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Old Non-Demominational Cemetery
Ferryland District


This old cemetery (referred to in earlier times as the South Side Burial Ground) has been more recently dubbed as the Ferryland Old Non-Denominational Cemetery. It was used as the common burial ground for all religions in this area in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is located in town of Ferryland on a slope overlooking the isthimus and roadway which leads to Ferryland Lighthouse. One of the earliest surviving headstones is dated 1770, but in 1749 a Ferryland Court record mentions this specific location. It was recorded that on September 8th of that year, John White was "granted land near Burrying [sic] Ground and path to Gays" [sic]. The Gaze, which rises steeply to an elevation of 73 meters (239 feet) overlooks Ferryland Harbour, The Downs, Ferryland Head, and the seaward entrances of Calvert to the north and Aquaforte to the south. It appears that this common burial ground was initally used by all settlements from Brigus South to Aquaforte. As can be seen from the photo, there are very few visible markers/headstones remaining; many gravesites being just marked with large flat stones.


Ferryland Non-Denominational Cemetery
Photographed and Copyrighted by Craig Peterman (2005)


Information shown in [red] provided by transcribers or district coordinator.

Surname Given Born Died Age Spouse Other Information
Bennett N. C.   21 June 1942      
[Brown] [Luke]   [Nov. ? 1869]     [of County Wexford, Ireland] [same headstone as Mary Forretistall] [info per Keith Brown]
Carter Harriette Louisa   Dec. 26th 1870 1 Year 6 Mths.   daughter of Robert and [Sarah]; [NOTE:- the words of what appears to be Petherbridge, Devon are located at the bottom of this headstone]
Carter Mary Louise   Aug. 27th 1907 66 Years William Thomas Skinner  
William Thomas Skinner   Sept. 6th 1908 77 Years Mary Louise
Carter Sarah Septr 2nd 1762 June 4th 1772     daughter to Robert and Ann, [This headstone is currently located at the Old Historic Ferryland Museum]
Condon Patrick   March 1840? 47 Years   Both Natives of the County Kilkenny Ireland
[Click Patrick's supposed year of death for additional information]
Catherine   July 6th 1847 44 Years  
Culliton James   Dec. 11, 1813 18 Years    
[Forretistall] [Mary]   [August ? 1967] [84 Years]   [of County Wexford, Ireland] [same headstone as Luke Brown] [info per Keith Brown] [spelling may actually be Forristall]
Hanrahan Edmund   Feb. 13th 1875 73 Years   [Father]
Edmund   May 27th 1865 27 Years   [Son]
Kearney Michael   Feb. 22, 1831 36 Years    
Meagher Joanna   Apriil 13th 1815 [44] Years Thomas  
[Meagher] [Thomas]         [Thomas Meagher, died 3 February 1840 73 Years]
Morrissy Wm   April 26th 1816 78 Years   Erected by Thomas Morrissy of Carrick on Suir
Morry Mary   August 8th 1870 39 Years Henry Erected by Henry Morry
Morry Henry   August 11 1897 76 Years    
Arthur   1898 28 Years   also his brother [died in Montreal; generally believed to have died in 1887 at age 20, not 1898 aged 28 as shown on headstone: -as per Chris Morry]
Frederick   March 1890 29 Years  

also his brother, Lost at Sea [the transcription for Frederick is included here but is not visible in our photo of the headstone, as it is currently below ground level]
[Frederick was drowned on a passage to Iceland: -as per Chris Morry]

Power Mary   June 15th 1870 29 Years Michael  
Saunders William   April 1770 22 Years   Eldest son of William & Eleanor
[Unknown] [Unknown 1]         [unreadable]
[Unknown] [Unknown 2]         [un-readable]
[Unknown] [Unknown 3]         [un-readable]
[Unknown] [Unknown 4]         [un-readable]
[Unknown] [Unknown 5]         [un-readable]

Transcribed from Headstones photographed by Craig Peterman (2005)
and some [data] gathered by NLGS, Jane Dowd & Roberta Sullivan (1990's)
also some corrections by Chris Morry (2012), Kevin Reddigan (2014) & Keith Brown (2016)

Page Last Updated February 06, 2017 (Craig Peterman)

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