Roblin Mills Cemetery

Location
Lot 34, 1st Concession South West of Green Pt.
Sophiasburgh, Prince Edward County Municipality, Ontario, K0K Canada
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Inactive and possibly inaccessible small community cemetery located on Lot 34, 1st Concession South West of Green Point in the hamlet of Roblin Mills, Sophiasburgh township. It appears to be a woodlot.

Not to be confused with the Roblin Cemetery on Lot 17, 2nd Concession West of Green Point (East of Fish Lake in or near Ameliasburgh township). Also not to be confused with the Roblin Cemetery in the adjacent Lennox & Addington County.

The best record of this cemetery comes from a 1924 reminiscence by Alexander Campbell Osborne (1835-1924) whose sister was buried in the cemetery in 1858. He recalled it from his childhood in the area. He wrote: " the little cemetery is just on the line between the two farms, at the foot of the Ravine, near the Bay. ... The only approach to the little cemetery from the east was under the flume of the saw mill, then over the brook and up the hillside. On numerous occasions it has been my melancholy privilege to witness funeral processions bearing their precious burden with trembling footsteps, carefully choose boulders in crossing the stream, and then make their way up the hillside to the cemetery. Originally a private burial plot, the first to occupy a place in this primitive hillside cemetery was Widow Roblin, with her sons, grandsons and numerous family relatives, each grave marked by a suitable monument. In time, however, it became a general burial place for the neighbourhood, and many of the early inhabitants in a widely extended area found a final resting-place in this sequestered and romantic abode of the dead. I visited the familiar scene in 1914, ... Where once were witnessed scenes of industry and commercial prosperity, nothing remains to awaken the memory but "beetling cliffs, a hillside cemetery, and a purling brook.""

Which "Widow Roblin" was the first interment is debatable. However, the Roblin family settled on the surrounding lots in the early 1800s was that of Philip Roblin (who died and was buried in the cemetery in 1848) and his wife Prudence, who outlived him (also died and buried in the cemetery in 1850).

Assuming Alexander Campbell Osborne's recollections are correct and given that the earliest surviving stone is for Thomas Portt who died 1827, "Widow Roblin" must have died before Portt in 1827, have been married to a Roblin patriarch and be at a fairly advanced age.

It is reasonable to conclude that "Widow Roblin" is Philip's mother Elizabeth Miller Roblin, widow of Philip Roblin (died 1788) who married secondly to John Canniff before 1795. Her cenotaph recording a death year of 1815 survives in Belleville Cemetery but her burial location was considered lost. It seems very likely that she died while with her eldest son and his family in Sophiasburgh and was not returned to Canniffton in the adjacent county (Hastings) for burial. It is likely that this cemetery therefore began in 1815.

C. Loral Wannamaker transcribed a handful of surviving stones from the cemetery for the Ontario Genealogical Society volume on Sophiasburgh cemeteries.

GPS Coordinates: 44.11354, -77.08087

  • Added: 27 Feb 2017
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