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St Peter’s Cemetery

Oakwood Avenue – Troy, NY

St Peter’s Cemetery is located on the east side of Oakwood Avenue, across from the Oakwood Cemetery in the city of Troy and is one of the oldest Catholic cemeteries in Rensselaer County. 

Trustees of St Peter’s Church purchased the land for this cemetery in 1858. Some earlier Catholic burials in Troy were in the southern section of the Old Mount Ida Cemetery on Pawling Avenue, where lots were also purchased by St Peter’s in 1835. This section is known as the “Old Catholic Burying-ground” (source: Weise, Arthur James “The City of Troy and It Vicinity”, Troy, NY, 1886). Very few headstones remain visible in this older cemetery, as they were intentionally laid flat in 1872 and eventually got turfed over.

Another, even older, Catholic burial place is in the Lansingburgh section of Troy. Information and links to burial maps can be found at

St Peter’s Church Troy NY

St Peter’s Church, the original Roman Catholic parish in Rensselaer County, incorporated in 1827. It was the third oldest Roman Catholic parish in New York State. St Peter’s Church closed in June 2009. Some more recent baptism and marriage records are held at St Anthony’s Church in Troy. The oldest records are at the Roman Catholic Diocese offices in Albany

While use of St Peter’s Cemetery began in 1858, interment records before 1909 were lost. Neither St Anthony’s nor the Diocese have these interment records. The records in the list below for over 11,000 burials at this cemetery range from 1909 to 2002.  However, some additional burials may be located by searching these websites which also include thousands of gravestone photos for St Peter’s:’s-cemetery


St Peter's Cemetery - Troy

1 Abare Henry Cohoes Hospital 76 yrs. 13 Jun 1943 16 Jun 1943 Lot 1056 South E. Corner Fonda Pine 205
2 Abbot Kathleen M. 77 Excelsior Ave. Troy, N.Y. 78 yrs. 22 Jan 1976 24 Jan 1976 Lot 91 Sec 3 2 grave South E. Corner Purcell Steel 383
3 Abbott Andrew Troy 59 yrs. 27 Feb 1946 02 Mar 1946 Lot 8 Sec 8 South W. Corner D. Purcell Steel 222
4 Abbott David 2 Lincoln Ave. 25 yrs 26 Nov 1912 28 Nov 1912 Lot 1190 Second grave, South W. Corner Purcell Bros. 29
5 Abbott David 2 Lincoln Ave. 25 yrs 26 Nov 1912 28 Nov 1912 Lot 1190 2nd grave South W. Corner Purcell Bros. 31
6 Abbott Ellen Troy 69 yrs. 17 Sep 1929 20 Sep 1929 Lot 1750 South End of Lot Purcell Bros. 128
7 Abbott Emma Troy 52 yrs. 15 Dec 1943 18 Dec 1943 Lot 1189 North E. Corner D. Purcell Concrete 208
8 Abbott Jane Troy 68 years 07 Apr 1922 10 Apr 1922 Lot 1190 South E. Corner T.A. Styles 90
9 Abbott Joseph E. Glass Lake, NY 55 years 02 Feb 1957 05 Feb 1957 Lot 158 North E. Corner Purcell steel vault - 2 graves & P.C. 288
10 Abbott Katherine 68 6th Ave. 85 yrs. 04 Oct 1964 07 Oct 1964 Lot 8 Sec. 8 2 grave South W. Corner Purcell, Daniel 331