Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ashgrove United Church Cemetery, Halton Hills

Ashgrove United Church
aka Mount Pleasant Canadian Wesleyan Methodist New Connection Church
est. 1869

Ruddell Monument
Joseph Ruddell & Frances Mayse Ruddell

New head stones have been placed on
all child graves in cemetery

Old Foundation Stones

Ashgrove United Church Cemetery, aka Mount Pleasant Canadian Wesleyan Methodist New Connection Church & Cemetery is located on the west side of Trafalgar Road, north of 5th Line in Halton Hills.  The cemetery was established on ground donated by Joseph Ruddell and his wife Frances Mayse in 1860. Another 1/4 acre in the westerly corner of the property across the road was donated by George Wrigglesworth and his wife Isabella Frances.  The deeds for these lands were not registered unit 1861, by the trustees.  One of the trustees, Thomas Crawford was a carpenter, who began work on the wood frame building seen in the archive photo above.  

In 1878 another 1/4 acre was purchased from Joseph and Frances Ruddell to enlarge the cemetery.  At this time the price of a burial plot was set at $7.00 each with the exception of those located around the outside of the property would be at $6.00 each.

The Church joined the Methodist union in 1874 until 1926 when it joined the United Church of Canada and at that time became known as Ashgrove United Church.  In 1968 Ashgrove and Hornby United Churches would amalgamate and build a new church south of 5th line on Trafalgar Road called Hillcrest United Church, which is still an active congregation. 

The cemetery is the resting place for most of the original trustees and those who donated or sold land for this site.  Burials still continue for those who have family plots.

The church building was eventually moved from the site and became a private home in Limehouse.

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