Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Harbour Breton tombstones, and moving graves in Argentia

I've a couple cemetery-related gems today. HFNL board member Doug Wells sent me a few snaps of historic tombstones from the oldest cemetery in Harbour Breton (Church of England). I've posted them below. One of the oldest markers is the slate gravestone of Sarah Chapman (1769-1831), the final photo posted here.

Also, new on Memorial's Digital Archives Initiative is this intriguing map of the new cemetery built to house remains exhumed as part of the construction of the United States Air Force Base at Argentia during World War II.  I don't know much about that story, but it sounds intriguing! If you know more about it, send me an email at  The list of names includes some fascinating entries, including "Young Man from the Plot of Richard Healy" and "Teresa Sampson (Mistaken for another person by relatives)" and "Michael Smith - Age 80 & Another Body out of same Plot under Big Rose Bush." I'd love to know the story of Teresa!

1 comment:

Rick said...

Does anyone have a picture of this Church of England Oldest Cemetery in Harbour Breton from the front? It might be the one I am looking for. I am trying to locate a Joseph Haggett who died on 25th of September 1891. The front area shows a very old wooden entrance gate that you walk under. It is near the water at the end of a old road. Need Help RIck In Ontario.