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Fort St. James Anglican Cemetery

(referred to locally as The Hudson's Bay Cemetery)

Fort St. James, BC

 

Some research done on this cemetery by member Maureen Hebert - 

 

1.   From the “Fort St. James Historic Attractionswebsite: Hudson's Bay Cemetery  

The Hudson's Bay cemetery is the oldest remnant of the early fur trading in Fort St James. Not much is known about its history and content, or even when the first person was buried here. However it stills tells of a life lived here in Fort St. James. The graveyard is located on Stuart Drive adjacent to the Anglican Church.  

I have no idea if the Anglican Church is connected to this cemetery or not.  I just know the cemetery was there long before the church which wasn't constructed until the early 1900's. 

2.   From A Walk Through Time  Produced by: The Friends of The Fort St. James National Historical Site Society

The Fur Trader Burial Ground, also known as the Hudson’s Bay Cemetery, is the oldest remnant of the early fur trade in Fort St. James. Over time the cemetery has weathered but it still tells an interesting history of Fort St. James.

 

Follow this link to some Possible Burials

 

  Follow the link from the highlighted names below to a photo of the gravestone or more information.

Name

Date Born (Y-M-D)

Date Died (Y-M-D)

Comment

(Legion Plot)

 

 

Royal Cndn. Legion 268

Bedwell, L

 

 

 

Butler, Caleb

1879

1965

 

Carnell, Raymond Rayfield

1902

1957

 

Drew, Harry A.D.

1880

1962

 

Dunsmore, Robert

1867

1938

 

Gibbon, William

1899

1937

 

Gregg, Dora

1890

1931

 

Hamilton, Alex

 

 

 

Henry, Bertha Isobel

1895

1960

SxS Henry, Norman Husband

Henry, Norman

1892

1981

SxS, Henry, Bertha I. Wife

Jones, Edward

1887

1970

 

Kynoch, Alexander

1892

1937

 

Kynoch, Jean

1968 ca

1980/01/02

Death Year?

McGibney, Frank

1874

1943

 

Murray, Alexander Campbell

1859 ca

1931/01/21

Hudson Bay Co. 1876-1914

Ogden, Martha

1862 ca

1868

 

Ogden, Peter

1817/01/18

1870/10/09

 Hudson's Bay Co. Record

Ogden, Peter S.

1844 ca

1870/10/03

 

Peters, Bessie

1896 ca

1904/06/05

 

Reinhold, Robert

1879

1957

 

Roberts, Griffith

1873

1955

 

Saxby, Norman R. (Private)

1915

1978

 

Schmidt, Harry

1936

1972

 

Stermer, August

1899

1972

 

 

Also researched by Maureen Hebert -

1.   From: A Walk Through Time

The second Peter Ogden was a superintendent of  New Caledonia from 1856–68, and his son Peter Ogden from 1869–70.

2.   From: Diary of Fort St. James – Story of Growth and Development in a small town in central British Columbia.  Copyright 1990

Peter Skene Ogden was superintendent from 1834–44, and then left to take a position with the HBC in Vancouver. He died there 10 years later at the age of 60. He was a factor in the 1830’s, had a son born in 1817 also named Peter, who also had a son by the same name. The last two died in 1870 within a few days of each other and are buried in the small cemetery by the Anglican Church.

Headstone at the Fur Trader Burial Ground:

The headstone of the senior Ogden refers to him as “Peter S. Ogden.” However he is not the Peter Skene Ogden.

 

Coincidentally I had a conversation with an Ogden descendant at a restaurant in Vanderhoof on the way home from this trip and she told me she believes they are not descended from Peter Skene Ogden but were ‘given’ the name as apparently was the custom back in those days. Sort of a transition time from their native names to names that white people could pronounce. And in turn, the native elders could not pronounce the 'd' in ‘Ogden’ and it became ‘Ogen’.

 


 

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