Loyalist Provincial Burial Ground

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On Oct. 8,1783, the first settlers arrived at Fredericton. They were of Dutch origin and try as they may, their efforts to build some shelters were not enough to help most of them pass the hard cold winter and many were buried along the river.

The founding of the City of Fredericton dates from the spring of 1784, when the United Empire Loyalists settled in Ste. Anne’s Point (site of present day Fredericton) after the American Revolution. At the time of the Loyalist settlement, St. Anne’s Point was occupied by only three families. About 2,000 Loyalists settled in the area of present day Fredericton including several army regiments. The first winter was harsh with early and severe snowfalls. Bedding was in short supply and many perished during that harsh winter. Those who perished were buried in what became the Loyalist cemetery, which is still found on the south bank of the Saint John River.

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2 thoughts on “Loyalist Provincial Burial Ground

  1. Good work guys! Keep it up. I am so happy to see someone ‘putting out there’ some of the color and rich history that this great Province has. More please!!

  2. The Loyalist Provincial Burial Grounds is located adjacent to the property that my family home was built on. In fact, when the property was first purchased the burial ground was part of our property, but my grand parents later let it go to the city.

    Growing up, we were told by our Grandparents, parents and Aunts and Uncles that only 3 souls were buried in this cemetery, it was not until only around 2010 that I found out the “truth” of this cemetery and that there were many more than just 3 persons buried here.

    I checked with the city and the Provincial Archives to see if they had any clue to who were these poor folks that had passed away during that brutal, early first Winter at St. Anne’s Point and they said they did not know.

    At the time I had more time on my hands and I figured, being Loyalists, that had fled from New York, landed at Saint John and traveled up the SJ river to St. Anne’s Point, that there must be names in a ships log or some kind of documentation as to who these people were. Before I ended up acquiring employment at the UNB radio station, I had found at least 11 names that I believed were buried there.

    I had also run into a Geology professor with some students around Queen Square who had a ground penetrating radar device and had the notion (which I proposed to the Professor) that it would be an interesting idea to run the GPR device over the Loyalist cemetery to see where these souls lay… The end “idea’ I had was to possibly approach the UNB Archaeology Department and see if they could do a project on this site to see who these persons were.

    I believe it would be beneficial to New Brunswick history to finish the story of this unique graveyard that is mostly ignored by the city and tourism.

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