St Patrick’s Cemetery, located at 150 Troy-Schenectady Rd, Watervliet NY, was once the parish cemetery of St Patrick’s church. The church itself opened in 1840, the first Catholic church in Watervliet. The church was demolished in 2012 and the space is now occupied by a Price Chopper supermarket.
St Patrick’s Cemetery, officially opened in 1874, is now managed by the Albany Diocesan Cemeteries office. The old section is in the back left corner and pre-dates the parish opening. Few records exist for this cemetery prior to the 1930’s, although an early lot book survived and does show names of lot owners starting in the late 1800’s
In this rearmost area (“old section”) of the cemetery, for which no official records exist, there are hundreds of gravestones and are some of the earliest burials made here. From 2017 to 2020, Tom Hanley, then archivist for Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, and a group of volunteers (noted below) worked on identifying and recording the gravestone inscriptions. Gravestone images are being posted to Find-a-grave.
The Old Section suffers from the ravages of time. Trees are taking over the grave sites and their leaves cover and bury old stones fallen flat on the earth. Even worse is the encroachment of vegetation and bushes concealing graves and hiding the cemetery hallowed grounds along its edges and in some cases within the more center areas of the cemetery.
The gravestones date from about 1840’s and display an amazing diversity of funeral expressions. Many stated who erected the stone saying “erected by”. Many of the Irish stones were inscribed from where in Ireland they had come. Many had funeral poems expressing their sadness and loss of their loved one; especially if it was son(s) or daughter(s). There are of about 50 United States soldiers buried in the Old Section and 2 of them have the same date of death: September 17, 1862. They were killed together at the Battle of Antietam, with the 34th NY Volunteers and now lie together in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
Thanks to Tom Hanley, Colleen Agars, Marie Bolt, Suzanne Turner, Jeni Friedland and Christine
St Patrick's Cemetery - Old Section
|wdt_ID||PERSON||PARENTS/SPOUSE||DEATH DATE||AGE||SECTION||GRAVESTONE||REMARKS||Find a Grave Links|
|1||O'BRIEN, WILLIAM||CHILD OF JAMES AND ANN||1851-8-22||11 YRS,||EAST||UPRIGHT PILLAR, OFF BASE||NEAR EAST ROADWAY ENTRANCE|
|2||O'BRIEN, FRANK I.||HUSBAND OF HARRIET P. O'BRIEN||EAST||BORN 11/25/1904,NO DEATH DATE||FLAT, SMALL STONE MARKER|
|3||O'BRIEN, HARRIET P.||WIFE OF FRANK I. O'BRIEN||1981-1-7||73 YRS.||EAST||BORN 8/29/1908||FLAT, SMALL STONE MARKER|
|4||O'BRIEN, HARRIET P.||1981||73 YRS.||EAST||BORN 1908, O'BRIEN - GOODYEAR||FLAT, OFF ITS BASE,LARGE GRANITE|
|5||O'BRIEN, JOHN R.||SON OF HARRIET P. O'BRIEN||1941||4 YRS.||EAST||BORN 1937, O'BRIEN - GOODYEAR||FLAT, OFF ITS BASE,LARGE GRANITE|
|6||GOODYEAR, JOSEPH||MILITARY MEMORIAL||1917-10-14||69 YRS.||EAST||Co. B 7TH CONN. VOL.||NEAR WILDERNESS OF EAST SIDE|
|7||O'BRIEN, JULIA||WIFE OF ?||1854-12-15||EAST||OVERGROWN IN WILDERNESS|
|8||McCORMICK, THOMAS||EB, MARY, HIS WIFE||1852-10-25||AGE 46YRS.||EAST||TALL PILLAR||UPRIGHT IN GOOD CONDITION|
|9||HENRY, THOMAS||SON OF JAMES HENRY||EAST||BOTTM HALF TURNED OVER, CAN'T READ|
|10||McGRANE, EDWARD D.||MILITARY MEMORIAL||1911-12-22||38 YRS.||EAST||8TH NYS VOL||NO COMPANY DESIGNATION|
|11||ROGERS, ANN GARRAHAN||1905-7-26||EAST||LARGE STONE|
|12||ROGERS, CATHERINE I.||1954-2-23||EAST||LARGE STONE|
|13||JEROME, JULIA A.||1955-2-10||EAST||LARGE STONE|
|14||McCALL, BRIDGET||EB:C(?) W. McCALL HER SON||MISSING||EAST||FELL OVER, NOW RIGHTED||BROKEN PIECE OF ORIGINAL|
|15||LYONS, TIMOTHY||EB:TIMOTHY & ANN LYONS, CRECORA,Co.LIMERICK IRELAND||1853-3-20||1YR. 3 MOS.||EAST||PASSING STRANGERS CALL THIS NOT, A PLACE OF FEAR AND GLOOM, I LOVE TO LINGER NEAR THIS SPOT, IT IS MY FATHER AND SON'S TOOM|
|16||McINTIRE, JAMES||MILITARY MEMORIAL||1867-9-6||30 YRS.||EAST||Co. A 91 NYS VOL||FLAT, BARELY READIBLE|
|17||McCALL, PATRICK||1852-4-15||20 YRS.||EAST||FLAT, SMALL STONE|
|18||McCALL, J||NO INSCRIPTION||EAST||UPRIGHT, SMALL STONE|
|19||REPKO, JOHN||1917-2-18||EAST||FLAT, SMALL MODERN STONE|
|20||ROFFALE, ISABELLA||BORN 10/18/1912||1916-2-10||4 YRS.||EAST||HEART IN CENTER OF CROSS||AN IRON CROSS|
|21||MURPHY, JOHN||MILITARY MEMORIAL||1862-9-17||24 YRS.||EAST||Co. A 34 NYS VOL||UPRIGHT, READABLE|
|22||McKEEVER, DENNIS||1859-9-24||50 YRS.||EAST||UPGIHT TALL OBELISK|
|23||McKEEVER, JANE||HIS WIFE||1864-11-18||47 YRS.||EAST||UPGIHT TALL OBELISK|
|24||McKEEVER, MARGARET||CHILDREN OF DENNIS AND JAMES||EAST||UPGIHT TALL OBELISK|
|25||McKEEVER, SUSANNA||CHILDREN OF DENNIS AND JAMES||EAST||UPGIHT TALL OBELISK|