St Ann’s Catholic Church and Cemetery

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St Ann’s Catholic Church and Cemetery

Father Pierre Rondeault established a mission to the Cowichan Indians in 1858. In 1870 he built the old stone “Butter Church” on Comiaken Hill. He was forced to abandon that church in 1890 and built St Ann’s just down the road where the diocese had clear title to the land. The original St Ann’s was destroyed by fire in 1902 and the current structure built in 1903. The oldest gravestone is marked 1891.

Father Rondeault died in 1900 after 41 years with the Cowichan and is buried beneath the small chapel at the back of St Ann’s.

The church and cemetery are located at 1775 Tzouhalem Road.

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3 Responses to St Ann’s Catholic Church and Cemetery

  1. Vicki Gravelle says:

    How do I find out who is buried there? Looking for family of John Brenton. Believe his wife possibly named Emmott was a Cowichan Indian and am in search of her and her family. she had a daughter named Elizabeth Brenton. If you can give me any info it would be appreciated.

  2. Shaun Holmstrom says:

    I have done a similar search and found the information that you have listed. John Brenton had several children and grandchildren. I have found his family listed on a 1870s census which you may have already found. Are you looking for any specific links? The family has a number of links to Cowichan and Chemainus and John is referenced in one book.

  3. Shaun Holmstrom says:

    I think Emmott’s last name was Page. I think there is a stretch of Road related to Brenton/Page in Ladysmith B.C.

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