DATA FROM CEMETERIES IN THE WILKES-BARRE (PA) AREA

This Web Page contains links to sets of cemetery data collected by students in the BIO / GES 344 - Ecology course at Wilkes University. The purpose is to support demographic studies conducted at Wilkes, and elsewhere. These data are not for geneaological purposes.

Thus far, eight sets of data are provided.

The first set, collected in 1989, is from Hollenback cemetery.  Hollenback is an historic cemetery in north Wilkes-Barre that contains the remains of individuals belonging to the middle and upper classes. Most of the burials occurred during the 19th and early to mid 20th centuries. Burials dwindled after the 1970s due to a lack of space.

A second set, collected in 1993, is from the Forty Fort cemetery.  That cemetery was a large burial ground for individuals living in the communities on the west side of the Susquehanna River in the Wyoming Valley. Interestingly, the Forty Fort cemetery was the site of the first breach of the river levee during the Agnes flood of 1972. The result was that dozens of the gravesites were washed away. People returning to their homes after the flood found caskets in their backyards and even in their homes.

A third set, collected in 1997, is from St. Mary's cemetery.  St. Mary's is a large (67,000 burial) Catholic cemetery in Hanover Township, just south of Wilkes-Barre. It is still active.

A fourth set, collected in 1999, is from the Hanover Green cemetery, also located in Hanover Township. It is an historic cemetery, containing burials from the early 1800s, but is currently active. Notable individuals buried in this cemetery include Arthur James (former Governor of Pennsylvania), as well as one of George Washington's personal bodyguards.

A fifth set, collected in 2001, is from Oak Lawn cemetery, located adjacent to St. Mary's cemetery. It is a moderate-sized (15,000 burials) cemetery that opened in the late 1800s, and is still active.

The sixth set, collected in 2004, is from Pittston Cemetery. The earliest burials date from the mid 1880s and is currently active.

The seventh set, collected in 2006, is from Maple Hill cemetery which adjoins Oak Lawn and St. Mary's Cemetery.  Like Oak Lawn, it is modest in size and is still active.

The eighth set, collected in 2008 is from Wyoming Cemetery, located in the historic borough of Wyoming, north of Kingston and Forty Fort.

Each dataset contains five columns. The first is a code containing the individual's initials or abbreviated name. The second is the gender. The third and fourth are years of birth and death, respectively. The fifth is the calculated age at death.

For each set, you have a choice of selecting data that are saved in an .htm format or as an .xls file. Download the format that is easiest for your spreadsheet to organize into columns (see instructions for downloading).



Hollenback (1989)
.htm format
.xls file

Forty Fort (1993)
.htm format
.xls file

St. Mary's (1997)
.htm format
.xls file

Hanover Green (1999)
.htm format
.xls file

Oak Lawn (2001)
.htm format
.xls file

Pittston (2004)
.htm format
.xls file

Maple Hill (2006)
.htm format
.xls file

Wyoming (2008)
.htm format
.xls format



This page developed and maintained by Kenneth M. Klemow, Ph.D., Biology Department, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. (570) 408-4758.