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Research Note: Origin of Union Cemetery
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Title: Research Note: Origin of Union Cemetery
Identifier: 2005.1.81.24
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1975
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Single-spaced typewritten notes in black ink on blue paper. The note is about the controversy over the burial of 'dissenters' and the origin of the Union Cemetery. "Emerson Taylor, prominent citizen of Springfield-on-the-Credit (now Erindale), inaugurated the village's Union Cemetery when he bought a piece of land adjoining the C. of E. Cemetery to accommodate the body of a man of questionable character who had been refused burial with the 'respectable'." A reference for this information is recorded as: "(See 'Old Times in Ontario', Toronto Daily Star, Dec. 20 1958 - reprinted in Pioneer Farmer & Backwoodsman, by Edwin C. Guillet)". Apparently, according to the next paragraph, the controversy was still an issue during Rev. Denroche' s ministry, and had to be resolved by the Bishop who replied: "My Practice, while a Parish Priest, was to bury any corpse brought to me of whatever denomination of Christian, according to the form of the Church." Below this, are two brief notes about Alexander Proudfoot and Major Frederick Starr Jarvis. The reverse of the pages are a blank application form for standard automobile insurance from The Missisquoi and Rouville Insurance Company.

This item is part of a box of original papers, transcripts, research notes, and newspaper clippings compiled and transcribed by Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers. The notes and transcripts were written on the backs of papers related to Geoffreyís job in Insurance

The original St. Peterís Church was built in 1826 and demolished in 1887. St. Peterís Church had many ties with both the Harris and Magrath Families. The Harrises were strong supporters of the Church with Captain James B. Harris (1797-1884) acting as a church warden from 1838-1860. Arthur B. Harris (1843-1932) was on the building committee in 1886 and also served as a church warden and had agreed to assume some of the debt over and above the amount contributed to the Building Fund of the new structure. Reverend James Magrath was the first Rector of the church and his family continued to support it after his death. Many members of the Magrath and Harris families were married at the Church; including Mary (nee Magrath) and Arthur Harris, Annie (nee Harris) and Beverly Sayers and Kathleen (nee Colloton) and Geoffrey Sayers. For more information on the history of St. Peterís Anglican Church, see: Thompson Adamson "175 Years of History" (Erindale: St Peterís Anglican Church, 2000).
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