Location: Bouctouche, New Brunswick
Surnames/tags: Cemeteries New_Brunswick
Community: Bouctouche Township: Wellington Parish Locality: Kent County Municipality: Bouctouche Province: NB
St. John’s Presbyterian cemetery is located on Irving Boulevard across the street from the Sawmill Point Boat Basin and next to the Irving Arboretum. The first burial took place during the month of May in 1847 for Sarah Mapson, infant daughter of Edward and Mary Mapson. The first worship service at St. John’s Presbyterian Church was held in 1874. The church was in continuous use for 92 years until it was demolished in 1966. Today a beautiful memorial garden pays homage to this sacred ground where once stood the St. John’s Presbyterian Church and the cemetery where more than 300 individuals have been laid to rest. The Irving family built the memorial garden and Irving Memorial Chapel in 2002 - 2003. Three noteworthy individuals interred at this cemetery include John Bowser Sr. 1798 – 1877, Chief Magistrate of Buctouche; Rev. John David Murray 1834 – 1906, minister of St. John’s Presbyterian Church; and J. D. Irving 1860 – 1933, founder of J. D. Irving Limited and father of industrialist K. C. Irving.
It is believed that within this cemetery there are re-interments of remains from the MacIntosh Hill Burial Ground. As well, MacIntosh Hill Burial Ground remains may also have been re-interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Zion United Church at McKee’s Mills, Kent County NB. These re-interments were as a result of road construction in the MacIntosh Hill area during the 1970’s. Like many older cemetery, there appear to be several areas with unmarked burials.
Each tombstone monument has been transcribed. In addition, this transcript was compared to the Memorial Garden Plaques, which list the individuals buried in the cemetery. These plaques are located on stonewalls in the memorial garden with an entry way to the cemetery. For the purpose of this genealogical research, the transcription of the actual tombstone monuments has been set as the standard. There are numerous discrepancies between the tombstone monuments and the plaques. Notes containing additional information as well as the discrepancies are contained in bracketed ( ) italicized text. The noting of discrepancies and additional information has been included in order to aid the researcher. The information used for the Memorial Garden Plaques was taken from several written sources and other methods of identification. With an identification project this large as well as working from age worn monuments, it is understandable that discrepancies will occur. Also, it is not uncommon to find discrepancies of inscriptions on a tombstone monument. Additional primary documentation from sources such as Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB) records should be consulted in order to determine the correct information where discrepancies have been noted. The transcript of the Memorial Garden Plaques follows immediately after the tombstone transcript.
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