Agnes Hastie

ID # 5243, (1807-1867)
BirthAgnes Hastie was born in 1807 at Scotland. 
MarriageShe married Thomas Burnet, son of Andrew Burnet and Isabel Nichol
DeathShe died on 6 December 1867 at Galt, Waterloo Co., Ontario. 
NoteAgnes' death in 1867 was prior to the registration of deaths. A gravestone for her in Mountview Cemetery has not been found, though her husband Thomas is buried there. Burnet records have not been found at First Church.

Agnes' maiden name is believed to be Hastie. Children's marriages either show their mother's name as Hastie or Hastings.

Rosemary Ambrose extracted death notices from the Dumfries Reformer covering the years 1866 to 1870. This quotes a death notice for Agnes that appeared in the 11 Dec., 1867 edition of the paper. It notes Agnes' date of death as December 6, 1867, in Galt, and identifies her as the wife of Thos. Burnett, farmer, Dumfries.

When the Galt Cemetery (later called Mountview) opened in 1868, First Church and St. Andrew cemeteries stopped receiving burials. Remains and stones were moved from the old First Church cemetery (Strang Burial Ground) in the mid 1880s. Burials that were in St. Andrew's Cemetery at present day St. Andrew's Park, were not, for the most part, moved. The cemetery deteriorated none-the-less and the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE) collected surviving stones and in 1907 a pergola was made. We cannot be sure that Agnes was buried in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church cemetery, but this was probably the case if for no other reason than Thomas Burnet had at some point purchased a plot there. This we know from the transcription of an 1843 map of the burial ground which shows Thomas Burnet owning a plot, described as concession 11, lot 3. All the burial plots are described in such a fashion and it's certainly a unique way to map out a cemetery. An alternative explanation might be that the concession and lots represented the owners' addresses in the township, but then this fails to identify who owns what burial plot. The transcription of this map was done by Norma Huber and is undated, but probably done in the 1980s or 1990s.

The only justification for guessing that Agnes' grave is in St. Andrew's Cemetery is to make the guess that when Burnet burials began in Mountview, Agnes' gravestone was still extant in St. Andrew's. Since, very generally, St. Andrew's burials were not removed, this possibility at least is within the bounds of reason. Beyond this, we may only say that even if Agnes' gravestone did survive for a time it was not built into the pergola. 

Child of Agnes Hastie and Thomas Burnet

Last Edited8 Jun 2017