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St. Mary's Church and Cemetery - Crompton, RI
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ma & Papa
N 41° 41.234 W 071° 31.209
19T E 290260 N 4618119
Quick Description: Old St. Mary's, Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, is the oldest Catholic Church in RI established in 1844.
Location: Rhode Island, United States
Date Posted: 8/12/2007 6:30:16 AM
Waymark Code: WM1ZZH
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Long Description:
St. Mary's Cemetery in West Warwick is one of the oldest Catholic cemeteries in Rhode Island. It is quite large, and located behind and adjacent to St. Mary's Church, which was established in what was then the Arctic village section of Warwick in 1844 and was initially a predominantly Irish parish.

St. Mary's Church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel is the oldest Catholic church in Rhode Island according to a sign in front of the church . Oldest stones in cemetery are Irish immigrants. There are also many old French gravestones. James Arnold recorded this cemetery Jan 21, 1894, “in the Catholic cemetery at Crompton. Lot not much cared for as a whole though some lots show good care. Commencing on the northern section back of the church.” In the French section Arnold notes many wooden markers that were not seen in 1994. He also notes a large number of unmarked graves, wooden crosses without names or simple boards; over 832 are specifically mentioned. None of the wooden markers have survived the 100 years from 1894-1994. Fuller in his "History of Warwick" (1875) says of this cemetery, "adjoining the Crompton church deserves especial mention. It has been extensively enlarged, improved and adorned in various ways, so that what was originally a crude mass of stones and natural rubbish, has become a lovely retreat and a beautiful place of christian burial." The interment records for this cemetery start in Sept 17, 1851 (Mary Dalton); however the earliest burial is 1845 (James Pryor). Less than 15% of the names in the early records have gravestones in the cemetery in 1995. There were 23 burials in 1854 of which 3 have gravestones. In 1877 there were 100 interments, of which the priest notes, "17 were my Parishoners." The spelling and difficult hand writing of the Irish Priest makes for some strange variations for some of the names, especially the French.
Street address:
70 Church Street
Crompton, RI USA

County / Borough / Parish: Kent County

Year listed: 1978

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Oldest Catholic Church in RI

Periods of significance: 1825-1849, 1850-1874

Historic function: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Current function: Cemetery, Religious Structure

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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