Origins of the Cemetery and the Union Church
The origin of Lyn Cemetery is obscure, but would appear to have originated with the first church, the Union Church, built by the Methodists on the spot where the drive-sheds for the St. John the Baptist (Church of England) were later built, now a parking area east of the church on a plateau above the cemetery.
Since the Union Church was the only church for miles around, it in effect became an inter denominational, Protestant church used by several congregations including Quakers. People used to walk or ride on horseback long distances to attend a “quarterly meeting”. It is said that the first Methodist Conference to be held in Eastern Ontario of the Methodist Episcopal Church was held in it and most of the delegates were from New York State and that a number of Bishops were in attendance. Unfortunately the church was destroyed during a violent wind storm on January 13, 1890. The bricks from this church were removed and used in the building of another Methodist Church at Glen Buell.
Although the total area utilized for the cemetery is not great, the cemetery consists of several portions of tiled land and others for which no records apparently exist. The first tombstones were large pieces of flagstone, and the oldest burials are to be found in the central region of the cemetery. Indeed the depression of the old service road may yet be seen in this part of the cemetery curving south-westerly from an old gate located midway along the northern fence line. From this point, an old lane way gently rises eastward to the road, a remnant of more easy access from the days of horse drawn vehicles. (excerpts taken from the magazine “Families” Vol 22 No.4 pub in 1983 and written by George A. Neville)
Concession 3, Lot 27, Location: East side of the Village of Lyn between the Veteran’s Memorial and St. John the Baptist Anglican Church.- Lyn Cemetery Committee* – GPS- 44.577355, -75.777818
Map of Graves at the Lyn Cemetery – See post on interments for names of those buried here.