Ontario Burial Places of Petworth Emigrants
compiled by Brenda Dougall Merriman

The tables below present by county some cemeteries in which Petworth emigrants are known to be buried. Research for Assisting Emigration and English Immigrant Voices, as well as information received from descendants indicated the burial places of some of the original Petworth emigrants. That information is available in Part Two of Assisting Emigration. Since publishing the books in 2000, we have uncovered more data about where Petworth graves can be found and have compiled a more inclusive list of relevant burials and cemeteries.

The following tables include the family surname of the emigrants, the name of the cemetery, and its geographic location. Only Petworth emigrants and children born in England are included. Further information can be found about most families in the two books. The information is grouped by county. The counties are listed alphabetically, as are the Petworth names within them. We have used the county names as they existed in the 19th and 20th centuries when these people died. The tables are intended to lead to the transcription which recorded the original tombstone information. These transcriptions have for the most part been recorded by local branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) and have been indexed by name.

Family Surname
Individual forenames are not given here. The surname may indicate that a husband, wife or some children-those born in England-are in the cemetery. Thus, the tables do not provide vital statistics information, which will come from the cemetery transcription or a personal visit.

Cemetery Name
A few cemeteries have had different names attached to them over the years. We have used the name or names indicated by current usage or by the local transcribers. If you decide to visit a cemetery, we suggest advance planning if further directions are needed. Large cemeteries may be fenced and not open to the public at all hours. They will have many sections; using the index to a transcription or plot register is essential. Some smaller, older burial grounds or cemeteries may no longer be visible due to neglect, or may have disappeared through site re-development. See the Appendix below the tables for further details.

The tables locate cemeteries within a town or township but do not provide precise directions. We have appended a list of the relevant cemeteries with more details about locations. In fact, most cemetery transcriptions have either lot and concession numbers, map coordinates, a street or postal address, or perhaps a map. Local contacts, as well as the Ontario Genealogical Society branch, should be able to give directions related to a road map. 

Ontario CountyFamily SurnameCemetery NameTown/Township Location
BrantHAMMONDBrant CemeteryBrantford Township
BrantHANDSFIELDFarringdon ChurchBrantford Township
BrantHANDSFIELDMohawk ChapelBrantford Township
BrantWHEELERScotland CemeteryOakland Township
BruceJEATERRipley CemeteryHuron Township
EssexHILLMANLakeview Cemetery, LeamingtonMersea Township
HaldimandBOOKEROld Disciples CemeteryRainham Township
HaldimandLEGGETTOld Disciples CemeteryRainham Township
HuronCOSENSTurner UnitedTuckersmith Township
HuronJACKMANMaitland CemeteryGoderich Township
HuronNOICEPublic Cemetery, FordwichHowick Township
HuronRAPSONBall's MethodistHullett Township
HuronTILTTurner UnitedTuckersmith Township
LambtonBACHELORBethel UnitedWarwick Township
LambtonNAPPERBeechwood Cemetery, ForestPlympton Township
LambtonNAPPERHillsdale, PetroliaEnniskillen Township
LambtonNAPPEROil SpringsEnniskillen Township
LambtonPHILLIPSSt Pauls AnglicanWarwick Township
LambtonRANDALLKertch /South PlymptonPlympton Township
LambtonRANDALLPinehill UnitedBosanquet Township
LambtonTRUSLERCamlachie PresbyterianPlympton Township
LincolnCHASEVictoria LawnSt Catherines
LincolnELLIOTTSt Johns Anglican, JordanLouth Township
LincolnPAYVictoria LawnSt Catherines
MiddlesexBOXALL4th Line/Zion MethodistAdelaide Township
MiddlesexCOOPER4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexDOWNER4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexHILTON4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexHILTONSt Anns AnglicanAdelaide
MiddlesexHILTONStrathroy MunicipalAdelaide
MiddlesexHOLDEN4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexJOINER4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexJOLLIFFE?Mount PleasantLondon
MiddlesexMANN4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexMANNStrathroy MunicipalAdelaide
MiddlesexMITCHELL4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexNAPPER4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexPANNELL4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexPARKER4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexPEACOCKTiffany CemeteryDelaware Township
MiddlesexPULLENChrist Church AnglicanDelaware Township
MiddlesexRAPLEY4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexTHOMAS4th Line/ZionAdelaide
MiddlesexTIGNER (TICKNER)Poplar HillLobo Township
NorfolkANSCOMBECounty Home/InfirmaryWoodhouse Township
NorfolkCOURTNAGEBaptist Cemetery, HartfordTownsend Township
NorfolkTERRYVittoria UnitedCharlotteville Township
OntarioWILSONHarndon Cemetery, RaglanWhitby Township
OxfordBOXALLOld St PaulsWoodstock
OxfordBRISTOWPlattsville CommunityBlenheim Township
OxfordBUDDOld St PaulsWoodstock
OxfordCOLEMANOld St PaulsWoodstock
OxfordDENMANOld St PaulsWoodstock
OxfordDITTONOld St PaulsWoodstock
OxfordHARWOODTrinity AnglicanEast Zorra Township
OxfordKEMPOld St PaulsWoodstock
OxfordLILLYWHITEOld St PaulsWoodstock
OxfordLILLYWHITEWest Oxford UnitedWest Oxford Township
OxfordSIMSOld St PaulsWoodstock
OxfordSMITHERSHillview UnitedWoodstock
PerthCAPLINGShakespeare CemeterySouth Easthope Township
PerthCOSENSWoodlawn, ListowelWallace Township
WaterlooADSETTPioneer Methodist,WinterbourneWoolwich Township
WaterlooBRISTOWEarly PresbyterianWoolwich Township
WaterlooBRISTOWElmira UnionWoolwich Township
WaterlooCOSENSOld Blair Cemetery, PrestonWaterloo Township
WaterlooDEARLINGNew Hope CemeteryCambridge (Hespeler)
WaterlooPENFOLDPioneer Methodist,WinterbourneWoolwich Township
WaterlooSLIPPERHagey Mennonite, PrestonWaterloo Township
WaterlooTHOMASEarly PresbyterianWoolwich Township
WaterlooTILTOld Blair Cemetery, PrestonWaterloo Township
WaterlooTRIBEPioneer Methodist,WinterbourneWoolwich Township
WaterlooTRUSSLERRosebank CemeteryWilmot Township
WaterlooWAKEFORDMartin MennoniteWaterloo Township
WellingtonADSETTHowitt MemorialPuslinch Township
WellingtonGOLDSWoodlawnCity of Guelph
WellingtonHEATHERWoodlawnCity of Guelph
WellingtonHEMINGWoodlawnCity of Guelph
WellingtonMARTINPonsonby CemeteryNichol Township
WellingtonPENFOLDElora MunicipalNichol Township
WellingtonPENFOLDWoodlawnCity of Guelph
WellingtonSOCKETTStone United ChurchEramosa Township
WentworthHARPERCarlisle UnitedEast Flamborough Township
WentworthHOLMWOODSt Johns Anglican ChurchTown of Ancaster
WentworthWILLARDSheffieldBeverly Township
WentworthWORSFOLDSheffieldBeverly Township
YorkBARNESSt James AnglicanCity of Toronto
YorkBIRCH (BURCH)Holy Trinity Anglican, ThornhillVaughan Township
YorkCHANTLERNewmarket CemeteryNewmarket
YorkFRYNecropolisCity of Toronto
YorkGOLDRINGChrist Church Anglican, MimicoEtobicoke Township
YorkGOLDRINGSt James AnglicanCity of Toronto
YorkJACKMANSt James AnglicanCity of Toronto
YorkJACKMANMount PleasantCity of Toronto
YorkJACKMANNecropolisCity of Toronto
YorkLELLIOTTHoly Trinity Anglican, ThornhillVaughan Township
YorkMELLISHCarrville CemeteryVaughan Township
YorkMESSENGERPotters FieldCity of Toronto
YorkMILLYARDThornhill CommunityMarkham Township
YorkPALMERNecropolisCity of Toronto
YorkSMITHERSWesleyan Methodist PioneerVaughan Township
YorkUPTONNecropolisCity of Toronto
YorkUPTONNecropolisCity of Toronto
To compile these tables, we reviewed the alphabetical list of emigrants in Part 2 of Assisting Emigration for adults and families for whom we had no place of death or burial, but where we did have an indication of their settlement or later residence. The names of likely subjects were checked against the Ontario Cemeteries Finding Aid (OCFA) which contains over two million entries and acts as an index to cemeteries which have been transcribed (usually by an OGS branch). While the OCFA does not contain every transcribed cemetery in the province (Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is not included, as one example, since it maintains its own fee-based electronic database) it is a great boon for this kind of project. The next step was to search any appropriate cemetery transcriptions. Eleven series of the transcriptions have been microfilmed by the Archives of Ontario, and the full Ontario Genealogical Society Collection is available at the North York Public Library in Toronto in paper form.

In order to identify Petworth individuals, we correlated such data as their age at the time of death, with their birth or baptismal information, if known. Sometimes the cemetery stone would give an important clue, such as 'native of Sussex, England.' Sometimes death registrations, census returns and newspaper notices were necessary to confirm place of birth, and names of spouse or children. Occasionally we had intensive work to distinguish a Petworth man from another individual of the same name in the same area.

In most cases, a Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is the creator of the cemetery transcription. A transcription will have a nominal index, often including forenames as well as surnames. The Ontario GenWeb with its many county sites is also another very useful resource for local contacts.

The archives of the Petworth Project are housed in Special Collections (Fonds GA 136) at the University of Waterloo Library. The collection, authors and compilers welcome new or corrected information; see About Us for email links.

Thanks To:
The Jackman Foundation
Ontario CemeteryFinding Aid
Ontario Genealogical Society
Archives of Ontario

Appendix: Additional Details on Ontario Cemeteries and Burial Places of Petworth Emigrants

Ontario CountyCemeteryLocation
BrantBrant Cemeteryon Highway 2, north side of road, east of City of Brantford
BrantFarringdon Churchold Highway 24 (Mount Pleasant Road) south of Brantford
BrantMohawk ChapelMohawk Street, Brantford
BrantScotland Cemeteryat the Baptist church in Scotland Village, Oakland township
BruceRipley CemeteryRipley Village, Huron Township
EssexLakeview Cemetery233 Erie St. South, Town of Leamington
HaldimandOld DisciplesRainham Township, perhaps known as Sweets Corners Christian
HuronBall's MethodistBaseline Rd east of Londesborough Village, Hullett Township
HuronMaitlandsoutheast end of Town of Goderich
HuronPublic CemeteryFordwich Village, Howick Township
HuronTurner's Unitedsouth of Brucefield Village, Tuckersmith Township
LambtonBeechwood CemeteryTown of Forest
LambtonBethel Unitedsoutheast of Arkona Village, Warwick Township
LambtonHillsdaleTown of Petrolia
LambtonKertch Burying GroundKertch Village northeast of Wyoming, Plympton Township
LambtonKnox PresbyterianVillage of Camlachie
LambtonOil SpringsTown of Oil Springs
LambtonPinehill UnitedVillage of Arkona
LambtonSt Pauls AnglicanWisbeach village, lot 28 concession 1 Warwick Township
LincolnSt Johns Anglican5th Ave at Road 81, Town of Jordan
LincolnVictoria Lawn2 Queenston St, RR #6, City of St Catherines
MiddlesexChrist Church AnglicanDelaware Village, Delaware Township
MiddlesexMount PleasantRiverside Drive; City of London
MiddlesexPoplar Hillsouthwest of Coldstream Village, Lobo Township
MiddlesexSt Anns AnglicanAdelaide Village, Adelaide Township
MiddlesexStrathroy Municipalsouthwest end of Metcalf St, Town of Strathroy
MiddlesexTiffanyDelaware Village, Delaware township
MiddlesexZionCounty road 39 west of Strathroy
NorfolkBaptist CemeteryHartford Village, Townsend Township
NorfolkCounty HomeInfirmary cemetery behind Norview Lodge, 510 Queensway W., Simcoe
NorfolkVittoria UnitedVittoria Village, Charlotteville Township
OntarioHardon CemeteryRaglan village, Whitby Township
OxfordHillview6th Ave, Town of Woodstock
OxfordOld St PaulsDundas St, Woodstock
OxfordPlattsville CommunityHighway 97 between Plattsville and Bright Villages
OxfordTrinity AnglicanHighway 59 south of Tavistock Village, East Zorra Township
OxfordWest Oxford Unitedsoutheast of Town of Ingersoll, across the river
PerthShakespeareShakespeare village, South Easthope Township
PerthWoodlawnHighway 86, Listowel Village
WaterlooEarly PresbyterianHighway 86 west of Town of Elmira, Woolwich Township
WaterlooElmira UnionHighway 86 east of Elmira
WaterlooHagey MennoniteFountain St N, City of Cambridge, across from Preston cemetery
WaterlooMartin Mennonitecorner King Street N & Country Squire Road, City of Waterloo
WaterlooNew Hope235 Cooper St, Cambridge (Hespeler)
WaterlooOld BlairBlair village, Cambridge (Preston)
WaterlooRosebankon Huron Road across from Brethren Church, Wilmot Township;
WaterlooPioneer MethodistCounty Road 23, 1/2 mile south of Winterbourne Village
WellingtonElora MunicipalSouth Street, Town of Elora
WellingtonHowitt Memorial4th concession road west of highway 6, Puslinch Township
WellingtonPonsonbyPonsonby Village, Nichol Township
WellingtonStone ChurchHighway 24 between Villages of Eramosa and Everton
WellingtonWoodlawnnorth end of Woolwich St., City of Guelph
WentworthCarlisle UnitedCarlisle Village, East Flamborough Township
WentworthSheffieldSheffield Village, Beverly Township
WentworthSt Johns Anglicancorner Halson & Wilson Sts, Town of Ancaster
YorkCarrvillenorth side Rutherford Road west of Bathurst St, City of Vaughan
YorkChrist Church AnglicanRoyal York Road south of Evans Ave, City of Toronto
YorkHoly Trinity Anglicaneast side Yonge St, City of Vaughan (Thornhill)
YorkNewmarketsite re-developed; removed? to current cemetery 112 N Main St
YorkNecropolis200 Winchester St, City of Toronto
YorkPotters Fieldsite re-developed; burials removed to St James and Necropolis
YorkSt James Anglican635 Parliament St, City of Toronto
YorkThornhill Communitynortheast corner John St and Church Lane, Vaughan (Thornhill)
YorkWesleyan Methodist PioneerCity of Vaughan (Woodbridge)