The Old Burying Ground — Perth

The Old Burying Ground — Perth



Author’s Note-There is a double gate on Brock Street with a post of list of people buried. The burial stone of Robert Lyon who died on June 13,1833 is found in the centre near a big maple tree. The Catholics are buries along Craig Street, the Protestants in the centre and the Presbyterians along Brock Street. ( Lanark County Genealogical Society)


Photo from Perth Remembered



 Pioneer Cemetery
Also known as: Craig Street Cemetery, Old Burying Ground from

On the 4th of July 1819 the Rev. Wm. Bell, the Presbyterian minister at Perth, recorded that he reported to a meeting of church members that the Government had granted his request for a non-denominational burial ground for the members of the Rideau Military Settlement.

Though the deed for this 4 acre plot was not formalized until 1821 the site was used for burials as early as 1817. The earliest date of death on a monument is for George Gray who died on the 10th of March, 1817 and the earliest recorded burial by Rev. Bell is that of Duncan McNaughton on the 10th of February the same year. Anecdotal evidence from the Catholic Priest Abbe de La Mothe also supports that this site may have been used for burials in 1817 and possibly earlier.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal05 Jun 1937, SatPage 16

The Cemetery is divided into 3 parts; the South half bordering Brock Street, for the Presbyterians; the middle 1/4 for the Anglicans and; the South 1/4 bordering Craig St. for the Catholics with a portion on the west part of the Catholic section purportedly used by the Anglicans but most of the monuments at this end are of members of the Catholic faith.

In 1843 the Methodists in Perth established their own burial grounds, The Old Methodist Burying Ground or, as it is now known, St. Paul’s United Church Cemetery, a few blocks South on Robinson Street.

By 1869 this cemetery was getting crowded and the Town Council elected to close the cemetery to the sale of new lots but burials continued up to the 1990s.
In 1872 non-denominational Elmwood Cemetery opened North of town along the present-day Highway 7 and St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery opened East of this cemetery on the 8th Line of Drummond. After these two new cemeteries opened many of those interred in this and the Old Methodist Burying Ground were moved, with their monuments, to the new cemeteries as other family members passed.

All recorded burials from the start of records in 1823 until 1872 for the Catholic Parish in Perth have had memorials created here unless evidence of burial at a newer cemetery has been found. Likewise, as burials from the Presbyterian and Anglican Congregations up to 1872 are found they will have memorials created here.

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

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