State Farm Cemetery #1

Cranston, Kent, Rhode Island, United States

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Cemetery CR060 in Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission Database. This is the original 3.4 acre cemetery for the state institutions called the State Farm Cemetery on a couple of early maps. The March 1887 map by J. A. Latham is titled “Map of Cemetery at State Farm” and the 1895 Everts & Richardson map has it listed as “State Farm Cem.” In 1998 Florence Patenaude published all the records she could find for this cemetery at the institution at Howard where she used to work. They were published in volume 24, 1998 RI Roots. Unfortunately she did not find any records after 1927. Subsequent attempts to find these records were unsuccessful. Information from records of state institutions at Howard (mostly the Alms House). About 3/4 of people that died at the state institutions were claimed by their families for burial elsewhere. The rest were buried in paupers graves marked by concrete stones with numbers. Sockanosset Boy's School opened 1 Nov 1850. State Hospital for Insane opened 7 Nov 1870. Alms House opened Aug 1874. In 1912 there were 246 men, 221 women, 47 boys and 38 girls at the Alms House. The first burial here was in 1873 and there were 3066 burials from 1873-1918. In 2006, several coffins were exposed due to rain and additional ones removed to facilitate repair of roadbed. There were 67 sets of remains excavated with 59 identifiable remains. These were researched by the RI Department of Transportation and any unclaimed by family members were reinterred in State Institution #2 CR061 with granite markers and their names and dates." It is now clear that Route #37 was built on top of the 3.4 acre institution cemetery shown on the 1895 Evert and Richards map. In 1963, graves covered and the elevation was raised to build Rt. 37 over the cemetery. There are no visible markers remaining. Markers that can be seen from the Rt. 37 belong to the Annex, CR107. A map of the Cemetery at the State Farm by J. A. Latham in March of 1887 shows 1256 planned grave sites. This map shows the cemetery just west of the Pawtuxet Valley Railroad. The Route #37 bridge over the railroad tracks marks the eastern edge of this cemetery and the entire cemetery is under the highway.
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