Greenwood Cemetery

Started by Private User on Sunday, June 26, 2011


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Today at 1:58 PM

This is regarding the burial ground for many of our Philadelphia ancestors, including John Tobias Fisher. Does anyone know what the status of this cemetery? There is no info on this website and since I'm in Chicago it's more difficult for me to go there and ask if they have any documents regarding our great grandfather (my generations). Look on his profile "Media" page and his death certificate is there with this cemetery listed as to where he was buried. There is a good chance that the others such as Mary C. Fisher (nee Gossman) and her parents may be there as well, not to mention John's father Michael. Is there anyone willing to go there to investigate?

Greenwood Cemetery (Knights of Pythias Cemetery)
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

Adams Ave & Arrott St
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Ph: 215-533-2967

Lat: 40° 01' 18"N, Lon: 75° 05' 50"W
Contributed by Lynn Grace, Jun 02, 2003, updated Apr 26, 2005 []. Total records = 2,564.

Burials in Greenwood Cemetery are still being accepted, although the ownership wis in question at the present time because of court action. The grounds grass is getting deep now till the court decides on who is running it.

Greenwood Cemetery open in 1869 after being converted from a farm, and covers 43 acres. It is on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Benjamin Rush (a signer of the Declaration of Independence) lived on the farm in the late 1700s. The court has appointed Gloria Boyd & Kevin Lynch custodians of the cemetery on a temporary basis. They are in charge of getting the grounds in repair and arranging burials. The decision on a permanent owner will be at a later date. The landscaper is coming in to mow the cemetery, starting Monday 6/23/2003.

I have been in the process of cutting the grass, section by section, and during this process I read and transcribe the headstones in that area. I plan to complete this project as time allows.

A work in progress

I started this transcription the first part of May 2003

Private User
Today at 2:05 PM

I did call and leave a message for the cemetery staff. A meeting with the staff there is by appointment only. I did say what I needed if they are willing to look it up. However, we may need for someone to go there to get the rest in person, I'm suspecting.

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