Comments Submitted By Living Relatives


  • Comment 1, 28 September 2012, Submitted by F. Reetz
    • Hi – I have several ancestors who were buried in Franklin Cemetery. Thanks for the information you have provided.
    • My wife and I were originally from Bucks County so we visited Evergreen Cemetery last summer when we were there visiting relatives to try and find where the remains from Franklin cemetery were located. According to the grounds keeper we spoke to, there is no funding available to maintain the area where the Franklin graves were moved to so today it is covered by trees. It is essentially, a wooded area – we did not try to walk through the area because of the undergrowth. There are no markings. He told us that some time ago (not sure when) he was asked by the cemetery owners to dig up a small area in this portion of the cemetery where he found evidence of boxes and clothing. According to him, when the graves were moved, trenches were dug and all the remains simply dumped into the trenches. Hope this helps.

  • Comment 2, 22 July 2013, Submitted by A. Duff
    • I played football at Mastbaum Vocational High School from 1969 to 1971. We used Franklin Playground as our practice field. It was not known at the time but in the 1980's I found out it was a former cemetery. Pretty creepy. I watched them build the new Willard school in 2008. I played center and bet I stood over a few bodies while snapping the football. Thanks for the site, very interesting. I am a history buff and map collector, still live 8 blocks from Franklin. I have bookmarked your site.

  • Comment 3, 3 November 2013, Submitted by B. Zeltman
    • Thank you for your memorial. When my sister and I traced our ancestors, we were dismayed to hear about Franklin Cemetery. This was around the same time as Donna Shaw's article. We had obtained our great grandfather's Civil War records and discovered that he was buried in Franklin. A friend who lived in Philly at that time was an eyewitness of the bulldozing of the Lafayette Cemetery.

  • Comment 4, 25 May 2014 Submitted, by J. Spencer
    • I just discovered your site today…what a story! Thank you for doing this!

  • Comment 5, 3 September 2014, Submitted by B. McFadden
    • Thank you for putting up this site. I had hopes of someday visiting the grave sites of some of my ancestors in Philadelphia someday, but would not have been able to find them. What a horrific thing these people did in moving this historic resting place, and screwing it up even further.

  • Comment 6, 9 March 2015, Submitted by S. Blodgett
    • Dear Sir,
    • My great great grandfather (died Oct 3 1863) was buried at the Franklin cemetery. Now I am very concerned about the fate of his remains after reading your article. My Dad (his great grandson) ironically was talking about how they can do whatever they want with remains after 100 years. No wonder he wants to be cremated!

  • Comment 7, 28 May 2015, Submitted by D. Wilson
    • Thanks for putting up the website for Franklin Cemetery. Your background info is interesting; but what a disgrace!

  • Comment 8, 12 June 2015, Submitted by B. May
    • What a wonderful job you have done! Thank you for this valuable resource.

  • Comment 9, 16 November 2016, Submitted by B. Wood
    • Thank you for creating the Franklin Cemetery site to honor those who were so disgracefully lost in such a horrible event. I have been so saddened to find that my ancestors were part of it. Again, thank you for your hard work on the site. I was happy to find it and learn about this tragedy.

  • Comment 10, 7 March 2017, Submitted by P. Levinson
    • Thanks so much for putting this website together. I knew that my family was interred there and later at Greenmount, where members of the family worked either as grave diggers or wagon and stable help. I think that some of the children may have been reburied in Greenmount, but only have limited info so far. The obit of Johann was a real treat for me to read. Such a shame as to what happened to so many. Not sure how you got into this but so many people are delighted with your hard work.
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