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Trinity Bay Region ~ Trinity South District

Grates Cove - Old United Church Cemetery

The Old United Church Cemetery in the Grates Cove is found overlooking the harbour and about half way up the hill towards the new cemeteries. It is generally overgrown by tall grass and shrubs. Several headstones are seen standing. The graveyard is in general disrepair. Several of the headstones are damaged, and many are lying on the ground.

The verses were very lengthy and detailed on these headstones. Much more than I had seen on the new headstones. It reminded me of the Old Anglican Cemetery in Placentia - some of the headstones in that cemetery had short stories describing an event or the life of the person.

Many of the headstones in the Old United Church Cemetery at the Grates Cove had several family members for a single headstone. I separated out the individual names and repeated the verse so people could identify them as the same family.

The headstones were read, recorded and transcribed by FRANK & HEATHER KING, July 1999. While we have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors.

SURNAME1stNAME2ndNAMERELATIONBORNDIEDERECTEDBYMEMNOTES
AveryThomas


feby 19th 1889
Sacred to the memory of Thomas Avery who died Feby 19th 1889. Aged 82 years. My hope is in Christ. ( Pillar headstone)
BensonCharlotteIrenechild of Hayward & Lillian
1916
In loving memory of Clyde born Jan.22.1915. Died Nov.17.1916. Charlotte Irene died in infancy. Darling children of Hayward & Lillian Benson. In loving memory of Joseph Benson beloved husband of Eliza Benson who departed this life Aug. 31st 1916. Aged 68
BensonClyde
son of Hayward & LillianJan.22.1915Nov.17.1916
In loving memory of Clyde born Jan.22.1915. Died Nov.17.1916. Charlotte Irene died in infancy. Darling children of Hayward & Lillian Benson. In loving memory of Joseph Benson beloved husband of Eliza Benson who departed th is life Aug. 31st 1916. Aged 68
BensonElijah
husband of Lydia
June 22,1922
In loving memory of Minnie Beatrice loving daughter of Elijah & Lydia Benson who departed this life May.19.1920. Aged 21 years. Safe in the arms of Jesus. In loving memory of Lydia beloved wife of Elijah Benson who departed this life D ec. 9th ,1921 Age
BensonJoseph
husband of Eliza
Aug 31st 1916
In loving memory of Clyde born Jan.22.1915. Died Nov.17.1916. Charlotte Irene died in infancy. Darling children of Hayward & Lillian Benson. In loving memory of Joseph Benson beloved husband of Eliza Benson who departed this life Aug. 31st 1916. Aged 68
BensonLydia
wife of Elijah
Dec. 9th,1921
In loving memory of Minnie Beatrice loving daughter of Elijah & Lydia Benson who departed this life May.19.1920. Aged 21 years. Safe in the arms of Jesus. In loving memory of Lydia beloved wife of Elijah Benson who departed this life Dec . 9th ,1921 Age
BensonMaryElizawife of Benjamin J.
Oct. 22.1918
In memory of Mary Eliza beloved wife of Benjamin J. Benson who died Oct.22.1918. Aged 32 years. Here lies one who in this life was a kind mother, a true wife, she was by many virtues blessed and piety among the best.
BensonMinnieBeatricedaughter of Elijah & Lydia
May.19.1920parentsIn loving memory of Minnie Beatrice loving daughter of Elijah & Lydia Benson who departed this life May.19.1920. Aged 21 years. Safe in the arms of Jesus. In loving memory of Lydia beloved wife of Elijah Benson who depa rted this life Dec. 9th ,1921 Age
CooperEbenezer
son of Nehemiah & Margaret
Sept.15.1912
In loving memory of Ebenezer Cooper darling son of Nehemiah & Margaret Cooper. Who died Sept.15.1912. Aged 13 years. Dearest son ___ left us
CooperMaryAnnwife of Reuben
1883
In loving memory of Mary Ann the beloved wife of Reuben Cooper ......1883 ...( unable to decern lettering, badly deteriorated)
CooperRuanna
wife of Joshiah
Oct.27th 1915
We shall meet again in loving memory of Ruanna beloved wife of Joshiah Cooper. Died Oct.27th 1915. Aged 57 years.
FrostLevi
father
May 31.1912sonsErected by his sons in loving memory of their dear father Levis Frost who Died May 31st 1912. Aged 73 years. My sons remember your dying fathers words. Love & serve God.
Janes

husband of Ethel Janes
Feb 19,1900
Beloved husband of Ethel Janes. Died feb 19,1900. Aged 75 years. ( broken and lying flat on ground, most of information missing)
MartinHubert


Oct. 25.1913.
Erected by his son Jacob Wicks in loving memory of Jacob Martin died Nov. 19.1920 Aged 71 years. Mary Ann Martin Died Feb. 25.1927. Aged 63 years. Hubert Martin Died Oct. 25.1913 Aged 26 years. Thy God has claimed thee as his own.
MartinJacob
father of Jacob Wicks
Nov. 19. 1920
Erected by his son Jacob Wicks in loving memory of Jacob Martin died Nov. 19.1920 Aged 71 years. Mary Ann Martin Died Feb. 25.1927. Aged 63 years. Hubert Martin Died Oct. 25.1913 Aged 26 years. Thy God has claimed thee as his own .
MartinMaryAnn

Feb. 25.1927. Aged 63 years.
Erected by his son Jacob Wicks in loving memory of Jacob Martin died Nov. 19.1920 Aged 71 years. Mary Ann Martin Died Feb. 25.1927. Aged 63 years. Hubert Martin Died Oct. 25.1913 Aged 26 years. Thy God has claimed thee as his own.
MartinReuben
father
Nov. 12.1922
In loving memory of dear father Reuben Martin who fell asleep in Jesus Nov. 12.1922 Aged 90 years.
MartinReuben
father of W.C.Martin
Nov.12.1922
In loving memory of my dear father Reuben Martin who fell asleep in Jesus Nov.12.1922. Aged 90 years. Servant of God well done by glorious warfare past the battles fought, the victory won & thou art crowned at last. erected by W.C.Ma rtin.
NoelAnnieSelinadaughter of Rebecca
Feb. 11th,1907
We shall meet again. In loving memory of Rebecca Noel who died Sept.11th,1906. Age 44 years. O let us think of all she said and all the kind advice she gave and let us do it now she's dead and sleeping in her lonely grave. Also her daughter Annie Selina.
NoelPeter


July 11th 1902
In loving memory of Peter Noel who died July 11th 1902. Aged 89 years.
NoelRebecca
mother of Annie selina
Sept. 11th,1906
We shall meet again. In loving memory of Rebecca Noel who died Sept.11th,1906. Age 44 years. O let us think of all she said and all the kind advice she gave and let us do it now she's dead and sleeping in her lonely grave. Also her daughter Annie Selina.
SnelgroveElizabeth
wife of Simon
Dec.3.1935
In loving memory of Elizabeth wife of Simon Snelgrove who died Dec.3.1935 Aged 81 years. >From our midst you have been taken to dwell with Christ in heaven above. The memories of your life can never be shaken so full of kindness, tende rness, and love.
SnelgroveIsrael
son of Jacob
July 23 1894
In memory of Jacob Snelgrove and son who departed this life July 23 1894 Aged 38 years and his son Israel aged 15 years. Lost in the sea.
SnelgroveJacob
father of Israel
July 23 1894
In memory of Jacob Snelgrove and son who departed this life July 23 1894 Aged 38 years and his son Israel aged 15 years. Lost in the sea.
SnelgroveJohn
husband of Mary
June 5th,1927
Erected in loving memory of John Snelgrove who died June 5th, 1927. Aged 80 years. Asleep in Jesus. We shall meet again. (triangle of Love, Purity, Fidelity) Dearest father thou hast left us. Left us in this world alone. But thy prayer s and good example
SnelgroveMary
wife of John
May 7th 1903
In loving memory of Mary beloved wife of John Snelgrove. died May 7th,1903. Age 53 years.
unidentified





Sacred .... ( unable to discern any information on this very large headstone - about 3 feet by 5 feet. )

E R R A T A
Name in CemeteryDescription of ErrorMy Name
AVERY Sarah wife of Isaac Avery died March 30, 1913 age 44 This headstone was inside a plot that is surrounded by an iron picket fence. The area is totally filled with a lilac tree and wild roses. I could spy the headstone through the absolute jungle, and with many scratches I got over the fence and through the lilacs to inscribe her stone! Susan Snelgrove
HOSKINS John Hoskins. I believe this is the stone that Frank recorded as being very large and "unidentified". It starts out "Sacred". I believe I could make out the name "John Hoskins" . This would be the son of the famous minister John Hoskins Sr. who came to Trinity Bay, and I think ended up in Old Perlican. His son also became a minister, and it is this John Hoskins Jr. who went to Grates Cove (according to Enc. of Nfld/Lab, it was in 1792). Although it is difficult to read, knowing that information helped me decipher the name. I am quite sure it is John Hoskins Jr., which would explain why he got such a super duper size headstone. I'm not sure when he died, but likely well before 1850, which explains why the stone is so hard to read. He was likely the minister of the church when he died, and buried in their graveyard. Couldn't read anything further. If Frank ever goes back to Grates, perhaps he can look again to see if he agrees with me...... Susan Snelgrove
JANES JANES, first name unknown. I have the transcription in my records as SAMUEL JANES. Susan Snelgrove
BENSON Students have been recently mowing part of the field, and uncovered two old headstones. They were both lying flat on the ground. "Joseph Benson, died Nov. 19, 1846 aged 68 years and his beloved wife Mary who died May 22, 1859 aged 73 years". These are my gggg grandparents. Susan Snelgrove
COOPER The following stone was broken into 3 distinct pieces and so some of the info was hard to read where the cracks were. This is a very early one as well: "Sacred to the memory of Margaret Cooper, wife of the late George Cooper, respected inhabitant of this place, who departed this life (illegible) Oct 20th 1812 aged 82 years." The number 1812 looked quite clear, but I have a slight doubt that the number might have been 1842, because I thought I could possibly feel something to the left of t he "1" with my finger, making it a "4". I believe this is the George Cooper who is named on the census for 1800/1801,and likely the first Coopers who came from Lower Island Cove to the Grates. Susan Snelgrove
COOPER This past July I did a grave rubbing of the stone for Margaret Cooper. The stone is fallen and broken in 3 pieces, very poor condition. With the naked eye, the death date looks like 1812, aged 82 years, but the rubbing clearly showed the date to be 1842. Lois Calka
HOSKINS This refers to the large stone that Frank labeled as "unidentified" in his last entry. In Aug 2001, I was able to transcribe the stone as follows: "Sacred to the memory of Mr. John Hoskins who for -- years --- charged the --- old ---- and Teacher in this Place. He rendered his soul to God the 28th day of Jan. 1828 in the ?0th year of his age. He lived ---- and died lamented. His ----- on high but this frail memorial of a good and honest man ----- (a lot remaining but undecipherable). Susan Snelgrove
COOPER A grave rubbing of Mary Ann Cooper's stone revealed the following: "In loving memory of Mary Ann, the beloved wife of Reuben Cooper, died Aug 30 1893 Aged 58 years". She was my gg grandmother. Lois Calka
COOPER There is an old headstone for Margaret Cooper who died age 82. Most researchers erroneously believe that she died in 1812. Her stone is fragmented and some spots are worn and hard to read. I too thought the death date said 1812, but I thought I felt an indentation in the stone that would possibly make it 1842. Lois Calka posted information at GenWeb stating that she had done a rubbing of the stone last summer, and the date was 1842. I took the opportunity to go back and do my own rubbi ng, and can confirm that Lois is right on! Margaret died 1842. If people want proof, I can get you a copy of my rubbing which I kept. There is no doubt of the date. Thought this was important to mention, as many people researching Coopers think Margaret (and her husband, presumably George) were born 1730, when in fact it is 1760. Susan Snelgrove
BENSON New stone uncovered: Erected by Lucinda Benson in memory of her husband William John Benson, died Feb 3, 1926, aged 63 years. Susan Snelgrove
JANES I previously reported the stone for Samuel Janes who died Feb 19, 1900 age 75. This stone is in 2 pieces, and this time I noticed that the top of the stone starts with "In memory of Eliza Jane, who died Sept ... aged 8[?]8 years, also her beloved husband Samuel Janes..... Susan Snelgrove

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