Monday, June 27, 2011

Cashel Cemetery, Markham

Grave of one of the early
Scots settlers 

Grave of James Hunter. Age 5
d. 1839 first burial in Cashel Cemetery

Cashel Cemetery is located on the west part of lot 26 concession 6, on the east side of Kennedy Road just north of Elgin Mills Road E, in the Town of Markham. This cross roads hamlet was originally called Crosby's Corners, but it became simply known as Cashel.  The area was settled in the early 1800's by Scots settlers.

The land for the cemetery and church building was donated by James Rose to James Fenwick and trustees of the Presbyterian Church in 1827.  The church was named St. Helen's and was the earliest Presbyterian Church in Markham.  It operated from 1827 until 1865 when it was closed and sold, then later removed leaving the cemetery to mark the site.

Burials declined in the cemetery in the late 1870's, there are a few for the early 1900's.  The earliest burial was for 5 year old James Hunter who died in 1839.

The cemetery is officially closed and is now maintained by the Town of Markham.

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