Mt. Hope Cemetery – Volume 1

Did you know that the first volume of burial records (1837 – 1860) of Mt. Hope Cemetery has burials in other cemeteries? In those early days there was a sexton for the City of Rochester and he recorded all the deaths and burial places. There are even a few deaths recorded where it is indicated that deceased was sent out of town.

In the example, “W 424” refers to West Cemetery, lot 424. That cemetery, also called Western Cemetery was an earlier cemetery than Mt. Hope. It was on West Main Street and it was  dug up and moved to Mt. Hope in 1859. The bottom record in the example is “W. P.” for West Cemetery, public ground.

There was also a smaller East Cemetery that preceded Mt. Hope. It was located on Monroe Ave where Monroe High School is now. In the burial book it is usually just written “E #,” where # is the lot in that cemetery. It appears that there were no burials in this cemetery after 1850. There is a lot E in Mt. Hope. Those are usually recorded as “# E” where # is the lot number.

There were 2 Catholic cemeteries in Rochester before 1860 that are also recorded in volume one. You will see St. Patrick’s Cemetery abbreviated as “St. P.” (as above) or “Pinnacle” as it was on Pinnacle Hill. Then burials in St. Joseph’s Cemetery are abbreviated as “St. Jos.” (as above), “Dutch Cem.” or “Goodman St. Cem.” (as it used to be on Goodman St.)

Other burials found in volume one are for Friends Cemetery, which was across the street from Mt. Hope, Hooker Cemetery in Irondequoit and others. One cemetery recorded in volume one that no one is sure of the location is Sand Hill Cem. One person told me in the past that he thought it was Hooker Cemetery. I think it might be another name St. Patrick’s Cemetery as part of the hill was used as a sand pit.

Very depressing is all the burials that say “Pub.” that were buried in the public grounds of Mt. Hope. Very few of those burials have tombstones, especially these early burials.

Burials after 1860 beginning in volume 2 do not have these kinds of records of burial in other cemeteries.

If you have a death from 1837 – 1860 that you are looking for, view the records of Mt. Hope that are available online courtesy of  the University of Rochester. On that page you only enter the first two letters of the surname, select a volume and click the search box.


  1. Thanks, Dick

    I was born in Rochester but left when I was 5 months old. I’ve only been visiting Rochester a couple times in the past 76 years so am grateful for all the information you send our way. Keep posting your found data.

  2. This is important, very useful information for those of us who have early burials in Mt. Hope. Thank you, Dick!

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