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|This cemetery was referred to in earlier times as the North Side Burial Ground. In more recent times, is is usually referred to as Fox Hill or Forge Hill Cemetery. It is located on Route 10 in the town of Ferryland on a slope overlooking the Harbour and its islands, The Downs, and Ferryland Head. The cemetery was consecrated by Church of England Bishop, John Inglis, of Nova Scotia on July 15, 1827. It was associated, almost exclusively, with the Ferryland congregation of St. Luke's Anglican Church however, over the years deceased individuals from ship wrecks, believed to be Protestants, have also been buried here. The cemetery hasn't been used for burials for almost a century, and although it has been cleared out on a number of occasions, it overgrows very quickly, as can be seen in one of the photographs.|
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|1||CONGDON||SACRED/ to the memory of/ THOMAS CONGDON Esq./ of St Mary's Church Devon/ who died at Ferryland/ April 4th 1839/ Aged 51 years. [Stone reported as being broken into four pieces as early as 1993. Condition unknown at this time. (2016)]|
|2||STEER||In Memory/ of/ John Steer/ of Dartmouth/ the county of Devon/ who lost his life by falling/ under the ice in this harbour/ on the 25th day of Februray 1825/ Aged 41 years. [Stone reported as sunken in 1993. Condition unknown at this time. (2016)]|
|3||MORRY||SACRED/ TO/ the memory of/ MATTHEW MORRY MERCHANT/ OF DARTMOUTH who died 19th day/of June 1836 Aged 86 Years./ ALSO JOHN MORRY MERCHANT/ OF DARTMOUTH Grandson of the/ ABOVE MATTHEW MORRY who/ Died 16th day of July 1837 Aged 37 Years.|
|4||MORRY||IN/ Memory of/ ESTHER GRAHAM/ Daughter of/ Matthew and Ann Morry/ who departed this life/ the 25th day of November/ 1849/ aged 12 years and 8 months.|
|5||SHANNON||Sacred/ to the memory of/ Neil Shannon/ Greenock/ Scotland, late merchant of this place, died 25 June 1818 age 32 years.|
|6i||MORRY||In Memory/ of/ John Morry/ died 15 April 1897/ Aged/ 79 years.|
|6ii||MORRY||In memory of/ Elizabeth Sarah/ beloved wife of/ John Morry/ who died 13 Feby. 1879/ aged 51 years. Also/ Augusta Winsor/ died June 17th 1878/ Aged 15 years 7 mos. [Based on calculations using other events in the Ferryland Anglican parish records, and the details in the St.John's newspapers, it appears that Augusta actually died on January 17, 1878, not June 17th, 1878 as inscribed on this headstone.].|
|7||MORRY||In Memory of/ our beloved child/ Reginald John/ son of/ Thomas G. & Kate Morry/ died 26 June 1881/ aged 1 month.|
William Norris/ died July 27th 1854/ Aged 60 years
|9||HAMILTON||In Memory of/ Elizabeth Mary/ wife of/ Rev. Henry H. Hamilton AB/ who died Sept.4 A.D. 1854/ Age 34 years.|
|10||WESTON||Peter, one of his majesty's Justices of the Peace for this Harbour, died 13 July 1776 aged 63 yrs "He was affectionate husband, a tender father, and a sincere friend" Also, William, son of above Peter and Catherine Weston, died December 1760 ages 6 months|
|11||PETERSEN||Danish: Her Hviler/ Capt. N. Petersen/ og mandskab/ fra/ Skonnet "Sigrid"/ Aeroskjobing(sic) Danmark/ forlist D. 4 Debr. 1903/ Herrens Fred Med Eder. English: Here rests/ Capt. N. Petersen/ and the crew/ from/ the schooner "Sigrid"/ Aeroskobing Denmark/ shipwrecked D. 4 Dec. 1903/ The Lord's Peace Be With You.
[Research indicates the 80 ton Danish ship, Sigrid, inbound to St. John's, ran into the cliffs on the southern side of Ferryland Head during rough weather and fog on the night of Dec. 3/4 1903. The crew were all lost, and over the next four days, the bodies of the five crewmembers were retrieved by men from Ferryland and reportedly buried in this cemetery. Community lore states that this monument was erected by the Danish government. (KR)]
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|An analysis of the initial transcription of this old faded headstone indicates that it is actually for William Norris, aged 60 years. His burial is recorded in the Ferryland Church of England Death Records on July 29, 1854, and the St. John's newspapers reported his death in their August 08, 1854 issues. It was also deduced that, in other records, the name of "Matthew" Morry was sometimes incorrectly transcribed as "William" Morry. These errors, along with the incorrect headstone transcription, gave rise to the belief that a gentleman of that name had existed in the Ferryland area. However, on closer scrutiny of many records, it was concluded that there is no evidence to support the existence of a William Morry (of the age and era indicated) as earlier believed.||Kevin Reddigan
Apr. 05, 2013
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Transcribed by: Roberta Sullivan - March 2000. Updated and photo links added by Kevin Reddigan October 2016.Page Last Modified: Monday October 24, 2016 (Kevin Reddigan)
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