Dale's Cemetery - 2960 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland Village

Did you know...

Dale's Cemetery (reference book) by: Cumberland Township Historical Society - (Darell Small, Ottawa Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, 1980). Published by the Society in 2005. (ISBN 0-9687196-4-3) http://www.cths.ca/english/4/4-3-5.html

  1. "The land for this beautifully situated and well groomed cemetery was given by William Dale".

  2. "William Dale, a retired farmer was born in Ireland in 1805, came to Canada in 1828".

  3. This "cemetery was started in 1836 on farm land purchased for 20 pounds currency from Wm. Dale and his wife Mary Lough Dale who were buried here in 1895 and 1855 respectively."

  4. This "cemetery was started in 1836 on farm land purchased for 20 pounds currency from Wm. Dale and his wife Mary Lough Dale who were buried here in 1895 and 1855 respectively."

CARINE REAY MACKAY WILSON Canada's first female senator is buried here.

Cairine Reay Mackay was born in 1885 in Montreal, Quebec, the daughter of Senator Robert Mackay and Jane Baptist.  As a young woman she frequently accompanied her Liberal Senator father on trips to Ottawa where they often stayed at the home of family friend and then Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier. She married Norman Wilson, Liberal Member of Parliament for Russell in Ontario in 1909 and raised a family of eight children. She became active in the Victorian Order of Nurses, the Young Women's Christian Association, the Salvation Army and other groups. Carine MacKay Wilson was appointed the first female senator in 1930 by Mackenzie King.  A strong advocate for human rights, Senator Wilson sought refugee status for European Jews in the mid 1930's but her request fell on the deaf ears of Prime Minister Mackenzie King and his Liberal Government. She also helped found the Twentieth Century Liberal Association and the was President of the National Federation of Liberal Women of Canada 1938-48,  the League of Nations Society 1938-42, and was Canada's first delegate to the United Nations in 1949.  She died in Ottawa March 3, 1962.

A Murderer Lies in an Unmarked Grave

"Perhaps unknown to anyone except to older residents of the area or those acquainted with local history, there is an unmarked grave located in Dale's Cemetery. It has no headstone, no plaque, nothing to show that it even exists. To look at it today you could not distinguish from the earth and trees that cover it."

Dale's Cemetery is the final resting place of a murderer who some 70 years ago shot and killed a Rockland OPP officer by the name of Harold Dent. You can find the story as presented by the Cumberland Township Historical Society is you click the title.

You can learn more about the Dale's Cemetery by visiting the Cumberland Township Historical Society (CTHS) at the Ray Friel Center.