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Ithaca City Cemetery (R)
Located to the west (downhill) side of West Campus. It can easily be accessed from either Stewart or University Avenues. Built on a terraced slope between Stewart & University avenues.
The cemetery now covers sixteen acres, including a potter's field, two Jewish burial grounds, a Civil War memorial, and a Fire Fighters' Memorial.
Records are from: City Cemetery interment records copied from original records 7/2/2002 by Cathy Knauff;
Photo by Cathy Knauff
The first burial in Ithaca is in this cemetery: Rachel Allen, a young child of a family passing through Ithaca, became ill and died in 1790 or 1791, and was buried in the Village Cemetery on the hill (Ithaca City Cemetery). She is buried in an unmarked grave.
Please use Notes as a guide only!
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Please be patient while we update these records.
Ithaca City Cemetery is a very large cemetery with many very old headstones. We will try to be as accurate as possible with the inscriptions when transcribing from the headstones and the interment records. Other updates are from Ithaca City Hall index cards from the cemetery Interment records, hand copied by Cathy Knauff and transcribed by her. Those records will have block/lot/map no. listed to the right. When other records were used that source will be also listed. We are sorry if a person is not listed with these records. If their burial was in the early 1800s, many of those burials, if not recorded earlier are not marked in the interment records, nor does any headstone remain with their inscription. It must also be noted that in the Western Section of the cemetery (oldest part) we did find a pile of broken headstones that had been thrown over the bank. It appears that many years ago no care was taken to preserve the history that lies in this cemetery. This cemetery also seems to be a play ground for someone that finds it fun to destroy or vandalize headstones and monuments. Some monuments have also been pushed over the gorge where they can not be retrieved.
|Ricketts||Frank F.||1877-1902; on stone with John H. Fosbinder||Headstone inscription|
|Rittenhouse||Bessie P., child of Carrie Brown||1903 - 1909||[Same Stone as Robert W. Brown and Carrie L. Brown]
Veterans are marked with a flag when found
Many, many thanks to Cathy Knauff for walking this cemetery, taking photos and transcribing the records from City Hall and other sources.
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