Old Durham County

                                  AN INVENTORY OF DARLINGTON 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 20 cemeteries within the boundaries of Darlington Township, including the Bowmanville 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 Darlington are well maintained as a mark of respect to those whose final resting place is therein.

The background photo is Eldad Cemetery, Solina, Darlington

1. Burk Pioneer Cemetery

Location:
Lot 24 of the Broken Front Concession

Access:
Highway 401 to Courtice Road.  South on Courtice Road to the South Service Road, east.  Continue east on the South Service Road to Solina Road.  Turn south (right), then left into the soccer pitch area.  The memorial cairn is at the far east end of the property.

What you will find:
A memorial cairn has been built holding the stones from the old Burke family cemetery.  Some of the stones were broken and the inscriptions lost, while the pieces for others were all found and pieced into the cairn.
This is a well used community area, developed with the co-operation of Ontario Power Generation, Darlington (formerly Ontario Hydro, Darlington).  The site houses soccer pitches, children’s play area, ample parking, and is adjacent  to a part of the waterfront trail.

Who to contact:
This is considered an abandoned cemetery, and is therefore administered by the Darlington Cemetery Board.  These boards are usually for the duration of the term of council, and change every four years.  It is best to contact the Municipal offices for further information and contact names.
Municipality of Clarington,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ont.  L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or e-mail: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

2.  Ebenezer Cemetery
(formerly Bible Christian)

Location:
Lot 28, Concession 1

Access:
Via Courtice Road, at juncture of Bloor Street, south of Highway #2 or north of Highway 401.

What you will find:
Adjacent to Ebenezer Church, now part of the United Church of Canada, formerly a Bible Christian Chapel.  This cemetery is the resting place of many local pioneer families.  The land was donated by the Courtice family.   The cemetery is well kept and the stones are in very good condition, nestled in places under very old trees, probably dating to the date on the nearby stones.
Ample parking in the church parking lot is available.
A provincial plaque has been placed on this site to commemorate the contribution of the Bible Christian congregation at Ebenezer.

Who to Contact:
Though not abandoned, this cemetery is no longer in use, and is administered by the Darlington Cemetery Board.  This board changes with each term of council, so it is best to contact the Municipal Offices for further information and contact names.
Municipality of Clarington,
Darlington Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

3.  Trull Cemetery

Location:
Lot 32, Concession 1

Access:
On Baseline Road, west of Courtice Road, via Highway 401, north onto Courtice Road, west onto Baseline Road - about 1 mile.
Or, from Highway #2, south on Courtice Road to the second set of stop lights, right onto Baseline Road for about 1 mile.
Located on the north side of the road.

What you will find:
This is a small family cemetery, that was, until recently, overgrown and abandon.  Today, this small cemetery is manicured and fenced, and houses 22 plots, mostly Trull surnames, but also other related family members.  There is no parking, except on the side of the road.

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

 

4. Providence Cemetery

Location:
Lot 3, Concession 3

Access:
North on Liberty Street at Bowmanville to Concession Road 3.  Left on Concession Road 3 about 2 miles to the corner of Bragg Road.  The cemetery is on your left side (north).
Or, from Bowmanville, take Lambs Road (at the eastern limit of Bowmanville) north for 2 roads to Concession Road 3. Turn right and continue for about 1 mile.  The cemetery is on your left side(north).

What you will find:
The stones for this small pioneer cemetery have been gathered together into a memorial cairn.  Some were broken, but most are legible.  This is a well kept pioneer location, though there is little parking, and only then on the side of the road.

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

 

5.  Bethesda Cemetery
(formerly Bible Christian then Methodist)

Location:
Lot 6, concession 5

Access:
From Highway 401, take Liberty Street north through Bowmanville for about 7 miles, to Concession Road 6, (one road north of Taunton Road.)  Turn right onto Concession Road 6 and continue for 2 side roads.  Bethesda Cemetery is at this crossroads.

What you will find:
A small funeral chapel is located on the grounds of this cemetery.  This is a well kept cemetery with most of the original stones still intact.   There is limited parking in front of the chapel, however, there is a rear driveway off Concession Road 6 with further parking.

Who to Contact:
This cemetery has its own Board.  The contact person is : 
Ralph Werry

To find information about the cemetery contact :

 Bethesda Cemetery Board

c/o Ralph Werry

8094 Old Scugog Road

Enniskillen, ON.  L0B 1J0
905-263-2383

The board holds the old cemetery records for Bethesda, and if available, will gladly look-up the book for you.  Unfortunately, a fire destroyed many early records and not all burials are in the “new” book which dates from the late 1890's, though they have been trying to reconstruct the entries whenever an old document comes to light.  The location of graves is known, but not the name of the occupant.

 

6.  Hampton Union Cemetery

Location:
Lot 18, Concession 5 (village of Hampton)

Access:
From Highway 401 take Durham Road 57 north about 5 miles to Taunton Road (5th concession road).  Turn left to Scugog Road (at the next set of lights), then north through the village of Hampton to the north end of the village.  The cemetery is on your left side (west).

What you will find:
This is a later cemetery, started in the 1870's by a cemetery board for people of the area.  It is well kept, and the stones are in very good condition.  Parking is on the side of the road.

Who to Contact:
Hampton Union Cemetery is run by its own cemetery board.  
write to:

Hampton Cemetery Board,

Box 191,

5454 Old Scugog Rd.,

Hampton, Ontario, L0B 1J0  

or phone the church office: (905) 263-2692

 

7. Hampton Pioneer Cemetery
(formerly Bible Christian)

Location:
Lot 18, Concession 5 (village of Hampton)

Access:
Follow the instructions for site #6 (previous page).  At Hampton, turn left onto Mill Street, follow Mill Street over the bridge on the mill pond.  At the corner turn left (south).  The Pioneer Cemetery is on your left.
From Oshawa, take Taunton Road eastward to the Old Scugog Road.  Turn left (north) into the village of Hampton.  Follow the instructions above once you reach the village.

What you will find:
The stones of this old cemetery have been gathered together into a memorial cairn.  Some of the stones had been broken, but all pieces that could be found have been laid into the cairn and most are legible.
This cemetery dates from the 1830's.  It is well kept, with ample parking on the wide grassy verge at the roadside.

Who to Contact:
This is considered to be an abandoned cemetery and is administered by the Darlington 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,
Darlington Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379  
or e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

8. Advent Cemetery

Location:
Lot 26, Concession 5

Access:
Follow the directions for the two previous sites.  When you reach the village of Hampton, continue along this road (Old Scugog Road) to the 6th Concession Road.  Turn left (west) and continue for about 2 or 3 miles.  You will come to the village of Solina.  At the crossroads of Solina Road (by the community centre) and the 6th Concession Road, you will see a steep hill ahead of you.  About half way up that hill you will find the Advent Cemetery on your left.

What you will find:
The stones of the Advent Cemetery are gathered together on a semi-circular base.  These are large standing monuments rather than the usual flat stones.  Some appear to be replacements for earlier, perhaps broken, stones.
This is a well kept site with parking for about 3 cars, but as it is just beyond the brow of the hill for cars approaching from the west, parking on the roadside is not suggested.

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

 

9. Zion Cemetery
(Formerly Bible Christian)

Location:
Lot 30, Concession 5

Access:
Follow the instructions for site #6.  When you arrive at Taunton Road, turn west (left) and continue on that road for about 5 miles.  You will come to a large steep hill.  Over this hill is Mitchell’s Corners.  Turn here at the stop lights (right - north) and you will find Zion Church about ½ mile north on the right hand side.
Or, from 401, take the Courtice Road cut-off and follow Courtice Road north for about 6 miles.  You will find yourself at the bottom of the steep hill mentioned above.  Turn left up over this hill to find Mitchell’s Corners on the other side.

What you will find:
This is a small cemetery, but it is well attended.  The church, still in use, dates from the 1850's.  There is ample parking across the road from the church and church yard.

Who to Contact:
This cemetery is not abandon, but it's future is uncertain.  The congregation has ceased and the church building is up for sale, though the cemetery will be separated from the church lands and remain as a final resting place for our pioneer ancestors.  Please contact the Church office at HAmpton for up-to-date information about Zion/Micthcell's Corners Cemetery.

 

10.  Mount Vernon Cemetery
(formerly Episcopal Methodist)

Location:
Lot 28, Concession 6

Access:
Follow the directions for site #8.  Continue on past the Advent Cemetery for about another mile or mile and a half.  On the top of the hill you will find Mount Vernon on the right side of the road (north side)

What you will find:
The stones of this cemetery have been gathered together into a commemorative cairn.  It is well kept.  Though on top of a hill, the land has poor drainage, and after a heavy rain can be very wet and muddy.  Parking is on the grassy verge on the edge of the road.

Who to Contact:
This is an abandoned cemetery, and is administered by the Darlington 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,
Darlington Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

11.  Eldad Cemetery
(formerly Bible Christian)

Location:
Lot 27, Concession 6

Access:
Follow the instructions for site #6.  Continue along the 6th Concession Road, past the Advent Cemetery, for about 100 yards.  Eldad is on the right side of the road (north)

What you will find:
Even though the church here is still in use, the cemetery has not been used for most or all of the 20th century.  The stones are in good condition and the cemetery is well kept.  There is ample parking in the church parking lot.

Who to Contact:

Write to:

Eldad Cemetery  Board,

c/o Eldad United Church,

1842 Concession Road 6,

Hampton, Ontario, L0B 1J0

or phone the church office:  (905) 263-2692

 

12. Enniskillen Cemetery
(formerly Presbyterian)
(Also known as McLaughlin Cemetery)

Location:
Lot 19, Concession 7

Access:
From the village of Hampton - see site #6 - travel north along the Scugog Road to the village of Enniskillen.  The old Presbyterian Cemetery is on the left side (west) of the road just south of the village centre.

What you will find:
This has been referred to as the McLaughlin Cemetery, mainly due to the fact that the well known McLaughlin family lived in this village for many years, and many of them are buried here.  The family may also have given the land for the cemetery.

It is a well kept little cemetery, though never many burials took place here.  Parking is on the side of the road.

Who to Contact:
This is considered an abandoned cemetery, and is administered by the Darlington 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,
Darlington Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379

or e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

13.  Tyrone Pioneer Cemetery

Location:
Lot 9, Concession 7

Access:
From Highway 401 (or Highway #2) follow Liberty Street north through Bowmanville for about 7 miles to the village of Tyrone.  Follow the road around the long curve at the west end of the village.  The General Store is at the east end of the village with the old Blacksmith shop across the road.  Turn at this corner (left).  The Pioneer Cemetery is located about ¼ mile north of the corner on the left (west) side of the road.

What you will find:
This is a tiny cemetery with only 24 plots.  The stones have been mounted in a commemorative cairn.  There is no parking other than on the side of the road.
It is important to note here, that many of the graves in this small cemetery are those of children, a testament to the hardships of settler life.

Who to Contact:
This is an abandoned cemetery and is administered by the Darlington 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,
Darlington Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379

or by e-mail:   <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

14. Enniskillen Cemetery (Anglican)

Location:
Lot 17, Concession 8 (in the village of Enniskillen)

Access:
Follow the directions for site 12.  Continue on through to the village centre (at the stop sign in front of the village store).  Turn right (east) here.  The church and cemetery are on the north (left) side of the road.
Or you can follow Durham Road #57 from either Highway 401 or Highway #2 north to the Mosport Road (fire station is on the corner) where you will turn left (west).  The church is on your right (north) side about ¼ mile along this sideroad.

What you will find:
You will find this old cemetery to be well attended, and though the church is still used, the cemetery has not been used for most of the 20th century.  Parking is in the church parking area.
Most of the stones are still in good condition and most are very legible.

Who to Contact:
This is now an unused cemetery and is administered by the Darlington 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,
Darlington Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or by e-mail at:  <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

15. Potter’s Cemetery
(formerly Methodist)

Location:
Lot 27, Concession 9 (at Enfield)

Access:
From site #9, continue along the road from Zion Church for about 7 miles, possibly a little more.  You will come to the village of Enfield and a crossroads.  Turn right at this corner and proceed easterly through the community.  The cemetery is on your left.

What you will find:
The stones in this cemetery have been erected into a memorial cairn.  The church used to sit to the east of the cairn.  This was known as Union Church.  The grounds are well kept, and parking is along the side of the road.

Who to Contact:
This is an abandon cemetery, and is administered by the Darlington 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,
Darlington Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or by e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

16.  Salem Cemetery
(formerly Bible Christian)

Location:
Lot 12, Concession 3

Access:
From Bowmanville, take Durham Road 57 north to the Fourth Concession Road.  Turn right and continue along that road, past the first side road (Middle Road).  Just beyond the corner you will find the Orthodox Reformed Christian Church, once a Bible Christian Chapel.  The cemetery is behind the church, on your right hand side.

What you will find:
There is ample parking beside the church.  There are only three stones left from the old Salem cemetery and these have been mounted on a concrete slab with a little fence surrounding it.  This small memorial is found behind the church building.  The property is well kept.

Who to Contact:
Though this is an old Darlington Cemetery, I do not know who administers it, as it is in the “back yard”, so to speak of the Christian Church. Any extant records, however, will likely be held by the Darlington Cemetery Board, so it is best to contact the Municipal offices for full information.
Municipality of Clarington,
Darlington Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

17.  Rehobeth Cemetery
(formerly Primitive Methodist)

Location:
Lot 5, Concession 2

Access:
Follow the directions for site #4.  Rehobeth Cemetery is on the corner of Providence Road and the 4th Concession Road, just one road before you come to Providence Cemetery.

What you will find:
There is only one stone remaining at this site.  It is broken and no longer shows the surname of the individual buried here, though initials can be seen on the “corner marker” that accompanies the stone.  There is no parking other than on the side of the road.  You will find that this site is most often kept neat, but every now and then I have seen it look a little shabby.  Perhaps with only one grave, it is left until the last to be mowed and trimmed.

Who to Contact:
This is an abandoned cemetery and is administered by the Darlington 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,
Darlington Cemetery Board,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or by e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

 

18.  St. John’s Anglican Cemetery

Location:
Temperance St., within the first block south of Highway #2 (King St.) in Bowmanville.  The cemetery is beside St. John’s Anglican Church.

Access:
Highway 401 to Bowmanville, if taking Waverley Road cut-off, north along Durham Road 57 to Highway #2, turn right and follow this main street through the town to Temperance, turn right onto Temperance, the Church and Cemetery are on the left.
Highway 401 to Bowmanville, if taking the Liberty Street cut-off, go north along Liberty Street to King St.  Turn left and continue through the town for about 6 blocks to Temperance St., turn left.  The Church and Cemetery are on the left.

What you will find:
Only two stones remain in this churchyard and survive from the 1840's - Sgt. Edward Pethick and his wife Elizabeth - marked by a memorial plaque.  All the other graves were moved to the Bowmanville Cemetery in the early 1950's.

Who to Contact:
This is an abandoned cemetery (for all intent and purpose, even though the church is still active).   Because no records for this cemetery are in existence (to my knowledge), and because the grounds are cared for by the church body, there is little other information to be gleaned from other sources.  Contact with the church minister might find other information.

St. John’s Anglican Church,
11 Temperance St.,  Bowmanville, Ontario.  L1C 3K9
(905) 623-2460

 

19.  Bowmanville Cemetery

Location:
East end of Bowmanville on Highway #2

Access:
From Highway 401, take Liberty Street cut-off and follow Liberty Street north through the town to Highway #2 (King St).  Turn right and follow the highway to the east end of the town.  The cemetery is on the crest of a hill, just past the zoo, on your right side (south).
If coming in from east of Bowmanville, if you come to the zoo you have gone just a little too far, turn around and go back to the crest of the hill.

What you will find:
This is the only active cemetery in the township.  It is well treed and well kept.  If you wish to locate a grave it is best to check at the town hall for a map and a grave location, as the cemetery is quite large.  Parking is on the wide grass verge on the roadside.  If the gates are open you may drive in.

Who to Contact:
The records for this cemetery are held at the Municipal offices in the Operations Department.  Staff are very willing to assist you with all enquiries.
Municipality of Clarington,
Operations Department,
40 Temperance St.,
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6
(905) 623-3379
or by e-mail at: <operations@municipality.clarington.on.ca>

Note: Operations department used to known as Works Department, Parks and Cemeteries.

 

20. St. Wolodymyr Cemetery
(modern cemetery)

Location:
Prestonvale Road South, Courtice


Access:
From Highway 401, take the Courtice Road cut-off, north on Courtice Road to Baseline Road, turn left at Baseline and follow this road about 1½ miles.  Follow the turn in the road as it turns northward.  The cemetery is across the railway tracks on the left side (west).
Or, coming from Highway #2, south on Prestonvale Road.  Follow Prestonvale Road southward for about 3 miles, cross Bloor Street and continue south.  The cemetery is about 1 mile south of Bloor Street on your right (west).

What you will find:
This is a modern cemetery on the crest of a small knoll.  The trees that were planted there are beginning to grow nicely, but are still very small.  The grounds are well attended.  This cemetery is for the Ukranian Catholic faith.

Who to Contact:
This is one of the St. George’s Group of Ukranian Catholic Cemeteries across the region.  For further information about this cemetery, please contact:
St. George’s Ukranian Catholic Hall,
592 Albert St,
Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 4T3

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