Blyth Union Cemetery, Blyth, Huron County, Ontario, Canada


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Latitude: 43.73000, Longitude: -81.45647
Blyth Union Cemetery

Notes:
The Blyth Union Cemetery was created in 1881. It is located in a 5 acre section of Concession XIV Lot 26 Hullett Township, purchased from John Newcombe, located on Cemetery Line which runs from London Road about 3 km south of Blyth to County Road 25 (Blyth Road). John Newcombe was buried in the cemetery in 1883, two years after it opened. When Union Cemetery opened, the old Presbyterian burial grounds on Blyth's Dinsley Street since about 1854 were abandoned and later became known as Horticultural Park.

Some of the older tombstones were moved to the Union Cemetery while others were eventually placed in a cairn in the park. The relocated gravestones were placed in Sections B & C of the new cemetery. The earliest tombstones in the cemetery date to 1861 (John S. Millen) and 1862 (Jas. Cloakey), probably moved from the earlier cemeteries.

There is another inactive cemetery in Blyth, established by Trinity Anglican Church, located on Conc.1 Lot 41 of East Wawanosh, at the west end of North Street near the northern boundary of Blyth. It was opened in 1881 until 1929 after which most Anglican burials took place in Blyth Union Cemetery.

The pillars at the Union Cemetery's south gate were donated by the Poulton family, and were built in 1888 by Mr. Frost from Seaforth. The pillars and gates at the north entrance were provided in 1993 in memory of Franklin Bainton by the Bainton Family.

The cemetery is also home to a distinctive monument, erected by Dr. William Sloan in memory of his two sons who died within a month of each other in 1886/87. It was a metal monument (White Bronze) with several sections composing the height of 23 feet. Some years ago some sections were removed, reducing the overall height. The monument was built in 1887 but also memorializes other family members including Dr. Sloan who passed away in 1921.

The graveyard also has a mausoleum and chapel and a garden shed that were built in 1957 in memory of T.J. Poulton and his mother, father and sister.

The records for the Blyth Union Cemetery are kept at the Township of North Huron Town Hall in Wingham. The Township of North Huron took over care of the cemetery, after amalgamation in 2001. Prior to that, the Blyth Union Cemetery was managed by a cemetery board with representatives from Blyth, East Wawanosh and Hullett Townships. Past caretakers included Graham Jackson and Carl Longman.

The Huron County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society indexed the cemetery tombstones in the mid 1980s and those indexes can be found at the town libraries in Goderich, Wingham, Clinton, Seaforth, and Exeter. The indexes include transcriptions of the monuments.


Cemetery Photos

   Thumb   Description 
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FOSTER
FOSTER
Anna June McDowell (Foster) - Find A Grave: 175651700 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Alva Clinton McDowell 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Edna Bertha Vincent (McDowell) 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Clara Walden (McDowell) 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Robert Harvey McDowell 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
David William McDowell 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Robert Harvey McDowell - Find A Grave: 141646056 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Anna Margaret Snell (McDowell) 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
David William McDowell - Find A Grave: 141771723 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Clara Walden (McDowell) - Find A Grave: 80976111 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Anna Margaret Snell (McDowell) - Find A Grave: 139743565 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Lloyd McDowell - obituary (2017) 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Alva Lloyd McDowell - Find A Grave: 175651783 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Albert "Murray" McDowell - Find A Grave: 175644057 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Heather Anne McDowell - Find A Grave: 175650669 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Margaret Feme (McDowell) McDowell - obituary (2004) 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Robert Harvey McDowell - obituary (2006) 
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MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Albert Murray McDowell - obituary (2011) 
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NICHOL
NICHOL
Lillian Richardson Potter (Nichol) - Find A Grave: 98016549
 
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POTTER
POTTER
James Potter 
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POTTER
POTTER
James Wallace Potter - Find A Grave: 98016360
 
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POTTER NICOL
POTTER NICOL
James Wallace Potter, Linda Richardson Potter (Nicol) 
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SNELL
SNELL
Ernest Russell Snell - Find A Grave: 139743747 
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WALDEN
WALDEN
William Stapleton Walden - Find A Grave: 80976120 
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WALDEN
WALDEN
William Lloyd Walden - Find A Grave: 80976119
 
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WALSH
WALSH
Elaine Margaret McDowell (Walsh) - Find A Grave; 175650546 

Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Robert Harvey McDowell, Margaret Feme McDowell (McDowell), David William McDowell 
Located    David William McDowell (d. 14 Jan 2015)
Margaret Feme McDowell (d. 14 Jun 2004)
Robert Harvey McDowell (d. 18 Jun 2006)
 
MCDOWELL
MCDOWELL
Alva Lloyd McDowell 
Located    Alva Lloyd McDowell (d. 24 Dec 2017)
 
MCDOWELL FOSTER
MCDOWELL FOSTER
Alva Lloyd McDowell, Anna June McDowell (Foster) 
Located    Anna June Foster (d. 15 Aug 2002)
Alva Lloyd McDowell (d. 24 Dec 2017)
 
MCDOWELL WALSH
MCDOWELL WALSH
Albert Murray McDowell, Elaine Margaret McDowell (Walsh), Heather Anne McDowell 
Located    Albert Murray McDowell (d. 21 May 2011)
Heather Anne McDowell (d. Nov 2002)
Elaine Margaret Walsh (d. 1 Feb 1986)
 
WALDEN MCDOWELL
WALDEN MCDOWELL
William Stapleton Walden, Clara Walden (McDowell) 
Located    Clara McDowell (d. 4 Mar 1952)
William Stapleton Walden (d. 14 Mar 1963)