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Pilley's Island - United Church Cemetery (partial)

These are older United Church Cemetery Inscriptions The first WHALEN names here are the family of the present caretaker of the cemeteries at Pilley's Island, Mr. M. Whelan, who so kindly showed me around every one of them and at times provided a running commentary as I noted the graves. He informed me there is only one headstone remaining in the old R.C. Cemetery, that of his ancestor Michael Patrick WHALEN. In answer to my questions, he told me that Michael Patrick WHELAN died on Sept. 22, 1967 at the age of 92 years, and that he was born in Bay Bulls. He came to Pilley's Island as the first school teacher. I understand he was the last to be buried in that cemetery, and am quite sure he said that Michael Patrick was the husband of Melina SIMMS, below.

Headstone inscriptions were transcribed by BARBARA PEDERSON, October 1998. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there may betypographical errors.

Melina E. SIMMS [this is her maiden name] [WHALEN]
May 26, 1897 Dec. 28, 1990
William SIMMS husband of Norah
Oct. 27, 1928 aged 75 years & 3 months; erected by wife and children
Nora SIMMS our dear mother [AND] beloved wife of William SIMMS
Mar. 6, 1951 aged 84-1/2 years. Erected by children
Note: The above two are parents of Melina.
John [SIMMS] son of William & Nora SIMMS Mar. 15, 1891 Jan. 28, 1962
Arthur [SIMMS]
1927 1976
Note: Also a son, known as "Bronze" or "Brawns" according to Mr. Whelan.


Jan. 19, 1957 aged 91 years
Martha [WHELAN] wife of George WHELAN
Feb. 17, 1942 aged 72 years.


June 18, 1950 aged 72 years;
July 12, 1883 May 20, 1967

Nov. 23, 1877 Oct. 25, 1971 aged 94 years;
July 12, 1877 Nov. 9, 1961 aged 84 years.

Mar. 22, 1894 Mar. 20, 1971
Pheobe [BARTLETT] wife of John BARTLETT Dec. 25, 1884 Jan. 22, 1964

Alfred ELLIOTT husband and father
Dec. 29, 1959 aged 73 years

David MCGINN father
Dec. 24, 1937 aged 82 years
Eliza MCGINN mother
Oct. 17, 1945 aged 76 years; (a double headstone)

Alfred COBB
1853 1935
Ann Eliza LEDREW his wife 1854 1936

1885 1971
William BUDGELL husband of Rachel BUDGELL
Apr. 22, 1951 aged 86 years

Mary Jane HAGGETT [mother]
Jan. 5, 1952 aged 86 years
Josiah HAGGETT [father]
Sept. 19, 1937 aged 76 years.
Note: Erected by Mrs. Fred Pittman in loving memory of her mother and her father.

William John MULLINS
1885 1977

1895 1974


Feb. 24, 1948 aged 70 years & 5 months
Cecilia G.[ROWSELL] wife of Thomas ROWSELL
Sept. 24, 1959 aged 78 years.

Joseph H. HARRIS

Jan. 22, 1930 aged 67 years.

George OXFORD husband of Kate OXFORD
May 3, 1925 (?1975) aged 62years & 2 months

Dec. 9, 1897 Nov. 30, 1990 Fondly remembered
Note: Mr. Whelan told me a nice little story, the 'background' of this last one, a somewhat 'impressive' stone with the following simple inscription: Mr. Whalen said that this Jack Mansfield lived at Pilley's Island, was never married and had lived alone. He was apparently a favourite among the people of the community, and probably came to work there at the mines in his early years, then likely spent time fishing or whatever the rest of his life. Jack was a Roman Catholic, and at the time of his death, the only R.C. cemetery in the area had not been in use for some time. His friends of various Protestant religions all got together and along with the priest from the nearest R.C. parish agreed to bury him in the United Church Cemetery, where he now is sure to share a place with the rest of his buddies forever and ever. I was informed that his mother and father, who would be the Mary Ann and William A. Mansfield above, (from the 1921 census), are buried in the R.C. Cemetery at Pilley's Island, which has not been in use for a number of years.

1998 Barbara Pederson and NL GenWeb
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