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Cumberland, ON

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( Please note that we have no official connection to the Dale Cemetery. It happens to be in
our coverage area and has great local historical significance and generates much interest.)

If you would like more information about contacting Dale Cemetery officials,
contact: or call him at: 613-833-1547.
(A Google search using "Dale Cemetery" will also offer many references.)

If you visit this site ( you can search
on a name alphabetically and see a photograph of the individual's headstone.
( The Canadian Headstones Photo Project is urgently seeking volunteers.

The Dale's Cemetery Annual Memorial Service has been going for over 50 years
Dale's Cemetery (reference book) by: Cumberland Township Historical Society
Canada's first female senator is buried here
A murderer lies in an unmarked grave
Obituaries of some of the many souls buried in Dale's Cemetery
The Dale's Cemetery Annual Memorial Service has been going for at least 50 years

(Cumberland Village - June 14, 2015) Every year, during the warm weather, many of the small communities in our area (Navan, Bearbrooke, etc.) celebrate annual memorial services in their cemeteries to honour the many souls who are lying in their final resting place. Cumberland Village is no exception. The Dale's Cemetery Memorial Service has been going for over 50 years, according to local historian Jeannie Smith.

In years past, area resident Reverend Ernie Cox, now retired from the First Avenue Baptist Church, has been conducting the Dale's Memorial and has been doing so for some 25 years.

This year, Reverend Robert Merritt, Minister at Cumberland's St. Andrew's United Church will be officiating. He says the Service will be held "rain or shine". In the event of rain the service will be held in the church at the Cumberland Museum.

You are asked to bring your lawn chairs and participate in the hymns and readings. "Special music" will be provided. The address is: 2960 Old Montreal Road.

The cemetery was started in 1836 on farmland purchased from the Dale family. There are a number of historical figures buried here, not to mention many of the old and well-known families from the area. (Click on pic to enlarge.)

You can learn more about the Dale's Cemetery by visiting the Cumberland Township Historical Society's (CTHS) "history room" at the Ray Friel Center and look at the Dale's Cemetery Read more....

You can also learn more about the CTHS by visiting their website. Click on the "Publications" link to read their newsletters
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Dale's Cemetery (reference book) by: Cumberland Township Historical Society
An excellent reference for those interested in Dale’s Cemetery in Cumberland Village. “The land for this beautifully situated and well groomed cemetery was given by William Dale. It lies south of Old Montreal Road, about ¾ mile east of the Village of Cumberland, and comprises 7.6 acres in the north-easterly part of Lot 11, Concession 1 of the old Township of Cumberland. We know nothing of William Dale except that the 1879 Atlas states “William Dale, a retired farmer was born in Ireland in 1805, came to Canada in 1828, and owns 200 acres Lot 11 Conc. 1” having been buried in this cemetery. Early records show this cemetery was started in 1836 on farm land purchased for 20 pounds currency from Wm. Dale and his wife Mary Lough Dale who were buried here in 1895 and 1855 respectively.” (Darell Small, Ottawa Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, 1980). Published by the Society in 2005. (ISBN 0-9687196-4-3). Click here.

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Carine Wilson
Canada's first female senator is buried here
Canada's first woman senator, was born in 1885 at Montreal Quebec, the daughter of Senator Robert Mackay and Jane Baptist. She died in Ottawa March 3, 1962. Carine Ray Wilson was appointed in 1930 by Mackenzie King. She was President of the National Federation of Liberal Women 1938-48, the League of Nations Society 1938-42, and was Canada's first delegate to the United Nations in 1949.

Many believe that she lived in what is now known as Cumberland Village, in the old stone house on the main drag, Old Montreal Road. (Research showed that this was incorrect. She actually lived in Rockland.)

You can read more about Carine Wilson and check out a number of references that we have put together by visiting our Clarence-Rockland "Museum" page. Click here.
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A murderer lies in an unmarked grave
Perhaps unknown to anyone except to older residents of the area or those acquainted with local history, there is an unmarked grave located in Dale's Cemetery. It has no headstone, no plaque, nothing to show that it even exists. To look at it today you could not distinguish from the earth and trees that cover it.

But it is the earthly home of a murderer who some 70 years ago shot and killed a Rockland OPP officer by the name of Harold Dent. The story in photos and bits of print can be read on the Internet. Click on the pictures to start, then follow the links, or do a Google search for "Harold Dent".

"A very talented member of the Cumberland Township Historical Society, Jeannie Smith, has written a song to commemorate the death of Constable Harold Dent. She first presented the song to students of Meadowview Public School and to Eric Smith."

From the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation.


From the Ontario Provincial Police Association. More...

From Orleans Online - "63 years later, Navan’s only murder still intrigues".

Photos of stage play put on by Vintage Stock Theatre.

You can also read more and view more pictures of this fascinating history on another Internet web page. Click here then follow the links.

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Here are some obituaries of some of the many souls buried in Dale's Cemetery
Lorne Martin

MARTIN, Lorne Everett Veteran WWII 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards Retired Milk Inspector Peacefully at the Sarsfield Nursing Home Monday August 16, 2010 aged 91 years. Son of the late Searson and Ellen Martin formerly of Cumberland, Ontario. Predeceased by four brothers Donald, Stewart, Morris, Dalton and three sisters Edna Watson, Laura Lake and Peggy Hewie. Everett will be fondly remembered by his family and many friends. Friends are invited to visit at the St. Laurent Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 1200 Ogilvie Rd. Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 12 noon. Interment Dales Cemetery, Cumberland. Those wishing may make memorial donations to the charity of their choice.

Jean Harkness
HARKNESS, Jean (nee Dunning) Jean Harkness of Cumberland, Ont. on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at age 89. Beloved wife by 1st marriage of the late Arthur Hanson and by 2nd marriage of the late Peter Harkness. Daughter of the late Victor Dunning and the late Pearl Brennan. Dear mother of Deanne (the late George Triffo), Priscilla (Wally Filuk), Ingrid (the late Keith Millar) and David Hanson. Loving grandmother of 8 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 7 great-grandchildren. Sister of Ross (Sandra) Dunning. Will be fondly remembered by many brothers and sisters-in law, nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by her sister Evelyn Harris and her brother Lloyd Dunning. Special thank you to the staff of the Centre d'accueil Roger Seguin for the compassion and great care received. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home chapel on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice if so desired. You may express your condolences to the family on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. at: THEO BRUNET & SONS FUNERAL HOME 2419 Laurier Street Rockland, Ont. 613-446-4691 Condolences and Donations or viewing of a Photographic Tribute at
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( You can can also visit the Canadian Headstones Photo Project where all but
recent headstones in the Dale Cemetery have been photographed.
Click here.)


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