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Old Non-Denominational Cemetery
|This old cemetery, overlooking Renews Harbour, is located on the north side of the community. Research indicates that it is very likely this cemetery was used for many years as the common burial ground for all religious affiliations. While the majority of the surviving headstones are for Irish Roman Catholics and their descendants, some headstones indicate an ongoing English presence there as well. The oldest legible stone in the cemetery is that of John Limbrey of Paington, Devon, England. John is mentioned, in the surviving Colonial Office records, as being at Renews as early as 1752 and a couple of decades later a William Limbrey is mentioned as a member of a committee tasked with setting up defenses there against French attacks. Another surname inscribed on an old headstone was Jenkins. Unfortunately we can't read that stone but in 1737 the records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury recorded that a will was probated for "John Jenkins, Harbour of Renewse, Newfoundland". The inference from the Colonial Office records is that these were merchant families who appear to be, at the very least, part time residents of Renews. These records also indicate that the Jenkins family members married into a number of families in the Renews area in the mid 18th century. Based on surviving headstones, a number of Roman Catholics families continued to use this cemetery for burials (likely existing family plots) even after the new Roman Catholic cemetery was consecrated for that faith about 1860.|
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|GRAVE #||SURNAME||GIVEN NAME||DIED||AGE||GRAVE INFORMATION|
|1.||SHANNAHAN||Catherine||18 July 1867||26||Erected by Matthew Shannahan in memory of his beloved wife.|
|2.||JACKMAN||George||4 March 1874||79||Erected by Francis J. Jackman, in memory of his father|
|Bridget||16 May 1876||78||Also his mother|
|3.||CONWAY||William||1 December 1853||27|
|4.||PHELAN||Nicholas||1 May 1872||67||Erected by Ann and Margaret Phelan, in memory of their father and mother.|
|Esther||[headstone sunken - date and age not visible.]|
|5.||JACKMAN||Elizabeth||22 July 1850||33||Erected by Frances (sic) Jackman in memory of his mother|
|6.||SHEEHAN||John||21 February 1861||84||Erected by Edward Sheehan, in memory of his beloved father.|
|Mary||26 August 1853 (?)||75||Also his beloved mother.|
|DEEGAN||John||18 January 1854||77||Also his uncle. They were natives of Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. [In the 1992 transcription, John's age was recorded as 71 years, however looking at the headstone, it appears his age was 77 years.]|
|7.||POWER||George||18 December 1871||28|
|8.||MURPHY||James||16 September 1866||67||Erected by Elizabeth Murphy in memory of her husband.|
|9.||????||????||[Top of headstone illegible] ...... her beloved mother Alice, died 23 December 1871, aged 41 years|
|10.||CONWAY||Thomas||20 October 1868||78|
|Emma||8 January 1851|
|11.||FOWLER||George||28 January 1856||16||who was lost at sea on 28 January 1856, aged 16 years (rest of headstone illegible).|
|12.||FOLEY||1817||24||Erected by (illegible) Ann Foley (illegible)|
|[Number 13 skipped in 1992 transcription.]|
|15.||LEARY||Thomas||18 November 1875||76||Erected by Margaret, in memory of her husband.|
|Catherine||Also Catherine, John & Thomas, beloved children of the above.|
|16.||JACKMAN||James||12 March 185?||68|
|17.||FINN||Richard||4 May 1874||76||Erected by Eliza Power, in memory of her beloved uncle, Richard Finn.|
|[Number 17 used twice in the 1992 transcription.]|
|17.||CONWAY||Rosanna||25 August 1886||35||Erected by James Conway in memory of his beloved wife Rosanna.|
|Katie||2 December 1878||4 years 3 mos.||Also of their children Katie, John, and Nicholas.|
|John||December 1878||2 years 2 mos.|
|Nicholas||who died in infancy|
|18.||LIMBREY||John||16 of Oct 1772||56||In memory of John Limbrey of Paington in Devon who departed this Life the 16 of Oct 1772. "Here I alas have Ended this Short Life / Far from my children and loveing Wife / But be not griev'd when this sad nues is given Comfort your selves with hope we meet in heaven".|
|[Number 19 was skipped in the 1992 transcription but I added a new entry in its place based on later photos]|
|19.||JACKMAN||Michael ?||??? 15 1850||46|
|[Transcriber's note - 1992: Transcriptions of the older headstones can be found in the Gerald Pocius Collection, Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore & Language Archive. The parish under Fr. Gordon Walsh in the 1980's, paid students to paint lettering on the headstones. This caused damage to some. Also, most of the headstones have been removed from their original positions and lined in a row. Although this is thought of as a Catholic cemetery, it is possible that the JENKINS and LIMBREY men were magistrates of the area.]|
|NOTE: Some of the unknowns below may match up with the entries above (without photos) since all visible headstones were photographed in 2009.|
Transcribed by Ronald Fitzpatrick - July 18, 1992. Donated by Roberta Sullivan 2000.
Reformatted and updated by Kevin Reddigan to match 1992 transcriptions - October 2016.Page Last Modified: Monday October 24, 2016 (Kevin Reddigan)
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