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BOOK - Disappearing History of Niagara, The Graveyards of a Frontier Township
By David F. Hemmings
The early settlers in Niagara Township, many of them were United Empire Loyalists (UEL), contributed greatly to the freedom that Canada now enjoys. As studies of Upper Canada (Ontario) are starting to become more local, David Hemmings has produced an indispensable guide to the lives and burials of this township. This body of work starts to simplify some of the documented evidence about these people over two centuries in this frontier area. It also describes the limitations on existing historical records for this area, and on the disappearing evidence that now hampers research on eighteenth century Niagara.
The book, for the first time, highlights the population fluctuations in the township and the improvement in longevity of these loyalists' lives over the years; and it provides a detailed analysis of gravestone motifs, reflecting the economic and social fabric of many settlers during the first 200 years since European settlement began in 1780.
This work uses surviving church records, family genealogies and gravestone documentation to account for burials in all 30 known graveyards in the township. The bulk of the book is dedicated to a detailed list of 10,000+ burials in Niagara Township by graveyard, and alphabetized by surname for ease of search. The listings begin with the smaller, village and family graveyards in the township outside Niagara-on-the-Lake, and conclude with those in Niagara-on-the-Lake by church, and finally a summary of those in the new Lakeshore Cemetery. During the preparation of this work, all 6,000+ gravestones were photographed and over 200 local family trees generated for Niagara Township (north of the Stamford line and east of the Welland Canal).
In this book there are over 30 references of the following surnames: Smith, Stewart, Ball, Campbell, Stevens, Servos, Secord, Warner, Brown, Woodruff, Wilson, Clement, Anderson, Hamilton, Rogers, Thompson, Lambert, Lowrey, Field, Hiscott, Murray, Reid, Butler, Hall, Sheppard, Dyck, Taylor, Caughill, Elliott, Miller.
And... 10-30 references to Brooker, Cooper, Shaw, Currie, Read, Slingerland, Wright, Bishop, Freel, Walsh, Bissell, Matthews, Irvine, Kennedy, McFarland, Crysler, Jones, Richardson, Wood, Clark, Coleman, Lavell, Carnochan, Dickson, Durham, Allen, Claus, Dalgleish, Johnson, Quinn, Wiens.
Almost 200 family surnames, and many UEL names, are cited 10 times or more in this book, many with dates and relationships.
This book is intended primarily for those interested in genealogical research in the Niagara area, and it is likely that those with an interest in the early history of Canada will also find it very useful.
6" x 9"
Release: June 2010
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