Opened in 1823, Batavia Cemetery is a historic cemetery and Batavia, New York. It is significant because several prominent 19th-century figures are buried here. Some graves feature large monuments and structures. The most notable of these are the Richmond Mausoleum, the William Morgan Pillar, and the Joseph Ellicott Obelisk. The cemetery contains around 8,000 graves, most of which date to the 1800s. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Backstory and Context
As mentioned in the overview, another notable person buried here is Joseph Ellicott (1760-1826). A land surveyor, he became the top agent of the Holland Land Company, which was a Dutch land syndicate formed in the early 1790s that came to own most of what is now Western New York. Ellicott essentially oversaw the development of the region, laying out the cities of Buffalo and Batavia, and supported the construction of the Erie Canal. He also served as First Judge of the Genesee County Court. He dissolved the land company in 1821 because he was showing signs of mental illness, which worsened in the coming years. He committed suicide (by hanging) in an asylum in 1826.
"Death of Dean Richmond." The New York Times. August 28, 1866. Accessed January 21, 2019. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1866/08/28/83457690.pdf.
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