St. Stephen's Cemetery

St. Stephen's Cemetery

The Cemetery

St Stephen’s Anglican Church held its first service and dedication on June 3rd, 1862 and recorded its first marriage on August 10th, 1863. The first known funeral took place in 1869.

On January 20th, 1883 George Hill, Bishop of Columbia, was deeded the Church lands by way of a Certificate in Trust deed.

The addition of a white painted picket fence round the cemetery which was completed early that year. The newly fenced cemetery was used for its first interment in 1883 according to the burial register.

Mary Anne Stritchens died in her tenth month and was buried on October 8th. This of course was not the first funeral outside the little church.

The first known date of a burial was that of another member of the pioneer Thomson family. Young William aged nine was laid to rest in 1869.

The burials have expanded from that first in 1869 to well over five hundred in the 1990′s.

The original burials were scattered in an area directly in front of the church entrance.

The pathways inside the churchyard were realigned from a north south attitude when the entrance was in the south boundary, to an east west attitude when a new entrance to the churchyard was established in the west boundary in the early 1880′s.

 

Following Is A Series of Stories From St. Stephen's Cemetery: (written by David Scarth and Ruth MacKay). They also appear in the ConneXion, for the dates indicated.

  1. Our Military Imposter (by David Scarth); For the May, 2014 edition of the ConneXion, click here.
  2. Where Lies Fred Reynolds: Victoria's most eligible Bachelor?; For the August, 2014 edition of the ConneXion, click here.
  3. Our Black Pioneers; For the November, 2014 edition of the ConneXion, click here.
  4. Who was Jacob the Pauper?; For the December, 2014 edition of the ConneXion, click here.
  5. There are strange things done .... ;For the March, 2015 edition of the ConneXion, click here(This Story is dedicated to the memory of Lilian Gillan Dyer, 1913 - 2014) 
  6. Behind every great Man .... ;For the June, 2015 edition of the ConneXion, click here.
  7. A Rose by any other Name .... ; For the September, 2015 edition of the ConneXion, click here.
  8. A Fatal Accident at South Saanich ... ; For the December, 2015 edition of the ConneXion, click here.
  9. William Avons and the Pesthouse Saga ...For the March, 2016 edition of the ConneXion, click here.
  10. A Deed Most Foul on Mount Forsaken .... ; For the June, 2016 edition of the ConneXion, click here.
  11. The Rev Wm. Gregory Family at St. Stephen’s: 1884-1890 ....; for the March, 2017 edition of the ConneXion, click here.
  12. The Michell Family of Keating Valley ...; for the June, 2017 edition of the ConneXion, click here.

 To return to the History of the churches, click here.

Digitized Cemetery Records! 

Under the direction of David Scarth, the research has now been completed for the 1862 - 1982 Cemetery Database, with thanks to Angela Dyck and the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of BC and its Archives.