St. Cyprian Anglican Parish / Dundas Cemetery . . .

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This cemetery in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood was established on land donated to the St. Cyprian Anglican Parish in 1880.

In the year 2001, a stone rock monument erected in the cemetery for the pioneers of this area, who arrived here from Dundas, Ontario around 1873. It is located in Teulon, Manitoba

In this cemetery, my GGG-Grandparents, Thomas and Mary Ann (Kirby) Dicks are buried along with other other members of the Dicks family line. The following photos were taken this passed in September 2018 by my sister-in-law, Cheryl.

This is the memorial rock that was done in 2001:

THE DUNDAS CEMETERY AND SCHOOL DISTRICT

This area was settled by Campbells of Irish and Scottish decent who began arriving as early as 1873 after an arduous journey over the newly created land link through Ontario, The Dawson Creek Trail they named the area in honor of their former home in Dundas, Ontario. It was not unusual for the men of the district to walk to Winnipeg for supplies and mail, leaving their wives behind the tend their home and families.

The first Post Office to serve the local people was opened in Greenwood in 1875 but from 1879 to 1906 the Foxton Post Office located nearby on SE15-I6-2E. Dundas School District was formed April 1, 1880. In 1881 a log school was built was built NE-16-2E. It was replaced with a wooden structure on on SW14-12-2E in 1889. A new building was replaced in 1954. In 1964 the School District amalgamated and become part of the Interlake School District.

Dundas Cemetery was established in 1880 on land donated by St Cyprian Anglican Parish . It is the resting Place of many of the pioneers who created this district.

Erected in 2001 in Tribute to the Pioneers

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This is many of the photos of the cemetery:


My Great Grandparents


Frederick Dicks – my GGG Uncle


GGG- Uncle Fred and his wife, Bertha Madell


The 6 yrs old daughter of my GGG Aunt Annie (Dicks) Thompson


My GGG Aunt Annie Thompson


Mother & Daughter — Annie and Bertha

And the last one shows an overview of the Dicks Family and where they are buried.

Overview with Annie and Bertha in the back right.

Victory Memorial Park

I haven’t been able to visit a cemetery in awhile because of the problems with my legs and things but I decided to look back at some of the photos I have taken at the different places I have been.

This cemetery is about a 45 minute drive from my place to out in Surrey.

The cemetery was opened as a Field of Honour for Veterans and their family members and originally was called The Veterans Memorial Park. The first burial took place in March of 1959.

The original landmarks were a 65 foot cross (which is still there today)and two Howitzer guns placed on either side of the cross. Later these guns were removed and given to the City of White Rock and the Vancouver Armoury.

It has gone through a few owners before the recent owners. There have also been several sections added including: for Beth Tikvah Jewish Congregation from Richmond, St. Vartan’s Armenian Church, the Canadian Hussaini Association and the BC Muslim Association. There was also a beautiful Cermation Section with streams, waterfalls within a beautiful forest section.

Here are some of the photos I have taken over the years.

Cross at the Entrance to the Cemetery

One of the 2 fountains as you drive into the cemetery

The following are in the cremation section

Cremation Section

Cremation Section



Cremation Section


Cremation Section

Hopefully by next Spring I will be able to walk and visit again to such a peaceful and relaxing place.

Titanic Survivor buried in Mountain View . . .

Who would have thought that a survivor of the Titanic is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, BC

Robertha Josephine Watt was born on September 7, 1899 was born in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She was the only child and daughter of James Reid Watt and Elizabeth Inglis Milne. James was an architect and it was in regards to his job that the family made the decision to move to Portland, Oregon.

While James went ahead of his wife and daughter, who were travelling on the Maiden Voyage of the SS Titanic as second Class Passengers. On the ship they shared their cabin with 2 other passengers.

Bertha and her Mother were on Life Boat Number 9 after the sinking of the Titanic. She is said to have survived with nightie tucked into a pair of panties, and house slippers. She is also to have said that she was lucky to have squirrel lined coat, as that is what the did back in those days.

Eventually, they were reunited with her Father and settle into life in Portland, Oregon. She went onto High School and eventually she became a bookkeeper.

It was in 1923 that she married a Canadian Dentist, Dr. Leslie Frederick Marshall and settle into life in Vancouver, BC. Together, Leslie & Bertha went on to have 4 children, including 2 sons who also followed in their father’s footsteps and became dentist.

Sadly, shortly after he retired, Leslie passed away in 1971. Then a short 7 years later, her daughter and grandson were killed by a drunk driver.

Although she did on the occasion, talk about her experiences on the Titanic, she was often known to shun the publicity associated with being a Titanic survivor.

She is buried in Mountain View, in HORNE2/*/08/025/0002 (354) with a headstone, that if you didn’t stop to read, you would not know that she was there or who she was except for the line “Survivor of the Titanic”

To see her memorial, click on the following link:

Roberta Josephine Marshall

Ocean View Burial Park

is one of the many cemeteries in the Lower Mainland that I like to visit, not only for the beauty and peacefulness there, but also because my Grandma, Great-Grandmother and Great Uncle are buried there.

Ocean View was established in 1919 on 89 acres in the Burnaby, BC — across the street from Burnaby Central Park. There are many interesting places within the cemetery, including the Abbey Mausoleum which was the first Mausoleum in British Columbia.

The Mausoleum construction was started in 1928 and was originally going to be much larger, but with the start of the Great Depression, it was stopped in 1931. The Mausoleum has a number of beautiful stained glass windows, as well as a number of Famous people buried within in.

Some photos from the Abbey —

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

Stained Glass Window

Stained Glass Window

Moses

Moses

There is also a small Norman Church that is used for Special Sunday services and is surrounded by many of the cremation gardens.

Chapel from outside courtyard

Chapel from outside courtyard

Side Entrance to courtyard

Side Entrance to courtyard

Inside of Chapel

Inside of Chapel

There are also a number of small cremation locations within the cemetery

Cremation plots

Cremation plots

Sadly, since I took this picture of the entrance fountain, they have painted it blue and the driveway has become unusable because of the tree roots that have broken up threw the driveway.

Entrance off of Willingdon and Imperial

Entrance off of Willingdon and Imperial

Here are links to my family buried there:

Gladys Marion Compton – My Grandma

Susannah Compton Rutledge – My Great Grandma

Percy Compton – My Great Uncle

Susan

Lost Cemeteries . . . .

Almost all my life, I have heard that New Westminster High School was buried close to or over a cemetery. Then about 10 years ago, the story started coming out more as they were talking about having to replace the now aging school. It is closing in on 10 years of talks, and just recently it was in the paper how there should be an “archaeological dig” as it is the only way to determine the exactly where bodies are buried.

I have always under the belief that the cemetery was in 1 corner of this property, but in reading more and more, there is not just 1 cemetery, but possibly 4 separate cemeteries between the years of 1860 to 1920 when they were all closed down. And they are in different areas of the school property, including but not limited to being under the teachers parking lot (a survey done in 2007 stated that there were areas “that could be graves”.

The information I am putting here is from various articles, reports, etc that I have read online. The scope of the entire thing to me will always remain the same — that the people buried within these cemeteries deserve to be remembered. Not one of the different pages, stories, documents I read had a list of who was buried there. Some of the people are just referred to as poor, prisoners and insane. One of the prisoners could be an Indian Chief that was hanged.

There are 3 active cemeteries in New Westminster: Fraser Cemetery (opened in 1869 or 1870) which run by City; right next to it is St. Peters Catholic Cemetery (run by the Archdiocese, opened in 1880) and then Schara Tzedeck- the Jewish Cemetery which was opened in the 1920s. Nothing seems to point to any of the people being re-interned in any of these cemeteries.

Now about the Lost Cemeteries:

Douglas Road Cemetery

This cemetery was also called the New Westminster Public Cemetery and was opened around 1859 on a 27 acre site. The entire area was used as a Cemetery for close to 60 years, finally closed in 1920. But sadly, the breakup of the cemetery started way back in about 1892, when the Crown ended up subdividing the southeast corner of the property in order to give the city of New West the entire east side.

Around 1908, when the southwest corner, which included the older of 2 Chinese cemeteries was filled up, they then opened the northwest corner for burials. The new City Works yard was then built in the southwest corner which, according to records was “ploughed and cleared”.

In 1920, the Douglas Road cemetery was closed (Northwest Section) and the area was used as barracks to house 1000 soldiers at a time while in training. They were built on top of the 4 acres that was originally used to bury the institutionalized; poor and incarcerated. They also use 2 acres of the new Chinese burial section. The estimate of buried in these cemeteries is said to be around 6,000 men, woman and children. The current High School is said to be on the western half of the cemetery, with the other sections taken up by the city and the East sections owned by private companies.

Sadly, no one will take the responsibility of either finding out or explaining what happened to all the people buried within these cemeteries. Officially, there is apparently there was only 1 coffin that has been uncovered and it is believed no other remains where unearthed or moved. But, according to rumours, this is not the case. What is said to have taken place is that there was a funeral director and his son who sat on the school board from 1908 to 1956 when a lot of the rebuilding took place including the building of the school in 1948. The talk is of workers who would pile bones up and then a Funeral Home would cart some off and others were piled into trucks and dumped somewhere.

To imagine that the City, Provincial and possibly Federal Governments are all involved in some sort of cover up is very sad. The northwest corner (Douglas), 6.5 acres, is suppose be designated the symbolic cemetery, to be a passive park but what exactly will they do, is not know.

I have never seen anything that lists the names of the Chinese cemeteries or the unnamed cemetery for the poor or institutionalized people that were buried there. How will all of them be remembered? They don’t seem to be listed anywhere. Or will a small park be the only way these people will be remembered.

There is a report about the area that shows the size and shape of the School area, along with where they believe the cemeteries are located. You can read about it here: Cemetery Site Information

What I found to be very interesting and had never heard about before was the story of an Indian Chef that has hanged in New Westminster and his body disappeared. Is it possible that he is one of the many forgotten souls buried in one of the cemeteries.

The following is from various articles done in 2008.

Is this resting place of Tsilhqot’in warrior Chief Ahan

or not?
Ahan was tried and convicted of murder for his part in a raid on a road-building crew near Bute Inlet. Twelve men were slaughtered in the raid and Ahan was hanged in New Westminster on July 18, 1865. Five other Tsilhqot’in men were hanged in Quesnel.

The attacks came after the Tsilhqot’in demanded payment from the roadbuilders who were using their land and were refused. It was when the roadbuilders took the women from the tribe and used them for their entertainment that was the last straw. War was declared.

When a government militia failed to turn up the war party, they sent messengers to the Tsilhqot’in seeking peace talks. But when they went, they were put in shackles.

The problem is now that there are no records of where he was buried. It is possible that Ahan was buried originally on the site of the jail where prisoners were hanged, but the Tsilhqot’in believe that Ahan was moved after his death, and that he may have then been buried buried on the grounds of the school.

According to Joe Alphonse, director of government services for the Tsilhqot’in National Government, “He is a hero to us and the province was ordered to find the remains of our people executed in the Chilcotin War and return them.”

There is a small chance that he is buried on the school grounds and they would like to have DNA testing done on any bones that are discovered in the grounds.

A historian hired by the school district was not able to locate Ahan’s final resting place. He did find that some remains were removed from the site of the old courthouse. But there is nothing that says who was removed or where the bodies were re-interned.

My final word:

While yes, there should be a new High School built, the people whose bodies were buried there need to be recognized and a memorial for all – the people buried in the Douglas Road Cemetery, then Chinese Cemeteries as well as the sections that were for the poor and institutionalized. Hopefully, everyone involved will be able to get together and remember the past while also build on the future with a school for children who could possibly be descendants of the people buried there.

The following is a picture of what is currently in the South West Corner of the property, which is where one of the Chinese Cemeteries is said to have been.

South West Corner

Why I love cemeteries

This blog is called The Love of Cemeteries and Genealogy, so I thought I would talk about cemeteries and my love of them.

I am not the type of person that likes walking on a crowded beach, hiking in the mountains or even walking in a park. I love places of quiet reflection. Where there usually isn’t a crowd of people (have I ever mentioned I am not a big people person). I can spend hours in a cemetery, I usually don’t run into people or if I do, it is with a passing glance or nod of the head. When you are in a cemetery, it is unlikely that you will be bothered by another person, now a crow or seagulls or geese or on occasion, a coyote.

I love looking at the old headstones, both flat and upright monuments; seeing the flowers left for people; toys of children who died too young; the sadness in looking at a row of soldiers headstones knowing they died so that I could be able to walk with this freedom.

But mostly, it is the beauty that I find there. So here are a few pictures of some of my favorite walks.

Forest Lawn at Sunset

Forest Lawn at Sunset

Seagull – just resting between rows at Forest Lawn

Seagull

Gardens of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery

 Gardens of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery

An Angel at Mountain View

Angel

Soldiers at Mountain View

Soliders

So, the next time you need to just need to take a break from the outside world, go to a local cemetery and just walk and take in the beauty — they really aren’t scary places filled with death but places to remember the past and in a strange way, feel the love that never dies.

Shout out to all the helpful

Cemetery Staff out there.

I have been doing genealogy research and taking photos for others for just over 5 years now and I have to say that we in the Lower Mainland have the best cemetery staff around.

Now, 2 of the Cemeteries are run by a large corporation – Dignity Corporation out of the USA. There are people that say about how bad they are, that they will not help with plot locations, etc but this is in the US. I have never had any problems with them. If I have more than 2 or 3, I will drop off a list and come back a day or so later, and they have everything ready for me. Some have given me their email address, so I can email a list to them.

I have one worker that is trying to locate a family member that we can’t find where he or his Mom are buried.

In others, I have had a worker help me find someone when I can’t find them no matter how hard I have looked. They tell me to watch out for the “Attack crows”; not to come in the evenings when they have been having problems with vandals; helped me uncover headstones.

The people in the offices have always been polite. There are these ladies at Oceanview (in Burnaby) that always want to know about who I am looking for; we talk about different people buried within the cemetery. If I haven’t been in for awhile, when I walk in they ask how have I been.

But sadly, within this time frame, I have also been told that if I come to 1 cemetery that I will be arrested for trespassing because it is, according to this man, against the Privacy Act of BC for me to take a photo of a headstone for a family member. So, I can’t help the person. And just so people know, I have talken to Managers at a couple of different places, and they say they have never heard of this before. And most cemeteries are now trying to get all their burial indexes on line for people to look up family/friends in the cemeteries. And you have to realize that if one of the most secretive societies – The Masonic Cemetery has now listed their index on line – just the burial dates, but still very helpful

But as I said, 99.9% of the people I have come in contact with are so friendly, interested in what & why I am doing this, helpful and don’t look at me like I am some weirdo in the cemetery.

So to all the Cemetery Workers out there — A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP — IT IS SO APPRECIATED.

I am a Tadophile!!!!

sounds like something really kinky, doesn’t it? But it’s not. The true definition is:

One who practices taphophilia. Someone who is interested in funerals, gravestone art, epitaphs, cemeteries. Known to play a part in Goth subculture, although interest in one does not mean interest in both.

And we can be called gravers as well.

I have always loved cemeteries – the art, the peacefulness and the variety of monuments. But it wasn’t til I found a site called findagrave.com that I learned that there was a way of not only fulfilling my love of cemeteries and help people find the final resting place of their loved ones. And I could get the help to find my family as well.

And graving can have its excitement as well.

Yesterday, while my brother-in-law was teaching my daughter how to park, my sister and I went to Whonnock Cemetery in Maple Ridge, BC. Now this is a very old cemetery at the end of a road surrounded by a forest and it next to an old Native Burial Grounds.

We were there for about 90 minutes or so before we had to leave. We are standing by the car when we see this silver car racing up the road. We wondered were they could be going because about 20 feet behind us it is a dead-end with a locked gate that leads to the Burial Ground.

We quickly got in the car, locked the doors. My sister is looking behind in the rear view mirror and she says they pulled in right behind us and went directly into the cemetery. We left.

We figure that someone (probably the weird hippy house across the street) called up the Local Reserve and they sent 2 people to make sure we weren’t trying to get into the Burial Grounds or were damaging the cemetery in any way.

I am just glad I had not gone there myself.