18 thoughts on “Morpheus Island Cemetery

  1. I just took a tour through here Wayne – your explanation of the tombstones and how you gathered your information and then others supplemented it was fascinating. Thanks for fixing that poor 22-year old guy’s tombstone – you did a great job. I, like you, felt sorry for some of these souls that died at such an early age, like the baby and his family just moved on. Or the poor woman who died of pneumonia a day after her baby also died – childbirth was rough back in those days. This was a beautiful cemetery. The moss growing on the stones was interesting looking. Amazing that the stones erode as they do – I can see the wood crumbling before your feet from being exposed to all the humidity all these years, but it makes you wonder what is in the air we breathe that erodes the inscriptions and names right off the stones. In noticed that when I visited Oakwood Cemetery. I wish I could have gotten closer to the stones, but I picked a bad day to go after all the rain and all that high grass. But very few names/birth and death dates were still visible after all these years. Thanks for sending me here Wayne.

      1. I did enjoy it. The cemetery I was in Saturday is the ONLY cemetery I’ve ever been in. My grandparents died in the Winter months so we did not attend the burial. It was not near Toronto, quite a way from there and very hilly, so not easy for my mom to navigate around even in good weather conditions (she was on a cane and had walking difficulties to begin with). I’ve only been in Oakwood sketching tombstones almost 50 years ago, then the other day. They had some Boy Scouts there a year or so ago to clean up the headstones as a good will project. I was fascinated by the trees and likely those trees have never been pruned, or fertilized or attended to since they were planted and they were growing all over the place. They reminded me of the Old Angel Oak Tree you see in pictures of Charleston, South Carolina. I’ve never seen it but it is very old and its branches droop down like that.

      2. That was an interesting story Wayne – thanks for sending it. Years ago, when we still lived in Canada, friends had a cottage in Huntsville, and we went to visit them one time. It was beautiful there. I was just about
        7 at the time. We stopped at Algonquin Park and I have a photo of a deer and me. This story of his canoe tipping and death as a result of it, made me think of the reason no more bodies are buried at the old cemetery and the story you told – how awful to have to dredge the water for a body lost from the coffin.

      3. You should do an update to your walk in the cemetery and pose the question and see if anyone knows the answer. You had people respond on their own the last time when you wrote about other grave markers.

      4. now that I think of it…..the District should have a list of everyone that is buried there & I bet it’ll be filed showing the dates!
        I also remember reading about it in a book! I’ll try to find the book & story within.Will let you know!

      5. good news & bad news………I found the book but it had no indexing or means of me to find the section about Morpheus island.Which means I’ll need to reread the book.I read it years ago.I think rereading it now knowing much more about the area will help me understand more!

      6. You are right Wayne – they would have to have all the births and deaths recorded in a register of some sort. I wouldn’t think it is privileged information, but available to the public, especially if you read it in a book sometime. Googling will save you some footsteps trying to track down the info. I will look forward to hearing more.

      7. you jogged my memory when you mentioned trees.There is a very large Birch tree in this small cemetery! Also……when you think about it,there is nothing a tree seed loves to find than freshly disturbed earth! So that Birch tree may of began growing after someone had been buried there.I’ve heard it happens a lot!

      8. That’s true – we have “helicopters” maple seeds flying around right now. The trees didn’t leaf out or get seeds until later this year since it was so cold. The elm seeds are just coming out now and flying around. They are tiny and look like eyes – seed in the middle of this wafer-like seed. They land in the bark, sidewalk cracks and will sprout in days – thousands of them. That makes sense that they grew right there at the burial plot. Those trees were growing sideways, toward the ground. Amazing!

      9. They are all over the place and last year the City gave away a dozen saplings on a first-come, first-served basis. My neighbor signed up for one and it is pretty big already – another few years, those seeds will be all over. The people across the street that I mentioned who died, had three maple trees in their front yard – we had thounsands of helicopters and a big mess. Then we got new sewers put in in 1990 – the City tore up their side of the street, broke up the concrete and sidewalks and destroyed the roots – one tree died, the others are sparse and sickly looking and should be cut down, so very little helicopters – not like before.

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