Halesboro Christ Church Anglican Cemetery
Taken from an article in the Montreal Gazette, 25 June 1992 byHilda Kearns
You won’t find Halesboro on any road map, but once a year people, gather in this deserted village, 9 kilometres north of Portneuf on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, to honour our forbearers in a memorial service at the little church on the hill, which comes to life for the day
The early settlers came to Halesboro in the early years of the 19th century; they were married there, baptized there, and now rest in the churchyard. This year’s get-together has an added importance because it’s the 150th anniversary of the tiny church as a place of worship. The church was built in 1842, and for years before that, travelling priests ministered to Anglicans of the area.
The annual service in Christ Church takes place in the last week of June. The Church is located by a densely wooded area known as “la route d’Irlande” by the French Residents of the early 1800’s. That the church continues to exist is a tribute to the tenacity of the residents of Portneuf and Portneuf Station, two separate municipalities. An impressive stone fence, separating the church and its cemetery from the road, was built with contributions from interested families from many different cities.
The little church, the oldest building of wood construction in the area, can with luck seat about 60 people. For the 150th anniversary, it was standing room only – including in the tent outside – as upwards of 200 people attended.
In the cemetery next to the church are graves of soldiers who settled in Canada after completing terms of service under Governor James Murray in the late 1700’s. The church and cemetery are on land donated by Edward Hale, the first English seignior of Portneuf. His father, General John Hale, served with Wolfe, and his sons played a prominent role in the development of Portneuf county, Quebec City and the Eastern Townships.
In the late 1860’s, there was a major shift in population as it became clear that subsistence farming on marginal land, even though supplemented by cash tree crops from bush lots, could no longer support the rural community of Halesboro. This demographic shift deprived the Church of its congregation. The arrival of the railroad provided new mobility for the population and many of the young people moved south to the pulp and textile mills in the “Boston states”.
Update: Sadly, this church burned to the ground in October 24, 2005.
Transcriptions provided by D. Clark McIntosh, 1996.
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|Jess, James||1877||1953||Richardson, Charlotte|
|Jess, Levi||1886||1950||Gauthier, Diana|
|Jess, James||1829 Est.||1917 Jul 31||He was 88 yrs old, she was 73 yrs.||Matthews, Caroline||1843 Est.||1916 May 24|
|Tomlinson, James||Jess, Alice||1883||1929|
|Meehan, Arthur A.||1890||1969||Meehan, Iris E.||1891||1982||Edwin b. 1915 d. 1934|
|Ball, Edith F.||1898||1966|
|Ball, Lynus E.||1895||1970|
|Gorrie, James||1841 Est.||1883 Apr 30||He was 42 years old|
|Johnston, Irvine||Watson, Christian||1857||1887|
|Dodd, Chas. E.||1833 ?||1898 ?||Hard to read stone||Dodd, Mary||1842||1895|
|Walsh||Hard to read. I think she was 54 years old.||Mondo, Elizabeth||1911 May 05||Precious Walsh died Nov 8, 1911 (16years)|
|Watson, Peter||1857 Jun 08||I think he was 66y, & she was 89 y - hard to read||Watson, Elizabeth||1883 Jun 22||George or Georgina ???|
|Marshall, Margaret Florence||1876 Aug 26||1943 Jun 08||Daughter of John Marshall|
|Marshall, Gladys Daisy||1890 Jun 19||1942 Nov 25||Daughter of John Marshall|
|Marshall, Olive Jane Ruth||1882 Est.||1921 Nov 24||3rd daughter of John Marshall - she was 39 y,3m|
|Johnston, William||She was 36y and 6months old.||Marshall, Murielle Mary||1915 Mar 17|
|Marshall, John||1911 Mar 22||He was 66y, 5 mos.; she was 66y, 4m, 3 wks||Reach, Elizabeth Lloyd||1920 Mar 17|
|Kingsborough, Sakett||He was son of Isaac and Alice||Gilpin, Ethel||1902||1964||Everett Kingsborough b. 1922 d. 1943||Clifford Kingsborough b. 1926 d. 1976 ?|
|Kingsborough, Esaac||1846||1934||Isabel Kingsborough b. 1887 d. 1930|
|Bonnalie, Alice||1854||1927||dear mother...||Smith, Mary Ann. She was 66 yrs||1876 Est.||1942 Mar 04|
|Gilpin, Thomas||1868||1942||She was not buried here||Livingston, Eliza|
|Gilpin, John||1824 Apr||1917 Oct 01||Separate stones||Caddoo, Eliza||1842 Est.||1898 Mar 17||William b. 1860 d. 1915||Eliza b. 1865 d. 1940||Almer b. 1899 d. 1951|
|Gilpin, Joseph||1915 May 13||Tall stone, but very hard to read. Maybe 40 yrs.|
|Edgley, William||Gilpin, Lillie||1906||1996|
|Kingsborough, Clifford Edwin||1926 Jul 11||1975 Jan 03||Kingsborough, Alice Roe||1924 Oct 09||1980 Apr 08|
|White, Barbara Alice||1881 Mar 15||She was only 15y, 4m, 9d|
|Marshall||No other information|
|Meehan, James H.||His third wife.||Berry, Mary Ann||1871 Feb 25||1942 Dec 24|
|Meehan, John||1843 Est.||1892||He was 49 when died.|
|Meehan, James H.||1849 Oct 03||1923 Jul 03||Married a third time to Mary Ann Berry||Ball, Elizabeth||1852 Mar 08||1886 Mar 27||Bonallie, Jessie||1869 Est.||1895 Apr 26||Cecil George b. Mar 30, 1895 d. Mar 13, 1979||Lillian Maud b. Apr 8, 1893 d. Apr 15, 1916|
|Williamson||Baby b May 23, 1881, d. Dec 28, 1881||Gillespie, Mary||1819 Est.||1887 Jan 12||Samuel b. Sep 17, 1860 d. May 3, 1879||Rachel b. Feb 12, 1869 d. May 6, 1879||Elizabeth b. Mar 11, 1871 d. Apr 25, 1879||Sarah b. Feb 26, 1873 d. Apr 13, 1879|
|Matthews, John||1807 Est.||1866 Aug 13||HE was 59 and spouse was 95 years old||Matthews, Mary Ann||1822 Est.||1917 Apr 11|
|Thompson, Martha Ann||1799 Est.||1843 May 29||Erected by son James Thompson|
|Dalziel, C. John||1851||1886 Mar 14||He was either 74 yrs old or 34 years old at death.||Ford, Jane Gray||1854 Apr 07||1934 Mar 07||J. Andrew Dalziel d. Feb 16, 1896? (19yrs)||Gertrude Aime d. 1900 (19 yrs)|
|Allsopp, James||1771 Est.||1848 Jul 27||paymaster of 44th reg of foot - d. in Cape Sante|
|Allsopp, Robert||1771 Est.||1843 Feb 17||Assistant commissionary gereral - he was 72 yrs||Morris, Sarah||1777 Est.||1847 Apr 09|
|McLeod, Daniel||1894 Jul 26||He was 50 or 58 years and 9 m., she was 64y, 7m||McLeod, Margaret||1897 Mar 03||Annie J. McLeod d. Dec 10, 1886 (21y, 4m)||Christina McLeod d. Jun 7, 1893 (25y, 9m)||Christina the spouse of George Keeworth|
|Ableson, Robert||1843 Est.||1896 Oct||Stone very hard to read - dates maybe incorrect.||Ableson, Sarah||1839 Est.||1899 Mar 22||Johnston, Maria||1852||1923|
|Brown, Neilson||1891 Jan 05||He was 7 yrs and 9 months old|
|Cunningham, F.||1874 Aug 26|
|Bishop, Thomas Parkyn||1901 Jan 02||He was 75 when died, spouse only 30 years old||Webb, Ann||1860 Aug 06||Ann Webb Bishop d. Nov 3, 1864 (8 yrs)||Emily Ann Bishop d. Mar 24, 1877 (12 yrs)|
|Bishop, George W.||1912 Mar 31||Not sure spouses death - hard to read||Mondo, Emma M.||1870|
|Bishop, Oliver Corinne||1906||1979||buried with parents|
|Bonnallie, Benjamin||1916 Jan 14||He was 91 years, she was 84 when died.||Bonnallie, Sarah||1920 Apr 09|
|Bonnallie, Archibald||1955 Apr 05||He was 83, she was 91 when died||Kingsborough, Ellen||1974 Nov 26|
|Jess, Charles Thomas||1960 Apr 27||Was 75 years at death.|
|Dalziel, Rev. John||1810 Est.||Aberdeen, Scotland||1869 Juy 17||20 yrs minister in Ch. of England. Died at 59yrs||Campbell, Mary||Est. 1820||1906 Jun 10|
|Campbell, John||Kirkudbright, Scotland||1871 Feb 26||Resided in Ormston, PQ for many yrs - d.at 85 yrs||Thompson, Elizabeth|
|Dodd, James||New Ross, Ireland||1868 Feb 27||He died at Portneuf, PQ||Dodd, Eliza Alice||1836 Sep 02||New Ross, Ireland||1854 May 21|