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Derry West Cemetery, Peel County , ON

Street Address: NW corner of Derry Rd and Hurontario
Community: Mississauga
Township: Toronto Township (Concession 1, Lot 11)
Locality: Peel County
Municipality: Mississauga
Province: ON
GPS: 43.645656,-79.707232

Church / Denomination: Hurontario Church

Registered to City of Mississauga. Derry West Anglican is one of the earliest Mississauga cemeteries. Church services were held at the site of the former church from 1829 to 1867 - when the village was destroyed by fire. The first burials were likely in the 1830's, but there now remains no trace of those. Burials continued following the demise of the town in 1867, but at reducing frequency. The last known burial was that of Mary J. Graham in 1936. Following Mary J. Graham's burial, the cemetery was described as 'full except for some vacancies in some family plots'. It was estimated that there should have been more than seventy remaining family plots, but due to the poor organization of the cemetery, inadequate plot marking, and the disappearance of many of the grave markers, no more burials occurred. When the cemetery closed in 1936, it was surrounded by 24 elms, maples and ironwood trees. In addition, a barb-wire, cedar-post fence stood as a barrier, sealing off the cemetery. The cemetery was left for years in a deplorable state, being used by a nearby farmer as a pasture and as a dump for the nearby service station. The lack of care paid to the cemetery meant the loss and damage to many cemetery markers. Unfortunately, the poor record keeping and care of Derry West Cemetery means that many buried within the cemetery will be forever forgotten. As an example, three individuals (Hugh Graham, Mr. Armstrong, and Mr. Aikens) were reported to be buried in the 1830's but this information cannot be confirmed as markers for these men are missing. It was also believed that there were family members of the Aikens and Scanlon families - two local families who owned plots.

An historic plaque was erected by a local women's group to commemorate the cemetery. The plaque reads as follows: Historic Plaque of Derry West 1829 - Derry West - 1973 This is the site of the original Hurontario Church (Anglican). In 1822, Joseph Carter received a Crown grant for 200 acres on Lot 11, Con 1 WHS, Tor. Twp. On this portion he built a small log church which opened July 27, 1829. The cornerstone was christened by whisky bought from the hotel across the road. Bishop Strachan said 'I heard that this church was begun in drunkenness and ribaldry' so he refused Carter Holy Orders. Carter, broken-hearted, sold the farm to Wm. Orr, reserving 1/2 acre on which the church sat, deeding it to the Church of England. In 1843 a mud brick building replaced the old church and opposite a small rough cast Presbyterian church was built. Derry West was named by George Graham to honour his forefathers who fought at Londonderry, Ireland. Derry West had the first Post Office in Peel Co. In 1826, No. 10 L.O.L. built their first hall west of the corner (origin of Derry West District Lodge). Beside the cemetery stood a small brick Armouries used at the time of the Fenian raids (1865). Taverns, a temperance hall, blacksmith, shoemaker and carpenter shop with horse sheds made up Derry West in 1857 with a population of 100. Through the years there have been 3 schools here. In 1867 Derry West was swept by fire; little remained and the small hamlet never regained the former prominence of those early years. Erected by the Derry West Women's Institute and Community.

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    This index represents ALL visible headstones still in existence at the time this cemetery was visited

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    ?, Jane   ? ?
    ?, Jane   ? ?
    ARMSTRONG  
    ARMSTRONG, Eliz J   1864 - 1908 (age: 44)
    ARMSTRONG, Elizabeth   1846 - 1874 (age: 28)
    ARMSTRONG, G.W.   1853 - 1898 (age: 45)
    ARMSTRONG, Lillie (Moore)   1850 - 1904 (age: 54)
    BROWN, Elizabeth   1811 - 1846 (age: 35)
    BROWN, John   spouse
    BUSSELL  
    BUSSELL, Margaret   1782 - 1867 (age: 85)
    BUSSELL, William   1828 - 1842 (age: 14)
    BUSSELL, William   1777 - 1868 (age: 91)
    COYNE, Jane   ? - 1861
    COYNE, John   spouse
    DAVIS  
    DAVIS, Gordon William   1895 - 1917 (age: 22)
    DAVIS, Maria A (Grafton)   1890 - 1934 (age: 44)
    DAVIS, Ruby   1893 - 1906 (age: 13)
    DAVIS, Sarah   1839 - 1900 (age: 61)
    DAVIS, William   spouse
    DUNDAS, Fred   ? - 1874
    GOLDEN, John   1784 - 1874 (age: 90)
    GRAFTON, Maria A   1890 - 1934 (age: 44)
    GRAHAM  
    GRAHAM, Alex Hamilton   1845 - 1847 (age: 1)
    GRAHAM, Anne   1813 - 1878 (age: 65)
    GRAHAM, Eliz J (Armstrong)   1864 - 1908 (age: 44)
    GRAHAM, Elizabeth   parent
    GRAHAM, Elizabeth (Armstrong)   1846 - 1874 (age: 28)
    GRAHAM, George   1841 - 1863 (age: 22)
    GRAHAM, George   1881 - 1884 (age: 3)
    GRAHAM, George   1784 - 1863 (age: 79)
    GRAHAM, Hugh   1856 - 1883 (age: 27)
    GRAHAM, John   spouse
    GRAHAM, John   1883 - 1917 (age: 34)
    GRAHAM, Joseph   parent
    GRAHAM, Joseph   1845 - 1849 (age: 4)
    GRAHAM, Joseph   1818 - 1887 (age: 69)
    GRAHAM, Margaret (Huston)   1844 - 1919 (age: 75)
    GRAHAM, Margt   1844 - 1919
    GRAHAM, Mary (Henderson)   1786 - 1865 (age: 79)
    GRAHAM, Mary A (Morrison)   1869 - 1903 (age: 34)
    GRAHAM, Mary J   1850 - 1936
    GRAHAM, Mary Olive   1896 - 1902 (age: 6)
    GRAHAM, Sarah   1783 - 1863
    GRAHAM, Sarah (Davis)   1839 - 1900 (age: 61)
    GRAHAM, Thomas   1810 - 1898 (age: 88)
    GRAHAM, Thomas   1814 - 1844
    GROGAN  
    GROGAN, (infants)   (age: 6m)
    GROGAN, James   1825 - 1870 (age: 45)
    GROGAN, John   1865 - 1866 (age: 11m)
    HENDERSON, Mary   1786 - 1865 (age: 79)
    HUSTON, Annie   1861 - 1911 (age: 50)
    HUSTON, Margaret   1844 - 1919 (age: 75)
    JONES, George   parent
    JONES, Jane   1851 - 1855 (age: 4)
    JONES, Mary   parent
    LINDSAY, ? Boy   1837 - 1843 (age: 6)
    LINDSAY, ?Boy   ? - 184? (age: 1)
    LINDSAY, Andrew   parent
    LINDSAY, Martha   parent
    MOORE, John   (age: 10m)
    MOORE, Lillie   1850 - 1904 (age: 54)
    MOORE, Margaret   ? ? (age: 3)
    MOORE, Mary   (age: 7m)
    MOORE, Robert   1788 - 1851 (age: 63)
    MOORE, Sarah   parent
    MORRISON, Martin   parent
    MORRISON, Martin   1788 - 1872
    MORRISON, Mary A   1869 - 1903 (age: 34)
    MORRISON, Sara   parent
    MORRISON, Sarah (Graham)   1783 - 1863
    MORRISON, Thomas   1814 - 1844 (age: 30)
    NIXON, Ross   1816 - 1893 (age: 77)
    PATTERSON, Alice   parent
    PATTERSON, John   parent
    PATTERSON, Thomas   1842 - 1845 (age: 3)
    PEIRSON, Allen   1855 - 1856 (age: 4m)
    PEIRSON, Catharin   parent
    PEIRSON, Joseph   parent
    RUDDER, John   1843 - 1907 (age: 64)
    RUDDER, Sarah   1839 - 1900 (age: 61)
    SCOLLEN, Thomas   1847 - 1873 (age: 26)
    WOODS, Eddie A   1889 - 1892 (age: 3)
    WOODS, Mary Jane   1886 - 1895 (age: 9)
    WOODS, Thomas J   1883 - 1913 (age: 30)
    WOODS, Vera Viola   1906 - 1907 (age: 10m)
    WOODS, W.J.   parent

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