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, James18771953Richardson, Charlotte
Jess, Levi18861950Gauthier, Diana
Jess, James1829 Est.1917 Jul 31He was 88 yrs old, she was 73 yrs.Matthews, Caroline1843 Est.1916 May 24
Tomlinson, JamesJess, Alice18831929
Meehan, Arthur A.18901969Meehan, Iris E.18911982Edwin b. 1915 d. 1934
Ball, Edith F.18981966
Ball, Lynus E.18951970
Ball, Edward18651936
Gorrie, James1841 Est.1883 Apr 30He was 42 years old
Johnston, IrvineWatson, Christian18571887
Dodd, Chas. E.1833 ?1898 ?Hard to read stoneDodd, Mary18421895
WalshHard to read. I think she was 54 years old.Mondo, Elizabeth1911 May 05Precious Walsh died Nov 8, 1911 (16years)
Watson, Peter1857 Jun 08I think he was 66y, & she was 89 y - hard to readWatson, Elizabeth1883 Jun 22George or Georgina ???
Marshall, Margaret Florence1876 Aug 261943 Jun 08Daughter of John Marshall
Marshall, Gladys Daisy1890 Jun 191942 Nov 25Daughter of John Marshall
Marshall, Olive Jane Ruth1882 Est.1921 Nov 243rd daughter of John Marshall - she was 39 y,3m
Johnston, WilliamShe was 36y and 6months old.Marshall, Murielle Mary1915 Mar 17
Marshall, John1911 Mar 22He was 66y, 5 mos.; she was 66y, 4m, 3 wksReach, Elizabeth Lloyd1920 Mar 17
Kingsborough, SakettHe was son of Isaac and AliceGilpin, Ethel19021964Everett Kingsborough b. 1922 d. 1943Clifford Kingsborough b. 1926 d. 1976 ?
Kingsborough, Esaac18461934Isabel Kingsborough b. 1887 d. 1930
Bonnalie, Alice18541927dear mother...Smith, Mary Ann. She was 66 yrs1876 Est.1942 Mar 04
Kingsborough, John18801940Margaret
Gilpin, Thomas18681942She was not buried hereLivingston, Eliza
Gilpin, John1824 Apr1917 Oct 01Separate stonesCaddoo, Eliza1842 Est.1898 Mar 17William b. 1860 d. 1915Eliza b. 1865 d. 1940Almer b. 1899 d. 1951
Gilpin, Joseph1915 May 13Tall stone, but very hard to read. Maybe 40 yrs.
Edgley, WilliamGilpin, Lillie19061996
Kingsborough, Clifford Edwin1926 Jul 111975 Jan 03Kingsborough, Alice Roe1924 Oct 091980 Apr 08
White, Barbara Alice1881 Mar 15She was only 15y, 4m, 9d
MarshallNo other information
Meehan, James H.His third wife.Berry, Mary Ann1871 Feb 251942 Dec 24
Meehan, John1843 Est.1892He was 49 when died.
Meehan, James H.1849 Oct 031923 Jul 03Married a third time to Mary Ann BerryBall, Elizabeth1852 Mar 081886 Mar 27Bonallie, Jessie1869 Est.1895 Apr 26Cecil George b. Mar 30, 1895 d. Mar 13, 1979Lillian Maud b. Apr 8, 1893 d. Apr 15, 1916
WilliamsonBaby b May 23, 1881, d. Dec 28, 1881Gillespie, Mary1819 Est.1887 Jan 12Samuel b. Sep 17, 1860 d. May 3, 1879Rachel b. Feb 12, 1869 d. May 6, 1879Elizabeth b. Mar 11, 1871 d. Apr 25, 1879Sarah b. Feb 26, 1873 d. Apr 13, 1879
Matthews, John1807 Est.1866 Aug 13HE was 59 and spouse was 95 years oldMatthews, Mary Ann1822 Est.1917 Apr 11
Thompson, Martha Ann1799 Est.1843 May 29Erected by son James Thompson
Dalziel, C. John18511886 Mar 14He was either 74 yrs old or 34 years old at death.Ford, Jane Gray1854 Apr 071934 Mar 07J. Andrew Dalziel d. Feb 16, 1896? (19yrs)Gertrude Aime d. 1900 (19 yrs)
Allsopp, James1771 Est.1848 Jul 27paymaster of 44th reg of foot - d. in Cape Sante
Allsopp, Robert1771 Est.1843 Feb 17Assistant commissionary gereral - he was 72 yrsMorris, Sarah1777 Est.1847 Apr 09
McLeod, Daniel1894 Jul 26He was 50 or 58 years and 9 m., she was 64y, 7mMcLeod, Margaret1897 Mar 03Annie J. McLeod d. Dec 10, 1886 (21y, 4m)Christina McLeod d. Jun 7, 1893 (25y, 9m)Christina the spouse of George Keeworth
Ableson, Robert1843 Est.1896 OctStone very hard to read - dates maybe incorrect.Ableson, Sarah1839 Est.1899 Mar 22Johnston, Maria18521923
Brown, Neilson1891 Jan 05He was 7 yrs and 9 months old
Cunningham, F.1874 Aug 26
Bishop, Thomas Parkyn1901 Jan 02He was 75 when died, spouse only 30 years oldWebb, Ann1860 Aug 06Ann Webb Bishop d. Nov 3, 1864 (8 yrs)Emily Ann Bishop d. Mar 24, 1877 (12 yrs)
Bishop, George W.1912 Mar 31Not sure spouses death - hard to readMondo, Emma M.1870
Bishop, Oliver Corinne19061979buried with parents
Bonnallie, Benjamin1916 Jan 14He was 91 years, she was 84 when died.Bonnallie, Sarah1920 Apr 09
Bonnallie, Archibald1955 Apr 05He was 83, she was 91 when diedKingsborough, Ellen1974 Nov 26
Jess, Charles Thomas1960 Apr 27Was 75 years at death.
Dalziel, Rev. John1810 Est.Aberdeen, Scotland1869 Juy 1720 yrs minister in Ch. of England. Died at 59yrsCampbell, MaryEst. 18201906 Jun 10
Campbell, JohnKirkudbright, Scotland1871 Feb 26Resided in Ormston, PQ for many yrs - d.at 85 yrsThompson, Elizabeth
Dodd, JamesNew Ross, Ireland1868 Feb 27He died at Portneuf, PQDodd, Eliza Alice1836 Sep 02New Ross, Ireland1854 May 21