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St. Joseph Cemetery (Old)
Utica, Oneida County, New York

st. joseph church
St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church

GPS: 43.104993, -75.241477

702 Columbia St
Utica, NY 13502

by Karen Dwyer [karensdwyer@yahoo.com]
submitted: Apr 30, 2016
Total records = 4,533.

St. Joseph's Church (today named "St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church") traces its history back to 1819 when Catholic missionaries and itinerants began travelling to Utica to hold mass. The original church was on Lafayette Street, a structure purchased from the First Episcopal Church in 1840. The present day St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church on Columbia St. building wasn't built until 1870.

In 1847, Ann Varick conveyed a plot of land measuring 80 feet by 104 feet on St. Joseph Street, that became the church's cemetery. St. Joseph Street no longer appears on maps. This cemetery was located under the present-day interchange of Highway 12 and Oriskany St (between the railroad tracks and Oriskany St). In 1855 an additional tract of land was purchased that doubled the size of the old cemetery. In 1871, more land was added to the cemetery.

On Oct 1, 1875, the church bought the Aucock property on Champlin Rd for use as its new cemetery. Burials began in the new cemetery immediately. In 1909, the church's first cemetery committee was formed.

In 1914, the last of the bodies were removed from the old cemetery to the new cemetery at 1427 Champlin Ave (see records). The new cemetery displays its official establishment year as 1915. Today there is a monument there stating, "788 deceased parishioners of St. Joseph Church were moved from the original St. Joseph Cemetery on St. Joseph Street, Utica, NY to the new cemetery."

However, there are no records of which bodies these are.

The church, however, still maintains burial records of its old cemetery. Maggie Zywiak was able to transcribe these records, while Karen Dwyer typed them into electronic format. The records indexed below come from this transcription. These records document 4,533 burials, far higher than the 788 parishioners noted on the monument in the new cemetery. This is because many of these burials occurred in the new cemetery before its official 1915 opening. Many of the names found in the records below also appear in the transcription we've published for the new cemetery. There are also burials recorded below as late as 1919.

Cemetery Records


b. = birth
d. = death
sp = spouse's name
f/m = father's name or maiden name
mo = mother's name

Miscellaneous & Unreadable Records

??, ??, d. Sep 9, 1872
??, Anna Catharina, age 3y, d. Sep 15, 1855
??, Gaspera, d. Sep 21, 1883
??, Josephi, d. 5/13/11
??, Maria, infant, d. May 9, 1871
??, legitimate infant, age 10m, d. Mar 15, 1891

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