Cemeteries of the towns of Mount Desert Island

(updated 15 June 2014)

Welcome to the Cemeteries of the towns of Mount Desert Island home page, part of the Mount Desert Island Cultural History Project.

Purpose of this web page:

The purpose of the web pages linked to below is to present information about Mount Desert Island’s cemeteries, thereby updating the book Cemeteries of Cranberry Isles and the Towns of Mount Desert Island (see below). Corrections and additions to the introductory material in that book can be found here.

Corrections and additions to the main portion of the book are incorporated into the online posting for each cemetery.

On the pages linked to below for each cemetery, material in parentheses, such as (husb. of Lelia), is from information found on the gravestones or that can be deduced confidently (e.g., a man and a woman’s surname on a headstone with individual stones on the same lot that read “mother” and “father” suggests that the two persons are husband and wife). Bracketed material, such as [dau. of Henry and Anna], indicates information strongly suggested by the gravestones (e.g., adjacent stones of the same design probably belong to a husband and wife). Material followed by a question mark and enclosed in brackets, such as [son of Thomas and Releaf?], are educated guesses. All dates and ages are recorded here as they are found on the stones. Finally, the bracketed phrase [no stone] means that there is no stone for the person whose name immediately precedes the brackets, and the bracketed phrase [no stones] indicates the absence of stones for both persons whose names precede the brackets.

Lost cemeteries:

After the 2000 publication of Cemeteries of Cranberry Isles and the Towns of Mount Desert Island, other cemeteries came to light, and they are included in the lists below. However, there are other cemeteries that have been referenced in various sources, including the memory of older residents, but their locations are unknown. It is possible that some graves have been excavated and their contents moved to other cemeteries, but it is also possible that some burial grounds have become overgrown, the gravestones have become buried, and they are waiting to be discovered. They are reported at the bottom of this page.

How to contribute: All information (including images) should be e-mailed to erin.earlyward@mdihistory.org or sent by traditional mail to MDI Cemeteries, c/o Mount Desert Island Historical Society; P. O. Box 653; Mount Desert, ME 04660.

Bar Harbor Cemeteries

Mount Desert Cemeteries

Southwest Harbor Cemeteries

Tremont Cemeteries

Lost Cemeteries

Below is a list of Mount Desert Island’s lost cemeteries. Click on any name and you will be taken to an entry for that cemetery. At the end of each entry is a link to additional information about the cemetery.

Lost Cemetery 1
Location. west side of Mount Desert Island
Information source. article (part 1; part 2) in The Bar Harbor Times, 23 June 1920, page 2, column 5

Lost Cemetery 2
Location. “land formerly occupied by Moses Miggins … now [1908] in the strip of land occupied by the Bar Harbor and Ellsworth Power Co.”; remembered by an older resident of MDI in approximately 2000
Information source. Eben M. Hamor’s 6 June 1908 notes about this cemetery were published in The Bar Harbor Times, Saturday, 20 March 1915, page 2, column 2

Lost Cemetery 3
Location. “on the shore near the point on the east side of North West Cove and a little south of the south line known as the Aunt Molly lot”
Information source. Eben M. Hamor’s 8 June 1908 notes about this cemetery were published in The Bar Harbor Times, Saturday, 20 March 1915, page 2, column 2
Note. There are four known cemeteries in the general vicinity of Northwest Cove, but they all contain gravestones that would have been observed by Eben Hamor in 1908 as opposed to “[n]othing but common field rock for head stones” as he reported.

Lost Cemetery 4
Location. “in what was once David Higgins, Jr.’s field”
Information source. Eben M. Hamor’s 8 June 1908 notes about this cemetery were published in The Bar Harbor Times, Saturday, 20 March 1915, page 2, column 2

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