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Pilley's Island
Old Methodist Cemetery
Twillingate District




Greetings again, a complete change of scenery, this time from another cemetery-hopping trip. The following inscriptions are from the old Methodist Church Cemetery at the little outport community of Pilley's Island (Green Bay), in a peaceful little churchyard beside the old, now-condemned Methodist Church. Photographs, along with a brief but very interesting history of the community which once was a little mining town in the 1890s and early 1900s, are posted at a site nearby and inform visitors that the church was built in 1897, and according to the friendly and eager-to-help gentleman who stopped by in his truck to greet us, the old church is no longer being used, that "they says it's too dangerous, and they buries the people now in the other graveyards down by Spencer's Dock".

I will be posting the earlier names from these cemeteries also.

As far as I possibly could, the following covers most of the gravestones in this old cemetery.


Pte. George SIMMS aged 29 years, son of William and Nora SIMMS
who was killed while fighting for the Empire on the Gallipoli Peninsula 1915.

Rosanna PRIDE beloved wife of Thomas PRIDE died Oct. 3, 1906 aged 52 years.
[Very weathered stone, lying on ground.]

Lilly Belle beloved daughter of [unclear] and Susannah HOWELL who died Sept. 12, 1907 aged 20 years 10 months.

Frederick Charles beloved son of John and Sarah CHUBB who died Dec. 1, 1905 aged 16 years & 7 months.

Francis, beloved husband of Louisa CURTIS who died June 11, 1908 aged 66-1/2 years.

Philip LEDREW who died Apr. 9, 190[9] [?] aged 81 years.
[Stone very weathered, lying on ground, difficult to be sure of last digit in year of death.]
Susie beloved wife of Philip LEDREW who died Aug. 8, 1915 aged 49 years.

Anna Pearl who died June 19, 1907 aged 12 years 5 months
Frederick Aram died Sept. 14, 1903 aged 1 year 4 months
Darling children of Philip & Susan LEDREW.
[I'm wondering now if the name might have read Frederick "Adam"...]

Willis Hector beloved adopted son of Arthur & Emma PARSONS died Jan. 27, 1911 aged 15 months.

Eva Lucy darling child of Edwin & Dorcas LOCKE died Oct. 17, 1904 aged 1 year 8 months.

Minnie beloved daughter of George A. & Mary HOWELL died May 7, 1911 aged 20 years
George A. beloved husband of Mary P. HOWELL died Jan. 4, 1915 aged 58 years & 8 months.
[This stone is lying on ground, part of top broken off and missing.]

The Royal Nfld. Regt.
Adopted son of Manuel & Martha WHITE
died Nov. 3, 1918 aged 22 years & 4 months. [Stone is broken and fallen.]

William beloved husband of Lucy COBB died Nov. 2, 1910 aged 73 [?]
[The age appeared to be 73, and it was difficult to know if there was anything below this because of the closeness to the ground.]

Erected by William & Rosanna WHITE
In memory of their beloved son Stanley
[The top part of stone was on the ground on which was the above inscription, the bottom part is missing.]

John ROBERTS died Dec. 29, 1896 aged 56 years.
Also his beloved wife Mary died Feb. 5, 1921 aged 79 years.

Marjorie Chaplin who died Dec. 21, 1902 aged 4 years 11 months
[On same stone:]
Eric Mercer who died Dec. 28, 1902 aged 1 year 10 months
Darling children of Doctor and Mrs. Geo. [?] BOWDEN

Diana beloved wife of John SHEARING died Oct. 25, 1902 aged 52 years & 7 months.
[Next, in same plot:]
In loving memory of John SHEARING
[This is all that could be read from the stone as it had sunk into the ground and I couldn't get over that iron fence. I believe this is the one where there were other headstones in the plot but the names were hidden from the growth of brush - I was alone and had no stick to push the brush away... talk about agonizing...]

Sarah beloved wife of William BUDGELL who peacefully passed away Jan. 9, 1914 aged 40 years.

Roland beloved son of William & Sarah BUDGELL died July 19, 1912 aged 9 months & 22 days.

In memory of Frederick GUY
[unable to read this second line]
died Feb. 3, 1920 aged 50 years.
[This record was taken from 2 slabs of a headstone placed near each other on the ground, so I am assuming the top {name} and bottom part {date} both belong to this same "soul".]

[Top half of stone only]:
In loving memory of
Tobias Guy husband of Hannah GUY died Nov. 5, 1918 aged 43 years.

Maniah [?] John beloved son of John & Caherine GUY died Jan. 27, 1905 aged 22 years & 5 months
[Fallen and sinking into the ground, could not be sure of first name.]

Mary A. BARNES beloved wife of Duncan BARNES who departed this life Sept. 24, 1907 aged 26 years.
Also their beloved child Wilfred BARNES died Apr. 20, 1907 aged 9 months.

In loving memory of Nellie MILLS died Dec. 2, 1918 aged 16-1/2 years.

[The following grave was in a far corner of the cemetery, holding just one little white gravestone which was enclosed by a peculiar but fascinating (now rusted) wrought iron surround, a four-sided fence with the iron rungs going all the way up to meet at a point in the center, and a "leaf-like" symbol at each corner post and at the top. It appears to be the grave of a child, and the stone looked as it has eroded or was broken at the bottom, and is now sinking into the ground and the only wording I could get was:
Nathan Oliver Lawton WAKEFIELD
son of Thomas & Amelia WAKEFIELD

George M. HACKETT died Apr. 22 [?], 1903 aged 41 years. [Fallen on the ground.]
[Same plot]:
Elvira Pearl HACKETT died Jan. 20, 1904 aged 12 years.
Eric George HACKETT died May 13, 1904 aged 1 year 7 months.

Cha[rles?] beloved husband of Phoebe LEDREW died Aug. 24, 1903 aged 44 years.
[This one has fallen and is sinking into ground.]
In loving memory of our dear mother Phoebe LEDREW who died Oct. 5, 1924 aged 56 years.

George HACKETT died Oct. 19, 1919 aged 31 years & 5 months. [Broken and sinking into ground.]

[All in same plot, wrought iron fence surround - managed to get over this fence without too much trouble]: Willis beloved husband of Thurza STUCKLESS who died Apr. 28, 1912 aged 36 years.
Eric Cranford darling child of Willis & Thurza STUCKLESS who died June 7, 1905 aged 9 months.
Jonathan,, son of Uriah and Elizabeth STUCKLESS who died 9 Feb. 1905 aged 27 years.
Uriah beloved husband of Martha M. STUCKLESS who died June 22, 1913 aged 66 years.
A. Chester A. darling child of Elias C. & Francis G.* 1 STUCKLESS died Aug. 22, 1907 aged 4 months 6 days.
Raymond Jack Died Aug 10th, 1909 Aged 6 months


See the following errata

* 1 Francis G. Recorded incorrectly on headstone, the correct name is Francis S. John Stuckless

Contributed by Barbara Peterson

(Some Items Updated from Headstone Photos)

Page Last Modified: Friday March 22, 2013 (Don Tate)

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