Early Cemeteries in Ottawa / Bytown and Hull / Gatineau
Ontario and Quebec

December 31, 2010:

The first Christian Church in the Ottawa, Canada area St. James Church in Hull, Quebec, Canada, 1823 Source: Faith of Our Fathers: The Story of the (Anglican) Diocese of Ottawa, page 16 St. James Church in Hull, Quebec, Canada, 1823
November 10, 2004: Good morning. At Bytown Museum in an audio-visual it is mentioned that there was a military cemetery on Barrack's Hill. The spot is also shown on a map on the wall (second floor). However, when I tried to get more information concerning this cemetery, I was told that some time ago the museum gave all of its documentation to the City of Ottawa Archives. Nothing on the old military cemetery on Barrack's Hill turned up during a search at the Archives. Do you happen to have any information or ducumentation on the old, old cemeteries of Bytown, especially the one at Barrack's Hill? According to the gentleman at the Bytown Museum, even civilians were buried there ... and maybe also all along the Rideau Canal since in those days they immediately buried the dead where they died. Also, do you have any information on the cemeteries on Elgin and Queen (1829) and the four cemeteries on Wurtemburg (1844 to 1878) that Mr Lucien Brault mentionned in his book, "Ottawa Old and New"? According to Mme Georgette Lamoureux, author of "Bytown - 1826 -1855," in the early days of Bytown, the dead were transferred to Wrightstown for burial. Can you help me with this? Any information you can provide me with would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your assistance. Aliette Lavoie ______________________________ Good Morning: Thanks for your e-mail regarding early cemeteries in the Ottawa area, particularly the one on Barrack's Hill. I have heard that this cemetery existed but I'll have to look through some of my material to see if I can find the reference. By the 1820's, there was a burial ground for Protestants on the Hull side (St. James Anglican Church) and I believe that most of the early Anglican settlers, both from Hull and Bytown were buried there. The settlers on the Hull side included Methodists, Congregationalists from the U.S. as well as Presbyterians. Philomen Wright was originally a Congregationalist but became Anglican here. His wife, who was more religious than he was, attended various Protestant churches (see Bruce Elliott's article "The Famous Township of Hull" which is listed at www.bytown.net/bibliog.htm According to the records of Notre Dame on Sussex Drive, the Roman Catholics were buring their dead at a cemetery in Sandy Hill by 1837. I believe that this cemetery was at the site of St. Joseph's Church where the University of Ottawa is today. Later, Catholics and Protestants were buried in the cemetery on Wurtemburg Street; later still, Notre Dame Cemetery and Beechwood Cemetery were opened up, I think during the 1870's. The 1829 cemetery at Elgin and Queen was probably on property belonging to Nicholas Sparks who later donated land for the Anglican Church (now Christ Church Cathedral) a couple of blocks south of todays National Archives building. Sorry I haven't been able to give you any new information but I will have a look later this week for the reference to the old cemetery on Barrack's Hill. It may have been in a book I have based on Colonel By's papers. Thanks again for your interesting e-mail. ... Al _________________ (more) Hello again: Here are just a few records which show some early settlements in this area. The records are from Notre Dame. There were quite large settlements at Hog's Back and at all of the lock stations on the Rideau Canal and there must have been burials at most of them. 24 Oct 1831 After three publication of banns, marriage of Pierre Minault from Hogsback and Marguerite Cyr from Sandy Hill, Bytown Witnesses: Peter Beard, Francois Cyr and Marie Louise Minault M. Lalor, Priest 29 Aug 1837 Burial in the R.C. Cemetery of Sandy Hill, ? Fitzgerald who died yesterday, aged about 30 yrs. Source: Ellen Paul's Notre Dame records Tomorrow I'll have a look further in my books and papers and see what else I can find on the early cemeteries and will set up a new page with both of our e-mail addresses. This is interesting. ... Al __________________ Good afternoon. Many thanks for the information that you provided. I was not aware that there had been a cemetery in Sandy Hill, on the lot were is St-Joseph Church now. This is most interesting. It would be very much appreciated if you can search some of your books or records by Colonel By. Also, by all means, do not hesitate to open a new page regarding all of the early cemeteries of Bytown (including Barrack's Hill) and post it on your web site. It is ok to show my e-mail address. I would not be a bit surprised if someone else has useful information; therefore, we all can share this information. If I'm ever in a position to help someone who is doing a search, I'll be glad to do so. As far as Mme Georgette Lamoureux is concerned, she wrote 5 books on the French-Canadians' involvement with Bytown and Ottawa. The first one is "Bytown 1826-1855". You will find all five books at the Ottawa Public Library. Mr Brault's books can be found at the Public Library as well. Aliette (Lavoie) ______________________ Good evening, Late this afternoon, I received some information from the Library at Carleton University. I was told to check Mr. Bruce S. Elliott's book The City Beyond - A History of Nepean, Birthplace of Canada's Capital, 1792-1990, which was written and published for Nepean's 200th anniversary in 1992. Lucky me, last Friday I had borrowed this book from the Ottawa Public Library and here is what I found at page 89 regarding the little cemetery on Sandy Hill. "... A Mr Read had built a house opposite the end of Cumberland Street, obstructing its extension until he agreed to move the building. Louis T. Besserer had let an acre of land to the Catholic Church for a burial ground in 1830, but the graveyard blocked the extension of Gloucester (Friel) Street onto his property. Stewart refused to intervene out of fear that he would be accused of sectarian motives (for he was a pillar of St. Andrew's Church and a principal figure of Bytown's "Scottish mafia" and urged Besserer to come to an amicable resolution. The dispute threatened to come to court several times but was enventually settled and a new burial ground was opened in 1839 adjacent to the Protestant ground at the foot of Barracks Hill. 49" Chapter 3, Footnote 49 reads as follows: NA, Stewart letterbook, nos 304, 379, 601, 685, 688; the first burial "in the new Cemetery" was that of John Vaughan on 30 July 1839: register of Notre-Dame RC Church. Aliette Lavoie _______________ Aliette: This is the reference I was looking for. Thanks, ... Al
February 24, 2005: St.James Anglican at the top of the hill on Taché seems to be the 2nd graveyard that they had. I remember reading about burials "at the lower graveyard" so I'm not sure if this meant possibly at the bottom of the hill (where St-Joseph meets Taché) or some other "lost" location. I know it's lost because I have a number of ancestors in it wherever it is! Dennis Guertin (see posting dated February 24, 2005 on the Moore family page)
March 4, 2005: I just came across this. I knew there was a cemetery by the lower part of the rideau canal but i thought that this was primarily for workers on the canal and military personnel. when at the end of its time, not sure of the date but the bodies were moved to sandy hill while doing my searches for the same thing years ago I found a cemetery that is located just off of Cobourg street in Ottawa My great great grandfather purchased one of the first plots in Notre Dame in 1872/1873 so he could move his neice there because sandy hill was condemned it comprised of 4 denominations. I have names and dates someplace that I retrieved from the ottawa archives for in the minutes of said city in 19?? they decided to take a census of the people in this cemetery that were not claimed and before they bulldozed this cemetery into the grounds. I believe they are in the minutes of the city of ottawa not sure what year but i have the records somewhere and the info on how to retrieve these. thanks Wayne Laverdure ___________________ also posted on March 4, 2005, from Dennis Guertin: A lot has already been done on the Quebec side of the river! I'd point you to: Title : Bellevue cemetery, Aylmer, Québec, vol. I Author : Jowsey, Joan Publisher : Bellevue Cemetery, c1986 I stroll thru' Bellevue every now and then; my great-grandfathers there (1885) and my aunt was interred there. Here's something else: Mrs.Jowsey mentioned above was my grade two teacher! Bellevue was also one time called the Conroy Cemetery, if I remember correctly. St.James, I still believe consisted of two graveyards, a lower and upper and only DNA testing will change my mind. As you enter St.James there's a little hut on the right and the foundation of this hut is built with older gravestones which fell over or became displaced, etc. So there's unmarked graves there one of which may contain my ancestor but who knows? I also know early gravemarkers were made of wood so 200 years of wear and tear will gaurantee they're gone. The upshot of it all is: I have ancestors who died in 1815 that the St.James register states they buried. The earliest stones I can read in St.James are in the 1880's. So officially opened or not, they were burying people somewhere before the 1820 opening you reference, Aliette. The St.Paul's cemetery is where we laid my Dad and from him I learned that there used to be a cemetery directly to the east of the St.Paul's Church. This is now the church parking lot. Further west there is a small private graveyard of the Edey family on a road/street off the Eardley Road right at Pink's nursery. Finally, on the topic, the Redemptorist Fathers seminary had it's own graveyard on their property probably just where the relatively new Symmes School is on North Street. Scott Naylor has an excellent site on grave markers at: (now run by Murray Pletsch) http://www.gravemarkers.ca/index.htm Good luck! Dennis Guertin ________________________________________________ Wayne: Do you mind if I post your e-mails to the web site? ... Al ____________________________ and more info from Wayne: Yes you do what you feel is right. This cemetery map that i have is dated October 20 1859 and is titled Plan of part of Lower Town Ottawa it is bordered by Coubourg street and Wurtemberg Street with Charlotte Street running through the middle I know that Charlotte Street is no longer there through the park but does exist on the other side the Roman Catholic part is closest to Cobourg street next to it is the Wesleyan Methodist cemetery then the Prespyterian part and last but not least bordering on Wurtemberg Street was the Episcopalian / Anglican Cemetery. If you find further info would you please let me know. By the way i have all the names of the stones that they ploughed under with dates and spouses thanks Wayne
March 9, 2005: Thanks to Wayne for a copy of this diagram of the old cemetery in Sandy Hill: (Source: City of Ottawa Archives, City Council Meeting in 1888)
Old Sandy Hill Cemetery
March 21, 2005: See scanned images of the transcriptions of persons buried in the Old Sandy Hill Cemetery.
October 21, 2005:
Cemetery in Nepean on Greenbank Road, South of Hunt Club Road
Hi Al: Do you have any information on the small cemetery on the East side of the Greenbank Road about one thousand feet south of Hunt Club Road. It has been ploughed over and cultivated for over forty years, since the N.C.C. bought the farm. I was told by neighbours, years ago, that there was approximately eight people buried there. There was never any headstone on it. The former owner of the farm never cultivated that small corner. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks ... Ed _________________________ Hi Ed: Thanks for your e-mail. Sorry it's taken so long for me to reply. I was not aware of the early cemetery on the east side of Greenbank, south of Hunt Club. I drive by there often -- I think that the field to which you refer has been used for growing pumpkins during the last few years. You've probably also seen the large herd of deer across Greenbank Road. They have a nice forested area for shelter and are adjacent to the Agriculture Canada cornfields. Nice life. Someone has borrowed my book of old maps of the Ottawa area and when I get it back, I'll check and see who owned that farm on Greenbank. Do you mind if I add your e-mail to our web site? Maybe someone will have some info for us. Please let me know. Thanks again for this. ... Al ______________________ Hi Al: Please feel free to use my e-mail address on your web site,( Ed.j.brennan@rogers.com) The owner of the farm on Greenbank Rd. was Foster Greer. I spoke to his brother about 10 years ago and he remembered stories of an 8 year old child being buried there. I lived on the Greenbank Road just west of that location until 1960. Thanks ... Ed.
November 17, 2005: Here we go: So many people succumbed to the 1828 malaria epidemic that a half-acre plot of land between the present Metcalfe and Elgin Streets, in the vicinity of Queen and Sparks Streets, had to be cleared and designated as Bytown's first civilian cemetery. (1) (1) Page 101 in Bytown: The Early Days of Ottawa (Mika Press, 1982).
December 12, 2005: Folks: Just was browsing along and came upon your conversation about the old cemeteries near Wurtemburg. The drawing shows them as they were laid out in roughly the 1840s. There were four, side by side: Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Wesleyan Methodist and Presbyterian. A group of us has been working with the City for several years to update and restore Macdonald Gardens, a city park on the site of the old cemeteries. FYI, here is the wording of a plaque we had placed in the park as part of an entrance feature the city constructed at the corner of Tormey and Charlotte in around 2003: "Between 1845 and 1873, the Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Wesleyan Methodist and Roman Catholic churches operated the Sandy Hill cemeteries on this site. The cemeteries fell into disrepair after they ceased operating in the early 1870's. Between that time and 1909, a number of remains were moved to the new Beechwood and Notre Dame Cemeteries. In 1912, the Ottawa Improvement Commission, now the National Capital Commission, began creating a park on the site, and covered over the remaining graves. The park was designed by one of Canada's first landscape architects, Frederick G. Todd. At the same time, the park was officially named for Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister. However, many in the area still referred to it as Borden Park, after Sir Robert Borden, Prime Minister between 1911-1920, who lived in a residence overlooking the park from Wurtemburg Street. The park, with its beautiful gardens, wading pool, stone summer house and proximity to the Borden house, was a well known Ottawa landmark. Local residents now enjoy a variety of activities in Macdonald Gardens' urban setting." On the plaque are a copy of the drawing of the cemeteries, a 1920's photo of the stone summer house, complete with tile roof, aerial shots of the park from 1959 and 1998, and a photo of Sir John A. Macdonald. In doing the research for the plaque, I discovered that in the 1840's many of the remains of people who had been buried in Barrack's Hill cemetery, near the corner of Elgin and Sparks Streets, were moved to Sandy Hill. These new cemeteries were put here, 'way beyond what were then the city limits (!) of Bytown, on land that was then owned by the British Army. A group of prominent citizens at the time commissioned the British government to allow the use of the land for cemeteries, and the cemeteries were operated by the four churches. For the next 30 years, through an ever-increasing number of epidemics of infectious diseases such as cholera, typhus and smallpox, the cemeteries served Bytown/Ottawa. Around 1873-1874, Ottawa was spreading in the direction of Sandy Hill and large houses were being built closer to the cemeteries. Nevertheless, the site of today's Strathcona Park had just been converted to the Dominion Rifle Range (my father took rifle practice there prior to WW1 when he was a high school cadet!). The cemeteries had been filled by this time, largely due to the most recent outbreak of smallpox in 1874, and there as no more room for graves (anecdotal evidence suggests there were more than 1000 graves in the cemeteries by this time). Families were asked to claim the ermines of their relatives to be moved to the new cemeteries, but many remained unclaimed, and the cemeteries languished, not operational, but not put to other uses yet: newspaper articles of the time cite coffins unearthed, cows grazing on the land and citizens scavenging fencing. As early as 1875 a petition to the city to make the cemeteries into a park was accepted, but nothing was done until 1911, when Todd was hired to design a park on the site. Headstones and remains that had been left on the site were buried, and the names and inscriptions that could be read (many of the original markers had deteriorated, being made of wood) were read into the minutes of the city council as a way of honouring the memory of those who remained...this is the booklet quoted earlier, and it resides in both the Ottawa Archives and the Ottawa Room of the Ottawa Public Library. The area also became a precinct for hospitals: Carleton County Protestant Hospital (first established in 1851 and then enlarged in 1871 -- it is still extant as "Wallis House" and it houses 48 loft condominiums); Lady Stanley Institute for Trained Nurses (1891) and its associated Maternity Hospital (1894)- these were both on Rideau Street on the west and east sides of Wurtemburg, respectively; Children's Hospital (1888 - the present-day Turkish Embassy); Grey Nun's Fever Hospital (1879 on Cobourg Street); and the Strathcona Hospital (replaced the Fever Hospital which was torn down in 1879 - it is on the hill to the south, where the current Sandringham Apartments now are). Just a final note: The City of Ottawa is proposing badly-needed renovations to the roof of the stone summer house, and we are trying to raise money so that the roofing material can be the original tiles; as well, the original weather vane, which still exists, will be restored. We need to raise about $17,000 for this project, on the premise that we will be able to get matching funding through a city grant program. I would be happy to hear from anyone who would like to make a donation to this project, no matter how small: Mary Anne Sharpe, Friends of Macdonald Gardens, 562-4570; email: asmmas@sympatico.ca. I believe any donations will be eligible to receive tax receipts.....Please also feel free to come and visit Macdonald Gardens, bounded by Charlotte, Tormey, Heney, Wurtemburg and Cobourg Streets. Mary Anne Note: There is a photo of the summer house at Macdonald Gardens in the 1920's.

February 13, 2008: Thanks to Mary Cox for the following:

More information about Early Cemeteries

Until 1828 the dead had to be ferried across the Ottawa River and buried on the Hull, Quebec side, but in that year so many deaths occurred amongst the canal workers that half an acre of land between what are now Elgin and Metcalfe Streets (in the neighbourhood of Sparks and Queen Streets) was cleared and fenced in with a stockade of stout cedar posts about ten feet high, sharpened at the upper end, spiked to longitudinal stringers about two feet from the ground, and further secured by bands of strap-iron nailed to them two feet from the top. This enclosed ground was divided into three parts; furnishing a “Graveyard” apiece for Presbyterians, Anglicans and Roman Catholics. Later on John Burrows established a fourth for the Methodists, but only a few bodies were ever buried there. By 1844 these cemeteries extended south and west so as to cover the ground enclosed by Sparks, Elgin, Albert and Metcalfe Streets. An old map of the city shows that in 1842 the Roman Catholics had a cemetery at the south-east corner of Rideau and Cumberland Streets. In 1845 Major F.R. Thompson directed Thomas Burrowes “to survey the New Burial Grounds”; a short distance north of Rideau Street, and bounded by Heney, Wurtemburg, Tormey and Cobourg Streets. The Roman Catholic and Wesleyan cemeteries were between Cobourg and Charlotte Streets, and the Presbyterian and Episcopalian between Charlotte and Wurtemburg Streets. In 1872 the Beechwood and Notre Dame cemeteries were established outside the city limits, practically all bodies were removed from all the old cemeteries, and the one laid out in 1845 were converted into a beautiful ten acre park now known as Macdonald Gardens. During the eighty-five year period between 1827 and 1912, the Sappers Bridge connected Rideau Street, first with “the foot-path that curved round the base of Barrack Hill and the Old Graveyard to the corner of Wellington and Bank Streets,” and since 1849 with the east end of Sparks Street. This information was taken from a book I have called, Ottawa Past and Present by A.H.D. Ross, published in 1927. ... Mary Cox
February 21, 2008: Hi Al I found this map this morning in a book called Looking Back, Pioneers of Bytown and March by Naomi Slater Heydon. The map is based on a Plan of Bytown by Lieutenant White, R.E. Feb. 24, 1842. Cemeteries are shown including one on Barracks Hill. Also I remember someone looking for an early map that showed Isaac Firth’s Tavern – it is also included on the map. ... Mary (keywords for search engine: Isaac Firth, Charles Sparrow, Chitty, Sparks, McLachlin, Thompson and Perkins, Major Bolton, New Edinburgh, Besserer (Sandy Hill) 1842 map of Bytown
March 1, 2008: Hi Al, I was going through yet another family file and I found the attached. In case you are not able to read it the most important fact as far as I am concerned is: “The first recorded burial here was that of Mrs. Berry, mother-in-law of Isaac Firth of Bytown, 1820. The last name was that of John Roger Billings in 1961. A Billings child, Cynthia, died in 1818; she was probably buried down by the river’s edge at the original family settlement site. There are thought to be about 20 family graves, and many more marked and unmarked, in the section devoted to Billings Bridge families. The graveyard was vandalized in the late 1960s. Final decisions have yet to be made as to its future appearance. Al, I remember reading in one of my books that Andrew Berry had a sister and that Isaac Firth had married her. I don’t really know if that is true. ... Mary Cox (other names for search engine: Berry, Bradish Billings, Charles Murray, Maria Murray, Amelia Traveller) Billings Cemetery
March 7, 2008: Hi Al Thanks for the reply. Aliette and I had corresponded several times a few years ago by e-mail and phone concerning our cemetery here in Ashton and also about several graves relocated from the old Presbyterian church in the village. I am also the Anglican priest here in the village. You can add me to the Old Cemeteries page. I have some limited knowledge and some interest in the area. My family, both paternal and maternal are buried in the United Cemeteries near Carleton Place. Jim
Anglican Church and Cemetery at Ashton, Ontario Ashton, Ontario, Anglican Church and Cemetery
For some parishioners in the early 1800's, their previous church in Ireland may have been St. Michael's in County Wicklow.
August 5, 2009:
The following image describes the location of the first cemetery in Bytown. Source: Ottawa, Past and Present, by A.H.D. Ross, M.A., M.F. Ottawa, Thorburn and Abbott, 1927 Early Cemeteries in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Hull, Quebec

August 17, 2009: New e-mail address for Mary Cox: bytownmary@hotmail.com
October 15, 2009: Hi Al I was reading about the Old Cemeteries. I was sent the attached info for the Bellevue Cemetery (Conroy). I also have about 3-4 pages listing the placements of the grave markers for the Maltese Cross if you would like them. John _______________________________ Hi John: Thanks very much for this interesting early material. Here is just the first paragraph:
Bellevue Cemetery, Aylmer Road, Aylmer, Quebec Bellevue Cemetery, Aylmer Road, Aylmer, Quebec
I've added your entire information to a new web page at www.bytown.net/bellevuecemetery.htm. ... Al
December 12, 2009: My friend Bill Livingstone designed and had an engraving done in honour of his late wife, Olive. In many of the pioneer cemeteries in Ontario, you will see Celtic Cross type grave markers. They are seldom used nowadays because of the intricate work required for their construction. Here is the one which Bill designed and had constructed in Ontario. Bill was born in County Wexford, Ireland. His wife was born in neighbouring County Wicklow. On the left is Bill's original design; next is the final work, transferred to stone. Next is a photo of a typical Celtic Cross tombstone in County Wexford. On the far right is a picture of a simpler celtic cross, erected for my Great Grandparents, James Burns (Irish Catholic, and my Great Grandmother, Ann Robb (Scottish Presbyterian) at Our Lady of the Visitation cemetery at South Gloucester. There are many of these Celtic Crosses in cemeteries in the Ottawa area, most often found in Irish Catholic settlements. However, I believe that the Celtic Cross is primarily a reflection of the ancient Celtic ethnic group, and not of a particular religion. ... Al

Modern Celtic Cross picture Celtic Cross of James Burns and Ann Robb

January 14, 2010: Are you still looking for people possibly buried in St Philip Neri Cemetery in Toledo, Ont? I am the secretary\treasurer and also have the documentation as to who is buried where. regards, Luke Healey
January 25, 2010:
The Historic Merivale Cemetery Source: Ottawa Citizen Archives, March 14, 1959:
Merivale Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Read the complete article in the Ottawa Citizen of March 14, 1959
Keywords: John Cole, Merivale Cemetery, Nepean, Arthur Hopper, Tipperary
April 12, 2010:
If the Celtic Cross grave stone was the preferred marker for the graves of Irish Catholics, the Scotch Presbyterians preferred a tall, slender, tapering stone as seen in the photo below of the Elmview Cemetery in Kars, Ontario, North Gower Township. Sometimes these markers taper to a point at the top; sometimes they are crowned with a symbol of an urn at the top. Elmview Presbyterian Cemetery at Kars, Ontario, Canada

April 13, 2010: The McKay family was prominent in the founding of Beechwood National Cemetery in New Edinburgh.
June 19, 2010: There are two old cemeteries located on Albion Road in Ottawa's south end. See the Johnston Cemetery, discussed on our Gloucester web page. The main surnames in this cemetery are Johnston, Gamble, Goth, Moodie, Fenton and Caldwell. Another cemetery, this one attached to St. Thomas D'Aquin RC church on Kilborn Avenue, is also located on Albion Road. Recently, we've had some discussion between Jim McKenna, Michael Daley and myself regarding this cemetery. Mike Daley writes: Hi all. St. Thomas d'Aquinas cemetery on Albion road is now called St. Bernard cemetery. There are a number of Irish families of earlier times buried there some of our Osgoode people are buried there, with names like Blanchfield, Dewan. Gleeson. Bowes from Bowesville, and other's Finn, Doherty, O'Brien, Two of our Fox girls, married into the well known Henry ," families, Leahy -.Finnerty belonged in that parish. You will find the cemetery under ,Ottawa East ," Ottawa Area Grave Marker" (Scott Naylor's web site). Jim, there is an old saying," If at first you don't succeed,Try, and Try, again, you succeeded, in your search for Father Barry, Michael Daley
May 18, 2011:
Horse-drawn hearse owned by Clark Hoople of Glengarry County, Ontario, Canada Photo Source: Maxville - Its Centennial Story, page 139 Horse-drawn hearse owned by Clark Hoople of Glengarry County, Ontario, Canada

August 17, 2011: Hi Al I am currently reading Lower Town Ottawa by Michael Newton and I want to quote this from the book: "The expense for removal of corpses refers to a small graveyard that existed between the canal and what is now Elgin Street and which was relinguished when Nicholas Sparks received the return of his land from the Ordnance in 1849 and Wellington Street was opened." The man who was paid to remove the corpses was David Bourgeois he was also a high constable. In reading The Ottawa Story by Harry Walker I discovered the following: "In 1845 Thomas Burrowes surveyed "the new Burial Grounds." Prior to that, Bytown's burial land was in a palisaded enclosure between Sparks and Albert Streets, near Elgin. The new cemetery was located north of Rideau Street and bounded by Heney, Wurtemburg, Tormey & Cobourg. I remember reading that the Protestant General Hospital was located near here and that this cemetery was closed near the turn of the century because people believed that the land was contaminated and that it was therefore a threat to the hospital. When the Beechwood Cemetery opened in 1872 it was outside the city limits. Mary Cox
October 26, 2011: Hi everyone, I grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s very close to the area were the Hopkins family once had lived. I remember playing in their family graveyard. The main tombstone was inscribed “William Hopkins”. The graveyard was located on Ogilvy road about 500 meters East of Gloucester High school. In those days Ogilvy road was a dead end that went straight through and ended were it would intersect Jasmine Crescent today. This is where the graveyard was located. For anyone interested I included a google map of the actual location. (see the red A) When the land was sold, the bodies were moved to the Pinecrest cemetery in the western part of the city. I also included newspaper clipping that gives some detail. ... Lou Bouchard
Hopkins Cemetery Map - Gloucester Township, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Hopkins Cemetery Newspaper Clipping - Gloucester Township, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

June 13, 2012: Some of the earliest cemeteries in the Ottawa area are the Hazeldean Cemeteries where the 1819 Talbot Settlers put down roots. Most of the burials in the old cemetery on Young Road (part of Kanata), are for persons born in the 1700's.
December 10, 2013: not sure if you saw the above news video or not - thought it was very interesting. Would be interesting to find out the names of the gravesites they have found. ... Mary Quinn http://www.theloop.ca/news/ctvnews/national/article/-/a/2966214/Work-crews-uncover-a-historic-burial-site-in-downtown-Ottawa Mary and Michael: Thanks for this! I would bet dollars to doughnuts that this early burial site is for the Irish and French Catholics who died during the major cholera epidemic which occurred in 1832 in Bytown. At that time the Anglicans were normally buried in Hull at St. James cemetery however the Catholics were buried here on Queen Street. The Priests from Notre Dame Cathedral were overwhelmed by the number of deaths which occurred and the bodies were hastily buried. I have the early records of the cholera deaths and as the weeks rolled along in 1832, it is obvious that the priests became stressed in trying to keep up with their work. The death registrations become more and more sparse and briefer as the time went on that summer. Hold the 'phone. Signe, one of the archivists from the City of Ottawa Archives believes that there was an old Methodist cemetery at that location. I'm now thinking that this cemetery was similar to the old Sandy Hill Cemetery located at what today is McDonald Gardens. There the Methodists, Presbyterians and Roman Catholics each had their own section in the cemetery. The first cholera death occurred on June 23, 1832. The victim was a thirty-three year old woman. ...Al
December 29, 2013: The Centretown News, dated October 11, 2013 contains an article about human remains being discovered during excavation along Queen Street. February 28, 2014: Here is an update on what is happening with the burial plots discovered on Queen Street last September:
Update on early cemetery on Queen Street in Ottawa, Canada

December 17, 2014: We have started a new web page for Early Funeral Parlours and Memorial Engravers in the Ottawa, Canada area.
March 2, 2015: If you are looking for photographs of individual grave markers , check out the Canadian Headstone Photo Project.
March 17, 2015: Here is a terrific book for researching the pioneer cemeteries in the Gatineau Valley: A Place Apart, A Search for the Pioneer Cemeteries of the Lower Gatineau Valley, by Norma Geggie, 1999, Chesley House Publications, Quyon, Quebec, ISBN 0-9693580-6-7.
April 7, 2016: Important notice about the pioneer cemetery in downtown Ottawa. See Barrack Hill Cemetery.
New Here is an interesting story from the Ottawa Citizen about an abandoned cemetery in Gatineau. The burials are of several pioneer families such as the Barber, Fraser and Langford families. Abandoned Cemetery in Gatineau. Some of these family members married into descendants of Philomen Wright.

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