Some Emigrants from Ireland and Canada to New York State, USA in the 1800's
November 30, 2014:
The following material was originally posted to the Ireland-Kilkenny Board at rootsweb.com, irl-kilkenny-L@rootsweb.com.
The list is reproduced here with permission from Mr. Bill McGrath.
You are certainly welcome to post a link to our new data base on your web site.
On the bottom of the St. John's article are the various alphabet surname groupings from A to Z. A quick scan of each
page will give you the names of those from individual counties in Ireland.
NOTE: THIS NEW DATA BASE
CONTAINS IRISH RECORDS OF INTEREST
from St. John's Cemetery in Albany, New York, USA
The latest addition to the transcription projects on the website of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society, www.troyirish.com
are the recently discovered interment records of 12,731 individual from the long closed St. John's Cemetery in Albany, New York.
St. John's Cemetery was located on Delaware Avenue in Albany, New York. To see these records on the TIGS website, click on
PROJECTS and then ST. JOHN'S CEMETERY, ALBANY, NY - INTERMENT RECORDS.
It had been widely reported that the interment records for this cemetery, covering interments starting over 173 years ago,
had been lost or destroyed. However, in a recent chance conversation with the Historian at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands,
New York, it was discovered that the mostly intact St. John's interment book was in the possession of a retired cemetery
employee and the book was promptly recovered.
St. John's Cemetery was opened in 1841 by St. John's Church in Albany in an area which was considered "country" at that
time. However, with the growth of the City of Albany, the cemetery land was wanted for development and in 1878 and 1879,
the Albany City Council ordered that no further burials were to be made there and the cemetery had to close. Burials,
however, continued as late as 1888-1890 before the cemetery closed and re-interments of the thousands of individuals buried
there was started in the early 1900's.
This long closed church of St. John's was located on Green Street in Albany's South End and it's parishioners were mainly
Irish famine immigrants who began pouring into Albany during the 1820's and 1830's. This "Irish" connection is shown in
the following summary of burials of this first generation of Irish immigrants, which, for the most part are identified
as to the "County" in Ireland where they came from. It can be assumed that many of the other 46 years of interment records
in this cemetery were for the children and grandchildren of these early Irish immigrants.
A breakdown of the Irish immigrants identified on the interment records with their home county in Ireland shows the following:
Armagh - 35
Carlow - 80
Cavan - 307
Claire - 62
Cork - 376
Derry - 22
Donegal - 28
Down - 39
Dublin - 52
Fermanagh - 30
Galway - 39
Kerry - 76
Kildare - 38
Kilkenny - 195
Kings - 114
Leitrim - 28
Limerick - 160
Londonderry - 5
Longford - 143
Louth - 93
Mayo - 36
Meath - 116
Monaghan - 47
Queens - 114
Roscommon - 159
Sligo - 47
Tipperary - 458
Tyrone - 91
Waterford - 83
Westmeath - 138
Wexford - 131
Wicklow - 43
Ireland-No County - 500
TOTAL IRISH - 3,895
Other countries of origin identified in the interment records list: Canada-89, England-30, France-8, Germany-198, Holland-7,
Poland-2, Scotland-6, Spain-1 and Wales-2. Also identified were individuals from the following states; California, Colorado,
Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia.
A smaller number of records shows one or two individuals from all over New York State cities, towns and counties while three
locations show a heavier concentration; Rensselaer with 106, Greenbush with 77 and New York City with 63. As would be expected,
Albany with a total of 5,815 records was shown as the county of origin for the largest number of individuals. Of course this
figure includes the second and third generations for those early Irish immigrants.
These fantastic records from this recently rediscovered interment book is a wonderful find for genealogists, especially
for those researching Irish surnames. As genealogists searching Irish surnames often find out, it is quite rare to find
records that identify the Irish county of orgin.
TIGS Project Coordinator
Clifton Park, NY
E-mail Bill and Cathy McGrath and Allan Lewis
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