Remembering

More than 165 individuals are interred in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Cemetery of Richmond.

The original plan for the townsite of Richmond, surveyed by Joseph Fortune, included a two-acre Presbyterian Burying Ground.

Tradition has it that the first resident minister in Richmond, Reverend Andrew Glen, was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in the spring of 1826.

Unfortunately, no records of early burials remain.  The earliest burials are recorded on the headstones of James Evans, son of Reverend David Evans, and Elizabeth McKee, believed to be the first wife of Reverend Evans.

It was not until 1845 that the land was finally granted to Reverend David Evans, Anthony Philip and William Gordon in trust as a Presbyterian Burying Ground.  You can see the original order in council  or read a transcript.

An Early History of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and Cemetery, Richmond written by George A. Neville & Iris M. Neville (nee McLinton) has been published by the Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Publication 75-1.

If you are interested in finding out about the gravestone of someone who has been interred, you can search Canadian Headstones at no charge.