What a great afternoon! An intrepid crew came out to the Calvinist Cemetery this afternoon and probed for missing stones. Working form a list done in the late 1800’s it had become apparent that we have a dozen or so folks buried in the cemetery that we didn’t have markers for. Sometimes in the past markers have been stolen, but often they just fall over and get covered over, since this cemetery was last active in the 1870’s and was the last to be restored in 2004, it wasn’t surprising that some markers might have been just “lost” to us by toppling. Our team probed the likely areas and discovered two new residents! The write-up is now adjusted for the family of Sarah Goudey, who was a known resident, but now we have the markers for her husband John Wellwood Goudey and their daughter Sarah Adelaide Goudey. It turns out John and his daughter Sarah died almost exactly a month apart in 1865 from typhoid fever, and both markers were found next to Sarah’s existing marker. The photos below show the action as we made the discovery, and the write-up for the family is on Old Stones’ website. Thanks to all those who came out and helped – and now we get to add information to our database.
The Old Beaver River/Port Maitland Cemeteries
The Old Beaver River and Port Maitland Cemeteries Preservation Society has been working on the construction of a website that will not only inform all of our progress in maintaining and preserving the cemeteries themselves, but we are also interested in the educational aspects of the old cemeteries, including biographies of the residents and genealogical information about the families. To that end, we have created a list of each of the residents and have provided a link to each resident that will bring up their own unique “page”. On this Virtual Burying Ground website will be displayed the marker in the cemetery associated with the resident and biographical and genealogical information where known about each person.
You may access individual residents by clicking on Residents or Removals in the black bar above. This will bring you to a list that links you to that person’s individual information site.
To view background about the residents list, our sources and their abbreviations scroll to the bottom of the Residents page.
There are three cemeteries the Society has been working on – Founders Cemetery, Free Will Baptist Cemetery and the Calvinist Baptist Cemetery. The Residents list is alphabetical for the residents in any of the cemeteries, and each cemetery has a plot map and some information on our website. You may see this information by clicking on the Home button and then scrolling across the black bar at the top of this page.
We are very interested in receiving feedback, comment for questions about our efforts. Please feel free to e-mail us or leave a note below.