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H

eritage

Back in the summer of 1860, a parcel of land two acres in size on Part of Lot 21, Concession 1, Cramahe Township, in the County of Northumberland had been conveyed to Thomas Webb. For the sum of $20.00, paid to David Buchan of the University of Toronto, this land was transferred to Mr. Webb for the purposes of a General Burying Ground.

 

On July 13, 1885, a public meeting was called by George W. Webb to appoint the first Board of Managers for the General Burying Ground. The first four members, in addition to Mr. Webb, were Robert Armstrong, Edward Cochrane M.P., Wesley Goodrich, and John Sinclair. Mr. Webb was the first Chairman and Mr. Armstrong was the first Secretary.

 

In the spring of 1909, for the sum of $1.00, descendants of Thomas Webb conveyed to the Trustees of Salem Cemetery the original two acres held in trust by the Webb family. At that time, the Trustees of Salem Cemetery were Robert Snetsinger of Colborne, and Frederick McConnell and William H. Cochrane of Cramahe Township.

 

In 1904, the Spillsbury family sold a parcel of land, about ¾ acre, to Mark Ventress for $100.00. In 1915, Mr. Ventress sold this same parcel of land to the Salem Cemetery Board for $190.00.

 

In 1947, the Salem Cemetery Board members were C. F Gummer, Chairman, and W.J. Onyon, Secretary-treasurer, with W.J. Cochrane, Howard Swain and Kenneth Mutton.

 

Information from the 100th Anniversary Bulletin (1961) of Salem United Church states that the Salem Cemetery Board paid $150.00 for the land directly behind the Church where the drive shed was located.

 

In the fall of 1974, an addition to the Cemetery - a parcel of 1.416 acres - was purchased from Grant Whaley.

 

In January 2002, a further 2 ½ acres was transferred from Howard Whaley to the Salem Cemetery Board.

 

B

urials

 

 

 

In Ground Burials

 

Each lot allows the certificate holder or documented decedents to one full body burial and a maximum of four subsequent cremation burials.

 

Columbarium

 

Our 48 niche columbarium gives you a safe & secure above ground resting place for the cremated remains of your loved ones.  It allows a maximum of two urns in a space of 12" wide by 12" high by 14" deep.

 

A comparison of in ground burials & columbarium niches is available here.

 

Want more information?  Contact the Salem Cemetery Board here.

 

Bylaws & Site Plan

 

Click here to download a copy of the bylaws.  There is also a copy of the site plan available for download here.

D

ecorating

 

 

 

Decoration Day

 

Decoration Day with a memorial service is held each year on Fathers Day on 3rd Sunday of June.

 

Things to Remember:

 

  • Only flowers are to be displayed at the monuments or markers.
  • All flowers must be in stands situated at the side of the monument or marker for easier property maintenance.
  • Fresh Flowers may be placed by the monuments on special occasions; however, the Board assumes no responsibility and will remover containers when flowers are spent.
  • All flowers and stands must be removed by the last Saturday in October, any remaining will be removed by the Board.

 

If you want more information, contact the Cemetery Board here.

 

Decoration Day Message

 

A copy of the 2017 decoration day message is available for download here.

Read about the Coles Gravestones here.

N

ewsletter

 

 

 

 

The 2015 Issue of the Newsletter

 

Download this document as a pdf by clicking here.

 

The 2016 Issue of the Newsletter

 

Download this document as a pdf by clicking here.

 

The 2017 Issue of the Newsletter

 

Download this document as a pdf by clicking here.

 

Financial Highlights

 

Download the financial highlights for the past three years here.

 

 

C

ontact

 

 

 

 

If you require further information please send an email to:

 

albroatch@me.com

 

 

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inks

 

 

 

 

Gravemarkers

 

View the documented history of Cramahe Township's communities, with records stretching back to the late 1800's, it can prove to be a valuable research tool.

 

Click here to access it.

 

Cramahe Township Digital Archives

 

View the documented history of Cramahe Township's communities, with records stretching back to the late 1800's, it can prove to be a valuable research tool.

 

Click here to access it.

 

 

My kindred sleep beneath this quiet earth, Making no mark upon life’s busy page The quiet stars look down,

The blizzards howl and rage,

Yet no rude sound disturbs their lowly bed In this small ancient garden of the dead.

I sometimes think the grass is greener here, And earth is lovelier because they sleep Dreaming the quiet centuries away, Where roots of tall white lilies burrow deep In the rich dust where some forefather lies, The sun forever in his dreaming eyes.

Between the quiet rows we seek and find

A little headstone furred with tender moss, The quaint old lettering is worn and dim, The tiny sprigs of lichen trail across

As if to veil the names engraved hereon: William and James...Ursula...Benjamin...John

-Edna Jaques

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