horsefly cemeteries

There are three cemeteries in Horsefly:


Harpers Lease Cemetery

 This was the first cemetery in Horsefly and is near the Ward Mine. Some Chinese as well as white miners were buried there. It is a small cemetery with possibly only 8 men buried there altogether.

The Chinese who were buried there were later disinterred and their bones were sent back to China, in accordance with their custom. This was accomplished by "Coffin Ships" which came from China with spices for Vancouver. On its return trip, the ship was loaded with bodies of the dead Chinese.

Buried Harpers Lease:

Dan McCallum, previous owner of the Discovery Mine is likely the first to be buried there.
Jimmy Smith, an Englishman who drowned in a beaver pond in Beaver Valley
Dan McLeod, who drowned in the Horsefly River
Rory Hagen, who was killed in the collapse of the Miocene Mine Shaft around July of 1899.
William G. Thompson, who came from Canboro, Ontario and worked a small claim just past Hobson's Mine. He died November 1st, 1914 at Harpers Camp at the age of 84. (BC Death registration 1914-09-238165)
J.L. Murray
, a local rancher died on January 25, 1915 at the age of 50 at Harpers Camp and is buried in the Harpers Lease Cemetery. (BC Death Registration 1915-09-239276)
Robert Oliver Lowrey, died from grippe at the age of 24 on October 9th 1915 at Harpers Camp and is buried in Harpers Lease Cemetery. (BC Death Registration 1915-09-239275)
Nordal Dalby.


The Roman Catholic Cemetery

The Roman Catholic Cemetery was on the riverbank in the center of Horsefly. Only three people were ever buried there.

Rebecca Mykol buried in 1907.  She was the mother of Alva Walters.

Alexander Meiss, Hotel Operator died in Horsefly on January 21st, 1928 at the age of 63 years and was buried January 24th in the Roman Catholic Cemetery.  He was born in Victoria BC in 1865.  The BC Archives death registration shows Alexander Meiss, Born in Victoria, BC, in 1865, Died in Horsefly, BC on January 21, 1928, Buried in Horsefly, BC on January 24, 1928 (BC Death Registration number 1928-09-411009)

His wife, Matilda Clara Meiss nee Gaspard died in Horsefly on November 4, 1942 at the age of 72 years and was buried on November 6th in the Roman Catholic Cemetery.  She was born in Dog Creek on March 23, 1870.  The BC Archives death registration shows Matilda Clara Meiss, Born at Dog Creek, BC on March 23, 1870, Died in Horsefly, BC on November 4, 1942, Buried in Horsefly, BC on November 6, 1942  (BC Death Registration number 1942-09-615526)


The Horsefly Cemetery

The Horsefly Cemetery was established around 1920 and is still in use today. The first few burials in the cemetery included:

William Skene
Francis Beatrice Webber
(Female) died on October 12, 1919 at the age of 14 at Harpers Camp and is buried at the Horsefly Cemetery. (BC Death registration 1919-09-253838)
Douglas Patenaude
Captain William McDougall


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Posted  15 December, 1998, Last updated 13 September, 2004