Old Durham County

                        AN INVENTORY OF CLARKE TOWNSHIP CEMETERIES

This list tells you how to find each cemetery, and what you will find once you arrive.  It does not contain names and dates.  For a transcript of the cemetery's gravestones, please contact the Ontario Genealogical Branch  <www.ogs.on.ca> and click on BRANCHES and find DURHAM REGION BRANCH - there will be links to their postal address, their e-mail address, their list of holdings, their meeting times, etc.

There are 23 cemeteries within the boundaries of Clarke Township, including the Newcastle/Bond Head Cemetery.  Many of the little 'abandon' cemeteries across the township are kept by cemetery boards.  These boards change periodically, so by the time you see this listing, the contact person may have changed.  Please contact the person shown to find out who now keeps the cemetery book.

Note:  by 'abandon', it is meant that these cemeteries are no longer taking burials and are disused.  Disused does not mean unkept.  All cemeteries across Clarke are well maintained as a mark of respect to those whose final resting place is therein.

The background photo is the cemetery gates at Orono.

 

1. Lovekin Pioneer Cemetery

Location:
Wilmot Creek Retirement Village - Lot 35, C1

Access:
This is a controlled access community, but if you know someone who lives there you will have no problem accessing the site.  Or you can leave your car on the roadway and walk in.
From Highway #2, just east of the Highway 35/115 cutoff, turn right (south) onto Cobbledick Road.  Travel about  half a mile then turn right.  This is the road into the village.  Just beyond the gates, to the left, and just behind someone’s back yard, the fenced graveyard can be seen.  

What you will find:
Stones for the Lovekin family and their maid.  One stone is just that, a field stone that has been carved with an inscription, as no memorial stone workers were in the area at the time this person died.   Wonderful pioneer artifacts!

Who to Contact:
This is considered an abandon cemetery and is administered by the Clarke Cemetery Board.  As this board can change with each new term of council it is best to contact the Municipal offices for further information and contact names.
Municipality of Clarington,
Clarke Cemetery Board,

40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or by e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

 

2. Beach Plot

Location:
On the old Samuel  Wilmot farm just west of Newcastle village on Highway #2, north side.

Access:
This is a private site, but a query at the house may get you in.  From Highway #2, take Ruddell Street north (north of the highway)for 100 yards then turn left (west) at the service road on the north side of the highway.  Follow it to the end to the farm known as Belmont.

What you will find:
One lone stone.  The occupants of the grave have posed a mystery for many years.  Though we know their names (Beach )we do not know why they are buried there.

Further information:
The land owners; The Clarinton Museum and Archives at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre, Bowmanville; The Newcastle and District Historical Society who operate a “museum” and history room at the community centre in Newcastle Village.

Clarington Museums: (905) 623-2734
website with contact info: www.bowmanvillemuseum.org

Newcastle Village and District Historical Society
Unit 3, 20 King Ave., E.,
Newcastle, ON
L1B 1H7

 

3. Bethel Cemetery

Location:
Lot 28, Concession 3 (north of Newcastle)

Access:
401 Highway to Mill Street cutoff.  North on Mill Street to the junction with Highway 35/115.  Turn right onto the  Concession Road 3 (east).  The cemetery will be on your left a few hundred yards along this road.
Likewise, coming from Highway 35/115, travel eastward on Concession Road 3.

What you will find:
Bethel Cemetery is a neat, well kept cemetery.  Some of the original stones remain standing, but most have been gathered into a memorial cairn.  At the time of writing, there is, unfortunately, a large cedar tree growing between the standing stones at the front of the cemetery and the cairn, making it almost impossible to read some of the stones.  Hopefully, by the time you read this and go ancestor hunting at Bethel, this will have been corrected.

Who to Contact:
This is an abandon cemetery, and is administered by the Clarke Cemetery Board.  This board can change with each term of council, so it is best to contact the municipal offices for further information and contact names.
Municipality of Clarington,
Clarke Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or e-mail: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

4. Brown Family
(private family plot)
 
Location:
Lot 21, Concession 2

Access:
401 Highway to Mill Street cutoff, north on Mill Street to King Street in Newcastle Village (this is Highway #2).  Turn east (right) onto Highway #2 and proceed about 2 miles to Golf Course Road. The cemetery is located in the middle of the farm at this corner (access is by the laneway on Highway #2.)  

What you will find:
At the time of this writing, this plot has not been cared for by the cemetery board.  It is overgrown and access to the graves is not possible.  Hopefully, in the near future this will be rectified.

Who to Contact:
At this time, contact with the farm owner is the only means of visiting the site.  They are very willing for people in search of their ancestors to come to see this small grave site, however, it must be remembered that this is a working farm and visitors should exercise patience and good judgement when visiting and seeking permission, as the owners are very busy and may not be able to accommodate you at that very moment.  When I visited, there were large watch dogs on duty at the farm, so it would be a good idea to wait in the car for someone to come to you.  

This information is from my visit there in  2002.   Since that time the situation may have changed.

 

5. Coulter Family Cemetery

Location:
Lot 25, Concession 2

Access:
This plot is located on a private farm.  It sits atop a hill at the east end of the village of Newcastle.  From Highway #2, turn up the farm lane for Willow Hill Farm, two driveways west of Newcastle Block.  This is along laneway up through the farm fields, over a wooden tressle bridge (quite safe) and on up to the farm.
From Highway 401, take the Mill Street cut-off at Newcastle, follow Mill Street north through the village.  Turn right at Highway #2 (King St.) and proceed eastward to the second driveway west of Newcastle Block.

What you will find:
This small plot holds only 2 stones.  At this time it has not been kept by the Clarke Cemetery Board, but hopefully will see some restoration in the near future.

Who to Contact:
The owner is very interested in local history and is very willing to take you out to the site.  However, this is a working dairy farm, so good judgement and patience should be used when seeking permission to view this site.
Willow Hill Farm,
Highway #2,
Newcastle, Ontario, L1B 1K8

 

6.  Gifford Family Cemetery
(private)



Location:
Lot 15, Concession 2

Access:
Highway #2, east from Newcastle village for about 2 - 2½ miles.  On the left side (north) you will see a farm dealership.  This is located on the old Gifford farm.  The cemetery is at the back of the property.  As this is on private land, permission must be obtained from the landowner.

What you will find:
Any graves that are still in existence at this site are largely overgrown.  When there in 2002, they pointed out the spot, but weather did not allow me to ‘poke around’ to see just what was there.  I’m told it is very little.


Who to Contact:
Ask at the Farm Dealership.

 

7.  Newtonville
(Aulde Kirk)
Location:
Lot 8, Concession 2 - village of Newtonville

Access:
Highway #2, east from Village of Newcastle to Newtonville, a distance of about 7 miles.
Via 401, to Newtonville Road interchange (east of Mill St. interchange at Newcastle).  North (left) along Newtonville Road to Highway #2.
Once you have arrived at this corner (Newtonville Road and Highway2) continue through the intersection northward, to Church Lane.  Turn right (east) onto Church Lane and follow the Lane around a small bend to the old Presbyterian Church on your left.

What you will find:
This is now a private residence, and the few stones of this cemetery are found in the “back yard” of this home.

Who to Contact:
Permission to view the stones should be sought from the home owner.  I have not contact name or phone number at this time, however, this is considered an abandoned cemetery and is administered by the Clarke Cemetery Board.  As this board can change with each new term of council, it is best to contact the Municipal offices for further information and contact names.
Municipality of Clarington
Clarke Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or by e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

8.  Gilmer Family Plot
(private)

Location:
Lot 2, Concession 4

Access:
There is no access to this plot.  It is on private land, and there are no stones.

 

9. Lent Plot

Location:
Lot 15, concession 3

Access:
This small family plot is on private land with no access.  There are no stones at this site.      

 

10.  Smith Family Plot

Location:
Lot 3, Concession 4

Access:
Take Highway 35/115 to Concession Road 4.  Follow Concession Road 4 eastward about 3 miles to Gilmore Road.  Turn north (left).  Access to this cemetery is across private land.

What you will find:
The stones of this cemetery have been gathered into a memorial cairn.  The area is well kept.  Parking is on the side of the road, and you must climb the hill to access the site.

Who to Contact:
Although this cemetery is under the administration of the Clarke Cemetery Board, permission to access this cemetery must be obtained from the land owner, Bruce Todd.  The Todd family live on the 5th Concession Road.
Contact them at:
Bruce Todd,
Concession Road 5,
Newtonville, Ontario,
(905) 786-2968
 

 

11. Shiloh Church Cemetery

Location:
Lot 5, Concession 5

Access:
From 401 Highway, take the Newtonville Road cut-off.  Follow Newtonville Road northward to Concession Road 5.  Turn east (right) onto Concession Road 5 and travel about 3 miles to the corner of Shiloh Road.  This is where you will see the white frame church with cemetery beside it.

What you will find:
This is a cemetery that dates from the mid 1800's.  It is well kept, and for the most part, the stones are in good condition and most are legible.  Parking is on the side of the road.

Who to Contact.
This cemetery, though attached to an active church, is under the administration of the Clarke Cemetery Board.  Because this board can change with each term of council, it is best to contact the Municipal offices for further information and contact names.
Municipality of Clarington,
Clarke Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or by e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>
          

 

12.  Lawrence Cemetery
(also known as Waddell’s)
(formerly Presbyterian)

Location:
Lot 21, Concession 5

Access:
Follow Highway 35/115 to the 5th Concession Road.  Turn east and follow the 5th Concession Road about 3 miles (perhaps a little less).  The Lawrence Cemetery sits atop a small knoll on the left side (north) of the road.

What you will find:
This is one of the larger pioneer cemeteries in the township.  Most of the stones have been gathered into a long memorial cairn.  Some have been left standing on their original grave sites.
Also at this cemetery is a memorial cairn holding the stones from the old Orono Cemetery, which includes the burials from the Bible Christian Chapel there.  (The remains were transferred to Orono Cemetery).  The grounds are well kept.  Parking is on the side of the road.

Who to Contact:
This is an abandoned cemetery and is under the administration of the Clarke Cemetery Board.  This board can change with each new term of council, so it is best to contact the Municipal offices for further information and contact names.
Municipality of Clarington,
Clarke Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or by e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

13.  Stutt Family Site

Location:
Lot 19, Concession 4

Access:
There is no access to this site as it lies deep in the woods on private land.  There are no stones remaining at this site.
The land owners at one time asked family still in the area if they wished to remove the stones before they were overgrown and lost.  Perhaps this is what was done.  They may be found in another cemetery.

Who to Contact:
This site should be administered by the Clarke Cemetery Board, and if further information is required on the where abouts of the Stutt stones, contact with this Board may be your answer.
Municipality of Clarington,
Clarke Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

14.  White/Porter Cemetery
(formerly Presbyterian Aulde Kirk)

Location:
Lot 13, Concession 4

Access:
From Highway 33/115, take the 4th Concession Road eastward for about 3 miles.  Half way across, the road deviates to negotiate a large hill, so be prepared to turn left, over the hill, and then left again at the bottom (the road seems to go straight ahead at this point, but you must turn left here).  The Porter Cemetery is on the south side (right) of the road.  If coming from Newtonville Road, take the 4th Concession Road westward.  Travel about 1 -1½ miles and the Porter Cemetery will be on your left (south) side.

What you will find:
This is another of the larger pioneer cemeteries.  It is stretched out up a knoll, with the stones gathered into a memorial cairn at the top.  Some of the stones at the top of the hill have been left standing on their original sites.  There is an access/laneway on the east side of the cemetery providing ample parking facility.  Also, if you can not handle the walk up the fairly steep grade of the cemetery, you can drive up to the top of the hill on the access area.

Who to Contact:
This site is administered by the Clarke Cemetery Board.  Because the board can change with each term of council, it is best to contact the municipal offices for further details and contact names.
Municipality of C larington,
Clarke Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or by e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

15.  Old Orono Cemetery

Location:
There is no longer a location for this cemetery.  The stones were moved to the Lawrence Site, and the remains were transferred to the ‘new’ Orono Cemetery............see #12 for further details

 

16.  Ede/McNeile/Elliot Family Cemetery

Location:
Lot 31, Concession 7

Access:
From Orono, take Taunton Road westward to Leskard Road.
From Bowmanville, take Liberty St. or Durham Road 57 north to Taunton Road, turn right (east) and continue to Leskard Road.
Travel north on Leskard Road to the village of Leskard.  The road will end at the 8th Concession Road.  Turn right (east).  The cemetery is at the back of the property on your right (just past the corner).

What you will find:
I have not yet visited this site, but it is located on private land . Access to this site is likely possible.  There were stones at this site a number of years ago, and I would imagine they are still there.

Who to Contact:
Contact the land owner:
S. Welch,
Leskard Road,
Leskard, Ontario, L0B 1M0
(905) 983-1019

 

17.  Lawrence Back Cemetery

Location:
Lot 34, Concession 7

Access:
From Highway 35/115, take Concession Road 7 (County Road 9) westward for about 4 miles.  This old Presbyterian Cemetery is on the top of a knoll on the north side (right) of the road.
From Bowmanville, follow Liberty St. or Durham Road 57 northward to Taunton Road.  Turn right (east) and travel to the old township line, called Townline Road.  Turn left (north) and travel about 2 miles.  Ahead of you you will see the road bend to the left, but turn right just before the bend onto Concession Road 7.  The cemetery is about 1 mile (or less) on the left side of the road.

What you will find:
The stones of this cemetery have been gathered into a memorial cairn.  It is well kept.  Parking is on the side of the road, but be cautious, as the cemetery is on the crest of a knoll and visibility of oncoming cars might be compromised.

Who to Contact:
This is an abandoned cemetery, and is under the administration of the Clarke Cemetery Board.  This board can change with each new term of council so it is best to contact the Municipal offices for further information and contact names.
Municipality of Clarington,
Clarke Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

18.  Nay/Staples Family Plot

Location:
Lot 31, Concession 8

Access:
Follow the directions to #16.  At the corner of Leskard Road and the 8th Concession Road, turn right, followed by a left (Leskard Road jogs at this point).  This is a narrow winding road with few houses.   Follow this road for about 1 mile or 1½ miles.  The cemetery is on private land.

What you will find:
I have not yet visited this site.  There may or may not be stones still in existence here, but they were still standing about 2 years ago.
Access to this site is by permission from the land owner.

Who to Contact:
Contact the land owner:
Scott Storey,

 

19.  Elliot/McLean Cemetery
(formerly New Connexions Methodist)

Location:
Lot 9, Concession 8

Access:
From Highway 35/115, take the 7th Concession Road (County Road 9) easterly to the community of Kendal, about 4 miles.  At Kendal turn north (left) onto Thompson Road.  Follow this road north to the next concession road.  At this corner you will see a farm with an octagonal wooden silo with a driveway/laneway on the east side.  The cemetery is tucked in the woods on the other side of the driveway.
From Highway 28, take County Road 9 westerly to Kendal, about 10 miles, then follow the directions for Thompson Road.

What you will find:
This is a well kept cemetery with stones dating from the late 1800's.  It is not an early site.  Parking is on the side of the road.  Even though this is located on private land, researchers are welcome.  Keep the gate closed.

Who to Contact:
This is an abandoned cemetery, and is administered by the Clarke Cemetery Board.  This board can change with each term of council, so it is best to contact the Municipal offices for further information and contact names.
Municipality of Clarington,
Clarke Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or by e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

20.  St.  George’s Anglican Cemetery

Location:
Lot 34, Concession 2

Access:
From Bowmanville, take Liberty St. or Durham Road 57 north to Highway #2.  Turn east (right) and travel about 4 miles to the junction of Highway 35/115.  The cemetery is on your left just before the junction.
From Newcastle Village (Mill St. cut-off from 401) follow Highway @ west until just passed the junction of 35/115 Highway.  The cemetery is on the right side (north).

What you will find:
This is a well kept, rather large cemetery, dating from the mid 1800's.  There is an access road which runs along in front of the cemetery and provides parking, so there is no need to park on Highway #2.  However, this is also an access road for the working farm next door, so do not block this road.  Keep well over to the grass verge.

Who to Contact:
This is considered an abandon cemetery, only because it is no longer in use.  It is administered by the Clarke Cemetery Board.  This board can change with each new term of council, so it is best to contact the Municipal offices for further information and contact names.
Municipality of Clarington,
Clarke Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905)623-3379
or by e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

21.  Lakeview Cemetery

Location:
Village of Newtonville

Access:
From 401 Highway, take the Newtonville Road cut-off and proceed north on Newtonville Road to the village.  This will be Highway #2.
Continue northward through the intersection, where the community cenotaph will be seen.  On the other side of the cenotaph you will see Hill St.  Turn left here and proceed up the hill.
From Bowmanville, take Highway 2 eastward for 12 miles to the village of Newtonville, then follow directions above.

What you will find:
Lakeview Cemetery is found on the top of a high hill.  It does indeed have a view of Lake Ontario.  This is a fairly large cemetery, well kept.  Parking is along the side of the road, but as it is on the brow of a hill, caution should be exercised.  It is best to park on the same side of the road as the cemetery, as the grass verge is just a little wider.

Who to Contact:
This cemetery is administered by its own board.  Please contact:
Reid Wood,
1700 Regional Road 18 (Newtonville Road)
Newtonville, Ontario, L0A 1J0
(905) 786-2021

 

22.  Orono/Clarke Cemetery

Location:
Village of Orono

Access:
From the south, follow Highway 35/115 to Station Street exit at Orono.  Follow the cloverleaf back over the highway to Main Street.  Turn right (north) and follow Main Street through the business section of the village.  At the north end of the community it appears that this road splits.  Take the road to the right which is still Mill St.  Follow this almost out to the exit onto Highway 35/115 southbound.  You will see a street go off to your left called Mill Lane.  Turn here and continue along Mill Lane to the cemetery.
From the north, take Mill St. cut-off from 35/115 Highway.  At the end of the cloverleaf turn onto Mill Lane and follow it to the cemetery.

What you will find:
This is a large, well kept cemetery catering to the needs of those families not only from Orono, but from the whole of the north end of the township.
At the gates is a memorial to the soldiers of WW1 who lost their lives.
(Additional names are found on the community cenotaph, south on Mill St.).  Parking is along the sides of Mill Lane.

Who to Contact:
This cemetery is administerd by it’s own board.  Please contact:
Don Hamm,
245 Tamblyn Road,
Orono, Ontario, L0B 1M0
(905) 983-5135

 

23.  Bond Head/Newcastle Cemetery

Location:
Lot 27, Broken Front (at the community of Bond Head)

Access:
From Highway 401 take the Mill Street cut-off at Newcastle.  Follow Mill Street south.  After you go under the railway overpass you will come to a stop sign, turn left here, and follow Mill Street down to the lake. You are now in the community of Bond Head.  Follow Lakeshore Road for a few hundred yards and you will see Park Street on your left.  Turn onto Park Street and you drive right up to the cemetery.
From Highway 2 follow Mill Street south with the same instructions.

What you will find:
This is a large “working” cemetery.  It serves the southern half of the old township.  It is low lying and is sometime quite wet, however, it is well kept.  Every now and then evidence of on-going renovations to stones (for their preservation) can be witnessed in this cemetery.  Parking is along Park Street or Bolton Street.

Who to contact:
As a working cemetery, this site is under the administration of the Municipality.  This used to be called Parks and Cemeteries Division of the Works Department, but is now called Operations Department.  The old record books for the cemetery are kept at the Municipal Offices and researchers are welcome to come in for information.  It is a large cemetery, so it is advisable to stop for a plot number (if you need one) and a site map.
Municipality of Clarington,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379

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