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CAPE BRETON COUNTY

Catalone
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

LOCH END CEMETERY

Loch End Cemetery (Protestant) Catalone established 1837, incorporated March 1, 1897, Cape Breton County.
The original recording was completed on June 22, 1977 (S.F./M.C.).
The cemetery was vandalized on July 24 of 1977. It has been done over completely and the re-recording was finished on August 17, 1984 (S.F.). The Cemetery is very well kept and most of the damage done has now been repaired.
The first burial, unmarked (as are many of the early ones), was that of a MacAulay woman (Margaret MacCuish Bishop's Gr. Grandmother) who died about 3 months after arriving from Scotland. The earliest marked burial is 1836. The cemetery is still in use and the new part has recently been enlarged.
The land on which the cemetery is located was originally "MacAulay Land".
Much help in obtaining the maiden names of women buried here was given by Margaret Bishop, Flo MacMillan, Florence MacIntyre, and the late Christine Cameron. Mrs Alex (Minnie) Hunt also gave useful information.


Hillside Mira
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

OAKFIELD CEMETERY

Oakfield Cemetery (Protestant), Cape Breton County.
This small cemetery is located on private property, Trout Brook, on the opposite shore to Oakfield. It is well kept and has recently been re-fenced. It is no longer in use. The earliest MacLeod burial is 1860; the most recent 1948. The MacLeods are "Big Donnie's" people (former M.L.A.).
"Oakfield" is a lovely cemetery, scenically located by the Mira River on a point of land known early as "MacLeod's Point." It is meticulously kept and luckily has not yet fallen victim to the senseless vandalism inflicted on other graveyards.
According to Allister MacDonald, the man largely responsible for its care, the first burials at "Oakfield" took place between 1810 & 1815, people named MacLeod and Campbell, who lie in unmarked graves. The earliest dated burial is 1837.
The cemetery is still in use and is currently being enlarged, taking into account the increasing population in that area of Mira.


Hillside Mira
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MACAULAY - CAMP BRETONDEAN GROUNDS CEMETERY

Protestant, Cape Breton County.
Private cemetery.
One lone stone in a fenced-in plot.


Brickyard Road, Mira
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

FERGUSONS CEMETERY

Cape Breton County
Private Cemetery


Brickyard Road, Mira
(Provincial Park Grounds)
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

ST. JOSEPH'S CEMETERY

Roman Catholic, Cape Breton County


 

Trout Brook Road
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MACLEOD PROPERTY CEMETERY

Protestant, Cape Breton County.
Private cemetery.
This small cemetery is located on private property, Trout Brook, on the opposite shore to Oakfield. It is well kept and and has recently been re-fenced. It is no longer in use.
The earliest marked burial is 1860; the most recent 1948.
The MacLeod's are "Big Donnie's" people, former M.L.A.


Horne's Road
Mira
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

RIVERSIDE CEMETERY

Presbyterian (mainly), Mira, Cape Breton County.
This is a "companion" cemetery to Oakfield, albeit on a much smaller scale; similarly located on the on the bank of the Mira, but further down river. It is very well maintained.
Help with maiden names of "Beloved Wives" was given by Christine MacKeigan of Horne's Road, and Flo MacMillan of of Catalone.
The earliest marked burial is 1852.
The cemetery is still in use.


Horne's Road
Mira
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

SPENCER CEMETERY

The cemetery is a family one, located on land across from the old Spencer property. Some clearing has been done recently and the cemetery is re-activated.
Christine MacKeigan "filled in" the maiden names of wives, two of whom were born Spencer & married married Spencers.


Morrison Road
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MORRISON CEMETERY


Mira Road
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

BRADFORD CEMETERY

This is a private protestant cemetery.
The cemetery is located on the Mira Road, just above the end of the "Azar Straight Stretch." It is probably known mainly by hunters. The cemetery shows the neglect of years: There may be no family left to look after it.
It was suggested that the Bradfords may have been loyalists. R.J.M. can probably substantiate.
At any rate, it looks like three generations of Bradfords are buried here, if we can assume that Sarah & William were man & wife, and Daisy their daughter.


Hillside
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

[WITHOUT NAME] CEMETERY

This is an unnamed, unmarked cemetery.
This information was given to me by Dorothy Campbell of Hillside who said it was supplied by Wilfred Davies who married Margaret Hill.


Louisbourg
West Louisbourg
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

ST. LOUIS CEMETERY

R.C. Cemetery in West Louisbourg.
Locally, this cemetery is known as St. Richards, although the mission church that once stood on its ground is called "St Louis" in Rev. Johnston's "History of the Catholic Church in Eastern Nova Scotia."
The earliest marked burial is 1866; the most recent, 1916.
Located within the Fortress of Louisbourg, National Historic Park, it is well maintained by Parks Canada.
There appears to be many unmarked graves.

St. Louis


Louisbourg
West Louisbourg
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

STELLA MARIS CEMETERY

R.C. Cemetery in West Louisbourg.
Like the preceding cemetery [St. Louis - West Louisbourg], this one is located within the boundaries of the Fortress of Louisbourg, National Historic Park, and is maintained by Parks Canada.
During the 1983 recheck, it was noted that the "down" stones have been righted, some broken ones mended, some wooden crosses now gone, and some replaced with permanent markers.


Louisbourg
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S CEMETERY

St. Bartholomew's Churchyard cemetery is Anglican.


Louisbourg
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S CEMETERY

NEW

St. Bartholomew's (New) cemetery is Anglican.
This is the cemetery currently used by the Louisbourg Anglican Congregation. Located at the east end of the town, it is well maintained.


Louisbourg
Clark's Road (MacCuish Road)
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

WILLOW GROVE CEMETERY

Willow Grove cemetery is Protestant.
This is one of three cemeteries located on Clarks's Road. All Louisbourg cemeteries are well-maintained.
The earliest burial appears to have been 1901 and the cemetery is still in use.


Louisbourg
Clark's Road (MacCuish Road)
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

HARBOUR VIEW CEMETERY

 

Harbour View cemetery is Protestant.
This is one of three cemeteries located on Clarks's Road. All Louisbourg cemeteries are well-maintained.


Louisbourg
Clark's Road (MacCuish Road)
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

NEW STELLA MARIS CEMETERY

 

New Stella Maris cemetery is Roman Catholic.
This is one of three cemeteries located on Clarks's Road. All Louisbourg cemeteries are well-maintained.


Big Lorraine
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

ST. PETER'S CEMETERY
[ST. SIMON CEMETERY/ST. JUDE CEMETERY]

St. Peter's cemetery is Anglican


Main-A-Dieu
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

OLD SHORE CEMETERY

Old Shore cemetery is Roman Catholic.


Main-A-Dieu
Cape Breton County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CEMETERY

Immaculate Conception cemetery is Roman Catholic.
As the cemetery is now, it is well kept. But most of the stones (the broken ones at least) no longer mark the graves they were intended for: An over-zealous priest was apparently responsible for removing the stones, in the course of which many were broken and some never found their way back to the cemetery. This, then, is the record of the stones that remain.
The earliest burial, according to the stones, is 1858; The most recent, 1961. The cemetery is no longer in use - The current one is directly opposite, across the main highway.


RICHMOND COUNTY

Back of West Bay
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

OBAN CEMETERY

Oban cemetery is Protestant


Morrison's Head
The Points
Southside - West Bay
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MORRISON CEMETERY

Morrison cemetery is Protestant
We walked on water to get to this one! It is located on a point of land that becomes an island at high tide. If some clearing isn't done - and soon - it will be a write-off in a few years. If there are more burials than these (and there likely are), the land is so overgrown with brambles and that sort of thing that they can't be located. It seems to be a private family cemetery (Directions to it were given by Kenneth Pringle). We were told locally that the bank has eroded and some stones have fallen into the water.


Morrison's Head
The Points
Southside - West Bay
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

TURNER PROPERTY CEMETERY

Turner property cemetery is private
There are more burials here. But only the one fenced-in plot has a stone. The cemetery is on the Turner property very close to the shore and well looked after.


Morrison's Head
The Points
Southside - West Bay
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MACLEOD CEMETERY

This cemetery was located and recording begun on Aug. 3, 1978. Additional work was done in June 1979 and completed on September 2, 1984 (Helped by Arthur and Agnes Poushay). Very hard to find in 1978 and reached with some difficulty then and in 1979, it has since been cleaned up (with the help of a grant), a road into it has been constructed and a sign posted which designates it "MacLeod Cemetery." 40 new wooden crosses, painted white, are placed throughout which seems to indicate that a cemetery plan exists. A small flock of sheep has been penned in, perhaps to keep the grass cropped, but their droppings make walking uncomfortable, if not hazardous. The recent clearing revealed nine stones previously missed.


The Points
West Bay
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MACKAY PROPERTY CEMETERY

The MacKay property cemetery is a family cemetery.
Located on the family farm, now used as a summer home. This is a very small fenced plot, well kept, very private.


St. George's Channel
West Bay
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MACKAY PROPERTY CEMETERY

This is a "pretty" cemetery, still in use and well cared for. A tree-lined road leads down to it. There doesn't appear to be many unmarked graves. The earliest marked burial is that of pioneer John McKenzie, native of Loch Erribol, Sutherlandshire, who died in 1837. He came to Canada in 1815.
The MacKay property cemetery is a family cemetery.


Black River
West River
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

BLACK RIVER CEMETERY

The Black River cemetery is an United Church cemetery.
This small cemetery is located next to the United Church.

In 1977, the cemetery was badly over-grown and only half the stones visible. It has since been cleaned up and now presents a neat, attractive, country-graveyard appearance. It is located across from the Black River United Church (originally Presbyterian).


Balmoral
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MACRAE CEMETERY

There are several primitive markers and one grave outlined with beach stones. The cemetery was fenced at one time but the fence has fallen down and the whole area is badly overgrown. The farm on which the cemetery is located is now deserted although the house is still standing.
The MacRae cemetery is a private cemetery.


Balmoral
Frost Property
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

SMITH CEMETERY

The land on which the cemetery is located is nicely cleared and the graves are marked with wooden crosses, painted white. There are names on all the crosses (but no dates) and "R.I.P." on each one.
Herold Frost owns the property and it was he who took us to it on Oct. 21, 1984. He told us that the Gillis graves pre-date the Smith graves and that if memory served him right, Jim Smith died in 1943 and was around 69 years old; that Benjamin Smith died in 1963 at the age of 41; and that Annie B. Smith died about 12 years ago (c. 1972) at the age of c. 70. Mr. Frost said that there's another lone grave in the woods, abour 150 yards from the cemetery, with no marker. It is that of a young boy who died in the winter when "travel" out was difficult.
The Smith cemetery is on Frost property.


Grand Anse (Near the Legion)
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MACLEAN CEMETERY

This cemetery is on two levels: The newer section is close to the Sydney-Port Hawkesbury Highway, adjacent to the Legion; The old section is below it and to the left and that part is in bad shape. Some of the oldest stones are in the woods and are obscured by standing timber, undergrowth, and windfalls [An attempt should be made to clear this old area and save the stones.] A new section has been started just in front of the wooden section. It is of recent origin and still in use.
The oldest burial is that of Flora MacLean who died in 1825.


Grand Anse
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MACPHERSON CEMETERY

A small cemetery, tucked away in a corner opposite what used to be "MacPherson House". It is well kept. There are obviously a number of unmarked graves. The earliest marked burial is 1848 and the most recent, 1980. There is room for expansion.


Kempt Road
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

KEMPT ROAD CEMETERY

The Kempt Road cemetery is Protestant.


West Bay
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

[WEST BAY] CEMETERY

This is an United Church cemetery.
This is a well-kept, L-shaped cemetery by the side of the highway, close to the Dundee turn-off. The adjacent wood-land is carpeted with vinca minca. Earliest marked burial: 1856.


Dundee
West Bay
Richmond County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

[BERT MACINTOSH PROPERTY] CEMETERY

This is a Protestant cemetery.
This is a neglected cemetery separated from a cow pasture by an electric fence. The stones are scattered through a wooded area. Many trees would have to be cut down to give a semblance of a "cemetery" and it should be better fenced. It is not visible from the highway.
The earliest marked burial is 1831-the most recent, 1925. It is difficult to tell if there are unmarked graves, but there probably are. The cemetery is no longer in use.


INVERNESS COUNTY

Princeville
West Bay Area
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

PRINCEVILLE

This is an United Church cemetery.


Princeville
West Bay Area
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

CAMERON CEMETERY

Cameron cemetery is Protestant.
The cemetery is cared for and still in use. It is in the middle of a field, likely a cameron property which gives it its name. There are only 18 stones, no two alike. The earliest marked burials - 2 in 1848. The most recent, as noted above, 1988, so this cemetery has been in use for 140 years.


West Bay Road
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

ST. MARGARET'S CEMETERY

St. Margaret's cemetery is Roman Catholic.


Gillis Farm
Askilton
Long Stretch Road
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MACGREGOR CEMETERY

MacGregor cemetery is Protestant.
This was a hard one to find (even Askilton is hard to find!) and we drove by it even though it is right beside the road. We were finally led to it by Mr. Davey MacPherson who also had some difficulty locating it. This is to explain why I never did get back to do a re-check. The cemetery is uncared for and is rapidly going back to forest. In very few years (perhaps even now) it will be completely hidden. The largest stone is down, but it is not broken, and may have inscription on the "down" side. The earliest marked burial was in 1890; the most recent in 1939.


MacIntosh Mountain
West Bay Centre
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MACKINNON CEMETERY

MacKinnon cemetery is a family cemetery.
Although the MacKinnon Homestead is no longer occupied and in an isolated setting, the small cemetery is well kept. Lilac shrubs have been planted and day lilies and other cultivated plants grow there. Our local guide, Ross MacLeod from the marshes, has heard that there are several more small cemet


West Bay Road
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

[PRIVATE BURIAL] CEMETERY

This is a private burial.
This single stone is on a hill, overlooking the railway station at West Bay. Don't know why!


West Bay Centre
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

SHERIFF CEMETERY

This is a private cemetery.
A non-descript small cemetery, it is of a fairly recent origin. I can't recall if the farm is still occupied.


West Bay Centre
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

CAMERON CEMETERY

The Cameron cemetery is a Protestant cemetery.
Rufus George MacKinnon and others are buried here and not recorded, either because there are no markers or because they were too far from my [?900] time frame.


Campbell's Valley
The Marshes
West Bay
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

[CAMPBELL'S VALLEY] CEMETERY

This private cemetery is a Protestant cemetery.
These two graves are teetering on the brink of an old quarry. If no one cares, they probably won't be there much longer. "Campbell's Valley" is an old name for the place, no longer in use.
According to MacDougall's "History ... " (and also lived here) Donald Campbell " ... was killed in a row on Christmas Eve 1873 ... ". He was buried in Broadside Cemetery, The Marshes. His grave is marked with a field stone with no description.


The Marshes
West Bay
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

COLIN ROSS CEMETERY

This private cemetery is on the Colin Ross property.
This is an obscure cemetery - not badly overgrown - with perhaps a dozen unmarked primitive stones (difficult to tell from the natural field stones). It is no longer in use.
The property is the ancestral home of famed Cape Breton Boxer, George "Rockabye" Ross.
The earliest marked burial is 1876; the most recent, 1951.


Marble Mountain
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

ST. JOSEPH'S CEMETERY

St. Joseph's cemetery is Roman Catholic.
This poor cemetery is desperately in need of attention - or removal of known burials to the churchyard in the village. Large trees have fallen in the cemetery area; It is difficult to tell if there are more stones and, if so, what shape they're in. Only Mary Beniot's data is readable.


Marble Mountain
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

MORRISON CEMETERY

Morrison cemetery is a family cemetery.


Malagawatch
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

CALDER CEMETERY

Calder cemetery is a family cemetery.
This is a small fenced-in "plot" beside the road to marble mountain and just opposite the roadway leading to the Calder farm. It is fairly well maintained.
A Calder descendent told me that there are two additional burials in this plot - not marked. One is believed to be that of John Calder Sr.'s wife, the other one, his brother.


Malagawatch
Near Calder Property
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

OLD CEMETERY

Old cemetery is near the Calder property.
Before the roadbetween Malagawatch and Marble Mountain was re-aligned and upgraded. This was a [?], although small, cemetery. Now it is a wooded area parallel to the highway and difficult to find. This lone stone and a few primitive markers are all that are visible although our guide, Alex MacFadyen, said there are supposedly at least 12 burials. He also said that Barbara is reported to have succumbed to measles.


Militia Point (just off the main road)
Malagawatch
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

[MILITIA POINT] CEMETERY

If there were other stones here, this is the only one remaining. It was found with the help of Alex McFadyen.


Big Harbour Island
Malagawatch
Inverness County
Cape Breton Island
Nova Scotia, Canada

[BIG HARBOUR ISLAND] CEMETERY

This is a native burying place.
Only Capt. Joe's stone and a metal cross were evident. If there were other burials, they aren't marked.

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