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Albion Township

Albion Presbyterian Cemetery

  The Albion Presbyterian Cemetery is located  Coleraine runs north and south, about 3 km. west of Highway 50. Once Coleraine was called the fourth line. Southeast of Bolton, it intersects with Healy Road. The cairn faces north-ish -photos A and B The one acre cemetery is on the south-westerly corner of the intersection, across from the Cavalier Trucking Company.


Photo A Photo B



The third picture - C faces magnetic west and  the cairn is visible on the left of the frame. There are other stones not encased in the cairn.

Photo C


Bolton Anglican Church Yard


   Highway 50 on the west side of the northbound hill  leaving Bolton, Ontario. Anglican Church Yard across the side street from Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Easy to confuse -but not a part of  Laurel Hill  Cemetery  Site of the first Anglican Church - built 1845. Dedicated as "Anglican and Methodist Burial Grounds     The stones have mostly been placed into one large pedestal cairn erected in 1972 for the Bolton centennial, on a hillside, and there is no more building there.  43N 52.94 ; 79W 44.61


(Thanks to Dave Tompsett for the photos)


Morningside Cemetery

Morningside Cemetery, located in Palgrave Ontario, Albion Twp., Peel Co.

Bessie J. WILSON
William A. IRWIN
Audrey Alice IRWIN
Solomon Earl GULP
Bertha Luella
Luella Georgina WILSON
H. Joseph OLIVER
Hugh Lyons WILSON
Hannah WHITE
Lorne Wallace McLACHLAN
Easter Adeline WALKER
Samuel Peter WILSON
Alana Grace WILSON Wilfred L. WILSON
Mary FRY

Thanks to Pat Potter!


Palgrave United Churchyard Cemetery


Palgrave United Churchyard, (1878) about 200 yds east of Hwy 50, at 34 Pine Street in Palgrave, Ontario at corner of Maple Lane; only five monuments; extremely separated.  43N 57.07 ; 079W 50.13 The undulations of the churchyard lawn infer that there may have been dozens of stones a century ago.  Names:  Dale, Gower, Pettinger, Rowley, Zimmerman, & one unreadable.



St. James Cemetery

Located in Caledon East.


Mary A. JUDGE (w/o Charles HILLS)
Susannah JUDGE
Margaret Jane JUDGE
Evelyn JUDGE
Frances McMINN
Timothy WILLSON   Elizabeth WIL? William BRACKEN
Elizabeth BRACKEN
Elizabeth BONNAR
Margaret SWALLOW
  Jane EVANS George EVANS (Native of Kings Co. Ireland) Mary Ann EVANS George H. EVANS
Sarah J. EVANS
Isabella M. MITCHELL (w/o J. J. EVANS)

With thanks to Derek Pullen for the map, info and photos!


St. Mary's R.C. Cemetery

Peel Memorial Hospital (aka Osler health) - across the street to the  west is (another) St Mary's  Catholic Cemetery. Although it is historic (1885) and only 2 acres, it is not closed. Interment spaces remain.   

(Thanks to Dave Thompsett for these wonderful photos)



Caledon Township

Alton Cemetery

Alton Cemetery is on Peel County Road 136 right in Alton.


Robert DIXON
Laura May IRVING
Martha Ann (w/o ?) Justus LEMON
Margaret LEMON
Christina McGREGOR
Joseph McGREGOR Alex McGREGOR Mary Adelaid McGREGOR John & Helen CAMERON

Janet Jones


Caledon Cemetery

From the Orangeville Banner dated 16-May-1935

Is Last Resting Place of Many Sturdy Caledon Pioneers
Edward Clark Came to Canada When Over 90 Years and Lived to Remarkable Age of 116 Years.

     Earlier this Spring the trustees of Caledon cemetery held a get-to-gether of the plot-holders and other citizens interested in the beautifying of God's acre, where sleep the pioneers of this district--the fathers and mothers, grandparents and great-grandparents who settled in this vicinity when this country was new. As we entered the silent city of the dead we noticed a monument erected to the memory of William Bell. The inscription on the stone stated that Mr. Bell and his brother were the first settlers to make their home in this neighborhood. He died at the early age of 25 years and was buried in the Caledon cemetery in January 1825. This seems to be the seems to have been, as far as we can learn, the first interment in this sacred place. Near this plot is the grave of Mrs. Stubbs, aged 103 years, who died in 1835, but the oldest person buried in the cemetery is undoubtedly Edward Clarke, aged 116 years. Equally as remarkable as Mr. Clark's great age is the fact that he was over 90 years of age when he left Ireland, crossed the ocean and made his way to Caledon, where he lived for twenty-six years longer. We were informed that this venerable pioneer is the great grandfather of Mr. E. E. Wilson, the present treasurer of Caledon township. Mr. D. N. Potter, of the 5th line, east, is another great-grandson.
     On the right side of the roadway is the ;lot of the late Isaac Harris and we noted four small stones erected to the memory of four children, who died within the short period of one week. Close beside, in the adjoining ;lot of Mr. Nathaniel Patterson, is to be seen the evidence of a repetition of this trying bereavement and we are told that the little ones were the victims of a fever epidemic which swept away whole families at this time. Nearby a large marble slab tells of the age, life and death of the late Rev. Alexander McFaul, who was pastor of Knox Church, Caledon, for thirty years and shared the joys and sorrows of the early settlers of this district, which he saw transformed from virgin forest into a beautiful farming country. Here, in a beautiful plot, also lie the remains of Dr. William Stubbs, ex-M.P., one of Caledon's distinguished sons, who was born, lived and died here and served his constituency in nearly every capacity from school trustee to member of Parliament. Among other old residents who found their last resting place in the quiet and sanctity of this little cemetery are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Campbell. The fine monument erected to their memory states that Mr. Campbell was 97 years of age when he died and that Mrs. Campbell was called away some years later at the age of 92 years, which is truly a unique and notable record. Mr. Samuel Warnock, brother of Mr. James Warnock, is buried in the family plot and is the only one, who rests in this cemetery, who was accorded a military funeral. Among other monuments which came under the notice of the writer were those of such well remembered pioneers as George Arkell, J. Keller, J. L. Dodds, J. Vogan, J. Warnock, S. Warnock, and such familiar names as Gibson, Cruikshank, Patterson, Rayburn, Dodds, Potter, Hillock, Morrison, Taylor, Sutton, Lamont, Hillyard, McHugh, Harris, McCort, Johnston, Chambers, Lundy, McConnell Norris, Faulkner, Laughlin, Emack, McCartney, Dynes, Wilson, Vanwyck, Harrison, McArthur, Speers, McKim, Skelton, Adams, Maxwell, Smith, Bates, Armstrong, Stevenson and Brown, all noticed in different sections of the cemetery. As we near the far corner, we see a grassy mound where "they raised not a stone or carved not a line" and we are reminded of the lines written by Gray in his immortal Elegy:
"Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid
Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire,
Hands that the rod of Empire might have swayed
Or waked to ecstasy the living lyre."
     There is the modest little stone to the babe of one day old and the stately monument to the centenarian and we think of the lines:
"The leaves of the oak and the willow shall fade,
Be scattered around and together be laid;
The old and the young, the low and the high;
Shall moulder to dust and together shall lie."
     And on the north side, where some tall trees grew, we again feel that Gray's lines are very fitting as he writes:
"Beneath those rugged elms
That yew tree's shade
"The hand of the king that the sceptre hath borne,
The brow of the priest that the mitre hath worn,
They eye of the sage and the heart of the brave,
Are hidden and lost in the depths of the grave.
" ' Tis the wink of an eye, the draught of a breath,
From the fullness of life to the paleness of death,
From the gilded saloon to the bier and the shroud,
Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud."
     Then as our "footsteps homeward turn" and we somewhat pensively meditate upon the brevity and uncertainty of life and the inevitable dissolution of this mortal frame, wheather in the brightness and promise of youth, or in the mellowed ripeness of advanced years, we recall Bryant's lines:
"Yet all these shall leave
Their mirth and their employments, and shall come
And make their bed with thee. As the long train
Of ages glid eaway, the sons of men,
The youth in life's green spring, and he who goes
In the full strength of years, matron ad maid,
And the sweet babe, and the grey-headed man,--
Shall one by one be gathered to thy side.
By those who in their turn shall follow them.
"So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan that moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him and lies down to pleasant dreams."
     Before closing one would like to recall the interesting fact that the first Presbyterian church was erected in this cemetery and ministered to the spiritual needs of the early community. A school was also nearby, where a Mr. True wielded the birch and instructed the scholars in the three R's.


(Contributed by Janet Jones)


Melville United Church Cemetery



From the Orangeville Banner dated 27-Dec-1973

Church Remains Landmark To Once Thriving Village
Special to the Banner


     MELVILLE - J. D. (Jack) MacMillan doesn't confine his church going days to Sunday.
     A spry 83-year-old, who looks as though he's 70, Mr. MacMillan has been caretaker at the Melville United Church cemetery for the past 19 years.
     Located on the Fourth Line, Caledon, about three miles south of Belfountain, the unused church is the only visible remainder of the once striving village of Melville.
     Mr. MacMillan attended Sunday school there and was a church trustee in 1937.
     Built in 1837 the church was closed in 1936 because of a dwindling church population. To help preserve the building the church trustees persuaded the Credit Valley Conservation Authority to buy it for the nominal sum of $1.
                 RESTORE INTERIOR
     The conservation authority provided Mr. MacMillan and the other trustees with money to restore the decayed interior. The money was also used to re-purchase the pulpit and other church artifacts which had been sold when the church was closed.
     "It cost us $75 to buy back the pulpit -- we had sold it for $20," Mr. MacMillan recalls. While it may not have been the original church pulpit, "It's been here as long as I can remember," he added.
     The church is kept trim and tidy. During the summer Mr. MacMillan supervised a group of SWEEP (students working in an enhanced environment) who applied a fresh coat of paint to the building.
     The church is kept locked and is seldom used. However, a wedding was performed there in 1971. A local couple, Nancy Jean Scott and Robert W. Slack were married in the building.
                 PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
     The Melville area was settled in 1820 by a group of Scottish immigrants and until 1831, when a Presbyterian congregation was officially formed, met in homes for services with a circuit minister once every three months. Rev. Andrew Bell of Toronto Township walked 25 miles to conduct a week-day service in 1831 and appointed two elders, John Crichton and Archibald McNaughton. Six years later the church was built.
     In 1925 the congregation joined the United Church of Canada. "That caused many people to switch to other churches in the area," said Mr. MacMillan. However, he and his wife Elizabeth continued to attend services in Melville until the church closed its doors. They then started going to a Presbyterian Church in Erin.
     In addition to having an interest in the church, Mr. MacMillan has been the cemetery caretaker for 19 years. It's a task he enjoys and besides, it's somewhat of a family tradition. His father Duncan and other church trustees set up a cemetery trust fund in the 1920s. Interest from the fund is used to buy powermowers and other equipment for the cemetery's upkeep.
     A William Campbell of Chinguacousy Township is said to be the first person buried in the cemetery according to the church's 1937 history book.
                 CHURCH HIGHLIGHT
   The history book was published to mark the church centennial. The anniversary year was probably the highlight of the church's history. At one time, there was a church shed next door, 120' long for protection of the horses during service. The shed used to be overflowing for every service says Mr. MacMillan.
     Is he sorry the church is no longer in use? "Yes I am" admits Mr. MacMillan but he adds that the day of the small community church may be over in this age of mass transportation and dwindling church interest.

Contributed by Janet Jones





Chinguacousy Township

Brampton Cemetery

William ARMSTRONG 1906
Sarah MURRAY 1927
John SMITH 1915
Sarah FINES 1890
Francis R. LUNDY 1914
Jemima NORTON 1918
Annie L. ROBINSON 1915
Mary H. UPSHALL 1962
William James HUNTER 1944
Josephine BUCKLAND 1939
Robert Godfrey HUNTER
Harold Gilray HUNTER
Elizabeth J. FRASER
HUNTER Francis A. LUNDY John Henry McCLURE 1946
Ella Viola DOLSON 1970
Norman Douglas 2003
Marion I. JOHNSTON 2003
inf 1947
Ethel Jane McCLURE 1957
ANDERSON William J. YOUNG 1933
Charlotte M. UPSHALL 1918
Walter Herbert THOMSON 1938

Thanks to Deborah Glover for the photos!



Churchville Cemetery


The original pioneer section of the Cemetery was donated by Andrew Scott on August 5,1 822.  This land was a part of a Crown Grant dated during the reign of King George the Fourth.  The remainder of the Cemetery was acquired on January 8, 1892. The cemetery has always been administered by a volunteer Board of Trustees, as it is owned by plot holders.
         The first registered interment was that of Amaziah Church, the founder of Churchville Village, on September 7, 1831.  His grave is marked by the only wooden monument in the Cemetery.
         Names of early pioneers buried in the Cemetery reflect current residents in this area and their acquaintances: Church, Hall, Fogerty, Laidlaw, Hutton, Gooderham, Warts, Varey, Wilson, Needham, Fraser, McClure, Arnott, Davidson, Sinclair, Burton, Golden and Rollings.
         Pioneers of the Port Credit area are interred in the southwest corner.  Burials were in the middle to late 1800’s.
         There is also a number of children’s graves in the middle of the pioneer portion dated 1852, when a plaque of some sort may have passed through the area.
         Paupers’ graves are situated in the rear of the pioneer section.  No record of the identity of the deceaseds is known to exist.


I am working on a project that is capturing all the war graves in Canada for WWI & WWII. I was recently asked to get a grave in the Churchville Cemetery. In hunting for where it was, I found your web site and thought I would send you the information I gathered during my hunt. I took pictures of some of the nicer stones. Please let me know if this is the type of information you need, or what else I should gather as I will be hitting 5 or 6 other pioneer graveyards during the next two months.

I also work on the National Inventory of Canadian Military Memorial project which is tracking down all the cenotaphs across Canada. I have started mapping where they are located because there is no listing of where they are located. Looking for the cemeteries gives similar problems. Some notes have them located at this lot on this line, but unless you have the correct maps, you can't find it. I am including a map to show where the cemetery is located.


Churchville Cemetery
7935 Churchville Road
Brampton, Ontario
L6V 3N2

One lot south of the Intersection of Steeles Avenue West and Churchville Road

Edwin C. SINCLAIR 1910-1947 beloved husband of Constance ADAMSON 1912-2000 William Edwin son of Wm. S. SHIRLEY Jun 7-10, 1959

In memory of Emily Sarah dau. Of James & Ann BUCK died May 26, 1856

In memory of John, the beloved son of James & Ann BUCK who departed this life Apr 13, 1856. James BRYCE died Jan 24, 1862
William James son of James & Elizabeth  BRYCE died Feb 20, 186?
Sarah Anna dau of James & Elizabeth BRYCE died May 2, 186?
BRYCE In memory of Elizabeth wife of Oliver TODD died Dec 30, 1857
Oliver TODD died Feb 2, 1858
Ann ERWIN wife of Thomas GRAFTON died Oct 27, 1908


Thanks to Derek Pullen for the above photos and information.  If you wish to contact Derek to help him photograph and locate the military memorials, please visit his website:


Thanks to Deborah Glover for the photos and information below!

Thomas WHITEHEAD Died June 23 1857 aged 23 yrs. Native of Berwickshire, Scotland Thomas THOMSON April 21, 18?? aged 34 years
Mary wife of Thomas Thomson who died Sept. 12, 1847 31 yrs. 3 mths. 8 days

Thomas Whitehead (H) #1

In loving memory of Thomas Whitehead born in Berwickshire Scotland ?????(could be reference to Marriage) in 1831 died Nov. 2, 1817 Age ??? 3 months 3 days.

Mary Whitehead (W1) ????? Thomas Whitehead (#2) who departed this life on 8 Oct 1868 and 73 yrs.

James Whitehead (Son of Thomas & Mary) #3 who departed this life Apr. 25 1850 age 29 yrs. 1 mth. 19 dys. Son of Thomas and Mary whitehead #1&#2

In Memory of Wm. Whitehead (Son/husband of Mary Ann) #4

 died Nov. 29, 1886 Aged 71 yrs.

In Memory of Mary Ann Whitehead wife of Wm. Whitehead #4 July 29, 1853 30 yrs 1 month





Dixon's United Cemetery



William Alexander HUTCHINSON
Ella Mae HENRY
William James HUTCHINSON
Joseph William GRAY
Pearl Elaine WATTS
Robert Cooper
Helen May
(born Aberdeen Scotland)
Ledlow GRAY
John Thomas NEWHOUSE
Peter GRAY
Alcerena LEDLOW
Elizabeth LEDLOW
Martha Elizabeth GRAY
Gladys E. KNOTT
Evelyn Gladys
Martha Jean GRAY George Henry CARNWELL
Hester L. McCLURE
Betty SHELSWELL (HARRIS) (d/o Margaret)
George Henry CARNWELL
Bertha J. McCLURE
John Thomas CARNWELL
Margaret Lillian

Thanks to Paul Caverly for the photos!



Mayfield United Church Cemetery


George G. GRAY Margaret (w/o Samuel GRAY)

Thanks to Paul Caverly for the photos!



St. Mary's Anglican Cemetery, Tullamore


Airport Road west side (abt one chain wide and 5 chains deep) 500 feet south of Mayfield Road; 2/3 mile north of Countryside Drive; 11846 Airport Road; next to a new, tiny, Punjabi cultural center. GPS: 43N 47.40 ; 079W 45.56

"St. Mary's Anglican Cemetery, 1833, (former hamlet of) Tullamore" (on a tiny sign) No building remains. The cemetery is badly kept; many stones are either broken off at the ground or pressed into the ground. many flat stones are almost overgrown. there are about fifty spires.

Names: Archdekin, Bailey, Burrell, Campbell, Carberry, Carberry, Carr, Carrothers, Chaffee, Chamberlain, Conley, Corkett, Davis, Ellis, Endacott, Evans, Fleming, Flemming, Gilpin, Graham, Grant, Gray, Hall, Hearn, Hensley, Hogg, Hossie, Howden, Johnson, Johnston, Little, Lougheed, Maw, McCaugherty, McClure, McKee, Montgomery, Monter?oy, Moody, Morrison, Mulligan, Neely, Nunn, Padget, Proctor, Riddell, Sargent, Shaw, Spence, Strong, Vine, Woods, Wray, Yates, two unreadable from wear and moss.

(Photos and information by Dave.)







Woodhill Pioneer Cemetery



Airport Road east side, opposite Walmart - about a hundred yards south of Queen Street (former hwy-7) GPS: 43N 44.49 ; 079W 41.58

Woodhill Pioneer Cemetery also known as the Providence Primitive Methodist Cemetery. The first recorded burial was in 1830. The original settlers of Woodhill and the surrounding area were interred here. Woodhill was a thriving rural hamlet by 1819. In 1967 Canada's centennial year, descendants had a cairn constructed to consolidate grave markers. Woodhill Cemetery was re-dedicated in 1996.

33 markers encased in cairn, representing about 50 souls, and 3 tall spires. Names: Berry, Boyes, Brown, Dale, Dodsworth, Figg, Frances, Hackett, Harrison, Hostrawser, Lawson, McLean, Odlum, Pearen, Robinson, Saul, Smith, Standley, Ward, Wilson, Woodhall

(Photos and information by Dave.)




Toronto-Gore Township

Ebenezer Cemetery


Gore Rd & Ebenezer Rd. -SE corner; Ebenezer Churchyard;   1 Km north of Hwy 7; abt 2 km. south of large Buddhist Temple on Gore 43N 46.31 ; 079W 39.78


Shiloh Primitive Methodist Cemetery

Shiloh Primitive Methodist Cemetery is located at Lot 17 Concession 10, Toronto Gore Twp,. Peel County.  The one acre parcel was on the Robert Hart farm there was also a Primitive Methodist Church. He was a JP. School and Church Trustee, a Methodist Lay Preacher, Orangeman, reformer. He came to Canada in 1834 with his bride Jane Watson. The location is on the West side of Hwy #50 and Mayfield Rd (Hwy 7). When I first started the Hart family history I had great difficulty finding
who was responsible for the property as Robert Hart and wife Jane Watson's monument was so overgrown with a bush that it was not visible from the road. Most of the stones had been removed to another location but the Hart stones were not.  Hwy 50 traffic is fast and stopping was too dangerous as the shoulder was soft and the very short drive to the gate only a few feet  in
was risky so I parked at the Hart farm a few hundred feet north and took my chances and walked back. I could not get pictures because of the neglect and the growth.
George Tavenders 1967 book "From This Year Hence" said the cemetery was maintained by the Dept of Highways I tried in vain to get some information, then called the City of Brampton and talked to a clerk who disclaimed any knowledge of it. Finally I did find that the city is indeed responsible and they had someone go in and cut the brush back, it was not a very good job but I understood it was preliminary as there was some sort of centennial coming up. I did not take anything with me to clean the monument so I do not  know if the pic's are suitable. That corner will probably be developed before too long my concern is that the cemetery and the history of the early settlers will not be lost.
One side of the monument   Sacred to the memory of Jane Watson.....native of Yorkshire  1814-1889
The front side  (o3&04)      Sacred to the memory of Robert Hart JP native of Allerston Yorkshire 1812- 4 April 1870
(08) Mary Hart  1843-1848
(11) Plaque to the original settlers

Patricia Hart

Special thanks to Patricia Hart for contributing info and photos



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