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In search of a burial in the South End neighborhood of Boston in the 19th century.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you please help me find the existence of "South Cemetery, Rutland St., Boston?" This is a quotation from a letter of my 3x aunt as to where our immigrant father, Henry Rochefort (1778 France - 1846 Boston) is buried.

 

Answer: The only Henry Rochfort in Boston I can located died August 11, 1826, age 48 years of liver complaint according to the Boston Deaths 1801-1848 on microfiche at NEHGS. Since the Henry you mentioned was born in 1778, the age of 48 at death in 1826 does calculate correctly.  I believe this is probably the individual you mentioned above.  This Mr. Rochfort was buried August 12, 1826 by undertaker Comfort Claflen at “South Ground”.  The South Ground (a.k.a.) South End Cemetery and Franklin Square Cemetery was first opened in 1810.  It is located in the South End of Boston on Washington Street, near East Newton Street.  The majority of this cemetery consists of tomb burials, and there are not many standing gravestones.  The record of gravestones were published in Gravestone Inscriptions and Records of Tomb Burials in the Central Burying Ground, Boston Common, and Inscription in the South Burying Ground, Boston (Salem, Mass., 1917) NEHGS call number F73.61/C3/C6/1917.  This is a locked cemetery and you need to arrange to have it unlocked for your visit, call Mount Hope Cemetery (617) 635-7361 to arrange a day before hand. 

 

South End Cemetery (1895)

 

The above image of the South Burial Ground in the South End from an 1895 Boston Atlas at NEHGS.


Posted by David Lambert at 01/07/2011 12:54:18 PM | 


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