D.A.Lordemann

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Originally from Helena, Montana. I want to add absent family members and make connections and corrections.

The following are my notes regarding the "Sweet Home" or "Home Sweet Home" Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland. It is referred to in the German language newspaper, "Der Deutsche Correspondent. (Baltimore, Md.) 1841-1918".

Some of the funeral notices describe a crypt of temporary storage during the winter months. The ground does freeze in Baltimore, so winter burials may have been held off until the graves could be dug in the spring. I have seen notices in Der Deutsche Correspondent that refer to a spring burial ceremony after storage in the crypt.

Some burials to "Sweet Home Cemetery" are now in "Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery" in Baltimore.

"Sweet Home" and "Home Sweet Home" Cemetery are alternate names used locally for St Alphonsus Cemetery. As Saint Alphonsus fell into disuse, some time after 1900, graves may have been relocated by the families. Sometime after 1950, the Saint Alphonsus site was sold and remaining graves were relocated to Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery perhaps to the section named St Alphonsus.

Some Baltimore maps from 1850-1870 time frame show a Potters Field near the location of St Alphonsus Cemetery. Its shape is roughly the same as St Alphonsus on the maps, but is located several blocks west. It could be that St Alphonsus was created adjacent to the earlier potters field. Or that the potters field is mislocated on the map and is really what was later called St Alphonsus.
-the G.M.Hopkins 1877 Baltimore map has a Catholic Burying Ground in the location of St Alphonsus. It also has an adjacent outline of the potters field to the west.
-the Fielding Lucas Jr. 1845 Baltimore Plan map has it labeled "East Potters Field".

When the St Alphonsus church at the corner of Saratoga and Park streets was built, it replaced a smaller church known as St Johns. Adjacent to St Johns had been the church cemetery, the graves were relocated to an unspecified "safe place". The construction of the new St Alphonsus church commenced in 1842 and was completed in 1845. (Baltimore Sun, 20-sep-1873, page 5, under "LOCAL MATTERS")

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Supporting an AKA of Home Sweet Home Cemetery:
An item in the Baltimore Sun, discusses the possible conversion of Saint Alphonsus Cemetery on East Biddle street at Edison highway into a city park and states it was also known as the Home Sweet Home Cemetery. (The Sun (1837-1989), Baltimore, Maryland, Jul 7, 1950, Page 8, "ORDER GIVEN ON CEMETERY")

Supporting an AKA of Sweet Home Cemetery:
There are funeral notices in the German language newspaper "Der Deutsche Correspondent. (Baltimore, Md.) 1841-1918" that show burial at "Sweet Home Cemetery" were the persons death certificate states burial at Saint Alphonsus Cemetery. for example see Find A Grave Memorial# 146876347 and Find A Grave Memorial# 146956407 (this death cert. has Alphonsus misspelled as Alvonsus)

Also reference:
- The Very Quiet Baltimoreans by Jane B Wilson
- http://www.germanmarylanders.org/cemeteries/st-alphonsus
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