Oakland Cemetery

London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada

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Oakland Cemetery was instituted as a Cemetery in 1855 by the United Presbyterian Church Congregation on the west side of the site. In 1864 the Wesleyan Methodist New Connections Church established its cemetery on the east side, and in 1882 the two groups amalgamated their holding into Oakland Cemetery, also known as the Scotch Cemetery and Proudfoot Cemetery. The cemetery was left unattended and neglected for many years, except for the efforts of Reverend Elson who tried to clean the cemetery up in the 1950's and the Oakridge Secondary School students who undertook Project '75 with another clean up. Unfortunately their efforts were never continued. The cemetery was conveyed by deed to Mount Pleasant Cemetery (London) Inc. in 1982 by Metropolitan United Church and the First St. Andrews United Church on the basis of an undertaking by Mount Pleasant to willingly guarantee "to rebuild and redesign said property maintaining the traditional dignity of a cemetery property to the high standard of Mount Pleasant Cemetery". Mount Pleasant have gradually cleared the area of brush and poison ivy. In 1994 Mount Pleasant undertook a major project of cutting into the side of the steep hill to permit a road access from Oxford Street West into the cemetery, restoration of the old monuments, landscaping and laying out of future burial sites and the building of beautiful Columbarium for the internment of cremated remains. It should be noted that John Cram QC, who was the Director of Mount Pleasant for over 20 years, was a major driving force of the Oakland Cemetery restoration. Unfortunately, Mr. Cram passed away during the constriction and restoration of the cemetery. Fittingly he was the first to be laid to rest in the new Columbarium. All historical burial and lot record were destroyed in a house fire many years ago. While no one knows the exact number of interments made, because of the practice of unmarked graves, the estimated range from 350-574 burials. The only records on file are the names recorded from monuments in Project '75 and recording the Genealogical Society preformed.
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