The History of Long and Brier Islands

Island’s Marked and Unmarked Graves

by | Oct 2, 2021 | Central Grove, churches, Freeport, graveyards, people, Tiverton | 0 comments

When I started going through my information that I had gathered up for the blog “Marked and Unmarked Graves of Long & Brier Island” I started thinking of how long people have been here on the Islands. I know the Mi’kmaq have been here for over 2500 years, and there must have been a lot of deaths here in that time. They would have buried their dead here. I also thought of the early settlers that came here in the late 1700’s. Our marked graves started when our first churches were started and that was about 1839 or so, and our oldest marked graveyard was started in 1839. So, there is a lot of years with unmarked graves.

The unmarked graves that Rev. Walter Greenwood told us about in his “History of Freeport” tells us about some unmarked at houses with 1934 names. David Teed went to the Registry of Deeds in Lawrencetown and found the current owners. I needed to know if these were indeed graveyards.      

I decided that I needed help, and for this I needed someone that could dowse grave sites. Dowsing is being done all over our country now, whether it looking for graves, water and minerals. Dowsing has been done in Europe for thousands of years. I knew Charlie and Jennifer Thibodeau had been doing this for nearly three years in the valley. There were looking for Acadian and Native graves. They have uncovered numerous graves. I asked them to help me and they agreed. There is graves exactly where Rev. Walter Greenwood had said.

The unmarked graves that I have included in this blog are graves that Rev. Greenwood had mentioned. We found other graves but are keeping them anonymous to protect the land owners concerned about depreciation of their land. I think no matter where you live in our country today you will come up with the same problem.

I have assigned civic numbers (as close to the number as can be calculated) to the locations, so that locations will not be lost due to change in land ownership.

Island’s Marked & Unmarked Graves

Below is marked and unmarked graves of Long & Brier Island. Early settlers were buried on their properties and not recorded. I have marked where the ones that have been recorded and to as close as can be determined the spot I have placed the reference numbers. I am only updating marked and unmarked graves with the locations as to the locations named in Rev. Walter Greenwoods book. I ask if any of the readers to contact me if anyone knows where others are buried. There is some links to look up graves under some of the graveyards. These links only show marked graves (the ones with stones) there are others there in unmarked graves. Sorry about the pop ups on these links.

Westport Cemeteries


1

Westport Hilltop Cemetery

Lighthouse Road

Hilltop Cemetery-Westport (rootsweb.com)


2

Pea Jack Road Cemetery

Pea Jack Road

Memorials in Pea Jack Road Cemetery – Find A Grave


3

Woodside Cemetery

Lighthouse Road

Memorials in Woodside Cemetery – Find A Grave


4

Westport Cemetery

Pea Jack Road

Memorials in Westport Cemetery – Find A Grave


Freeport Cemeteries

5

Freeport Brookside Cemetery

 # 4 Lover Lane

Freeport Brookside Cemetery (rootsweb.com)

Slide Show Brookside Cemetery

Brookside Cemetery (rootsweb.com)


6

Freeport Hilltop Cemetery

#411 Highway 217

Oldest Marked Graveyard in Freeport (Started 1839)

Freeport Hilltop Cemetery (rootsweb.com)

Slide-Show Hill Top Cemetery

Freeport Hilltop Cemetery (rootsweb.com)


7

Freeport Valley Cemetery

#524 Highway 217

In 1870 the Valley Cemetery was opened

Freeport Valley Cemetery (rootsweb.com)

Slide-Show Valley Cemetery

Freeport Valley Cemetery (rootsweb.com)


8

Catholic Burying Grounds

#88 Highway 217

Donated by Mr. H. Morgan

(at the top of his field) Rev. W. Greenwood(not known if anyone is buried there)


9

Freeport Pioneer Cemetery

#181 Water St.

(name given by John Thurber when doing research on the Cemetery)

Rev. Greenwood “About fifty people buried immediately west of Lloyd Blackford’s house

(Dennis & Barb Lewis house 2021)


10

Near the Brook in Samuel Youngs field (ICS School area)

#75 Over Cove Road

In 1961 when excavating for the new consolidated school in the field of Samuel Young, the workers came across human bones. Work was stop and Islanders wanted a different location for the school. A petition was passed around and signed by Island residents to have the location changed.

Rev. Walter R. Greenwood’s book “History of Freeport”

Digby Courier: Sept. 21st 1961

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

 There are many reasons why the site for the Long Island schools should be changed. Perhaps the outstanding one is the unhealthy condition of the site that has been chosen.

 This site was formerly a cemetery. It is recorded as such it the History of Freeport and also is known and vouched for by the older residents of Freeport. Reports are that recently, while drilling there for water to be used for drinking purposes that they struck old coffin materials. Sometime ago while plowing in this field, bones were uncovered. Also Tetanus germs are said to be lurking there, as a few years back a man died from these germs picked up there. Finally a bad swamp surrounds the area. Doesn’t all this add up to being a most unhealthy spot to build a school.

It doesn’t seem possible that the Municipal School Board, Board of Health and other officials could close their eyes and give the “go-ahead” to build in such a terrible spot. To ask the question would they want their children to drink water coming from old dead bones and a polluted swamp? I’m sure we don’t want ours to.

          This reason alone should bring about the immediate change of site, not to mention the others that have been stated in your paper by others. Adding to this is the petition asking for a change of site by residents of Central Grove and Tiverton that has been forwarded to the Minister of Education.

          Finally why risk the lives of our children by building a school in such an unhealthy spot just to please a few “that’sgoodenough” ones!

 “Anxious One”

Tiverton

Digby Courier; Sept. 7, 1961


11

Jack Beaty

# 407 Highway 217

(Jack Beaty was cremated and his ashes were placed beside his flag pole next to his house.)


12

Twin Still Born Babies

# 644 Highway 217

In front of Eugene Cann’s house there used to be a small grave. Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Crocker lost their babies at birth and buried them in their front yard. There used to be a picket fence on the grave site and Tiger Lilies. All have disappeared now.


20

Civic # 710 ( Virginia Crocker’s Yard)

John & Susanna Campbell

Came to Freeport From Argyle N. S. in 1800-1830


13

Graves at Roney’s Point

# 59 Water Street

Marjorie Thurber buried on her land with marker.

The Roney’s at Roney’s Point (unsure where)


14

The Moore’s across the Cove

#235 Over Cove Road

Rev. Walter Greenwood’s book History of Freeport


18

Black Community Graveyard

#61 Lovers Lane

Rev. Greenwood’s book “near Ed Walkers house” (Andy Moir & Chis Callaghan’s house 2021)

It is believed there is 23 more or less buried at this location. (A separate blog called “The Black Community Graveyard” will be posted shortly.)


19

Near Tilly Crocker’s Barn

#59 Lovers Lane

Rev. Walter R. Greenwood “others near Tillie Crocker’s barn”

(Across the road from Jim and Kay Watts house Lovers Lane)

(Possibly Burying Spot for Graves before Hill Top Cemetery. It is believed there is 35 buried at that location.)


Central Grove Cemeteries

15

Tibert’s Graveyard

1798-1877

# 1710 Highway 217

Early Settlers from Before & After the Start of Tibert’s Schoolhouse\Church 1863

(Read more about The Tibert Schoolhouse\Church coming soon to this site.)

This Graveyard is the Oldest Graveyard in Central Grove. From the earliest Settlers to the Opening of “The Central Haven Graveyard” at Flour Cove 1877.

Upper part of Loretta Crocker & Tom Frook’s field


16

Central Haven

Flour Cove Road

Long Island Central Haven (rootsweb.com)

Slide-Show Cemetery

Long Island Central Haven (rootsweb.com)


Tiverton Cemetery

17

Pleasant Hill Cemetary

# 12 Israel Cove Road

Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Tiverton, A-L (rootsweb.com)

Pleasant Hill Cemetery-Tiverton M-Y (rootsweb.com)


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