Harbour Grace’s grave mystery

Help The Telegram find the truth about who’s buried here

Published on August 21, 2013
This mysterious grave in a Roman Catholic cemetery in Harbour Grace has no names associated with it. The Telegram is asking for readers’ help to learn more about the grave. — Submitted photo

A mysterious grave with five concrete carved surfaces has piqued the curiosity of The Telegram’s newsroom.

Located in a Roman Catholic cemetery on Bennett’s Lane in Harbour Grace, the grave prominently features two sets of skull and crossbones. In between them are carved surfaces displaying lambs, crosses, and an angel.

No names are displayed on any of the five surfaces of the grave.

A photo of the grave appeared in Tuesday’s edition of The Compass newspaper, a publication owned by The Telegram’s parent company, TC Media.

According to a marker record form prepared for the Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogical Society in 1994, the grave has a height of 55 centimetres and a width of 114 centimetres.

A plot records document said the cemetery is the oldest Roman Catholic site in the community, with the oldest documented grave dating back to 1802. Some of the graves are said to belong to people originally from Europe.

A submitted story by Paul McCarthy that accompanied the photo said members of the local Knights of Columbus and church parishioners recently cleaned the neglected cemetery.

Does Harbour Grace’s connection to pirates like Peter Easton have anything to do with this grave? Or maybe it relates to an over-looked aspect of the community’s history.

The Telegram is asking readers with any knowledge or inclination as to what sort of person may be resting eternally in this grave to contact its newsroom by emailing telegram@thetelegram.com.

 

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