Notre Dame Bay ~ NDB West District
Wellman's Cove Old CemeteryWellman's Cove was a community on the Hall's Bay side of Sunday Cove Island, towards the northeast end of the island. There are no houses nor remnants of the community, with the exception of two cemeteries. However, there are several cabins built there now and just recently a road has been constructed there by Mr. Alwin Rideout of Robert's Arm. The road is at the entrance to the community of Miles Cove, on Sunday Cove Island. When entering the town there is a Penticostal church on the left. Entering the church parking lot and keep to the left side. This road is drivable by car.
The older cemetery was located in the center of the community and there is very little remaining except the bottom portion of one headstone. I had the opportunity to talk very briefly with Mr. Leslie Normore, a former resident of Wellman's Cove that left the community and moved to Port Anson when he was 13 years old. Mr. Normore said "My father told me there were 15 people buried in this old cemetery before they started a new cemetery up on the hill", (known as Cemetery Hill). There may be headstones buried in the thick layer of moss if it were to be excavated and restored.
The cemetery on the top of the hill is partially restored by former residents and their children. However, there are still headstones lying on the ground, leaning against trees and very large trees are growing next to many of the headstones. When I arrived there a large female moose was in the cemetery, grazing. I was very careful to not startle it because I feared it may panic, start to run and possibly break some of the remaining standing stones. I mentioned this to Mr. Normore and suggested they should build a fence to preserve the remaining stones. He accompanied me to the graveyard and was surprised to see that his uncle Phillip G. Normore's stone was broken off. He said that stone had been standing just a couple of weeks earlier, presumed to be broken by a moose. Mr. Normore was going to get something done to stop the moose from doing further damage.
Many of the graves are unmarked but are quite visable as graves, some are caved in. The information from the headstones, in the same manner it appears on the stone, is shown below:
Headstone inscriptions were transcribed by TERRY ROWSELL, September 1999. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there may be typographical errors.
DIED MARCH 25th, 1884
AGED 3 YEARS & 6 MONTHS
NOTE: THIS IS ON THE LOWER HALF OF THE STONE ONLY, THE
TOP HALF WAS MISSING. THERE WAS SOMETHING WRITTEN
ON THE STONE BEFORE JOHN BUT I COULD NOT READ IT,
THAT IS WHY I PRECEEDED JOHN WITH ??
THIS INFORMATION COULD REFER TO THE SON OR DAUGHTER
OF ?? JOHN.
© 1999 Jamie Rowsell and NL GenWeb