Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Legend of St. Andrews Grave Robbers.

The Legend of St. Andrews Grave Robbers.


There is a more detailed outline in the December 2013 Newsletter from the Cornwall Township Historical Society    Titled  "Grave Robbin Extraordinaire. The Grave Robbing of Jane McLaughlin[Burton] from St Andrews West Cemetery, January 1876." with the above photo heading the 3 1/4 page outline.

the e mail from Alvin Miller that was part of this post was deleted at his request.  AWF  12/18/13

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Thursday, November 14, 2013

UEL -- Lieut John Cameron Cemetery -- Corn 4C N6

just received this update on the Lieut John Cameron Cemetery of McConnell Rd Cornwall twp from Chris & Debbie Cameron
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Good evening folks, hoping all is well with you .

Thanks again for your interest in this Heritage site.
Cleanup remains underway about half way through ,There has been one delicate matter requiring gardeners hands, the iron fence of which has been buried amongst the weeds needs gentle persuasion , hoping there will be volunteers for this. 

I plan to finish cleanup this fall ,and possibly mark the graveyards borders.
During the fall and winter there will require much research and with the hope of a meeting on the horizon .
Steve Cameron from Green valley remains interested in having a meeting within a couple of months . He as well as his wife Joannehas done extensive research on this site , I'm looking forward as there will be much to learn form this heritage site.
There is a facebook address on this site, I encourage you to take a look ,and are welcome to provide and share information about the graveyard.
Restoration of Abandoned Cemeteries, Camerons Family, Fetterly ie.
Thanks for your interest , Please take the time to pass this around to interested peoples.
Take care
Christopher Cameron
ricodeb @

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

the following is from the SPICE Report of 1974


The half acre cemetery on Mr. Frank Cameron's farm, located on North McConnell Avenue (Cameron Road) is a perfect example of an abandoned resting place of early pioneers who settled this area.

For more than a century the Cameron cemetery has been reserved as a burial plot, although no one has been interred there since the late 19th  century. Evidence of early deeds stipulate that the land be retained for this purpose.

The cemetery is situated on a grassy mound, surrounded by a cornfield, a peaceful little spot for the remains' of many of the settlers who developed the region. There are only two actual stones with inscriptions on them in the entire graveyard, and recently they have been placed back to back for the sake of preservation. The other grave marker's are simply field stones, so it is impossible to decipher the exact number of people buried there. Conversations with some of the local residents revealed bits and pieces of information about the cemetery  -  for example, it is believed that nine small children were buried together in the Cameron cemetery. Apparently, they all died within a few  hours or days of each other from diphtheria . The last person to be buried in the cemetery was Donald McLeod, sometime in the 1880's. 

There are many cemeteries around such as the Cameron one, unfortunately so many of them are hidden away, known only by a few people in the area. These graveyards are usually in horrible .condition -  overgrown with grass and weeds and filled with holes and burrows made by ground hogs and other field animals. It is a shame that the resting places of so many of Ontario's early settlers have been so deplorably neglected and forgotten for so long. Most of these old, private  cemeteries pre-date the early church graveyards and therefore, contain a wealth of history that will be lost forever unless their locations are recorded, their conditions improved and their upkeep maintained.

It is impossible to stress sufficiently  how valuable and relevant the data concealed in these forgotten burial plots are to the preservation   of Ontario's  history.


Lieut John Cameron Cemetery, cornwall twp, cemeteries, gravestones

Lieut. Col. JOHN CAMERON, Clunes 
BORN May 3, 1779
DIED Jan. 29, 1862
also his Father
JOHN CAMERON, Clunes,  U.E.L. 
DIED May 10, 1824
also his Wife
DIED Nov. 3, 1830

She was of Glennevis

Laus  Deo  Doti

S.P.I.C.E.  Project 1974

photo of gravestone is from John V Bulloch, Cornwall, ont.

Monday, November 11, 2013

McDONELL, Ronald Alexander 1966 - 2013


  • "My deepest sympathy to Ron and his family and friends. You..."
    - Bill Langdon

McDONELL, Ronald Alexander
After a brave battle with malignant melanoma, Ronnie McDonell left the world peacefully, on Friday, November 1, holding his wife Leanne's hand. A devoted husband, father, son, brother, friend and police officer, Ronnie packed more into his short 47 years than many do in an entire lifetime. Predeceased by his parents John and Shirley McDonell, he leaves behind his devoted wife Leanne (Berard), a beautiful two year old daughter Cameron and three brothers who were his best friends – Ian (Michelle), Glenn (Susannah), Scott (Eryn). He will be missed by father-in-law Leo Berard, mother-in-law Judy Berard and three sisters-in-law – Lisa (Jason Kilger), Erin (Chad Malette) and Jennifer (Richard Brunet), all from Cornwall, Ontario, along with countless cousins, uncles, aunts and friends. Uncle Ronnie will also watch over his 12 special nieces and nephews who he endlessly entertained with his love of life, fun and adventure. Born on August 27, 1966, Ronnie's easy smile and charisma won him many friends during his years growing up in Nepean, many that he has kept and cherished for over four decades. He followed his dream of becoming a police officer, changing careers at the age of 39 and loving every moment of his service to the community. He forged many special friendships during his eight years with the Ottawa Police Force and felt a deep sense of pride each time he put on his uniform. Ronnie's family is extremely grateful for the compassionate care he received during the final days of his life in the Intensive Care Unit at the Ottawa General Hospital, especially from the nursing staff and Dr. Andrew Seely. His passion for his family, friends, helping others, serving the community and living life to its fullest will live forever in his daughter Cameron who was his miracle and brought him incredible joy. Friends may pay respects at the 
Kelly Funeral Home – Carling Chapel
2313 Carling Ave. Ottawa, Ontario, 
K2B 7G3 613-828-2313
Monday, November 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, November 5 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Wednesday, November 6 to St. Maurice Church (Perry at Meadowlands) for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11 a.m. Interment St. Catherine of Siena Cemetery, Greenfield. In memoriam donations to C.H.E.O. or the Canadian Cancer Society appreciated.
"Think where man's glory most begins
and ends, and say my glory was
I had such friends." William Butler Yeats
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2013
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Take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC