Listing done by Beverly Darby-Brown
NOTE: Regarding the spellings Lenerkshire, Uuist, and Hutchieson. These are not typos...they appear on the stones. Corrections are welcome.
The cemetery is located at the top of Greeners Hill between Archibald's old house, now Gowrie House (B&B), and a small historical property house which, I am told, used to be a post office in the early days of Sydney Mines.
Most of the stones have been moved into a semi-circle. Several are so old and worn there is no inscription left to read. On one all that is readable is "July 1878" and another says "Here lies dear little Maggie". On a third all that is still visible is "John Scott". One piece of headstone (found in front of one of the pillars) reads "P McK Jr.". There are three pillar monuments (listed at the end) and in front of these there are several small upright stones.
Since most of the stones in this cemetery are very difficult to read, if anyone is interested in any paticular inscriptions, I can go back and re-check the names and dates for accuracy.
A number of stones show deaths in 1885. There was a diptheria epidemic that year. Matthew Wilson seems to have been a very well- liked person. Many later Presbyterian children were called after him.
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(Large Stone at front of cemetery) Site of the first Presbyterian Church and Cemetery dedicated 1840 The remains of the first minister Rev Matthew Wilson who served the congregation from 1842 - 1883 rest here. To the memory of those early settlers of this town the restoration of these grounds in 1973 is dedicated. "This mortal shall put on immortality" (reverse side) This marker placed through the efforts of A.A. MacLeod born Boularderie Island April 2, 1902 died Toronto March 13 1970 A native son who loved Cape Breton its history and its people.Erected by Margaret McGregor in memory of her ? __GUS M__I_NN (Angus McInnis?) who was killed in Sydney Mines Mar 23 1862Sacred to the memory of Neal McAskill died Dec 4 1866 age 29 years "Dearest brother thou hast left us and thy loss we deeply feel but tis God that has bereft us He can all our sorrows heal"Erected by Margaret Clarkson in memory of her beloved father died dec 19 1871 aged 60 yrs 3 mos Native of Lenerkshire Scotland Also her mother died oct 30 1855 age 34 yrs (additional but illegible script on bottom of stone)Erected by Agnes Scott in memory of her husband Robert Scott who died Dec 11 (looks like 1817) age ? also their daughters (illegible)Sacred to the memory of William Murray native of Dornoch _land Shire Scotland who departed this life March 21 ? 18_1 in his 74th yearIn memory of Jane Hardy Murray a native of Aberdeen Scotland died May 16 1888 age 89 yrs also Donald Wm Murray who was drowned Oct 28 1883 age 26 yrIn memory of Alex MacInnis died June 6 1888 age 34 yrs also Catherine MacInnis died Oct 9 1882 age 21 yrsIn memory of John McInnis died Feb 3 1891 age 27 yrs also Harriet William William James beloved children of John and Sarah McInnisSacred to the memory of Sophia Jane Coleman beloved wife of George B. Ingraham who died March 14 1874 aged 21 years 2 mos "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God"In memory of Bennet Dickson died Aug 5 1846 age 6 yrs 26 (days?)Caroline A. Frances died Feb 5 18_ age 10 yrs 8 mos Albert Elliot died Feb 19 1864 age 3 yrs 2 mos children of L. and Ann IngrahamIn loving memory of Annie beloved wife of John L. Ingraham who died Sept 4 1883 aged 70 yrs(Father) In loving memory of John Ingraham died Dec 21 1883 age 72 yrsErected to the memory of Margaret beloved wife of James Brown born Oct 31 1847 died Sep 15 1884 and their children Margaret died Jan 30 1870 13 mos Frederick Wm died Sep 21 1884 1 mos Sarah Jane died Nov 20 1885 7 yrs 2 mos Hanna Dec 25 1885 5 yrs 7 mosIn memory of John Brown died Dec 3 1889 aged 37 yrs Henry Brown died Nov 27 1875 age 7? yrsIn memory of William Murray a native of Halifax, N.S. died Nov 8 1867 age 45 yrsMy dear mother in loving remembrance of Annie widow of Hugh Mackinnon died Dec 23 1865 age 37 yrsDear Father in loving remembrance of Hugh MacKinnon (who died) Sydney Mines Cape Breton Oct 27 1863? age 45 yrsErected in sacred memory of Christian Scoul___ ____departed March 29 18__ native of GlasgowErected to the memory of John Hutchieson died at Sydney Mines Dec 7 1881 aged 78 yrs native of Renfrewshire Scotland also his son Robert killed by an explosion May 22 1879? aged 22 yrsIn loving memory of Robert Gentile elder a native of Glasgow Scotland who died at New york Nov 12 1882 aged 50 yearsIn loving memory of Matthew Wilson born Aug 1 1883 died June 11 1884? Daniel born Nov 21 1870 killed Oct 15 1881 Daniel Matthew born Aug 1 1888 died Oct 15 1890 Peter born Nov 8 1876? died Nov 16 1890 children of John and Euphemia MorrisonIn memory of Angus McCormick beloved husband of Christie McCuish died April 11 1872 age 40 years native of North Uuist ScotlandErected to the memory of Margaret MacDonald beloved wife of Angus MacDonald died Nov 27 1872 aged 30 yrs Dear is the spot where Christians sleep And sweet the strains their spirits pour Oh why should we in anguish weep They are not lost but gone beforeErected to the remembrance of Mary Jane McKenzie the beloved wife of Angus McLean died Feb 15 1881? age 33 yrsSacred to the memory of Margaret beloved wife of James Bonnar second daughter of Joseph Lang__ who died March 13 1872? in her 24th yearHere lies the remains of Isobelle daughter of John and Marion Campbell (rest is illegible)Erected to the memory of Ewing? Craw__(Crawford?) (stone is broken) another name who departed this life Jan 18__ aged 41 yearsIn memory of John David beloved son of David & Christy Brown born Dec 2 1879 died of diptheria April 18 1885 We deeply mourn the loss of our dear one but Jesus said suffer little children to come unto me...Erected by James and Mary A. McLean In memory of their daughter Tresa died Oct 25 1885 aged 1 yr & 3 monthsMemory William James McLellan died Feb ? 18__ age 13 yr (the inscription on this stone is obviously hand carved)(Side 1) Ellen W. Henderson the beloved wife of Thomas Moffatt died May 20 1884 age 27? years (Side 2) Margaret B. Mitchell the beloved wife of John Henderson died July 10 1852 aged 65 years (Side 3) __Ann Johnson (illegible) (Side 4) Emma Johnson (wife of?) __ Henderson died Feb 1888? aged 57? years also their daughter --ene Wilson?(Side 1) Rev Matthew Wilson M.A. born Jan 1 1806 died Dec 13 1884 Pastor of Sydney Mines North Sydney Little Bras D'Or Pastor emeritus of Sydney Mines Little Bras D'Or from 1882 until his death "Faithful until death" (Side 2) Susan Ewing Crawford died Jan 3 1861 age 41 years beloved wife of Rev. Matthew Wilson M.A. "Faithful until death" (Side 3) Christian Scoular Free Churches died Mar 29 1852 beloved wife of Rev Matthew Wilson M.A. "Faithful until death" This monument erected by his attached congregation.(Side 1) In memory of Charles MacDonald merchant of Sydney Mines who was born in the Isle of Skye Scotland. December _ A.D. 1815 and died December 11 A.D. 1879 in his 64th year He was an enthusiastic Highlander a true friend to all in need possessed in a prominent degree many of the excellent qualities peculiar to the Scottish character. (Side 2) Mary Campbell beloved wife of Charles MacDonald died June 7 1890? aged 67? years also asleep with Jesus their beloved daughter Mary Jane died Dec 22 1873 aged 16 yrs
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