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Cemetery of First Mennonite Community Meeting House 1830 / Samuel Bechtel Burial Ground, Waterloo County, ON

Street Address: Beaverdale Rd & Queen St. W
Community: Cambridge
Township: Waterloo (Concession MCP 908, Lot 6)
Locality: Waterloo County
Municipality: Waterloo
Province: ON
GPS: 43.416368,-80.330323

Registered to Wanner Mennonite Church Board of Trustee.

From Tim Campbell: "A Union Meetinghouse, used for school and religious purposes of all denominations, was built in 1829." (Cressman, Miriam. "Wanner Mennonite Church (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2004. Web. 28 April 2013.

Around 1910, some of the graves at the gypsy Camp [Union meetinghouse] were removed to the Wanner Cemetery (at the corner of Beaverdale and Maple Grove Rds). Only Bechtel graves were opened. The unmarked graves of infants were not opened. Catharine, wife of Eli Clemens was not disturbed. Some years later Catherine Clemens' stone was moved to an empty spot in the present day Wanner cemetery. (Canadian-German Folklore Volume Number 2 - 1967 (1967): 28. Pennsylvania Folklore Society of Ontario. Print.)

The location is a triangular plot behind the Ontario Provincial Police station on Beaverdale Road. Although it is believed that there are still graves there, there are no headstones left.

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