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BOOK - St Philipís Roman Catholic Cemetery, Richmond, Ontario
By volunteers of the Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Originally published by Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1997
This reprint published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2018

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The original recording of this cemetery was done by George A. and Iris M. Neville in November 1975. A second recording was carried out in October 1989 by John Sayers(Co-ordinator), Gary Bagley, Alan Rayburn, Mary Rayburn, Philip Chaplin, John Havard and Helen McGuaig; this recording was updated in October 1996 by John Sayers and Keith Johnson. The extraction of the burial records from the St. Philip's burial register was done by George A. Neville and Iris M. Neville. Others who helped produce this publication were Dolores Allen, Carol Ritchie and Ralph Davis. William O'Grady, the cemetery caretaker, provided a cemetery plan and aided the recorders in 1989. This edition includes all of the updates that were found and added since the original recording.

About the beginnings of Richmond, and St. Philip's Roman Catholic Church and Cemetery:
    "St. Philip's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Richmond is the southernmost of three adjoining two-acre cemeteries lying between Fortune and Maitland Streets. It occupies Lot 12 and faces on York Street. Immediately to the north on Lot 11 is St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Cemetery and, next to that, on Lot 10, St. John's Anglican Cemetery. All three cemeteries were provided for in the first town plan completed in 1825 and their use dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century.

    The first regular place of worship in Richmond was the schoolhouse erected in 1819 and used for religious purposes for some years thereafter by both Protestants and Catholics. Shortly after its completion the first sermon preached in the community was delivered there by Father Macdonnell, a Catholic priest who later became Bishop of Upper Canada. By 1825 Catholics had built a small wooden church for their own use. This church was destroyed by fIre in 1847 and a new stone church erected in 1858.

    It is clear from the dates given on the stones and in the church records that few if any of the persons with these surnames known to lie buried in St. Philip's can themselves have arrived in Richmond with the fIrst pioneering settlers. Anastasia O'Connor, who was 82 years old when she died in 1897, may have come to the settlement as a small child. Similarly, one can speculate that Peter McGuire who died in 1895 aged 75 years, Ellen Werthers who died in 1906 aged 82 years, and John Withears who died in 1869 aged 49 years may have been among the fIrst children born in the community. If these graves and burial records do indeed testifY to such a link with Richmond's early days, perhaps their pioneering parents also lie buried somewhere in St. Philip's Cemetery but, if so, their graves are unmarked. "
Cemetery location:
    Address: Lot 12 Richmond Village, Goulbourn Township, Carleton County, Ontario
Contents include: 59 Pages
8.5 X 11"
Originally published by Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1997
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa 2018
New ISBN 978-1-77240-111-0 (Coilbound)

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