Saint John's In The Wilderness Cemetery, Aylwin, Quebec
(Church of England)


June 10, 2002:

From Ken Armstrong:
To Al, Darlene and Don;
 
First I thank Darlene for the cemetery transcriptions from the Gracefield Cemetery. 
I have also made many transcription from most of the cemeteries around the Kazabazua and 
Aylwin Cemeteries, and the two attachments are partial listing of some of these 
transcriptions as follows:
 
1. St. Andrews Church Cemetery (Presbyterian/United), Aylwin, Quebec; and
 
2. St. John's in the Wilderness (Church of England) Cemetery, Aylwin, Quebec.

As indicated these are only partial transcriptions, and I hope to complete all of 
the listings of the Cemetery stones, plus I plan to visit the church administrator and  
check out the burial records for St. Andrews, St. John's and will also include the newer 
Hillcrest Cemetery in Aylwin.
 
For Don, there are a few Derby's in the St. John's Cemetery for your information
 
For your information, the Richard Armstrong and Elizabeth Draper, listed (1) in the 
St. Andrews Cemetery are my great-grandparents, and the McConnell's are related 
because my Aunt Mildred Armstrong married Lawrence McConnell, and they are buried 
in the Hillcrest Cemetery, also I am related to the Begley's 
(my grandfather's  (Archie Armstrong) sister, Rebecca married William Begley, and my 
grandfather's brother, John Armstrong  married Liza Cox, and his sister, Annie married 
Jack Stanger, so they are all related.
 
Also for Don, the Derby's are also related through the Draper family. 
 
Ken Armstrong
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July 5, 2002: Attached you will find the complete transcriptions for the St. Andrews (Presbyterian/United) Cemetery in Aylwin, Quebec and for the St. John (Church of England) In The Wilderness Cemetery also in Aylwin, Quebec. I made a slight mistake on my first posting of the St. Andrews Cemetery, in that I included a few of the Tombstones from the Aylwin Hillcrest Cemetery in Aylwin, this St. Andrew's Cemetery attachment corrected the previous mistake. I have completed a partial transcription for the Aylwin Hillcrest Cemetery, and when completed I will send it along for posting on your website. Many of the people in these Cemeteries originally came from the Carleton County side of the river, so they do fit into your website. Ken Armstrong Saint John (Church of England) In The Wilderness Cemetery, Aylwin, Quebec.(June 20, 2002) PLAQUE DISPLAYED ON CAIRN IN CEMETERY: St. John in The Wilderness (Church of England). This area was settled around 1854. The congregation of Aylwin was formed shortly thereafter and a Church was built on this site in 1864. This Church building was deconsecrated on Oct 30th, 1960 and moved from this site to the village of St. Agathe, Quebec in November 1972. The present Anglican churches in the area are daughter churches of St. John. This Memorial Cairn was dedicated 23 June, 1974. 1. In Memory of Father & Mother Joseph M. Cox Died at Sea 4 May 1884 54 yrs. His Wife Nancy Junkin Died July 2, 1919 age 90 yrs. Jane 20 yrs. Thomas 30 yrs. Fannie 18 yrs. Maria 30 yrs. 2. On Front of Stone: CRAM In Memory of James Cram Died Oct 13, 1905, Age 74 Yrs. On Right Side of Stone: Sabina Draper Jan 30, 1907 age 69 yrs. Wife of J. Cram Oct 13, 1905 age 74 yrs. & Margaretta Cram Sept 14, 1911 age 47 yrs. 3. CRAM In Loving Memory 1860 John Cram 1951 His Wife 1862 Harriet Ann Litle 1934 4. DRAPER In Loving Memory of Minnie M. Oglivie 1877 - 1900 Mary J. Stewart 1878 - 1927 Samuel Draper 1858 - 1935 Fern F.B. 1878 - 1926 Percy 1915 5. 1863 Samuel J. Draper 1933 6. H. Allan Draper 1890 - 1962 7. CARRUTHERS Emmeline Sparks 1864 - 1939 Cleveland Carruthers 1894 - 1926 8. In Memory of Thomas Little / Litle * (see note below) 1856 - 1929 9. James Cox 1866 - 1942 10. In Memory of Mary Jane Derby Died May 29, 1910 age 80 yrs. 11. William Derby 1848 - 1916 His Wife Alvira Shaver 1858 - 1930 On Left Side of this Stone: Ethel 1886 - 1912 Isabella J. 1886 - 1918 On Right Side of this STone: Edmund 1884 - 1908 12. In Loving Memory Gladys Willifred Lambert 1905 - 1983 Beloved Wife of: James Ira Day 1904 - 1988 13. In Loving Memory of Our Little IDA Died Aug 9, 1904 age 12 years, 4 months CRAM 14. Ellinor Lillian Wilson Died June 28, 1900 Age 2 years, 4 months. 15. Thomas Hobbs Died 10 Sept 1904, aged 80 years Buried at McLeod Alberta His Wife Mary Childs Died 30 Dec 1905, aged 75 Years William Hobbs Born Aug 30, 1861 Died Apr 19, 1935 16. MULLIGAN Thomas Mulligan 1858 - 1924 His Wife Martha Shaver 1860 - 1904 Hillary 1894 - 1899 Bertal 1896 - 1900 17. DAY In Loving Memory of James Benjamin Day 1874 - 1945 His Wife Margaret Ann Gainford 1878 - 1963 August 12, 2004 (new link to Thomas Mulligan page) 18. In Memory of Thomas Mulligan (N.B. See posting from Doug Thayer dated August 10, 2003) of Hincks Died Oct 15, 1882, aged 87 Yrs. Also His Wife Ellen Died Sept 23, 1881, 83 Yrs. Their Son Thomas Died 1856, 83 Yrs. Grandson Arnold Died Jul 8, 1887, Age 2 Mos. 19. MULLIGAN (see also posting dated March 20, 2008, below) In Loving Memory of John Mulligan 1844 - 1925 His Wife Caroline Riddell 1852 - 1934 Lila Maud Mulligan 1877 - 1933 Thomas Oliver Mulligan 1873 - 1927 John H. Atcheson Mulligan 1861 - 1916 20. Charles Derby 1833 - 1909 His Wife Jane Shaw 1833 - 1922 21. William Crosworth Gainsford Died August 31, 1943, age 71 His Wife Carrie Carison Died January 28, 1960, age 84 22. In Memory of Joseph Gainford Died Feb 10th, 1896 Aged 14 Yrs, 1 Mo. 23. HARRISON In Loving Memory Joseph Harrison 1872 - 1956 His Wife Susanna Jane Gainford 1875 - 1916 24. John J. Mc. E. Marks Born Nov 27, 1859 Died Oct 1, 1868 Rebecca L. Marks Born Oct 29, 1864 Died April 9, 1879 25. Effie M. Moore Died 27th Feb, 1880 Aged 9 months, 27 days 26. BROWN Baby Boy (See below, dated March 18, 2003 ... Al) Died at Birth Aug 15, 1929 NOTE 1: We know that John Draper b. abt 1801 and Margaret McEwen (John's Second wife ) are buried in this cemetery, the Sabrina Draper, in 2 above, is one of their daughters, who married John (Jack) Cram. NOTE 2: The above are all of the Tombstones and ground Plaques in this Cemetery, but there are many more people buried in this Cemetery, Kenneth L. Armstrong, 20 June 2002.
September 4, 2002: Good afternoon. First off I would like to congratulate you for your hard work in transcribing all the tombstones in the St Andrews and St John in the Wilderness Cemeteries in Aylwin. I was sent your site by Lois McConnell Klages and it is great. I had just visited six cemeteries yesterday and when I arrived home the e-mail announcing your site was waiting. I believe that Thomas Litle rests in the St John in the Wilderness cemetery and you have his name recorded as Thomas Little. I went back today to recheck and it is indeed Thomas Litle. My mother was a Litle and her father and Grandfather rest at St Andrews Cemetery as you have correctly noted. John Litle brother Thomas's first wife Elizabeth Fleury rests in the family plot also in St Andrews. Thomas married a second time to Jennie Cram and the Crams rest in St John in the wilderness. I am not sure if Jennie Cram rests with Thomas or not. Anyhow I hope I have not confused you too much. Thank you; From David Alexander Litle Smith
March 18, 2003: It's great to see all the trasnscriptions from this cemetery. The Mulligan's and the Derby's are all my relatives. F.Y.I. the headstone entry #26 Baby boy Brown is Fred and Ruth (Derby) Brown's infant son. They are buried at St James Anglican Church in Gracefield. Thanks for all of your hard work. Nancy Mulligan
August 10, 2003: Hi to all. It's great to see you have done all this work and put it on the net. What a great way to preserve and share our history. I would like to point out a correction needed on marker #18, Thomas Mulligan and Ellen Powell. I know this marker is very old and the writing is very faded on the dark north side of the stone. I photograped it using a digital camera and filter and still had trouble reading some of the engraving. However, I was able to corelate the data with parish records so I am pretty sure of my information, The following corrections are in order. 1) Thomas (Senior) died in 1892 not 1882 at age 81 not 87. He was born in 1811.. I have a copy of the parish burial record . He died on the 19th not the 15th and was buried on the 21st of October 1892. 2) Thomas -- their son who died in 1856 was 9 years old not 83. This Thomas was born in 1847. After he died, his parents named another son born in 1858 Thomas --- this was my great grandfather and I think Nancy's too? 3) Ellen's age creates a problem. I originally wrote it down as 63. This would have had her born in 1818 and some other records show that to be the case. I have another record that shows her born in 1815 Some Census records show she and Thomas as being the same age but other records show a 3 or 4 year difference in their ages. If I have her burial record I can 't put my hand on it at the moment. So I will have to leave that for another day. 4) Arnold, their grandson died January 8th, not July 8th. I have this parish record ---he was born in November and died two months later. He was my grandmother's brother. This is one of the oldest stones in the graveyard and is very hard to read, so it is easy to see how it can be mis-interpreted. Thank you for doing this important work. I am sure that there are more people who appreciate it than you can ever imagine. Keep it up --- please! Doug Thayer ...Ottawa
August 22, 2003: Hi again Doug and the rest of the Gang; I visited St. John's in the Wilderness Cemetery this afternoon, and used a thick carpenters pencil to rub the imprint of the Thomas Mulligan Cemetery Stone onto paper, and as Doug so kindly pointed out the Dates for Thomas Mulligan are as follows: Thomas Mulligan of Hincks Died: Oct 19, 1892, Aged 87 Yrs. also his Wife Ellen Died: Sep 23, 1881, Aged 63 Yrs. Their Son Thomas Died: 1856, Aged 9 So the above confirms the dates submitted from Doug. The original transcription I made had the Son Thomas at aged 8, rather than 9 and I made a typo when re-transcribing to electronic media, sorry for that, I should have caught it myself. While I was there ,there appears to be two new Cemetery Stones placed in St. John's as follows: DAY Jennie Moores Day 1907-1935 John (Jack Day 1901-1983 Margaret Adams Day 1913-1977 (the above is a new metal Plaque) (see below, dated November 30, 2003 ... Al) (Stone Plaque in Ground) CRAM Lydia Jane James Died: March 16, 1974 Died: June 11, 1926 Ken Armstrong
November 30, 2003: Dear Mr. Thayer: You may know my family as your name sounds familiar to me, I was born and raised in the Gatineau went to St. John's while I lived there, helped to clean the church often, when my Mother passed away the Guild made a set of purple altar adornments in memory. Thank you so much for this history of our old church, I am one of the people on the list of five who are to look after the cemetery. My son and husband were up there putting up the plaque for my parents, and my husband says some one has thrown some of the stones over the fence at the back, I have not seen them myself as when I was up last the flies were so bad we just took the wood frames of the plaque and left. I thought the cemetery looked bare compared to what it used to and went to the far side and found my Uncle William Gainford marker thrown aside, but I am not sure as to the exact place it should be. My family were the Day's at the left of the church as you go in, and my grandmother was a Gain(s)ford but I am not sure of the correct spelling. My youngest daughter is very interested in that cemetery and also my son, I expect he will take my place on the committee when I no longer can. Just wanted to let you know that Lois McConnell sent me an e-mail with the information, and I was really pleased and I wanted to let you know that we were the people who put the plaque there. Thank you again Sincerely Winnifred Sully e-mail kwsully@rogers.com other surnames Wilson Gainsford / Gainford and Day
August 9, 2005: Discovered your website on google. My maternal grandparents are Joseph Harrison and Suzanna Gainford / Gainsford buried at St. Johns. I would appreciate receiving a list of those buried there. It might help in my efforts at filling in a family tree. ... Roger Champagne
March 20, 2008: Courtesy of the bytown.net web site, I discovered that my maternal great-grandfather, John Mulligan and great-grandmother Caroline Riddell are buried in Saint John's In The Wilderness Cemetery, Aylwin, Quebec. My grandmother, Clara Mulligan was their daughter and she married John Lyon. I am not sure how many siblings my grandmother had. She died several years before my birth. I do not even know where John Mulligan was born. I have been trying to find out more about this side of the family. Could you post my inquiry on your site? The names I am interested in are Mulligan, Riddell, Lyon. Thank you. Gail Bebee
April 28, 2008: To whom it may concern, I am researched for some many years to my closest ancestry by the name of MARY BRADLEY. I was told that she was born in AYLWIN, GATINEAU QC. With Francois Lebeau was born at Metabetchewan, Lac St. Jean, Quebec. I am interested into MARY’s parents side . Father was John Bradley & Louise Atchen. this could be a typo maybe. Any help would be appreciated. Maurice Ethier from Timmins, ON November 13, 2008: Hi All, especially Gail; According to the 1852 Census, Canada West, March Township, Carleton County, your John Mulligan was born in March Township, with parents Thomas Mulligan and Ellen Powell, and his siblings James, b. 1836 Ireland, Richard, b. 1838, Goulbourne Township, Elizabeth, b. 1840, March Township, Sarah, b. 1842, March Township, John, b. 1844, March Township, Thomas, b. 1846, March Township and Robert, b. 1848, March Township, and according to the ages of the children John and his family emigrated from Ireland to Canada between 1836 and 1838. ... Ken Armstrong

November 18, 2015 Dear Al Lewis Do you have any information about contacting the ancestors of William and Alvira Derby. I was visiting this page Saint John's In The Wilderness Cemetery, Aylwin, Quebec (Church of England) and see that there is an entry for 11. William Derby 1848 - 1916 His Wife Alvira Shaver 1858 - 1930 On Left Side of this Stone: Ethel 1886 - 1912 Isabella J. 1886 - 1918 On Right Side of this Stone: Edmund 1884 - 1908 aylwin1.htm At the top of the web page mentioned, it states; " For Don, there are a few Derby's in the St. John's Cemetery for your information For your information, the Richard Armstrong and Elizabeth Draper, listed (1) in the St. Andrews Cemetery are my great-grandparents, and the McConnell's are related because my Aunt Mildred Armstrong married Lawrence McConnell, and they are buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery, also I am related to the Begley's (my grandfather's (Archie Armstrong) sister, Rebecca married William Begley, and my grandfather's brother, John Armstrong married Liza Cox, and his sister, Annie married Jack Stanger, so they are all related. Also for Don, the Derby's are also related through the Draper family. " At the bottom of the page is an email listing of several folks to contact, but my email came back - unable to deliver. The reason I am trying to contact you... 201 soldiers rest in Niagara Cemetery where 172 Canadian sleep for eternity and among them George Derby We have started a blog about our journey here: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cansk/surnames/BattleOfIwuy/ Regarding Derby George Pte 256270 WWI 20th Battalion, Central Ontario Regiment 19181011 Born Templeton, Ontario, Canada on May 17, 1895 to William Henry Derby and Alvira (Shaver) of Aylwin, Quebec. Residence Ernfold, Assa, SK, Enlistment Regina, SK, Death Thun-Saint-Martin. Kind Regards Julia Adamson Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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