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BOOK - Union Cemetery Pakenham, Ontario, Burial Records
Compiled by Bob Allan, Marion Cavanaugh, Marg Clifford, Maureen Draper, Helan Gillan, Louise Hope, Marilyn Snedden Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Originally published by Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1989
This reprint published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2017

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This book includes transcriptions of burial registers, Memorial stone inscriptions, plot owners list, with Indexes. These cemetery recordings were compiled in 1987 by Bob Allan, Marion Cavanaugh, Marg Clifford, Maureen Draper, Helan Gillan, Louise Hope, Marilyn Snedden Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Union Cemetery is located at the eastern end of Dalkeith street in the village of Pakenham, Ontario, which is 3O miles west of Ottawa. Dalkeith Street is atop the hill overlooking the Mississippi River where it is crossed by the five-span stone bridge. The cemetery is situated on Lot 11, Concession 11, Pakenham Township, Lanark County, which was purchased by Andrew Dickson in 183l. He donated an acre of land, covered with towering pine trees, as a site for a Presbyterian church and gravesite. Some of the earliest burials were a Peter McFarlane in 1833 and his young cousins, daughters of Andrew Dickson who were drowned.

In 1840 the first frame church was built on the property. It was destroyed by fire in 1846. A stone church known as the Auld Kirk was built to replace it but it suffered a similar fate in 1935 or 36 when most of the early church records were destroyed in the fire.

In 1863 a Methodist supporter purchased one half acre of land adjoining the original cemetery, and donated it for a Methodist cemetery. A fence was built to separate those with differing beliefs.

By 1904 a joint committee was set up to look after both parts of the cemetery. A map of plots was drawn up in 1913.

With Union forming The United Church of Canada in 1925, the name was changed to "Union Cemeteryp" the dividing fence was removed and a stone vault built near the site of the first burials.

The second Sunday in August is the annual Memorial Service when relatives meet in the natural cathedral of the stately pine trees to remember their ancestors buried there.

Burial records from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and a few early Methodist burials along with burials to the present from St. Andrew's United Church have been included and indexed as well. Only those plot owners shown on the early map that are not listed on tombstones are listed separately.

Contents include:
  • Introduction
  • Map
  • Monumental inscriptions
  • List of Plot Owners
  • Index of Monumental Inscriptions
  • Burial Records, St Andrew's United Church
  • Burials, Methodist Circuit Index of burials, St Andew's United Church
99 Pages
8.5 X 11"
Originally published by Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1989
Original 1989 ISBN (no record of an original ISBN)
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa 2017
New ISBN 978-1-77240-082-3 (Coilbound edition)

NOTE about print quality: Inc. entered into a publishing agreement with the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society in 2016, to publish current and future books as well as to bring all of their previously published works back into print. We are pleased to make their books available once again under our Global Heritage Press imprint. Each book has been reprinted as it was prepared by the volunteers of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, without additional corrections or additions, though the Branch often made additions and corrections over the years since a title was originally printed. All additions and revisions by the Branch are included in this edition. Modern technology enabled us reproduce the original work in as good as, or better quality than when originally published. Most of the early titles were created on a typewriter and reproduced by Gestetner and early photocopiers. Many of the masters were digitized from these original paper masters by the Ottawa Branch. The remainder, we scanned from archived paper copies. We've cleaned up the masters as best as was possible without re-keying all of the content. The result is a collection of books that are useful and complete, but of a print quality that reflects the technology of the time in which they were originally published. The earlier titles are clearly readable but not of the same high quality print of later books. The foregoing also affects the thoroughness of search results in digital versions of some early titles. Early editions included fonts that are not recognized by modern digital search tools. We advise readers to always check indexes and alphabetical listings and not to rely solely on the digital search feature.

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