The original cemetery of Vila de São Sebastião was in the atrium of the Matriz of the same name. I know my Drummond ancestors were buried there, as mentioned by my 3rd great grandfather, Francisco Ferreira Drummond, in his book Apontamentos para a História dos Açores, including himself, buried later in 1859.When I visited the church, I wasn't able to figure out where in the atrium they were buried as, through the years, they removed all the tombstones, paving it partially with cement and grass, what I think it is sad not having the graveyard there anymore.
At some point, between, 1859 and 1891, dates I have from my family burials, they stopped using the atrium of the Matriz as a cemetery. I knew there was another cemetery, which they used to call Cemitério Público, where my 2nd great grandmother and grandfather, Adriana Drummond and João Valadão, were buried. So when I met the Provedor of Santa Casa de Misericórida of Vila, Paulo Gonçalves de Melo, I showed him my interest in visiting this cemetery mentioned in their death certificates. That's when I learned that Cemitério Público also did not exist anymore. A new one was built for the Freguesia and the remains of those buried there were transferred to this one, which I could saw from far, on the slope of a small mountain, on the outskirts of São Sebastião, in 1949.
So the cemetery I have on the photos is their third one. I visited it to try to find some of my ancestors, which unfortunately I didn't, founding only some Drummond’s that are not in my direct line, probably distant relatives. From the top of the hill, we have a beautiful bird’s eye view from Vila de São Sebastião, one of the oldest towns in Terceira and Azores (1480), and the Matriz.