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Town of Dunkirk Cemetery
Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, New York
Town of Dunkirk Cemetery, Dunkirk, NY
GPS: 42.472897, -79.320123
10880 Bennett Rd
Dunkirk, NY 14048
Published: February 10, 2020
Total records: 850 (approx)
Town of Dunkirk Cemetery is currently owned by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
The Town of Dunkirk appropriated $235.00 for a cemetery in 1850, though it's not clear if this money was to purchase land for a cemetery, or to maintain what burials might have already been there. The next year, in 1851, St. Mary's Church in Dunkirk, purchased land next to it, for use as their own cemetery.
The cemetery had been referred to as, "Dunkirk Cemetery", "German Burying Ground", "Old German Cemetery", and "Potter’s Field". It was used primarily by the members of the various German Evangelical churches (i.e. German Protestants) in Dunkirk. By 1900, several graves had been removed to new family plots in Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia.
In July, 1969, the Dunkirk Town board officially sold Dunkirk Cemetery to the adjacent St. Mary’s Cemetery for $1.00.
The present-day location of Town of Dunkirk Cemetery is at the northwestern-most section of St. Mary's Cemetery, sitting right along Bennett Rd.
Town of Dunkirk Cemetery & Funeral Records
The following documents were acquired from the Chautauqua County Historian on February 10, 2020. They contain a comprehensive research study of Town of Dunkirk Cemetery, and assoiated funerals, conducted by Jo Anne Kaufman in 2013, mostly based on newspaper articles, documents found online and the research of Lois and Norris Barris. It includes a listing of burials...