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Black's Corners

Ontario : Kawartha Lakes
Location #6171
Public

Location Owner:timo explorer
Creation Date: 1/14/2013
Last Updated: 1/14/2013



Description
A lonely cemetery, resting out in the middle of a farm field. Surrounded by a fence to protect from the plow and establish boundaries of the final remaining remnant of the pioneer settlement of Black's Corners. The community was first established by Irish settlers in 1825, while the oldest burial seems to be from 1846. I am certain that other deaths occurred in those twenty years, but maybe not resting in this plot.
The original headstones have been moved to one corner of the burying ground, and mounted together, horizontally in concrete. I question the wisdom of this method of preservation, as it seems the elements would reek havoc on stones that were originally meant to last forever by being erected vertically. The important aspect of this, is that someone took the time to save the stones and preserve the history found here.
A more modern memorial stone was erected in 2005, to pay tribute to the pioneer families of this small farming community.
The text on the marker reads as follows:

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
THE FAMILIES WHO
PIONEERED AT BLACK'S CORNER
IN 1825, AND WHO REST IN
THIS CEMETERY

BLACK, COPELAND,
KENNEDY, LOVE & WRIGHT

PLACED HERE IN LOVE BY THE
DESCENDANTS OF JOHN BLACK
AND ELIZABETH TRIMBLE
1778 - 1871
OF COUNTY DOWN, IRELAND

ERECTED 2005


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Status: Abandoned | Category: Cemetery



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rcouper says:
1/18/2013 5:48:11 AM

Good Find.

SuperSonic says:
1/14/2013 9:50:32 PM

The oldest cemetery I personally know of has a head stone from 1799.

spydrgyrl says:
1/14/2013 8:29:00 PM

Wow! Neither did I! Great find!

gravehunter says:
1/14/2013 11:31:02 AM

Unfortunately, many of these Old Cemeteries are disappearing every day, the Stones being pulled up, often destroyed, and the land ploughed over for the sake of convenience.

clay70 says:
1/14/2013 11:30:36 AM

1825? WOW I had no idea this area was settled that early..

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