Unusual Historic Cemeteries

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Precious Corner’s Cemetery is likely one of the oldest cemeteries in Northumberland County. It is located on the Dale Road (Cty Rd 74) just west of the intersection of Burnham Street (Cty Rd 18) from Cobourg. Found on the north side of the road east of the Dale Road Public School, you can be forgiven if you have driven past it a hundred times and never knew it was there. There is a large ornate sign at the entrance labelled ‘Precious Corner’s Cemetery’ but there are no visible grave markers to be seen from the road.

You have to park on the side of the road and walk up to the entrance sign where you will only see a large mound of earth with a few remaining stones laid upon it. The earliest known burial here is that of Joseph’s son William who died February 2, 1844, age 2. The last known burial here was Joseph’s brother Thomas, August 19, 1870, age 82.

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In July, 1836 a Christian Bible Church, only the second in Upper Canada was erected near what is now the cemetery. The church at Precious was known to serve worshipers from Camborne and Bethel Grove as well. The cemetery was established some time later on the Precious farm and was used mostly for family members. For many years, the cemetery laid abandoned. Most of the stones had been lost or destroyed over the years. Because of a church fire there are no records, the exact number of graves or the identities of most of those interred here is unknown.

Sometime in the 1970’s, the Township, likely mandated by new Ontario cemetery regulations that stated “that any abandoned cemetery situated within the boundaries of the municipality shall be the responsibility of the municipality” decided to take ownership of and maintain this site. To their credit they came up with a simple but workable solution. The township had all the stones (but not the remains) removed from the overgrown woods north of the present site laid on top of the large mound of earth you see today.

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Precious Corner’s was once a thriving village. The original Precious home is still in use today as a private residence. On my first visit to this cemetery, the current owner of the original farm house, Gary informed the Ranger, that the Precious family owned and farmed all the land you can see from the cemetery (Lot 21, concession 3). Located here was a blacksmith shop and horse shoes are still frequently unearthed from his yard. There was once a general store, a church and a stage coach stop in the village. Gary also tells me that the original post office was in his house and the wicket window from it is still intact.

The Precious Family interred here: William (1844); Joseph (1850); Mary Ann (1857); Maria (Manly) (1865); Mary (McEvers) (1869); Thomas (1870). Other family members: Jane Eliza Holmes (1855); Robert Manly (1858); Warren Culver (1861) and Sarah Elizabeth Culver (1863).

 

Walker Private Cemetery

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This now unused, old private cemetery is located in Hope Township, Ontario. The three, tall gravestones are very visible in a farm field (Lot 16, Concession 3) on the north side of County Road #2 (opposite #3825) just west of Welcome. There is very little information available of this cemetery other than the names of the Hugh Walker family that are interned here. Today, most of the surviving Walker family members are residing in the Ottawa area. As this cemetery is on private property, permission must be obtained from the property owner or the Walker family to explore the site.

The Walker Family interred here: Hugh (1807); William (1840); James (1867); John (1872); Rose Mary (1872); Mary Ann (O’Dell) (1879) and Mary Johnston (1850).

Regards, Ranger.

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