Friday, December 20, 2013

Unmarked graves

Many researchers have ancestors who unfortunately are buried in unmarked graves making it difficult if not impossible to find the location of their final resting spot. Sometimes even cemetery records do not even have the information and an obituary is needed to provide the final proof, or the recollections of a descendent who attended the funeral. If you are one of those researchers who have been fortunate enough to locate family in an unmarked grave in Elgin county which was not originally recorded share your information with others by emailing the Elgin OGS to post on this Blog.

One such example is the Newman & Stephens family of Port Stanley buried in Union Cemetery. Susan (Stephens) Newman died 26 February 1936 & is buried in Lot 2 South side front of Union Cemetery Port Stanley Elgin Cty., Ontario Canada along with John her husband who is also buried there. Val Ross (granddaughter) & her sister attended their grandparents funeral & were aware of the unmarked plot. There was an outstanding amount on the plots which was paid in full by Val’s father.

Also the 15 year old daughter of John & Susan, Vida is buried there, verified by her obituary.

John R., Susan and Vida Newman are all buried in Lot 2, South Side Front. John died 15 July 1954.

Jane (Campbell) Stephens, Susan's mother is also reported by family to be buried there but records for the cemetery do not start before 1955 and an obituary has not been found, only family recollections.

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