Oakland Cemetery began in 1866 as the Yonkers Cemetery Association. with land originally donated by Frederik Philipse in 1750. The land was donated as a glebe (See “The Glebe” Historical Marker) apparently for use and benefit of the local parish and priest. The land changed hands a few times before it was finally named a cemetery.
The name was apparently not changed changed to Oakland Cemetery until 1878 ..
The first burial in Oakland Cemetery was recorded on September 2, 1867.
Today, a stroll through the cemetery’s 51 beautifully landscaped acres stirs memorable thoughts as the headstones of Oakland Cemetery chronicle not only the history of Yonkers but of our Country as well. – From Oakland Cemetery Website
Inside Oakland Cemetery you will find St Johns Cemetery, a small section with its own wooden front gate off of Saw Mill River Rd. . There doesn’t appear to be a discernible boundary between St John’s and Oakland inside the cemetery, from what I have seen.
Oakland Cemetery Front Gate 2018
St. John’s Cemetery Gate in Yonkers
A New York State Historic Marker (state education department) , dated 1936, reads ” St. John’s first public burial ground in Yonkers -About 1783. Graves of Soldiers of Revolution and later wars ; also settlers of Yonkers.
St. John’s Cemetery Historic Marker 2018
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