St. Henry’s (RC) Cemetery

St Henry’s (RC) Cemetery

Concession 11, lot 12

23567 Thomson Line, Rodney, West Elgin, ON, Canada

Aldborough Township, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada

Gravestone Inscriptions and Burials without Monuments

Elgin County Branch OGS

Formatted for the Internet 29 May 2004 by Carol VanHarn

Latest Revision 6 December 2006 by Carol VanHarn

Copyright by the Ontario Genealogical Society, Elgin County Branch 1982 – 2003

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Transcribed by Nancy Henderson & Barbara Ingratta in 1977; revised in 1981 and 1984 by members of the West Elgin Genealogical & Historical Society.

St. Henry’s was the first Roman Catholic cemetery in Aldborough Township.  The church on the same lot (St. Henry’s) was also the first Catholic church in the township.  The land was donated by Regina Schnekenburger, the widow of Henry (Heinrich) Schnekenburger.  At the time of his death, March 18, 1867, the closest Roman Catholic cemetery and church was North American Martyrs in Wardsville.  Henry is interred there.  Immediately after his death, Regina donated the land.

1.    Small white limestone, with cross on top

In / memory of / Frederick PICHETTE / died / June 3, 1874 / aged 16 mo’s / & 3 days / Sleep on dear child & take / thy rest / In Jesus arms forever blest /

2.    Small white twin limestone with crosses on top

Right – Philip E. KOERNER / died / May 10, 1882 / aged / 3 yrs & 4 mons.

Left – In memory of / Thomas J. KOERNER / died / May 5, 1882 / aged / 6 yrs & 3 mons. / Our sweet little children are gone / [two lines illegible ] / the beautiful throne / Of Him who is seated on high. /

3.    White twin limestone with crosses on top

Right – Allen / died / June 23, 1882 / aged 8 yrs. / 10 mos. & 17 ds /

Left – Mary Ann / died / Feb. 20, 1885 / aged 3 yrs / 11 mos. & 8 days / children of Charles & Eustena SCHMITT / [verse is illegible]

4.    Small white limestone

In memory of / Annie E. HITZEL / died / May 15, 1882 / age 2 years & 21 days /

5.    Small grey limestone

In memory of / Lillie / daughter of / Joseph & Margaret / SCHNEKENBURGER / died Nov. 18, 1887 / aged 1 yr / 11 mos & 2 days / [verse illegible]

6.    Small white limestone

In memory of / Augusta Minnie / infant daughter of / Michael & Gottleibreu / MEHERING / died Aug. 10, 1890 / aged 6 mons. 3 wks & 5 days / [verse illegible]

7.    Small dark grey granite

Josie / daughter of / C. & Agnes / SCHNEKENBURGER / died / Sept. 19, 1892 / aged 1 yr. 7 mos /

8.    Small dark grey granite

Lillie Grace / born / June 23, 1889 / died / June 17, 1892 / daughter of / W. & Annie / SCHNEKENBURGER /

9.    Rose granite with white cross on top

Northeast – Julin MELLON / 1865 – 1918 / wife of / Owen COLEMAN / 1851 – 1921 / also his wife / Isabelle THOMPSON / died Aug. 18, 1892 / Hattie COLEMAN / 1878 – 1902 /

Southwest – COLEMAN / James N. COLEMAN / 1877 – 1953 / his wife / Mary C. SCHNEKENBURGER / 1883 – 1951

10.    Large grey granite with cross on top

In / memory of / Mary Ann / wife of / Jacob LIMBERGER / who died / June 28, 1884 / aged / 83 years / She was a tender mother / and in her life the Lord did fear / We trust our loss will be her gain / And that with Christ she will remain /

11.    Large grey granite with cross on top

Northeast – Peter HITZEL / 1836 – 1878 / his son / Henry HITZEL / 1863 – 1881 / HITZEL /

Southwest – Barbara VOLK / wife of / Peter HITZEL / 1836 – 1910 / HITZEL /

12.    Large white limestone with clasped hands on top

In memory of / Grace / wife of / Dominicus LEUTE / who died / Oct. 17, 1883 / aged 88 yrs. 3 mons. / [verse illegible]

13.    Rose granite with cross on top

Gotleib ILL / 1853 – 1888 /

14.    Very small dark granite

Franz ILL / 1825 – 1888 /

15.    Tall grey granite with cross motif

East – In / memory of / Joseph / RAMSTEIN / died / Dec. 5, 1889 / aged 68 years / 7 mos & 4 days / Sweet is the sleep our father takes / Till in Christ Jesus he awakes / Then will his happy soul rejoice / to hear his blessed Saviour’s voice /

North – In / memory of / Mary / wife of / Joseph RAMSTEIN / died / Apr. 17, 1890 / aged 56 yrs / 2 mos & 5 days / Jesus has called the mother home / Her flesh lies mouldering in the tomb / God grant her offspring may be blest / And meet her in eternal rest /

16.    Tall grey granite with cross on top

East – In / memory of / Wendelin / SCHNEKENBURGER / died / March 5, 1891 / aged 79 yrs. / 5 mons 15 days / Native of Wurtemburg / Sweet is the sleep our father takes / Till in Christ Jesus he awakes / Then will his happy soul rejoice / To hear his blessed Saviour’s voice /

North – In / memory of / Josephin / wife of / W. SCHNEKENBURGER / died Sept. 24, 1892 / aged 74 yrs / 2 mos 15 days / Native of Wurtemburg, Germany / A loving friend, a mother dear / A tender parent lieth here / Great is the loss that we sustain / But hope in heaven to meet again .

17.    Small grey granite

In memory of / Conrad / SCHNEKENBURGER / died / Aug. 12, 1897 / aged 50 yrs / 9 mos & 13 dys / May his soul rest in peace /

18.    Very large grey granite with cross on top

Southeast – In loving memory of / Henry SCHNEKENBURGER / born Dec. 16, 1852 / died Mar. 15, 1934 / May their souls rest in peace / His beloved wife / Lena LUDY / born Jan. 21, 1859 / died Feb. 3, 1935 / May their souls rest in peace /

Northwest – Infant son / Robert / born / Feb. 1, 1895 / died / Feb. 13, 1895 /

19.    Grey granite with cross motif

SCHNEKENBURGER / Margaret / 1855 – 1940 / Joseph / 1851 – 1946 /

20.    Grey granite with large cross on top

In memory of / Mary Regina / wife of / Henry / SCHNEKENBURGER / died July 28, 1898 / aged 77 yrs. 7 mos / 5 dys / Rest in peace / Dear Mother / A faithful friend, a mother dear / A tender parent lieth here / Great is the loss that we sustain / But hope in heaven to meet again /

21.    Black granite with cross motif

John E. SCHNEKENBURGER / 1859 – 1950 / his beloved wife / Mary Jane O’NEILL / 1858 – 1949 / SCHNEKENBURGER /

22.    White limestone with clasped hands on top

In / memory of / Rosa / wife of M. D. MEHRING / died / May 15, 1892 / aged 29 yrs. 9 mos / Jesus has called the mother home / Her flesh lies mouldering in the tomb / God grant her offspring may be blest / And meet her in eternal rest /

23.    This grave is marked with a metal cross that bears no inscription.

It is known to be the grave of Matilda SCHRADER

24.    Tall grey limestone spire

North – In / memory of / John D. / HITZEL / died / Jan. 12, 1898 / aged 68 yrs / The cross is my anchor /

South – In / memory of / Theresa HITZEL / died / Jan. 4, 1918 / aged / 31 years / Rest in peace / Blessed are the dead / who die in the Lord /

25.    Flat grey granite with cross on each end

Elizabeth HITZEL / wife of / John HITZEL / 1840 – 1926 / Mother /

26.    Flat grey granite with cross on each end

Mary Ann / ( HITZEL ) CRAIGO / 1876 – 1926 / Sister /

27.    Flat grey granite with cross on each end

Theodore HITZEL / 1864 – 1946 / Brother /

28.    Tall grey granite with gates ajar and cross on top

Southwest – Jacob LIMBERGER / died Apr. 27, 1904 / aged 88 yrs / LIMBERGER /

Southeast – Mary / LIMBERGER/ died / Aug. 24, 1906 / aged 39 yrs / Erected by her / sister / Mrs. J. BANDEEN /

29.    Flat rose granite

James Henry / SCHNEKENBURGER / born Dec. 4, 1880 / died May 6, 1955 /

30.    Grey granite with cross at either side at top

COLEMAN / H. Jerry / 1910 – 1993 / husband of / Agnes LYNCH / 1909 – /

31.    Grey granite with centre cross, broken off base and partially buried in ground

In / memory of / Jacob LIMBERGER / died / Apr. 17, 1904 / aged 87 y’rs / & 4 mo’s /

32.    Flat red granite with cross & supplicant hands on side

James Anthony / SCHNEKENBURGER / born / Jan. 20, 1937 / died June 17, 1975 /

33.    Small flat grey granite

Paul Gregory / SCHNEKENBURGER / December 22, 1938 / March 25, 1939 /

34.    Very large red granite with large cross on top

North – Mary Ann / SCHNEKENBURGER / beloved wife of / Chas. MARTINI / died Oct. 31, 1917 / aged 57 yrs. 8 mos / May her soul rest in peace / Charles J. / MARTINI / died May 3, 1948 / aged 92 years / May his soul rest in peace / Leo R. MARTINI / 1898 – 1975 / My body in this grave’s at rest / My soul in heaven with Christ is blest / And oh dear friends do not despair / To serve your God to meet me there /

East – Mary Josephine / died Aug. 13, 1904 / aged 23 yrs / 9 mos / Olivia Grace / died Nov. 29, 1904 / aged 10 yrs. / 7 mos 15 days / daughters of Charles & Mary A. / MARTINI / Charles J. / infant son of / Charles W. & Margaret / MARTINI / born Dec. 10, 1941 / died Dec. 25, 1941 / Dearest one you have left us / And our loss we deeply feel / But tis God that has bereft us / He can all our sorrows hear / May their souls rest in peace /

South – William A. / RAMSTEIN / died May 16, 1928 / aged 52 years / May his soul rest in peace / His wife / Elizabeth / MARTINI / died Nov. 30, 1947 / aged 62 years / May her soul rest in peace /

West – Charles W. MARTINI / 1891 – 1965 / Minnie C. MARTINI / 1886 – 1969 / Margaret BROWN / 1899 – 1972 / wife of Charles W. / MARTINI /

35.    Small grey granite with cross on top

Morand A. / son of R. J. & E. / SCHNEKENBURGER / born July 16, 1920 / died Sept. 30, 1920 / Safe in the arms / of Jesus /

36.    Large red granite with large cross on top

Pray for the repose of the soul of / Lebolt SCHNEKENBURGER / born Apr. 6, 1848 / Wittenberg, Rottweil, Germany / died Feb. 10, 1928 / Rodney, Ontario, Canada / aged 79 yrs. 10 mos 4 dys / Came to Canada in 1852 at age of 4 /

37.    Large rose granite with cross on top

Southwest – In memory of / Wendelin SCHNEKENBURGER / born in Aldborough / Sept. 4th, 1856 / died August 17, 1943 / May his soul rest in peace / SCHNEKENBURGER /

Northeast – Out of your charity pray / for the soul of Annie RAMSTEIN / beloved wife of / Wendelin SCHNEKENBURGER / born in Wisconsin, U.S.A. / Nov. 1st 1960 / died July 14, 1917 aged 56 years / 8 mos 14 days / May her soul rest in peace

Southwest – Annie / SCHNEKENBURGER / wife of / D. J. CULNAN / born / August 14, 1895 / died / December 18, 1922 / Pray for the repose of her soul /

38.    Very tall wooden cross reinforced with steel and set in concrete base

39.    Small white limestone cross

Aloysius / son of / R. A. & M. A. KERR / born & died / Nov. 26, 1917 /

40.    Black granite with cross on both upper corners

Northeast – SCHNEKENBURGER / Christian / (Chris) / 1853 – 1923 / husband / M. Agnes / FELKER / 1870 – 1953 / wife / [supplicant hands on bottom]

Southeast – Our sons / Christian E. 1890 – 1960 / Wm. Laban 1894 – 1968 / Irwin W. 1895 – 1981 / Leo 1898 – 1962 / Robert O. 1911 – 1983 / George 1905 – 1987 /

41.    Small grey granite footstone

W. S. / (known to be William A. SCHMIDT)

The following have no monuments but are known to be interred here:

COLEMAN , infant triplets

SCHNEKENBURGER, infant twins

WHITE, Ellen

Burials without Monuments

PFEIFER – Xavier Francis PFEIFER.  Maria Crescentia PFEIFER (Nancy). (Possibly Nancy or Mary Nancy SCHRADER, b. 1880, d. 1881, daughter of Levi and Matilda PFEIFER SCHRADER.

(Xavier Francis and Maria Crescentia were the parents of Matilda PFEIFER SCHRADER. Matilda was born 17 Aug 1854 and died 13 Apr 1890 She married Levi Shrader 8 Jan 1880. Nancy PFEIFER wife of Xavier died 22 Mar 1891 age 76 years and 10 months. The St. Thomas Weekly Dispatch, 26 March 1874 gives that Xavier PFEIFER died 11 March 1874- NK Dec 2004)