Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

John Nicholas Dufresne

Male - 1857


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  • Name John Nicholas Dufresne 
    Gender Male 
    Interesting accident, railway, first 
    Misfortune 1857 
    killed in constructing railway 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-3200 
    Died 11 Oct 1857  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Saint Clements Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3200  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

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    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Oct 1857 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Saint Clements Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • HISTORICAL NOTES, 1936

      The widening of the highway between Galt and Preston is necessitating the removal of all the bodies buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, an old landmark occupying a narrow strip of ground, at the east end of Preston, between the highway and the right of way of the Wellington, Grey and Bruce branch of the old Great Western Railway, which was built through from Galt to Guelph in 1855-57.

      Father P. J. Meyer, present incumbent of St. Clements Church, Preston, reports that this cemetery was the second burial ground of the Preston R.C. congregation and was opened at the time the railway was put through.

      The first burial was that of John Nicholas Dufresne, who was accidentally killed in connection with the construction of the railway. This was on October 8th, 1857. About 345 bodies were buried in this small cemetery from that date until in recent years when the third cemetery

      Waterloo Historical Society, Annual Volume 1936