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Lost and Found People & Abandoned Cemeteries

If you want help to find a long lost relative, send me the  information about them  that includes data such as the persons name, date of birth and death and places they lived  to the following Email with the subject of the Email "lost and found". I will post this information here on this page. leave your name and  address with it where people can contact you with what they found. This can be an excellent way to solve your puzzle. We will also try to find information on abandoned cemeteries.

 #1                                   Cemetery near McQuade


 My name is Pam Tidd. I grew up in Gladeside out McLaughlin Rd. As a child, I had spotted what seemed like part of a fence just off the road in the woods in McQuade. 

A few months later, a friend & I explored the area & found an old cemetery. The stones & fence were quite dilapidated & illegible. Since I was young (13 or 14) I forgot about it for the time being. 

Over the years, I've mentioned it to a few people & recently became quite interested since the area had now been clear cut making it more visible from McLaughlin Rd.

A friend & I stopped recently to explore once again. This time was different for me as I have a much deeper respect & "connection" to history. 

I'm wondering if you or anyone that is part of your association would have any knowledge of this long forgotten burial place? 

If not, would you be able to point me in the direction to find information?

Any help would be appreciated!

I should mention the cemetery is not far past Lowry Rd & is on the left side of McLaughlin Rd just as you are about to go down the hill.

#2                             Cemetery near Swan Creek

      I was wondering if anyone had any info on an old cemetery near Swan Creek. It is right on the side of the road , north side and I've heard local folklore that it might contain the grave of the brother of benedict Arnold, also some graves of slaves.

Thanks    Lisa Marie Greenwood 


History of the Old Bleakney Cemetery


The Old Bleakney Cemetery is one of the earliest burial locations in Salisbury Parish.  It is located on Route 106, within the village limits of Petitcodiac, NB.  Now abandoned, the cemetery was set aside as a burial site as early as 1836 near the junction of paths and portages that connected the area to the Canaan River settlements and thus linked the Petitcodiac River to the Saint John River system.  The settlement that developed was known early on as Humphrey’s Corner.  Between 1835 and the coming of the Intercolonial Railway in 1872, three of the five stagecoach lines operating on the Westmorland Great Road, that ran between Saint John and Amherst, made regular stops at Humphrey’s Corner for accommodation and fresh horses. This settlement slowly ceased to be when the railway established a way-station a bit further upstream and the generations moved on to build homes and do their commerce near the new railway station in what eventually became known as the Village of Petitcodiac.

The 200th Anniversary of the arrival of David Bleakney and family to the Petitcodiac area in 1784 was commemorated in 1984, by his descendants, with a stone memorial that sits near the entrance to the Old Bleakney Cemetery.  David Bleakney and his family were Loyalists from South Carolina.  The original land grant to this initial Bleakney settler was issued in the very early 1800s.  The cemetery is on a part of this original land grant. 

Over the years descendants or neighbours tended the graveyard but as time went on it invariably fell into disrepair and with neglect the cemetery all but disappeared under trees and bushes. Mercifully, the folks who were laid to rest in this small cemetery years ago could not have imagined that with the passing of time their burial sites would become derelict and disregarded just like the community they once sought to create.  Thankfully, today the upkeep of this small historic cemetery is provided by members of the Petitcodiac Baptist Church who do a cleanup around the remaining stones every spring.  Although the documented burials appear to number less than twenty and no tombstone remains for any Bleakney family member, the historical significance of the Old Bleakney Cemetery to the Petitcodiac area is still significant.


Leslie Gogan

Compiled from local records and resources.

#4                                                    William Veron Wheaton
looking for missing grave site of William Vernon Wheaton D.O.B. Dec 15 1875. He is believed to be in the area of Elgin , Albert Co. NB. If you have any information please contact Valerie at
506 684-2506.

#5                                        Shemogue Cemetery
 Old N.B. Cemeteries Submitted By Peggy Vasseur & Jeffrey Deloughery CBC-NB’s Tori Weldon produced an article in October of this year about an abandoned cemetery in Shemogue and that there may be many more graveyards in the province like it.  The person interviewed was Larry Wells who has ancestors buried there.  Several years ago, the cemetery was logged for its mature trees and now saplings and bushes are taking over, crowding out headstones.   Mr. Wells thought it disrespectful that someone could log a cemetery at will without regard for consequences.  Few of us would disagree. N.B. legislation states that no one is allowed to alter or disturb a burial ground. According to the Cemetery Companies Act, if a lot in the cemetery is damaged, repairs need to be completed as soon as possible by the company that manages or owns a cemetery. The Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, via the Heritage Conservation Act, has authority over all nonactive cemeteries in New Brunswick. The larger question is, who maintains these properties over time, especially when they are deemed “full” and there are no more plots (and therefore, associated income) going forward?  SEB-NBGS member Ed Graham, Past President of the Association of N.B. Cemeteries gave a presentation to our branch a few years ago, outlining all the challenges of his organization.  A personal note to share here: several years ago in rural N.S., one of the authors was assisting his extended family in trying to locate a headstone.  This was one of these same, long-abandoned cemeteries.  The author finally located the stone, isolated in a wooded area, leaning and surrounded by birch trees.  A check of the name and date confirmed it was the correct ancestor. More concerning was seeing burial grounds in that state. We encourage you to read the CBC article. The link to the complete piece is here: 3J2Kkh2CSamesea5XaowSu_ur8Gj7EdHlwu6Hn2R4 48cHRbIxgzlPEd5w   ♦

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