Ontario Wanderings: Several Strathroy Cemeteries…

It was time to load up the car and the problem was getting my stuff down the many stairs in the Clock Tower Inn.  I decided to do it in stages and put my stuff outside my room door, then take it to the landing area, then move down to the second landing and finally to the front door.  Once at the front door, I had to put it outside in the foyer and down the very steep steps.  I managed to do this and the door didn’t lock on me.

I then retrieved my car from their free parking lot which was behind and to the side of the inn.  I pulled up front and loaded my car making sure I didn’t leave anything behind.

My next stop was the Strathroy Municipal cemetery just south of town on Metcalfe. I  had no problem finding it and was able to determine from my cemetery map where the Ward d tombstones were located.  It was very wet from the rain storm and my shoes and feet got soaked.

This is one of the largest cemeteries in Middlesex County so you need to consult the cemetery book and get a map.  There are single lane roads in this cemetery so you can move your car along with you.  The sectiona start with A and go from east to west.

Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

Now I do not know if any of these people with the Ward surname are my family. I have just started digging in to this surname.  I do know that Benjamin and Sarah Ward are my 2nd greats and so I am just taking advantage of the situation and gathering names.

Overview of the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

Overview of the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

Once I had completed searching for Ward tombstones I then headed to the 4th Line Methodist cemetery which was on Hwy 39 at Eastman on the southeast corner. It is about 7 blocks from Frank Street to the west. There is plenty of area space to park on Eastman.

I did find the Ward names but they were pretty hard to read.  It was not as well cared for this cemetery but it is the mostly likely one for where Benjamin and Sarah are buried even though there is no tombstone.   Some of the tombstones were laid out on this mound/cairn which is much better than piling them on top of each other.  At least this makes it so you can read them although it makes it so you don’t know where they are buried in the cemetery.

4th Line Methodist Cemetery

4th Line Methodist Cemetery

 

4th Line Methodist Overview

4th Line Methodist Overview

In this post, I am giving an overview of these two cemeteries.  I will get more specific when I return at the end of my trip.

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