Jane Urquhart The Undertaker’s Bride

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Jane Urquhart

These selections represent the section The Undertaker’s Bride from Jane Urquhart’s False Shuffles. These poems are based on the life of her husband’s grandmother, Mayme Adelyn Morse (nee Kick), of Morse & Sons Funeral Home in Niagara Falls, the oldest run family funeral home in Canada.

‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡Grandmother Crosses

‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡The Limit of Suspension

‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡The Verandah


‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡Undertaker’s Bride

‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡War Song

‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡Between Brothers

‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡The Train to South Dakota

‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡Keeping Score

‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡Summer Dresses



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William Dalton, sexton of Drummond Hill Cemetery at the base of the Soldiers’ Monument, commemorating the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, with some of the artifacts he found whilst digging graves. Photo courtesy of Niagara Falls Public Library

In addition to Mrs. Morse’s record keeping, the sexton of the Drummond Hill Cemetery, William Dalton, kept records of the burials in that cemetery, often with notes about the person being interred. A copy of this is available at the Niagara Falls Public Library. It has been indexed (click here to see the index), and a large number of entries have notes beside them.  See Burial Records and Notations of William Dalton, 1845 to 1916.  Transcribed by Douglas A. Robbins. The last entry in this work is William Dalton’s burial.