Michelle Ann Kratts

St. Joseph’s Cemetery–Burials from May 1922-March 1931, Single Graves

In St. Joseph's Cemetery Records, St. Joseph's Church, The Italians of Niagara Falls, New York on February 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm

St Joseph's Angel

Below are links to PDF files of our first book of St. Joseph’s Cemetery Records, Niagara Falls.  Some pages did not come out so well and I will be returning to the archives to re-do those pages.  Apologies!

As you will notice, these pages contain mostly the deaths of children.  There are many names that we all recognize.  There are Bossos, Gallos, Sauros, Scarcellis, Ventry’s, Salvatores, Cardones, Rotellas, Valenti’s.  There are also a handful of Spanish deaths and an Armenian or two.

Most of these early graves did not have markers.  And you will see the notation “unblessed ground”–these babies had not been baptized.   For adults,  this could mean the individual was not Catholic, had committed suicide or had been accused of “unholy acts.”

And take a look at Burials 5, August 10, 1927…”parts of a body in no. 77…worked in grave with the bodie…”  A little mystery to solve with that notation.    Of course, August is one of those warm months during which so many bodies (and parts) are found in the river.  Bodies that had gone over Niagara Falls.

This book contains people of all ages.  As for the little children, though, it might be said that these records are the only proof that they ever existed.  In fact it’s very sad holding these books and knowing the heartache that lives inside the lines.

Below are pages from St. Joseph’s Cemetery Records, Niagara Falls, New York.   Check back soon for an index and transcriptions.

Burials 1 Aug 1922-Feb 21 1924

–Transcription (by Beverly Bidak)  Burials 1

Burials 2 Feb 24, 1924 to Jan 6, 1925

–Transcription (by Peggy Taylor Hulligan)  Burials 2

Burials 3 Feb 14, 1925 to Jan 15, 1926

–Transcription (by Marcia Buzzelli) Burials 3

Burials 4 Feb 1, 1926 to Nov 27, 1926

–Transcription (by Peggy Taylor Hulligan) Burials 4

Burials 5 Feb 28, 1927 to Dec 14, 1927

–Transcription (by Marcia Buzzelli) Burials 5

Burials 6 Dec 16, 1927 to Jan 5, 1929

–Transcription (by Peggy Taylor Hulligan) Burials 6

Burials 7 Feb 25, 1929 to Feb 19, 1930

–Transcription ( By Beverly Bidak) Burials 7

Burials 8 February 22, 1930 to August 22, 1930

–Transcription (by Jeffrey Manning) Burials 8

Burials 9 September 2, 1930 to March 16, 1931

–Transcription (by Jeffrey Manning) Burials 9

  1. I’ve downloaded Burials 9 September 2, 1930 to March 16, 1931. Now what do I do with them?! Maureen

  2. Very good. Little by little the valuable old records wil be copied and shared. Thank you for your hard work! Pete Ames

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