All Photos Glenda Mahoney
On is the of the oldest cemeteries in Drummond is the Old Drummond Centre Cemetery that is situated on land drawn from the crown in 1816 by Donald McDonald and was deeded to him on march 30,1824.
The Drummond Cemetery. We have always called it the Malloch cemetery. It is very old. 4 generations of Mallochs interred in that beautiful spot. The new monument of the Ross’s was set in place once the site of the lost children was found. They had been buried there before the cemetery was sanctioned ground.
In 1816 at the first site two children were buried in the field, their grave marked by a Hawthorne Tree. Their name was believed to be Ross, as a family by that name squatted there very early and also drew Lot 23 Con. 5 close to the road. At the second site there are at least 2 graves and a third site containing the graves of 3 children is on Lot. 23 Con. 5 close to the road. These were not cemeteries in the official meaning of the word, but the graves of family buried close to home. This was not an uncommon occurrence but there is no doubt there are more such grave sites through the township that have been long forgotten.
When we were children we spent time wandering the cemetery and marvelling at the dates and names. To say we had a reputation as a wild bunch may be true but we were taught from an early age to be very respectful and quiet in the cemetery.
Recently I was at the cemetery just visiting with my nephew Ethan who is 7. We wandered from old stone to old stone while he traced with his little fingers the worn names and dates and I read out to him some of the words we could barely see. We picked wildflowers and distributed them. It made me realize once again how important our past is. Then we walked back to the Farm and spent the rest of the day with family who were very much alive and very noisy. A perfect day.