Malahide – Berean

Berean Baptist Cemetery

Concession 2, Lot 31

5020-5778 Carter Rd, Port Burwell, ON N0J 1T0, Canada

Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada

Gravestone Inscriptions and Burials without Monuments

MA 411
OGS 2574

Transcribed by
Brenda Edmonds
Elgin County Branch OGS

Summer 1983

Revised July 2002 by Jim McCallum

Revised and formatted for the Internet 20 August 2017 by Bruce C. Johnson Jr.

Latest revision 21 November by Carol Van Harn

Copyright by the Ontario Genealogical Society, Elgin County Branch 1982 – 2002. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means – electronic, mechanical, photocopying, microform reproduction, recording, or otherwise – without prior permission of the publisher.

    Berean Baptist Cemetery is the resting place of many Nova Scotia Street Pioneers.

    It is located in Malahide Township about 5 ½ miles west of Port Burwell, turn north at the first side road west of Lakeview Church, or at the old Lakeview School (Carter Road) and one mile north.

    In 1862 a controversy arose over the election of new deacons for the Jubilee Church. As a result, John Haggan and 15 supporters withdrew from the church and formed the “Berean Church”. After meeting in the local Temperance Hall for several years, in 1870 John Haggan and Elisha McConnell were engaged to build a church for the sum of $900. It was to be 45 feet by 32 feet with 21 foot posts; and to be enclosed, plastered and seated. At one point in the 1880’s it had 100 members. In 1894 the building closed and moved to Aylmer. Its members went back to the Jubilee or Lakeview church as it was later called.

    When this transcription was revised in July 2002, it was noted that there are about 12 white and grey marble markers piled in the corner of the cemetery. One near the top is identified as #17 in this transcription.

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Berean Baptist Cemetery Map

Berean Baptist Cemetery Map


1. Grey marble –
Ethel May / dau of / J. H. & Elizabeth / SHARP / died / March 28, 1898 / aged / 4 yr’s 9 mo’s 10 days / She is at rest /

2. Grey marble –
Father / Charles COOKE / Sept. 12, 1845 / Nov. 16, 1915 /

3. White marble –
In / memory of / Mary Jane / wife of / Jacob LOUCKS / died / Nov. 4, 1853 / aged / 36 yr’s & 2 mo’s /

4. White marble; broken and lying flat –
In / memory of / Henry B. PUNTINE / died / Feb’y 4, 1853 / aged / 30 yr’s / & 10 mo’s / Ye stranger as you pass me by / As you are now so once was I / [rest missing]

5. White marble –
In / memory of / Charlotte Ann / wife of / John BARR / died / Febr. 5, 1856 / aged 28 yrs. & 5 mos. / [rest illegible]

6. White marble –
William PUNTINE / died / 28 February 1859 / aged 72 years / Blessed are the dead which die in the lord /

7. White marble stone laying on ground; broken in two pieces –
In / memory of / Eva / [broken] / wife of Wm. PUNTINE / died Nov. 5, 1870 / 79 years / I have fought a good fight I have finished my cause / I have kept the faith henceforth there is laid up for me in heaven / a crown of righteousness which the Lord the rig-/ hteous judge shall give me at that day /

8. White marble; broken –
In memory of / Maggie / second wife of / John B. PUNTINE / and daughter of / John & Elizabeth McDONALD / died 10 Aug. 1864 / aged 29 years / Hamilton /

9. Stone –
(South west) – In memory of / John BARR / who died / Aug. 12, 1881 / aged / 67 yr’s & 12 d’s / Mark thy perfect man / and behold thee upright / for the end of that man / is peace /
(North west) – In / memory of / John B. PUNTINE / who died / Feb’y 16, 1880 / aged / 60 y’rs 1 mo. 16 days / I know that my Redeemer / Liveth /

10. White marble, broken; open Bible embossed in the top of the stone –
In memory of / Dea. Kenneth HANKINSON / died [the stone is broken at this point and lying up against the base which is still in the ground] May 19, 1874 / aged / 65 yrs. 8 ms / Father thou art gone to rest / We will not weep for thee / For thou art gone …….ere off on earth /

11. White marble, lying on ground; open Bible (above ground), rest in ground and broken off –
In memory of / Christenah / [rest illegible]
[Note: earlier recording states – wife of Deacon Kenneth HANKINSON / died Nov. 28, 1890 / aged 82 years /]

12. Stone –
Caroline / daughter of Kenneth & Christena / HANKINSON / died Jan. 7, 1847 / AE 5 ys 11 ms & 22 days /

13. Stone –
Sarah Jane / daughter of / K. & C. HANKINSON / died / March 1, 1847 / AE 4 ys 4 m 18 ds /

14. Stone –
Harriet / daughter of / K. & C. HANKINSON / died / March 3, 1847 / AE 2 ys 1 mo 20 days /

15. Stone –
Elizabeth / daughter of / K. & C. HANKINSON / died / Dec. 20, 1858 / AE 4 years & 1 month /

16. Stone –
Avorintha / daughter of / K. & C. HANKINSON / died / Jan. 3, 1851 / AE 1 year, 1 month /

17. White marble; has been piled in corner by July 2002 –
In memory of / Melvin / son of / C. P. & Helen / CHUTE / who was drowned / Sept. 4th, 1875 / 10 yrs 9 ms 11 d’s /

18. Large grey marble; diamond shaped top;CHUTEon base of stone
(north) – Melvin / son of / Charles & Helen CHUTE / drowned / Sept. 4, 1875 / in his 11th year /
(west) – Estella L. FRANCIS / died / Sept. 11, 1934 / in her 67th year /
(south) – Charles P. CHUTE / died / July 1, 1898 / in his 67th year / He is at rest / Helen V. wife of / Chas. P. CHUTE / 1837 – 1919 /
(east) – Chas. Lindon CHUTE / died / Aug. 6, 1899 / in his / 24th year /

19. The top of the stone has a pair of hand embossed; the stone is sunk in the ground but there is nothing more to this stone

20. White marble –
At rest / In / Memory of / Elizabeth PARKS / who died / Aug. 13, 1880 / on her 96th birthday / wife of / Capt. Wm. PARKS / of Port Medway, N. S. / who was lost at sea / A.D. 1824 / ………are the fading tears / and heaving sigh /

21. White marble –
Lois / wife of / James BANGS / and daughter of William & Elizabeth PARK / of Port Medway, Nova Scotia / died 23rd Dec. 1853 / aged 36 years /

22. Grey marble –
In / memory of / James BANGS / died / Oct. 6, 1881 / aged 52 yrs /

23. White marble
Gone home / Susan / daughter of / James & Lois / BANGS / died 6th February / 1855 / aged 16 yrs / 21 days /

24. Stone –
In memory of / Melvin / son of Ja’s & Jerusha McCONNELL / Nov. 21, 1853 / AE 3 mos. 11 days /

25. Stone-
In memory of / Lloyd / son of / James & Jerusha McCONNELL / died April 1st, 1858 / AE 1 yr. 3 ms /

26. Stone-
In memory of / William C. / son of Geo. J. & Dorcus T. / SHAW / died / July 16, 1862 / AE 1 yr. & 8 ms /

27. Tall grey marble –
(southeast) – In memory of / James M. / McCONNELL / who died / May 13, 1904 / in the 91st year of his age /
(northeast) – In memory of / Jerushah / PARKES / wife of / James / McCONNELL / who died / Oct. 1, 1890 / in her 67th year of her age / My body must rest here beneath the / cold ground till Jesus shall bid it / arise when Gabriel’s shrill trumpet / shall echo the sound and call home / his spirits to the skies / McCONNELL

28. Stone –
J.SHAW/ born / Nov. 30, 1840 / died Nov. 6, 1882 /

29. Dark grey granite –
James / PARKS / 1807 – 1882 / Maria / his wife / 1820 – 1904 / PARKS / Atkinson Co., Simcoe

30. Tall grey marble –
In memory of / Stuart H. / McCONNELL / son of / Roger W. / & Hattie / McCONNELL / who died / Dec. 26, 1908 / age 15 y’rs / Up in that beautiful / city. Where there is no / need of the sun / Safe on the Saviour’s bosom. Resteth our / dearly loved one /

31. Grey marble –
In memory of / Reuben McCONNELL / died / July 15, 1900 / aged 78 years / Phoebe J. / wife of the above / died Feb. 23, 1906 / aged 75 years / McCONNELL /

32. Stone –
In / memory of / Americus V. / son of / Reuben & Phebe / McCONNELL / who died / April 5, 1881 / aged / 18 y’rs 9 mo’s 21 d’s / He’s gone the loved and / cherished one like some bright / star he pass’d away / Death claimed his victim and he / sunk. Calm is the sun’s expiring day / Hutchinson & Miller, Aylmer /

33. Stone –
Our / darling / Hattie C. / dau of / Rowlen & Mattie / HANKINSON/ died / Mar. 30, 1886 / aged / 8 y’s 4 m’s 17 d’s / Father, Mother, why those tears / o’er dull and lifeless day / could you see my present bliss /

34. Stone –
In memory of / Calista / dau of / Lorenzo & Mary / PRITCHARD / died July 28, 1861 / aged / 4 y’rs & 7 mo. /

35. Tall grey marble
(southeast) – In / memory of / Wm. HAGGAN / who died / Feb. 13, 1890 / aged 59 years / 7 mo’s 23 d’s /
(northeast) – In / memory of / Susan C. / wife of / Wm. HAGGAN / who died / Aug. 1, 1910 / aged 76 ys / 5 mo’s 11 d’s /

36. Not visible in 2002 –
In / memory of / Craig / HAGGAN / who died / Mar. 12, 1854 / aged / 58 years /

37. Tall brown granite –
(northwest) – Rose / wife of / H. L. McCONNELL / born July 4, 1871 /died Mar. 27, 1894
(southwest) – Elisha McCONNELL / born Nov. 26, 1825 / died June 9, 1887 / Cynthia / his wife / born April 7, 1839 / died Jan. 20, 1914 / Elisha Kent/ born Aug. 7, 1857 / died May 28, / 1860 / John Milton / born Jan. 19, 1869 / died Mar. 10, 1869 / McCONNELL / children of the above / H. & T., Aylmer /
(south east) – Capt. Benjamin McCONNELL / born May 18, 1779 / died June 30, 1859 / Catharine / his wife / born May 14, 1787 / died Aug. 21, 1856 / E. Newton / McCONNELL / 1877 – 1940 /

38. Footstones: Rose, Cynthia, Elisha, John M., Kent, Catharine, Benjamin

39. Tall grey marble –
(northwest) – In memory of / Henry / DORLAND / who died / Apr. 20, 1889 / aged / 66 ys 8 ms / 21 ds /
(southwest) – In memory of / Louisa / wife of Henry / DORLAND / who died / Sep. 11, 1888 / aged / 60 yrs / 10 mos / 17 dys / DORLAND /

40. White marble –
In / memory of / Lucy Ann / wife of / George PHILLIPS / died / Jan. 27, 1852 / AE 24 ys & 14 ds /

41. White marble –
In / memory of / George PHILLIPS / died / Mar. 5, 1865 / age 35 y’s / 10 m’s / & 23 d’s

42. White marble –
In / memory of / Sarah / wife of / James PHILLIPS / died on / Jan. 20, 1853 / AE 45 y’s & 2 m’s /

43. Large grey marble –
(west) – Amelia A. / wife of / Nathaniel S. COHOON / died Aug. 10, 1900 / in her 76th year / Dearest Mother thou hast left us / E’er our loss we deeply feel / but ‘tis God that hath bereft us / He can all our sorrows heal / COHOON /
(south) – Nathaniel S. / COHOON / died Aug. 19, 1908 / age 90 yrs. / At rest /

44. Tall grey marble –
(northwest) – In memory of / Hestor / wife of / Chas. McCONNELL / died Jan. 30, 1916 / in her / 75th year /
(southwest) – In / memory of / Charles / McCONNELL / who died / Feb. 25, 1899 / in his / 79th year / McCONNELL /

45. White marble; lamb on top of stone –
Earle C. HANKINSON / Aug. 4, 1894 / Sep. 22, 1895 /

46. Large dark grey marble –
HANKINSON / William C. / born Aug. 4, 1823 / died Dec. 30, 1895 / Sophia / born Nov. 2, 1823 / died Aug. 3, 1899 /
footstone: Mother, Father

Burials without Monuments

COHOON – St Thomas Times Journal, 9 January 1932, Page 8, c4 – Funeral – Miss Rebecca COHOON.  Funeral Jan 7 from her late residence, John St. S. to Berean Cemetery.  No monument found – CVH April 2005

McCONNELL – Malahide Church Records; Vital Statistic Registration; 1901 Census – Died – Andrew McCONNELL, 39 years, June 15 1903, son of Jehiel & Isabella McCONNELL.  Burial Hankinson – Berean Cemetery.  No monument found – JM & CVH November 2009

MCCONNELL – Malahide Church Records; Vital Statistic Registration; Aylmer Express – Died – Mrs Isabella McCONNELL, nee SPENCE, 87 years 11 ms 4 dys, November 19 1918 at Mount Salem; bn in Scotland daughter of John & Margaret SPENCE, nee LITTLE; wife of Jehiel McCONNELL.  Burial Hankinson – Berean Cemetery.  No monument found – JM & CVH November 2009

McCONNELL – Malahide Church Records; Vital Statistic Registration – Died – Jehiel McCONNELL, 85 years 9 months, July 7 1919 in Downie Township, Perth County, Ontario.  Burieal Hankinson – Berean Cemetery.  No monument found – JM & CVH November 2009