Valley Cemetery
Freeport, Nova Scotia

The small fishing village of Freeport is located South of Digby at the end of a long spit of land known as Digby Neck The People of Freeport have been making a living from the sea for hundreds of years. My search for this particular cemetery began at the tourist information office at Digby where I asked if there was a cemetery at Freeport. The woman behind the desk phoned the tourist center at Tiverton (which is on the way to Freeport) and informed me that there were five cemeteries in the area. I was looking for a particular grave and was pleased to find that the Tiverton visitors center had a list of those buried in each cemetery. We proceeded to Tiverton and found the cemetery I was looking for. You will NEVER find this cemetery unless you ask so I have to thank the two young students working at the Tiverton visitors center for pointing me in the right direction.

I was searching for the grave of one Constable Samuel Thurber who was one of the original members of the North West Mounted Police. I have a great interest in Mounted Police history and you can see some of my other Mounted Police gravesites elsewhere in this site. The following is the epitaph written on the stone border surrounding Thurber's gravesite:

"Constable Samuel Winslow Thurber, Regimental Number 87, of Freeport Nova Scotia, joined the North West Mounted Police on 2 Oct. 1873 and was one of the original 150 men to be recruited. Thurber left on the March West from Lower Fort Garry for Fort Edmonton in the summer of 1874 to bring law and order to the West. He was honourably discharged at Fort Macleod in 1876 and returned to Nova Scotia where he spent the rest of his life as a sea captain"

It might seem odd that a Nova Scotian would join the Mounted Police and travel to Western Canada, but in fact a number of the original members of the force were from Nova Scotia (14 at my last count).

Samuel married Eugenia when he returned from the West: she died in the early 1880s and is buried next to him