Best directions/parking directions: Enter 16 Doyle Rd. Oromocto which is the address of the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall, and park in the far back near the trees. Path is through the trees to small open grassy area between the parking lot and the Trans Canada Highway.
This cemetery is NOT the remains of the Old Morrison.
Many thanks to Conner DeMerchant who catalogued this cemetery for the Find a Grave website, both physically in a pouring rainstorm, and provided photos and created the memorials for those interred here.
Cemetery Bio: This cemetery and name was first referred to in print by E.W. Bell in his book "Israel Kenny, his children and their families" published in 1944. On page 11 under the Stephen Kinney Jr section and listed progeny, he writes that Stephen and his wife Sarah Adams "lie buried at the old Howland burying ground two miles up from the mouth of the Oromocto River."
The next noted reference is when George Hayward did his cemetery survey and referred to it as: "Oromocto By-Pass Cemetery; a small cemetery on the south side of Highway #7, Oromocto" this was in 1985.
He listed the interments based on visible headstones as follows:
001 Howland 2 children of Ichabod No names no dates
001 Howland Ichabod d 11 June 1868, ae 77 y
004 Howland John M. s/o Joseph & Sarah d 30 June 1870, ae 12y, 4 m
003 Kinney Sarah w/o Stephen d 07 Dec 1879, ae 81 y
002 Kinney Stephen d 17 Jan 1881, ae 86 y
005 Morrison Agnes A, w/o John M d 18 Dec 1875, ae 23 y
005 Morrison Everett Darwin, s/o Agnes A d 22 Dec 1875, ae 9 d
Please note that the Nason's were not listed here and while they were interred much later (1919 and 1925) than the other older stones here, were clearly interred before Hayward made his list in 1985. There are surely more interments here without benefit of remaining markers, and could possibly hold a few more Howland's as the Ichabod of record here was a grandson of the Maugerville Planter Joseph Howland.
This cemetery was also noted by Cleadie B. Barnett who wrote it as "Pioneer Cemetery". While the individuals interred here were certainly from a day and age of "yesteryear", they were essentially the grandchildren of the first names to inhabit Oromocto, the true Pioneer's.
In this reference by Barnett, we find some description's and assumptions. The assumption made by Barnett that this cemetery was the remains of the Old Morrison were wrong, and while unintentional, unfortunately helped add some confusion. The statement that it was "cleared when the road was put in" is true but only meaning that the overgrown flora was addressed, not bodies disinterred. Of the positive information inclusions, the author also noted that since the recording of interments was made, there was further road construction (The expansion of Rt 7 to also be Rt 2, the Trans Canada)and that "vandals did some damage" as clearly evidenced by the broken headstones of Stephen Kinney Jr. and his wife Sarah Adams Kinney.
GPS Coordinates: 45.84137, -66.50485
- Added: 31 Oct 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2654551
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