priceville pioneer cemetery
Established 1859 (crown lot 9, Kinross St N)
405026 Grey Rd 4
Priceville Pioneering Cemetery, established on land donated by early settlers, has been inactive since May 25, 1951 after the burial of Euphemia MacPhee. (The above stone is wrong - records shows that her age at death was a few months short of 100 years.)
By 1950 the burying ground showed considerable neglect. Many stones were falling over or were broken. Some grave sites had sunken because the bodies had been moved to nearby McNeil Cemetery. Mid-1950’s, the Rev. L.W. Mould set about restoring some semblance of order. The only record available was a skimpy notebook with a few ranges (rows) written in, including some names. Rev. Mould aided by the local knowledge of Belle (McKinnon) Aldcorn and cemetery board Secretary-Treasurer, Emma (McConkey) Harrison took the book to the site where the three of them carefully went up and down the rows. Mr. Mould dug into earth and weeds to find fallen slabs and then made a map of the cemetery.
If you stroll through the cemetery, you will note that nearly all of the names are of Scottish origin, such as Stewart, McArthur, McCormick, McDonald, McKinnon, and McLachlan. Graveyard aficionados will be intrigued that in 1880, five members of the Reiley family, ages one to nine years, were all buried in a space of fifteen days! Today the scenic, peaceful site is maintained and managed as an extension of the McNeil Cemetery Board.