Springfield

Year Incorporated
As a town: 1636
As a city: 1852



Site Resources

Springfield Cemeteries - 1902. Extracted from A History of Hampden County Massachusetts, edited by Alfred Minot Copeland, Vol I, II, & III;  The Century Memorial Publishing Company, 1902.

Springfield City Officials (1852 - 1871). Extracted from A History of Hampden County Massachusetts, edited by Alfred Minot Copeland, Vol I, II, & III;  The Century Memorial Publishing Company, 1902.

Catholic Cemeteries -- Diocese of Springfield, Mass. A Listing of all cemeteries in the Diocese of Springfield, which includes Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire and Franklin Counties.

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City Clerk
413-787-6094
413-787-7719 fax
City Hall - 36 Court St.
Springfield, MA 01103
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Cemeteries

CEMETERY NAME
ESTABLISHED
ADDRESS (if known)
OTHER
Bay Path Cemetery unknown Blunt Park Rd. at Roosevelt Ave. Map
The Baypath cemetery at Blunt park, Springfield, Ma. is an old paupers grave yard. A book at the Conn. Valley Historical Museum at the Quadtrangle in Springfield, Ma. has many of the graves someone recorded. Many graves have no names or say "box of bones", some were homeless bodies buried there. I believe this person who recorded this cemetery, mentioned it was over run with brush, weeds and trees. They tried to get it cleared. I don't know what condition it is in. There is no entrance area to this cemetery that I know of.. Hidden away..in the woods. Contributed by Roerta Cyr.
Cherry Lane Cemetery Early, likely mid-1800s Cherry St. at Central St.

(was a church cemetery for a Baptist church)

Map
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
(Catholic)
1971
Newer burials, taking the place of St. Michael's Cemetery, now that it's almost full. Submitted by Carole Lord.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
421 Tinkham Rd,
Springfield, MA
Phone: (413)782-4731
Fax: (413) 782-5450
Map
Map 2
Polish National Cemetery unknown Cottage St. at Robbins Rd. Map
Oak Grove Cemetery Organized 1881
Ceremonies 1885
Oak Grove Cemetery
426 Bay St,
Springfield, MA 01109-2934
Phone: (413)739-2127
Map
St. Benedict
(closed - no new burials)
Laid Out in 1847 Liberty St.
Springfield, Ma. 01104
or
Contact Diocese of Springfield
34 Nye St,
Springfield, MA 01104-2312
Phone: (413)736-0020
Actual Location: Liberty St. at Armory St.
Map
Notes: St. Benedict's Cemetery, near the Armory St. Rotary on Liberty St. Springfield, Ma. One of the old pauper's graveyard for St. Michael's Cathedral on State St. Springfield, Ma. Some records are in a book at Our Lady Of Hope Church rectory, Carew & Armory St. Springfield, Ma. and St. Michael's Cathedral. This is a small, forgotten cemetery hardly taken care of..many broken and burnt gravestones. I have called St. Michael's Cathedral and the Diocese to complain. They claim they don't get enough money for perpetual care to cover all the cemeteries. Contributed by Roberta Cyr.

Records maintained at St. Michael's Cemetery (thanks to Roberta Cyr for this informtion).

St. Matthew Cemetery (Catholic) 1838 366 Springfield St.
Springfield, Ma. 01104
or
Contact Diocese of Springfield
34 Nye St,
Springfield, MA 01104-2312
Phone: (413)736-0020
Map unavailable
Notes: Records maintained at St. Michael's Cemetery. This cemetery is currently "closed" -- no new burials. (thanks to Roberta Cyr for this informtion).

Also RAOULRW@aol.com wrote in to further clarify the location: St. Matthew's Cemetery in Springfield is located on Springfield Street between Armory Street and Hamburg Street (although touching neither).

Maplewood Cemetery Informally dates back to 1816, Maplewood Organized in 1882 Maplewood cemetery. Parker St. (at Wrenwood St.), Springfield, Ma. Contributed by Roberta Cyr. Map not available
Notes: Once considered part Indian Orchard many years ago. There are no records for the burials. The Hillcrest Park Cemetery, next to it, has control now of the grounds.. They don't know who is buried there.
There are many graves from the middle 1800's and early 1900's. some later to 1998. Located on Parker St. right next to Hillcrest Park Cemetery on Parker St. If you look at the map for Hillcrest, which has 2 entrances, just past the 2nd entrance is Maplewood Cemetery..on the same side of the street.
Sinai Memorial Park unknown Cottage St. at Brookdale Dr Map
St. Michael's Cemetery
(Catholic)
1871 St Michael's Cemetery
1601 State St,
Springfield, MA 01109-2597
Phone: (413)733-0659
(413) 746-5953 Fax

Map
Map 2
Notes on St. Michael's, above: A huge, old cemetary from the early days of the city. Includes a "Child's Cemetery." Submitted by Carole Lord. Additional detail submitted by Roberta Cyr.
Springfield Cemetery First Burial
September 6, 1841
Springfield Cemetery
171 Maple St,
Springfield, MA
01105-1820
Phone:(413)732-0712
Map
Map 2
Hillcrest Park Cemetery unknown Hillcrest Park Cemetery
895 Parker St,
Springfield, MA
01129-1057
Phone: (413)782-2311
Map
Map 2
Peabody Cemetery
see also Springfield Cemetery
1871 Springfield Cemetery
171 Maple St,
Springfield, MA
01105-1820
Phone:(413)732-0712
Map
Map 2
Notes: A warm thank you to Lois Fisher who did some great detective work on this elusive cemetery. Lois writes: "The first burying ground was dedicated in 1636 and was at the foot of Elm Street, between Water Street and the river. In 1848 the remains and monuments were removed to the Peabody Cemetery on Pine Street. There were 2,434 bodies moved. The Peabody merged with the Springfield Cemetary in 18??." Lois promises to share more about this cemetery's history with us when she learns about it.


Other Pertinent Resources

Springfield, Massachusetts. Written in 1894 by Clarence E. Blake, Ph.D.,   Concise (twenty-five pages) history of the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. Originally published in New England Magazine — nicely illustrated.

The 1890 book by Charles Wells Chapin, "History of the "Old High School" on School Street From 1828 to 1840 & History of the Seminary, On Maple Street, Established in 1832."  Very nice discussion of old school days, as well as biographical sketches for some 400 students (and teachers) from these schools. While some of the biographical data is minimal, this still provides some clues on earlier Springfield scholars, including the spouses for many of the female seminary students. Time span for this resource focuses on high school aged students from 1832-1843, dates of birth likely spanning the years 1815-26.

Tech Tiger, the 1930 school yearbook for the Springfield Technical High School. About 215 featured graduating seniors plus over a thousand additional names and street addresses for the lower classmen in the school. Also sports and interesting school activities, such as the Banjo, Riding and Model Airplane Clubs. D.O.B. is estimated to be around 1913.

Harper's Weekly, a popular illustrated newspaper, published in 1861 "Manufacturing Muskets at the U.S. Armory, Springfield, Massachusetts." Essentially a graphic depiction of various jobs associated with the production of muskets, but interesting, especially is you have Civil War era ancestors or a special interest in that time.

The Oriole, Volume Thirteen, the annual publication of the Junior Class of the Technical High School, Springfield, Massachusetts. Nice class annual with individual photos, nicknames, street addresses and high school activities. Date of birth for these students about 1899. About 100 students plus sports photos and some clubs you will never see in schools today such as the Rifle Club.

List of nearly eight hundred Members of the First Church of Christ, Springfield, Mass., 1885. Transcribed from the 1885 publication "Manual of the First Church of Christ" compiled by Theo. W. Ellis. This list is for the year 1885 only, earlier years will be added as time permits.

High School of Commerce, 1935. Names, street addresses and photographs of nearly 500 seniors for the classes graduating in January and June 1935. Also a faculty list (names and street addresses) and a tribute to Commerce founder Carlos Bent Ellis.

The Pnyx. This is the yearbook for Springfield High School, 1904. No individual photos, however there are approximately 900 student names and street addresses for the classes of 1904-07. Some excellent group activity photos, including the Girls' Basketball team for 1904 -- who apparently won the Western Massachusetts championship for that year.

Orpheus Club of Springfield. Souvenir Program of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Orpheus Club of Springfield, 1873-1923. History, Membership Roster, Directors & Musicians.

The Pnalka is the 1912 Springfield, Mass., yearbook for Central High School.  It is a fascinating book because it is certainly one of the earliest yearsbooks I have ever seen with individual photographs of the senior class.   All the images of the senior class along with information such as address, course of study, and club interests/activities. Exceptional photographs!

History of Christ Church Parish, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1817 - 1927. Christ Church is Espicopalian and was responsible for the founding of many other area Episcopal churches. This book has been reproduced completely along with a surname index. This 250 page volume had photographs, much about the rectors as well as descriptions of church organizations. I particularly like the detail that describes the various church memorials -- including windows -- dedicated to former rectors and parishioners.

Springfield City Library

Springfield Armory Historic Site

Springfield Home Page

Basketball Hall of Fame

Connecticut Valley Historical Museum

George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum

Springfield Science Museum

Springfield Museum of Fine Arts

Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Diocese of Springfield, Mass.

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development: List of Communities with Profiles.

Springfield Community Profile (DHCD) Department of Housing and Community Development statistics including government, population, education and other statistical distributions

Commonwealth Communities listed by county All communities in Massachusetts profiled here and organized by county.

Commonwealth Community Profile & Links related to the town including addresses of libraries.