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Triller Family

The Triller family was originally from Warren County, New Jersey, USA, and the family name was Driller. William Driller and his wife Mary (Maria) had 10 children. Sarah who was the 7th child and 5th daughter was born on 5 Dec 1790 in Knowlton Township, Warren Co. Her gravestone is located in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Note that in the early 19th century, the years, months and days were recorded on gravestones. Her burial there in 1856 may be explained by the adventures of her elder brother, Philip, who is listed in the “Annals of the Forty”, No. 9 (1958), pp. 24-25.


Philip Triller was born about 1754 and was the son of William and Maria Triller. He married Mary Catherine Young and they lived in Knowlton township, Warren County, New Jersey, where their children were born and baptized in the first German and English congregation in that township.

In 1805 Philip and his wife and children left New Jersey and journeyed to Canada, where his wife’s sisters and her brother had previously settled. They travelled with three wagons, two four-horse teams and one two-horse team. The roads were so rough that it sometimes took six horses to draw one wagon over the mountainous country. They stopped at The Forty (Grimsby) and stayed near Green’s mills for a year before moving to Trafalgar Township, Halton County.

In that time Philip, with his sons and son-in-law, sawed a great quantity of lumber for building purposes, and this was floated by raft along the shore of Lake Ontario to the Twelve Mile Creek in Halton near Bronte.

Philip owned 1000 acres of land between Burlington and Bronte, and it is said built the first mills on The Sixteen. He and his wife, Catherine, lie buried in an old Burying Ground on the shore of Lake Ontario near Bronte.


Shickluna Memorials

This memorial located in Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada is in remembrance of three young children. They are the offspring of Joseph & Mary Shickluna and grandchildren of the celebrated Louis Shickluna.

Myra was born and died in 1879, Thomas (Tomey) Shickluna was born in 1875 and died on 28 August 1879 from acute dysentery. Leo also died from acute dysentery a few days later on 2 Sep 1879.

The memorial shows 3 young children seated around a lamb, a common symbol on the graves of children.
Myra aged 6 months Tomey aged 4 years Leo aged 15 months
Children of Joseph & Mary Shickluna

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Weep not for me, dear parents dear.
I am not dead but sleeping here.
My glass is run; My age you see.
Wait but awhile and follow me.

The patriarch of the Shickluna family in Canada was Louis Shickluna who was born in Malta in 1808 into a family of shipbuilders. He emigrated to North America disembarking in Quebec and moving to the United States where he was employed as a ship construction worker in Youngstown, New York State. In 1835 he visited his family in Malta, probably to claim his inheritance from his wealthy parents. In 1838 he moved to Ontario, Canada to pursue opportunities with the recently completed Welland Canal at St. Catharines and became one the city’s most notable citizens with a reputation of being a skilled shipbuilder, constructing over 140 vessels including snub-nosed schooners designed to make maximum use of the canal locks, barkentines, steamers and other vessels designed primarily for service on the Great Lakes. He is recognized in Canada’s Maritime History and his story is detailed in a plaque unveiled on November 29, 1979 on Yates Street, St. Catharines, Ontario.


A prominent Canadian shipbuilder, Shickluna was born in Malta, where he worked before emigrating to North America disembarking in Quebec. By 1835 he was engaged in ship construction at Youngstown, New York. Three years later, attracted by the traffic stimulated by the Welland Canal’s completion in 1833, he purchased a shipyard on the Canal at St. Catharines. Shickluna steadily expanded his operations, which contributed significantly to the commercial prosperity of the region. Between 1838 and 1880 he directed the construction of over 140 schooners, barkentines, steamers and other vessels designed primarily for service on the Great Lakes, thereby promoting the development of inland navigation in Canada. Following Shickluna’s death, his son, Joseph continued to operate the St. Catharines shipyard until 1892.

Due to failing health and rheumatoid arthritis he left the shipyard to his sons. Following his death in 1880, (he is buried in Victoria Lawn Cemetery, situated beside Welland Canal in east St. Catharines) his son, Joseph, continued to operate the St. Catharines shipyard until 1892.

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Louis Shickluna’s grave alongside the memorial to his grandchildren who died the year prior

Davella Mills Memorial Carillonic Bells and Chime Tower

The David Mills Carillon Tower is located within the gates of the Victoria Lawn Cemetery, Queenston Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It was created by architect Thomas W. Wiley and erected in 1949 in memory of David Bloss Mills and his wife Ella C. Mills.

The 30 foot tall ashlar stone tower contains a set of 86 electronic bells activated by hammers which are controlled by a keyboard. Narrow stained glass windows resembling vertical slits light the internal stairway.


Known as the Davella Mills Carillon it was recorded on the Register of Canada’s Historic Places in 2009.

Mills was a native of St. Catharines who immigrated to the United States and invented the spark plug used by Buick. After his wife died he donated most of his immense wealth to needy organizations in North America and around the world.


I have been unable to discover how often the carillon plays. However, I believe it may be hourly on the hour as the bells played at 11a.m. while I was there and did not play again (I left at 11:50a.m.)


Forest Lawn

The beautiful setting of Forest Lawn Cemetery in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.

As careful nurses on their beds do lay
Their babes which would too long the wantons play
So to prevent our youths ensuing crimes
Nature our Nurse, laid us to bed betimes.

The sun still shines. – 1925

Orangeville FL


St. Mark’s Anglican Churchyard

In the centre of this picturesque and popular tourist town in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada, is St. Mark Anglican church founded in 1792. During The War of 1812, the church was used as a hospital by the British and as a barracks by the Americans. The Americans occupied the town in 1813, destroying Fort George and digging rifle pits in the cemetery surrounding St. Mark’s. The rifle pits can still be seen today.

The church is surrounded on three sides by a graveyard containing some very old stones. Not much character to the cemetery itself but many stones of interest.


This grave never to be disturbed


The blessed communion fellowship divine
We feebly struggle
They in glory shine
Yet all are in thee
For all are thine
Alleluia.  1866


In the silent tomb we leave them
Till the resurrection morn
When our Saviour will receive them
And restore their lovely form
Requiescant in Pace.  1855


Friends nor physicians could not save
This mortal body from the grave
Nor can the grave confine him here
And Christ shall bid them to appear.  1865


A stranger to hypocrisy
And ready to reveal his mind
A warmer heart, more open hand
Or noble spirit, few will find.


The pains of death are passed
Labour and sorrow cease
And life’s long warfare closed at last
His soul is found in peace. 1885


The trial is ended, thy rest is won.


Often you will find headstones that commemorate entire families like this one in St. Nicholas Churchyard, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland. It belongs to the Buchan family who lived in the village of Easthouses. The patriarch was James Buchan, a farmer, who died in 1843. His son died in 1841,and his daughter died in 1847 just 5 days before his wife. The stone also mentions the death of seven infant children and two adult sons. A possible nephew, James Buchan Dobie and his wife and two sons are also mentioned on the stone.


My dere: children:
Think on God; And His Commandments:
An he will Think on yo:
Observ your youth: dont lose no time.
Least God should take you in your prime:
Serve God above: And on this world fix not your lov.

Also in this churchyard is a stone dedicated to the Hogg family. John Hogg departed this life in 1798. He rests with 7 of his children ‘three sons and four daughters who all died in childhood’.
Mrs. Jean Fraser, wife of William Hogg, died in 1841 and was ‘deeply lamented by her family, who felt for her the sincerest affection.’ She is interred with two sons who died in childhood, her husband and an adult son who died at age 63 and is remembered as ‘a dutiful son and affection brother. His loss is deeply lamented by his sorrowing sisters also their eldest daughter’ who died 4 years later.


In Copps Hill Burying Ground, Boston, Massachusetts is the gravestone of Erasmus and Persis Stevens. Erasmus was the ‘issue’ of Erasmus and Elizabeth who died in 1670. Erasmus Jr. died in 1750 at age 64.



A flat stone in Milton Evergreen Cemetery, Ontario, Canada remembers the Clements family. The names of John Clements, his wife Jane Barr and their son John are inscribed on the stone. His brothers, Joseph and Samuel who were born in Tyrone, Ireland, emigrated to Canada in 1823 where they sleep in eternal peace.


Fillial affection stronger than the grave
from time’s obliterating hand to save
Erects this humble monument of stones
Over a father and mother’s bones.
Far from their native land here mouldering lie
As one in life, now in one cemetery
In heaven their children hope that bless’d abode
To meet their spirits with a risen God.

Did you notice that none of the gravestones are marked with Memento Mori?


Án Gorta Mór

The city of Kingston in Ontario, Canada, has never forgotten the thousands of Irish immigrants that crossed the ocean in cramped, pestilent conditions known as the Fever Ships. 50,000 people fled from the Potato Famine (An Gorta Mor translated as the Great Hunger) arriving on the shores of Canada in 1847.

Several thousand peasants disembarked in Kingston looking for a better life although most of them were sick and dying from Typhus. Approximately 1400 people died including a number of the denizens of Kingston who fell ill while tending to the sick. The immigrants were buried in a common grave, several layers deep, south of the grounds of Kingston General Hospital.

The mass grave was abandoned until 1894 when a monument unveiled by Archbishop Cleary was erected in their memory. It features the Angel of Mercy standing on a four sided block of stone.

The front panel contains a Celtic cross, and a dedication in Gaelic is inscribed on the side.

A second side is inscribed;
‘On the 6th of August 1894, this monument was erected by James Vincent Cleary, Archbishop of Kingston in memory of his afflicted Irish compatriots, nearly 1,400 in number, who, enfeebled by famine, in 1847-8, ventured across the ocean in unequipped sailing vessels, in whose fetid holds they inhaled the germs of the pestilential “ship-fever” and on reaching Kingston, perished here, despite the assiduous attention and compassionate offices of the good citizens of Kingston. May the Heavenly Father give them eternal rest and happiness in reward of their patient suffering and Christian submission to His holy will, thorough the merits of His divine Son, Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.’

In 1966, to allow for expansion of Kingston General the buried remains, and the Angel of Mercy monument, were relocated to the north-west corner of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery at Kirkpatrick and Division streets.

Photographer, Elizabeth Cohoe. Source: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=137107723

Though typhus had been epidemic periodically in Canada since the 1650’s, the worst outbreak occurred in the summer of 1847. In that year some 90,000 emigrants embarked for Canada, most of them refugees from the potato famine then ravaging Ireland. Nearly 16,000 died of typhus, either at sea or after their arrival in Canada. Those stricken while passing through Kingston found shelter in makeshift “immigrant sheds” erected near the waterfront. Despite the efforts of local religious and charitable organizations, notably the Sisters of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph and the ladies of the Female Benevolent Society, some 1,400 immigrants died. Buried near the present general hospital their remains were re-interred here in 1966.

In 1998, the Kingston Irish Famine Commemoration Association was instrumental in naming a small park on the waterfront at Ontario and West streets, Án Gorta Mór Park. A Celtic Cross Memorial was installed the following year.

The base contains an inscription in French on one side and an English dedication on the reverse side; In memory of An Gorta Mor 1847- 1848 Erected by The Kingston Irish Famine Commemoration Association 1998

Incorporated into the design of the Celtic cross is a sailing ship. A dedication engraved below states in English; On This Shore More Than 1500 Irish, Fleeing THE GREAT HUNGER Along With Compassionate Citizens Of Many Faiths, Who Cared For Them, Died Of Typhus In The Fever Sheds Of Kingston. 1847 – 1848 WE HOLD THEIR MEMORY SACRED.

The reverse side of the cross contains bas-relief of a harp surrounded with shamrocks. The above inscription is reiterated in Gaelic.

Local citizens who died while attending to the sick were buried in The Upper Burying Ground also known as McBurney Park (and Skeleton Park). In 2002 a Celtic Cross Memorial was erected on the site.

McBurney Park. Source: http://irishfaminememorials.com/2014/01/16/kingston-ontario-2002/

An inscription in on the front panel states; In memory of the / Est. 10,000 mainly Irish & Scottish / Immigrants buried / here in Kingston’s / upper cemetery / 1813 – 1865 / May they rest / in peace

An additional inscription on the rear of the monument’s base states; Donated By Kingston Irish Folk Club Tir Na Nog Irish Pub Kingston Brewing Co. City Of Kingston March 2002

A plaque marking the exact location of the mass gravesite funded by Kingston Irish Famine Commemorative Association and Kingston General Hospital was unveiled in 2002. It is located on Stuart Street at the main entrance of Kingston General Hospital.


In 1847 and 1848 this site became the largest of the city’s mass graves for more than 1,400 Irish immigrants who died in fever sheds adjacent to Kingston General Hospital and Emily St. after fleeing “The Great Hunger” in Ireland. The plaque commemorates them and the selfless care givers who died nursing them.

In 1966, many remains from this site were re-interred beneath the Angel Of Mercy in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Others discovered in 1990 now rest in Catarqui Cemetery. In 1998, a Celtic Monument honouring all who died was raised in “An Gorta Mor” Park.

Erected by the Kingston Irish Famine Commemoration Association, with the support of Kingston General Hospital in 1999.

The city of Kingston hosts annual ceremonies to commemorate this moment in history.