Known burials in East Cemetery
Rochester, New York

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East Cemetery was located on the present Monroe Ave. in what is now the athletic field of Monroe High School. East Cemetery was later called the Monroe Street Cemetery but at the time the cemetery was used, most persons would have known it as the East Cemetery.

There was a cemetery on the east side of the Genesee River that was used before the East Cemetery. Enos Stone made a gift of a plot of land for use as a burying grounds, that was on the south side of East Avenue, opposite Gibbs Street. No deed was ever executed and space was free as needed. This small plot quickly filled and the Village of Rochesterville bought two acres of land to be used for burials on June 10, 1827 from Chester Bixby for $100. This burying grounds, is what was to be know as East Cemetery and it may have been used before the date of sale. Eventually, 200 bodies were moved from the cemetery on East Ave. to the East Cemetery. The first grave sold in East Cem. was to Samuel Joy, who paid $5 for the plot. In the 1840's some of the graves in the East Cem. began being moved to the new Mt. Hope Cemetery. Even though graves were being moved out, new burials were made up until the 1860's. In 1872 the City of Rochester wanted to move the rest of the bodies and use the lot for a school, but had to get a Bill through the State Legislature before they could be moved. All the remaining bodies were moved in 1873. A newspaper article of that era stated that there was a book of plot owners and among the owners were the families: ELY, BUSH, DANFORTH, WHITNEY, COBB and SCOFIELD. A search has been made to find this book of plot owners but it must have been destroyed. Also in the newspaper article, it says that buried in East Cemetery is Rev. Comfort Williams of the First Presbyterian Church of Rochester, who died Aug. 26, 1825.

The following list contains the known burials in the East Cemetery. These records were collected from two main sources. First from a visit to the plot in Mt. Hope Cem. where some of the burials from East Cemetery now reside and the second source is from gleaning the records of Mount Hope which contain records of burials in many other old cemeteries. The record books in Mt. Hope give the date of burial, age, cause of death and place of residence (usually a street in Rochester). Some of these references even give the plot number in which the person was buried in the East Cemetery. Also added to this is some information from the old Rochester newspapers. There were many more persons that were buried in the East Cem. and were moved to family plots in Mt. Hope and other cemeteries. Unfortunately their names may never be known. Also not all the remaining stones can be read. An * is used when a letter or number can't be read.

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AINSWORTH

Willard; d of small pox, Dec 25, 1832 aged 20y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

ALEXANDER

Harriet, wife of William B.; b Nov. 25, 1792; d June 16, 1837 aged 44; d of consumption; res: Main St.; buried on East Cem. lot 137; tombstone in Mt. Hope, lot R

Delia; [the records of St. Luke's Church say that she was buried here on Jan. 22, 1849 at aged 32]

BARBER

C. P.; buried Aug. 12, 1837; age 26; d of dysentery; res: S. St. Paul St.; buried on East Cem. lot 71

BARTLETT

O.'s child; buried July 17, 1837; age 2d; d of fits; res: N. St. Paul St.; buried on East Cem. lot 83

Stephen B., son of Joshua of Keene, NH; native of NH; d Sept 14, 1830 aged 56y; d after a short illness; left a widow and 8 children; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

BENTLEY

Charles W., son of [illegible] & Lusina; buried Apr. 8; d Apr. 9, 1839 aged 2y; d of measles; res: N. Washington St.; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

[illegible]; d Feb. 28, 1832 aged [illegible]; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Sarah Elizabeth, dau. of George W. & Ann; d Sept. 17, 1846 aged 8m 24d; d of teething; res: Mathews St.; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Seward, son of [illegible]; d March 27, 1832 aged [illegible]; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

BIXBY

Chester W., son of Chester & Emeline; d Oct. 14, 1837 aged 1y 6m 16d; tombstone in both East Cem. plot and lot S of Mt. Hope

Delia M., wife of Chester; d Jan 21, 1829 aged 33y; tombstone in both East Cem. plot and lot S of Mt. Hope

Miss Zeruah; d May 2, 1835 aged 39y 4m; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

BLISS

[illegible] H., son of [illegible]; d Oct. 11, 1827 aged 11m 25d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

BORDEN

Sally, wife of William.; d Dec 23, 1832 aged 25y 15d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

BRINK

Moses; d May 11, 1836 aged 57y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

BRITTON

Martha, wife of Joab; d Dec 27, 1849 aged 53y; d of consumption; res: South St.

BROWN

Hamlet O., son of Henry H. & Sophronia; d Aug. 23, 1850 aged 2y 3m; d of summer complaint; res: Monroe St.

Jane Elizabeth, wife of Sylvester and dau. of Joseph SMITH; d May 16, 1835 aged 24y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

BULL

Ann, dau. of [illegible]; d Aug. 20, 1832 aged 22y 11m 22d; d in cholera epidemic; tombstone in East Ave. plot of Mt. Hope

BURLEY

Hiram C.; d June 7, 1838 aged 22y 10m 10d; d of consumption; res: Lancaster St.; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

BUSH

Caroline, wife of Henry and dau. of Daniel & Nelly BELL of Saratoga, NY; d Aug 16, 1832 aged 25y 5m 25d; d in cholera epidemic; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Joseph, son of Joseph & Mary; d Oct. 26, 1832 aged 24y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Lucy, wife of Eleazer; d July 29, 1832 aged 44y; d in cholera epidemic; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Thurlow W.; buried Dec. 12, 1849; unknown cause of death; res: Chestnut St.

CAIPERON

Eliza; d Aug. 27, 1822 aged 30y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

CASE

Arabella, dau. of James & Jenett; d Sept. 9, 1832 aged 20y; a resident of Sheldon, Genesee Co. and came to Rochester to attended school; took care of the sick during the cholera epidemic and succumbed to cholera, herself; tombstone in East Cem. of Mt. Hope

CASLER

Peter; d Dec 9, 1836 aged 63y 6m 13d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

CASTLE

Talcott A., son of DeLancy & Nancy; d Oct. 22, 1841 aged 16y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

COBB

family [see text]

COLLINS

Jonas' child; buried July 27, 1837; age 2m; d of inflamed bowels; res: Alexander St; buried in East Cem. public grounds

Wheeler; d Nov. 8, 1832 aged 51y 5m 4d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

COOK

Henry; d suddenly Aug 8, 1828 aged 33y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

COWLES

Mrs.' child; buried Aug. 16, 1837; age 1y 6m; d of bowel complaint; res: Clinton St.; buried on East Cem. public grounds

CURTISS

Harriet, wife of Alanson; d Mar. 11, 1833 aged 22y *m; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Lucy Ann, wife of Alanson; d May 14, 1834 aged 17y 11m lid; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

CUTER

Betsey; buried July 24, 1837; age 45; d of consumption; res: Clinton St.; buried on East Cem. public grounds

DANFORTH

Ann, wife Nason; d Oct 12, 1832 aged 26y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Marion A., dau. of Nason & Semantha; d Dec 28, 1835 aged 1y 6m; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Nason; d May 20, 1835 aged 32; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

DANNELL

Fanny W., wife of Benj'n.; [much illegible] aged 25y 8m 12d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

DEMING

Alfred, son of John & Jane; d Aug. 14, 1822 aged 7m 3d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Mary Jane, dau of John & Jane; d Nov 28, 1832 aged 3: tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

DORR

Eliza Jane, dau. of S. M.; [the rest is illegible]; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

DOTY

Jarome, son of Solomon & Elizabeth; d July 20, 182* aged 7m; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Mary S., dau. of Solomon & Elizabeth; d Sept. [illegible]; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

DRAKE

John; d Aug 30, 1840 aged 36y; d of intermittent fever; res: Fitzhugh St.; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope but Mt. Hope records say buried in Mt. Hope public grounds

DUDLEY

Hiram C.; d June [illegible] 1838 aged 22y 10m; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

DYER

Emma Louisa, dau. of Enoch & Louisa; d July 27, 1826 aged 5m 14d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

ELDRED

Parley; d Nov. 9, 1832 aged 22y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

ELY

family [see text]

FRANCIS

Amelia; buried Feb. 18, 1848; age 44; d of consumption; res: Carthage

GASKILL

Moses, son of Firman & [illegible]; d May 17, 1831; [on same tombstone with Henry Hibbard}; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

HAINES

Phebe, wife of James; d Sept. 4, 1837; age 54; d of palsy; res: Jackson St.; buried on East Cem. lot 17

HALL

E. Marcus, son of Benjamin & Rhoda; d Oct. 16, 1826 aged 25; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

HANKENSON

John, son of Peter B. & Electa; d Sept. 13, 1822 aged 1y 8m; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Peter B.; d Aug 27, 1825 aged 35y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Sally J., dau of Peter B. & Electa; d Sept. [illegible]; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

HAWKS

Clarissa B., wife of Paul; d July 20, 1828 aged 57 or 37; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

HENRY

Betsey, wife of Joseph; d July 27, 1837; age 42; d of inflamed head; res: North St.; buried on East Cem. lot 148; tombstone in Mt. Hope, lot I

HIBBARD

Henry, son of Henry G. & Helen; d July 29, 1825 aged 8m; [on same tombstone with Moses Gaskill]; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

HICKOK

George; d Oct. 15, 1835 aged 27y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

HINDS

Charles' child; Aug. 16, 1837; age 2m; d of fits; res: boat; buried on East Cem., public grounds

HOLBROOK

Daniel's infant; buried July 8, 1850; age 1d; res: Andrews St.

HUDSON

Electa, wife of Charles; d Apr. 5, 1833 aged 31y 6m 8d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

HUGGETT

Mrs.; buried July 28, 1837; age 40; d of dropsy; res: near North St.; buried in East Cem., public grounds

HUNTER

William; d Sept 9, 1839 aged 23y 11m 17d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

HULBURT

Sarah Ann, dau. of Hezekiah & Tryphena; d Aug. 24, 1839 aged 1y; d of summer complaint; res: Franklin St.; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope but Mt. Hope records say buried in Mt. public grounds #29, row 5

JOHNSON

L. Napoleon, son of Benjamin & Hannah; d Aug 28, 1831 aged 2y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

JOY

Samuel; [see text]

KING

Jacob, son of [illegible]; d Sept. [illegible] aged 22y; buried on East Cem. public grounds

LAW

Mortimer West, son of James & Elizabeth Ann; d June 28, 1850 aged 1y 4m; d of dysentery; res: Pearl & Union Sts.

LOCKWOOD

Maria Antoinette, dau. of Mr. M. B.; d Aug 5, 1823 aged 16y 9m 2d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

MORGAN

James' child; buried Aug. 18, 1837; age 1; d of bowel complaint; res: Union St.; buried on East Cem. public grounds

OSBORN

David; native of Antrim Co., town of Legmore, Ire.; [dates illegible]; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

OWINGS

Harriet; buried Sept. 11, 1837; age 18; d of consumption; res; Hill St.; buried on East Cem. lot 17

PARSONS

Hezekiah, youngest son of Col. Jabez & Sarah; d May 27, 1832 aged 18y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

PRICHARD

Archibald; d June 28, 1829 aged 70y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Lucius; d July 1, 1832 aged 38y; tombstone on East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

Sibill, wife of Archibald; d Mar 6, 1827 aged 66y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

REED

[illegible], dau. of [illegible] & Hannah; d Oct. 29, 1830 aged 26y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

RUSSELL

Joseph; buried Oct. 8, 1837; age 74; d of accidental fall; res: S. Sophia St.; buried on East Cem. plot 20

Luther; d Aug. 1, 1821 aged 36y; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

ST. JOHN

George West, son of Rev. Marshall; d Sept 18, 1850; age 8; d of bilious fever; res: Pearl St.

SANFORD

Frederick W., son of Sylvannus S. & Harriet; d July 27, 1837 aged 5y 5m 1d; d of scarlet fever; res: State St.; buried on East Cem. public ground; tombstone in Mt. Hope, lot G

SCOFIELD

family; [see text]

SHELDON

Charles H.; d July 23, 1832 aged 24y; d in cholera epidemic; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

SMITH

Nicholas' child; buried Aug. 4, 1837; age 9m; d of inflamed bowels; res: Chestnut St.; buried on East Cem. public grounds

William, son of William & Electa; d March 7, 1829 aged 7m

SQUIRE

Amanda E., dau. of Charles T. & Elizabeth; d Apr. 1, 1833 aged 2y 11m 27d; d of scarlet fever; res: Lancaster St.; tombstone on East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

SUTTON

George D., son of Hiram D. & Sarah B.; d March 30, 1850; age 17y 6m 3d; d of inflamed brain; res: Monroe St.; tombstone in Mt. Hope, lot K

UNKNOWN

Elizabeth, dau. of [illegible]; d Aug. 18, 1836 aged 1y 2m 28d

[illegible]; d Dec. 3, 1840 aged 34y

WEED

Joseph, son of Joseph & Mary; d Oct 26, 1832 aged 24y 3m 2d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

WHIPPLE

Oscar, son of Almand & Harriet; drowned June **, 1831 aged [illegible]; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

WHITE

George, son of Doct. [first name begins with an "S"] & Frances; d May 25, 18*1

WHITNEY

family; [see text]

WILBUR

Wm.'s child; buried Aug. 1, 1837; age 3; d of dysentery; res: Lancaster St.; buried on East Cem. lot 180

WILCOX

Delia A. I., dau. of John & Sophia S.; d Apr. 14, 1827 aged 16m 9d; tombstone in East Cem. plot of Mt. Hope

WILLIAMS

Rev. Comfort; [see text]

WOODWORTH

George R.; buried Dec. 24, 1847; age 4y 8m; d of scarlet fever; res: Main St.

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