report of this committee was published in the Cataract, from which the following extract is taken : 'They report that the wooded land south of Mr. Gage's, and belonging to Douw A. Fonda, can be purchased with right of way included for $200 per acre and is a very desirable location; that the present grounds can be obtained of the Cohoes Company for $100, and about eight acres north of and adjoining them can be purchased for $150 per acre. The committee recommend the purchase of the former in case the village wishes to expend five or six thousand dollars in clearing and beautifying the grounds, but if not, then they recommend the latter and say that the judicious expenditure of $400, in improving the old cemetery, will make it a very good place.' Nothing was done after this report until 1854, when the condition of the cemetery became so bad as to call forth the severest comments. At the annual meeting a further appropriation of $300 was voted, and the following resolutions passed :
"'Resolved, That the village accept the offer of T. G. Younglove in behalf of the Cohoes Company, of the cemetery grounds as a gift to the village by said Cohoes Company for a merely nominal sum.
"'Resolved, That the thanks of this village be tendered to the Cohoes Company for their liberality in bestowing the cemetery grounds to the village of Cohoes.'
"A committee was appointed to superintend the improvements, consisting of Egbert Egberts, H. D. Fuller, H. B. Silliman, Jacob Travis and Matthew Fitzpatrick."
Masten, Arthur H. The History of Cohoes, New York, From its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Albany, NY: Joel Munsell, 1872. 122-123.

L. 1869, ch. 912 – “An act to incorporate the city of Cohoes”:
Title V, § 7 “It shall be the duty of the common council, and they shall have the power— […]
"16. To make and carry into effect rules and regulations for the care and protection of the public cemetery of the city; to regulate the burial of the dead, and to appoint a superintendent of the cemetery and prescribe his duties and compensation."
Laws of the State of New York Passed at the Ninety-Second Session of the Legislature. 1869. 2887.

"Does the cemetery committee of the common council know that the whole line of cemetery fence facing on Columbia street is lying in a dilapidated mass in the mud of said street? The cemetery at best is nothing more than a public cattle yard, and is a disgrace to the corporation. By the by, a question of considerable importance is just now agitating the taxpayers. They want to know what has become of the money received by the superintendent of the cemetery for the sale of lots during the past two years. The chamberlain's books do not credit the superintendent with any payments for that purpose. Ald. Land, at a meeting of the board in November, 1873, stated that he knew of several persons who held leases of lots dated in that year which had been paid for."
"Cohoes." Troy Daily Times. June 10, 1874: 2 col 4.

"Among those who bought lots in the early days of the cemetery were Daniel Doncaster, Jacob I. Lansing, Joshua R. Clarke, Lucinda Rhodes, Sidney J. Smith, Samuel Lighthall, William Lighthall, Eldridge G. Mussey, Levi Silliman, Gideon Longley, Daniel Simmons, Edwin Owens, Widow Sarah Doyle, Trustees of the Baptist church, William Doty, John Hay. In March 1847 W. N. Chadwick signed last and on the 27th of March 1848 F. S. Claxton signed as engineer and agent of the Cohoes Company. In January 1857 H. L. Landon signed as president of the village of Cohoes.
"Is drawn on linen and what is now Columbia street is there called the Shaker road. Through the cemetery from Bowery to about half way at Oak street is Vault street. The other cross streets were not named. The map is endorsed 'Map and plan of the Cohoes Company Burying Ground as laid down July 10th, 1846, Scale 33 ft to the inch, size of lots 10 feet wide by 16.5 long, Copied by J. B.'"
"The Old Cemetery; A Brief History of the Last Resting Place of Many of Cohoes' Dead." Cohoes Republican. June 12, 1896: 1 col 4, 3 col 3.

"The cemetery committee reported that it had caused to be removed 981 bodies from the old city cemetery; that 949 had been reinterred at Crescent, thirteen at Oakwood, twelve at Waterford and seven at Albany Rural. The cost of removal was $2,044.45. There are still three bodies in the old plat. The report was accepted."
"The Old Cemetery." Troy Daily Times. February 17, 1897: 4 col 4.


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GPS Coordinates: 42.7731600, -73.7111700

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