Sunday, 23 December 2012

Island Cemeteries

Island Cemeteries

Clover frosts the sod
above the pioneers.

Their graveyard edged by pickets
with iron gates beside the
clap- board church, or
hidden in the fields behind the pines;
Peoples’ Burying Grounds
beyond the village limits,
Protestants  and Catholics
forever separate.

Nameless plots
their wooden crosses lost,
a stone lamb guards a child between her parents
a family claimed by pox and pleurisy,
marble etched by salted winds
faded names beneath the lichen.

Scottish, English, Irish refugees of
famine, war and poverty,
evicted from their crofts and common lands;
farmers, tanners , fishermen,
millers, blacksmiths , merchants ,
lawyers, mayors , Loyalists .

Founders of Island dynasties
buried head-to-toe.

Bryan D. Cook Ottawa December 2010 

Context for "Island Cemeteries"
In the Summer of 2012, I spent some time searching P.E.I. cemeteries for the "Newsome" ancestors of  a friend, Kathy Wallace. It is an amazing way to get to know the people and history of the Island! The stone lamb headstone was particularly poignant. Again , thanks to Pearl and David for excellent comments.

Lower Bedeque Cemetery P.E.I.

Cape Traverse United Cemetery P.E.I.

Thomas S Newsome Family  in Searletown Cemetery P.E.I.
(Thomas S, 1854-1910, Sarah J. Collett, wife, 1854-1922
and Charlotte A, daughter)

Stone Lamb in Searletown Cemetery P.E.I. 
marks the grave of Charlotte A. Newsome, 1896,  aged 4 months

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