Airport is closer than Ottawa)
If you would like more information about
contact: Bill Edwards, Secretary Treasurer,
(A Google search using "Dale Cemetery" will also offer many references however
do not get it mixed up with the Dale Cemetery located in Ossining, New York.)
If you visit this site (canadianheadstones.com) you can
on a name alphabetically and see a photograph of the individual's
( The Canadian Headstones Photo Project is always looking
for volunteers. More...)
Dale's Cemetery Annual Memorial Service has been going for over 50 years
Cemetery (reference book) by: Cumberland Township Historical Society
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 10, 2018) 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
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
book.website. 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
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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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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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." More...
From the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation. More...
From the Ontario Provincial Police Association.
From Orleans Online - "63 years later, Navan’s only murder still
Photos of stage play put on by Vintage Stock Theatre. More...
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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are some obituaries of some of the many souls buried in Dale's Cemetery
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 (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 www.brunetfuneralhome.ca.
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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.)