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St. Peter's Cemetery is the oldest Roman Catholic cemetery on Staten Island. It is located at the junctures of Clove Road, Bement Avenue, and Tyler Place.HistoryThe cemetery was started in 1848. It is in two sections on both sides of Clove Road. The offices can be accessed from Tyler Place or by entry from Bement Avenue at Tyler Place. The oldest sections of the cemetery reflect the mostly Irish Catholic community that once comprised the Staten Island Catholic community. St. Peter's cemetery was once a part of St. Peter's Catholic Parish which was the first Catholic church and parish on Staten Island one of the earliest Catholic parishes in New York City, founded in 1839 and originally catering to an Irish community of about 100 people.Since 1801, a Quarantine Hospital had been located in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, and in the 1840s, during the Irish Potato Famine, many immigrant Irish who had fallen ill during their voyages were detained here. "During the entire Famine period, about 650,000 Irish arrived in New York harbor. All incoming passenger ships to New York had to stop for medical inspection. Anyone with fever was removed to the quarantine station on Staten Island and the ship itself was quarantined for 30 days." Some Irish also settled in the area, thus increasing the Catholic presence on Staten Island substantially. Some gravestones of Irish immigrants have the Irish County from which they emigrated inscribed.Notable burialsJames Wheeler (treasurer) (1894–1897), R

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