Salem`s oldest cemetery is said to hold the largest number of graves of Revolutionary War soldiers in the state. In addition to containing the bodies of many of Salem's earliest Settlers, like James Turner, Hamilton McCollister and Joshua Conkey, the cemetery contains documented burials of 101 Revolutionary War soldiers. According to historians, this cemetery probably holds the greatest number of Revolutionary War soldiers in New York State. Overall, 1034 engraved tombstones are found here. According to tradition says that a hundred bodies were brought from the Saratoga Battlefield and buried in a common grave.