|From an article, by the late James Cutting, in the 31 May 1978 issue of the Port Hope Evening Guide
Nestled against a hillside along the south side of Bruton Street, two or three houses east of Julia Street, lies an acre or so of land overgrown with bushes and shaded by quiet trees. You have to hop over an old iron farm gate to get a closer look at this property. This serene spot used to be a graveyard. It still is, but you would hardly know it. Vandals have toppled most of the stones which date back to the 1820s up to the 1870s and a number are broken into pieces.
Immediately to the southern rear of this forgotten graveyard is a converted apartment building, facing along Baldwin Street, which was once one of the original Presbyterian churches built in Port Hope in 1831. The three tower-like spires that used to jut from the front of it are now gone, but there is still a semblance of the original church in the building that remains there.
Just exactly when this graveyard first came into existence isn't known, but it, at one time, was the last resting place of the most distinguished pioneer families of the town. While several of the finely-inscribed grave stones still remain at the site, overturned though they may be, some have been smashed and the tops of others have been removed from the graveyard and are probably patio stones in some neighbour's back yard.
The church records of who actually is buried in this cemetery have also been lost in the past, and only the larger grave markers provide a few clues as to the pioneer families that buried their loved ones in this site. Apparently most of these families have since disappeared from the community and there is no one left to care for the long-abandoned plots. According to the Ontario Cemeteries Act, the municipality is responsible for maintaining abandoned cemeteries, and, occasionally once a year, a town works crew enters this sacred ground to clean up any trash and set up the fallen grave stones.
An ornate iron fence which once surrounded this cemetery has also been pulled apart and is now used as a cover for a children's hideaway in a hole at the north end of the graveyard. If something isn't done soon to retrieve what stones still survive, this valuable historic segment of our past pioneers wil be gone forever.
The following excerpts are taken from a booklet prepared by dedicated members of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church who were instrumental in initiating the restoration of this lovely cemetery in 1980.
On Bruton Street, in a quiet residential area of Port Hope a short distance north of Walton Street and two blocks west of Pine Street, there is a Pioneer Cemetery. It is on a sandy hillside, where the terrain commences its western descent into the Ganaraska River Valley. About sixty early pioneers of the area are known to be buried in this tranquil shaded site.
The first church, a small frame structure, was completed in 1831 and was located to the south of the cemetery. It stood in a pathless wood separated from Walton Street by a deep gully which necessitated a long detour to the west for the worshippers to reach the church. After a time a bridge was built across the ravine which was later filled in and is now Church Street.
From the following list of those buried in the cemetery, it is indicated that the first burial took place in 1829 and the last in 1873 about the same time the Union Cemetery on Toronto Road was established.
The following are those known or alleged to have been buried in the cemetery:
|Alexander, Agnes||Nov 1859-28 Jun 1860||7 months||D/o William & M.|
|BARRIE, Hannah Catherine (nee Clark)||1833-14 Oct 1861||28 ||Married Alexander Barrie Mar 1861|
|BRAND, Daniel||1792-17 Mar 1872||80||Born Suffolk, Eng.; migrated to Canada 1819 and settled on a farm 2 miles west of Port Hope, purchased from Jonathan Sexton; married Elizabeth Marsh Sexton (r/o Jonathan) and had 3 sons, 8 daughters|
|BRAND, Elizabeth (Sexton)||1801-09 May 1870||69||W/o Daniel|
|BRAND, Aletta Ann||04 Oct 1839-03 Oct 1868||2||Unmarried d/o Daniel & Elizabeth|
|BRAND, William||26 May 1820-1849||29||Unmarried s/o Daniel & Elizabeth|
|CAMERON, E.K. (Mr.)||1823-27 Dec 1847||Native of Scotland; funeral held 05 Jan 1848 and attended by Odd Fellows; stores closed at the hour of the funeral as a mark of respect.|
|CAMERON, Margaret McAlpine||1802-18 May 1855||53||D/o James & ...|
|CASSIE, Reverend John||1807-19 Jun 1861||54||Also infant d/o Reverend John & Pamela, died 08 August 1842 (10 days)|
|COLBY, Eva||1854-14 Mar 1855||8 months||D/o Enoch & Eliza Ann|
|CORNETT, Joseph||04 Jun 1811-29 Jul 1854||43||Born Co. Armagh, Ireland|
|CRAIG, Henry J.||07 Feb 1854-18 Aug 1854||6 months, 11 days||S/o William & Hannah|
|CURRY, John||Sep 1866-30 Mar 1868||18 months|
|CURRY, Mary Ann|
|DODDS, Nichol||Died May 1873||Funeral 02 May 1873|
|DODDS, Peter||1830-22 Mar 1865||35|
|DODDS, William||1828-11 Jan 1863||35||S/o Nichol & Jacobenia|
|FERGUSON, ...||Died 1867||W/o Donald|
|GIBBS, Eliza||1803-22 Mar 1859||56||W/o John|
|GIBBS, George||Died 08 Aug 1859|
|HALLIDAY, Elizabeth||Died 26 Jul 1845||W/o John|
|HENRY, Samuel||1812-08 Mar 1871||59|
|HOUSTON, Daniel||1784-27 Mar 1858||74|
|HOUSTON, Ellen||1840-30 Dec 1861||21|
|KNIGHT, Sarah (nee Sleeman)||1823-06 Jul 1870||47||W/o C. Knight|
|L'ESPERANCE, John||Died 1857||H/o Clarissa Brand (d/o Daniel & Elizabeth); came from Montreal as a lumber buyer and was in Peterborough in 1849; later owned the American Hotel.|
|LYALL, John||1780-11 Nov 1851||71||One of 186 elders in the Presbyterian Church ordained in 1827 by Rev. Jenkin|
|MAITLAND, Mary Jane||1834-01 May 1859||25||D/o James|
|MATHER, Margaret||1843-20 Feb 1859||16||
D/o John & Jane|
|MAYBEE, Elizabeth||1794-07 May 1839||45||W/o Benjamin|
|McELROY, Samuel||1805-15 Aug 1840||35||Br/o Sarah Vint|
|McNEILLIE, Janet (nee Richardson)||1794-23 Mar 1863||69||W/o Thomas McNeillie|
|McSPADDEN, John (M.D.)||1794-12 Mar 1843||49|
|McSPADDEN, Mary Jane||1813-28 Sep 1872||59||R/o Dr. John|
|McSPADDEN, James||1824-09 May 1838||14||
Eldest s/o Dr. John & Mary Ann; died as a result of a very sad accident. He had left his home on Walton Street to retrieve something from the Presbyterian Church on Baldwin Street. A friend happened to pass the rear of the church, saw a ladder to one of the windows and the form at the top was that of James hanging from the window which had fallen upon him as he attempted to enter.|
|McSPADDEN, Charles||1826-01 Jan 1871||44 years, 2 months, 28 days)|
|MILLER, Ellen||1857-07 Feb 1858||1||D/o John A. & Sarah|
|ORR, John||1785-23 Jun 1866||81||Native of Ayrshire, Scotland|
|ORR, Jane||1795-15 Oct 1873||78||W/o John|
|ORR, Jean||Aug 1835-09 Oct 1842||7 years, 2 months||D/o John & Jane|
|ORR, Mary||Jun 1837-23 Sep 1842||5 years, 3 months||D/o John & Jane|
|QUAY, Thomas||Oct 1786-10 May 1849||62 years, 7 months||One of first elders ordained in 1827; stone erected in Union Cemetery; also stained glass window in St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Walton Street.
|ROBERTSON, Peter||1826-07 Mar 1868||42||Br/o John|
|ROSS, Crawford||1827-25 May 1853||26||Native of Ross-shire, Scotland|
|SCOTT, Mary||1806-27 Feb 1841||35||W/o John|
|STEELE, Grace||23 Mar 1852-06 April 1853||1 year, 15 days||Twin/o Gratian|
|STEELE, Gratian||23 Mar 1852-06 Apr 1852||15 days||Twin/o Grace|
|STEELE, John||1797-17 Sep 1872||75||Native of Greenock, Scotland; 50 years in the province; published the Watchman in Port Hope from 1850-1855|
|STEELE, Mary||1831-29 May 1851||20||Cousin/o Gratian & Grace|
|TISDALE, Mary Ann||Jul 1836-28 Apr 1864
||27 years, 9 months||W/o William|
|VINT, Esther J.||1846-05 Jan 1870||23||D/o James & Sarah|
|VINT, Mary E.||1845-10 Oct 1871||26||D/o James & Sarah|
|WALLACE, John||Died Apr 1866||Native of Ayrshire, Scotland|
|WALLACE, John||Jul 1827-03 Oct 1829||2 years, 2 months||S/o John & Jane|
|WALLACE, James||Nov 1829-05 Sep 1830||9 months||S/o John & Jane|
|WALLACE, Elizabeth||Sep 1833-26 Jan 1834||4 months||D/o John & Jane|
|WALLACE, James||Jul 1831-12 Oct 1837||6 years, 3 months||S/o John & Jane|
|WALLACE, Thomas||Nov 1815-25 Jul 1817||1 year, 8 months||S/o John & Jane|
|WALLACE, John||Mar 1835-01 Jul 1855||20 years, 3 months|
|WALLACE, Jane||Jun 1841-29 Aug 1863||22 years, 2 months|
|WHITE, John||1791-07 Jan 1866||75|
|WHITE, Dorcas||1789-10 Jun 1866||77|
Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario