THE ROSE GARDENS

These first 2 Rose Gardens are in Ponsonby, which is located on Wellington Co. Rd. #7 just west of Highway #6 near the City of Guelph, Ontario, Canada



GARDEN #1

Erected in the memory of the pioneer settlers of the area R.I.P. native of Co. Fermanagh, Ireland.One 2 X 2 Ft. pillar. In this one the names were actually engraved into the pillar as follows:

1. In memory of Helen (the rest was blank).
2. Patrick Green Es., D. Nov. 25th, 1860.
3. His wife Susannah Kerrigan D. Mar. 13th, 1880, 91 yrs. 5 mos. 13 days.
4. Patrick Green D. Feb. 18th, 1862 age 25 yrs.



GARDEN #2

One 2 X 2 Ft. pillar which says Pioneer Cemetery 1843-1890.

1. Martin Martin D. Mar, 30th, 1882. Age 84 yrs. A native of ???????ex, England.
2. Ann Howse, sister of Thomas Howse D. Dec. 17th, 1880, 92 yrs. old.
3. Thomas Howse D. Oct. 7th, 1874, 86 yrs. old, a native of Northamptonshire, England.
4. Joseph Labby D. Jan. 25th, 1878, 67 yrs.
5. Matilda wife of the above D. June 3rd., 1854, 36 yrs. old.
6. In memory of Charlotte wife of John N. Newman who D. Oct. 20th, 1875, 72 yrs. old, a Native of Northamptonshire.
7. In memory of George, son of Thomas Howse who D. June 16th, 1858, 39 yrs. old,
8. Also his daughter Mary wife of Daniel Peckover, D. Feb. 17th, 1855, 32 yrs. old.
9. In memory of Levi Patmore D. July 1st, 1872, 55 yrs. 4 mos.
10. Mary wife of Joseph Labby D. Dec. 31st, 1876, 28 yrs., 8 mos., 25 days.
11. Joseph Hall D. Feb. 7th, 1861 41 yrs.
12. Elizabeth Barton wife of George Bya (?) Oct. 20th, 1851, 57 yrs. old.
13. Also their son George D. Mar 25th, 1859, 28 yrs. old natives of Aynho, Northamptonshire.
14. Charles Labby D. June 10th, 1870, 89 yrs. old a native of Staffordshire.
15. In memory of John Allan D. Oct. 6th, 1878, 70 yrs. 9 mos.
16. William J. son of George and Mary Ann Arris D. Mar. 17th, 1877, 4 yrs., 10 mos., 16 days.
17. Wife of Thomas Francis who D. Oct. 27th, 1860, 63 yrs., 7 mos.
18. George Nickason D. June 7th, 1863, 46 yrs. old.
19. Margaret wife of Tho's Land, D. Apr. 27th, 1861, 36 yrs. old.
20. Francis Davidson D. 1849, 58 yrs. old.
21. In memory of James son of William and Sarah Howse D. Sept. 14th, 1862, 23 yrs., 6 mos.

The following email was sent in by Jim Bellamy:
Some of the individuals listed are ancestors of mine. The family info I have collected suggests that several changes would make the info a little more accurate.

4. Joseph Labby D. Jan. 25th, 1878, 67 yrs.
5. Matilda wife of the above D. June 3rd., 1854, 36 yrs. old.
8. Also his daughter Mary wife of Daniel Peckover, D. Feb. 17th, 1855, 32 yrs. old.
10. Mary wife of Joseph Labby D. Dec. 31st, 1876, 28 yrs., 8 mos., 25 days.
14. Charles Labby D. June 10th, 1870, 89 yrs. old a native of Staffordshire.

The info I have and suggestions are as follows:

Charles Lasby (listed as 14. Charles Labby) was born circa 1781 in Milwich, Staffordshire, England. He married Margaret CHALLENNOR on 29 Jan 1807 in Milwich, Staffordshire, England. Margaret was born on 19 Sept 1784 in Milwich, Staffordshire, England. They emigrated to Canada circa 1828. Margaret died in 1856 in Ponsonby, Wellington, Canada West. (She should be listed in that cemetary.) Charles Lasby died 10 June 1870 in Elora, Ontario.

Joseph Lasby (listed as 4. Joseph Labby) was one of the sons of Charles Lasby and Margaret. Joseph Lasby was born 9 Dec 1810 in Milwich, Staffordshire, England. He married (date ?) Matilda Crowther (listed as 5. Matilda), born 12 June 1818 in London, Upper Canada. Matilda (Crowther) Lasby died 3 June 1854. Joseph Lasby died on 25 Jan 1878.

The name "Peckover" perhaps should be "Peskover". Not entirely sure but another ancestor Oliver Lasby married a Lydia Peskover in 1872 inElora, Ontario.

GARDEN #3

WOODHILL PIONEER CEMETERY, this cemetery was also known as the Providence Primitive Methodist Cemetery. The first recorded burial was in 1830. The original settlers of Woodhill and the surrounding area were interred here. Woodhill was a thriving rural hamlet by 1819. In 1967 Canada's centennial year, descendants had a cairn constructed to consolidate grave markers. Woodhill Cemetery was re-dedicated in 1996.

1. In memory of Ann beloved wife of James Hackett who died Aug. 13th, 1873. Age 20 yrs., 10 mos., 24 days.
2. William son of Robert P. and Elizabeth Woodill died Aug. 29th, 1848, 3 yrs., 11 mos, 14 days. Also Robert P. Jun. died Jan. 10th, 1854, 5 yrs., 11 mos., 25 days.
3. In the memory of Mary wife of Robert Woodill who died Nov. 12th, 1865, 73 yrs., 5 mos., 10 days.
4. In memory of Robert Woodill who died May 25th, 1871, 76 yrs., 6 mos.
5. John son of Robert and Mary Woodill died Sept. 4th, 1845, 7 yrs. old. Also infant (no name) son of the same died Apr. 8th, 1832.
6. In memory of John Woodill who died Aug. 12th, 1834, 65 yrs. old. Also Ann his wife died Aug. 11th, 1834, 60 yrs. old. Also William their son died Jan. 21st, 1836, 35 yrs. old.
7. John Woodill, Esq., died Sept. 3rs, 1867, 70 yrs., 4 mos., 28 days. Also John who died Dec. 1st, 1864, 1 yr., 5 mos. Also Anne who died Sept. 23rd, 1872, 7 yrs., 3 mos., 8 days. (Children of John and Susannah Woodill erected by his widow).
8. In memory of Mary Eliza beloved wife of John Woodill who died Oct. 25th, 1859, 57 yrs. old.
9. In memory of Margaret wife of John Saul. who died Sept. 8th, 1853, 26 yrs. old. Also John Francis son of J & M Saul. who died Sept. 23rd, 1853, 1 month, 8 days.
10. Samuel Standley who died May 17th, 1846, 51 yrs, old, a native of the state of Maine, U.S.A.
11. George Ward who died Aug. 30th, 1847, 74 yrs., 10 mos. and Elizabeth his wife who died Mar. 19th, 1844, 62 yrs. old.
12. Mary wife of Robert Ward who died May 10th, 1848, 19 yrs., 11 mos. 23 days. Also George son of the above who died Sept. 10th, 1848, 4 mos., 6 days.
13. John Dale, Sen. who died July 15th, 1858, 52 yrs. old.
14. In memory of Thomas Brown who died June 4th, 1874, 76 yrs. old. Also Thomas son of Thomas and Mary Brown, 9 yrs. old.
15. In memory of Mary daughter of Thomas and Mary Brown who died Nov. 26th, 1850, 6 yrs. old.
16. Mary Smith wife of the late Thomas Brown died Jan. 6th, 1884, 84 yrs. old, a native of Yorkshire.
17. George Hostrawser who died Sept. 15th, 1853, 39 yrs. old.
18. Jacob Hostrawser who died Apr. 28th, 1836, 18 yrs. old.
19. Jacob S. Hostrawser who died July 39th, 1855, 67 yrs. old.
20. Susannah wife of Jacob Hostrawser who died Jan. 20th, 1854, 65 yrs. old.
21. Susannah Boyes who died Dec. 14th, 1872, 15 yrs. old.
22. Duncan McLean who died 1870, 52 yrs. old.
23. Sarah wife of John Dodsworth who died Sept. 10, 1860, 27 yrs. old.
24. In memory of Elizabeth wife of John Harrison who died Aug. 19, 1855, 22 yrs. old.
25. Joseph Figg, J.P., died Jan.22, 1881, 61 yrs. old, a native of London, England.
26. In the memory of the two sons of Nicholas and Frances C. Bery: John who died Feb. 21, 1843, 11 months old., and Joseph who died Oct. 2, 1852, 8 yrs. 2 mos.
27. In memory of Capt. Abraham Odlum who died Sept. 2, 1838, 53 yrs., also Eliza his wife who died June 1, 1836, 39 yrs. Erected by their sons E., J. T. & W. Odlum.
28. William Wilson who died Sept. 7, 1868, 74 yrs., also Jane wife of William Wilson who died Mar. 2, 1849, 55 yrs., William Jun. who died Aug. 8, 1836, 3 mos., Jane who died Jan. 8, 1838, 1 yr., Thomas who died Jan. 17, 1844, 14 yrs. Mary who died Jan. 21, 1844, 16 yrs., the children of William and Jane Wilson.
29. In memory of Mara wife of Rev. Thomas Lawson, Hesleyan Methodist Minister, died Aug. 23, 1861, 33 yrs.
30. In memory of Elizabeth wife of Henry Pearen who died Nov. 5, 1868, 45 yrs.
31. In memory of Susannah Pearen who died Oct. 5, 1861, 26 yrs.
32. In memory of William Woodhall who died May 1, 1875, 80 yrs. also Mary his wife who died May 8, 1886, 72 yrs. Erected by his daughter Mrs. Hostrawser and Family. Susannah who died Jan. 17, 1834, 3 mos., 21 days. Thomas who died Aug. 18, 1839, 5 yrs., 8 mos. George who died May 23, 1841, 4 yrs., 8 mos., the children of William and Mary Woodhall.