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Norfolk County Home / Poor House / Industrial Farm Cemetery, Norfolk County , ON

Street Address: 530 Queensway
Community: Simcoe
Township: Woodhouse Township (Lot 16)
Locality: Norfolk County
Municipality: Norfolk County
Province: ON
GPS: 42.839001,-80.329287

Registered to Corporation of Haldimand County. Owned by Norfolk County.

From on site plaque: "In the years leading up to 1868, the need for assisting the unfortunate, the indigent, the poor, the sick, the orphaned and all those requiring social assistance had been discussed, considered and reconsidered by the Norfolk County Council. The general attitude of the public regarding these individuals and families seemed to be that they got what they deserved. Through the influence of William Mercer wilson and others like him, Council determined to establish an Industrial Farm / House of Refuge (often referred to as the Poorhouse) at this location. Norfolk County was the first municipal government, in the Province of Ontario, to do so and many others soon followed.

In 1868, the facility was established. Council had previously purchased one hundred acres of land from Zebulan Landon, U.E., in the northerly part of lot 16 and 17 Woodhouse Township for the sum of $3,200.00. It was decided to use the existing buildings on this property and on June 12th, Council ordered the procurement of the necessary furnishings, utensils and livestock to open the Poorhouse and Industrial Farm. Crops already planted would be harvested by the inmates. The first officer and matron, Mr. and Mrs. Wallis, were hired. The first resident, a forty-one year old man from Townsend, was admitted on October 12, 1868 and by the year's end the number of inmates totaled eighteen. When the 1871 Census was taken in April, the number had risen to thirty-two.

The house extended about 100 feet in length and in 1877 there were forty inmates besides the help living in it. There were two large chimneys centrally located in the main building and a smaller chimney served in the older sections, which were mainly used by the help.

On the night of Saturday, August 4, 1877 the building burned. Seventeen inmates, some old and some young, lost their lives in one of the most horrific fires Norfolk County has ever seen. Seven men, eight women and two boys, burned to death. The newspapers of the day indicated that their remains were buried at five p.m. the following day in the poor-house burying grounds close by. Four other men were badly burned and hope for their survival was not good. Two did not survive.

The County received two thousand dollars insurance on the building and contents and by September 1877, they had contacted A.J. Dalby, of Jarvis, to build a new brick building at a cost of $45,000.00. This new facility opened in June 1878 and served as the County Home until a new and modern structure was built to the north in 1961 - Norview. An addition was built in 1966 and this facility served the area until 2005, when the Norview Lodge opened west of its original location.

In this immediate area, between 1868 and mid 1930's, more than 200 inmaes of the Industrial Farm were buried. Unfortunately, no map or plan of the cemetery can be found.

It appears, from the cemetery records that do exist, that the burials were done rather haphazardly. Death and burial records show that several hundred burials took place.

Today, twenty-eight grave markers survive and provide us with little information.

These monuments were moved to their present location in the early 1970's under the supervision of Mr. Robert Landon and Mr. Cecil Pettinger.

No doubt, some stones were not located at the time and may still be buried beneath the overgrowth today. Local individuals have identified the location of the burial grounds as they recall them and it is generally agreed by most that it was in this immediate area.

Here we recognize and remember those numerous individuals, who through no fault of their own, are buried in this sacred location. We will never know the name of every individual who was interred in the Poorhouse Burial Ground but in place this record we recognize them for the contribution they made, their humanity and for the lives they lived."

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  • Some persons named in this index may not be interred in this cemetery. They are designated as spouse or parent on appropriate stones, and may not have their own birth and death recorded here (See our FAQ).

    Women, if maiden names are known, will appear under both their maiden and married names.

    This index represents ALL visible headstones still in existence at the time this cemetery was visited

    ANDERSON, Henry   1845 - 1918
    ANDERSON, Mary   1840 - 1915
    ARMSTRONG, Christopher   1834 - 1923
    AUSTIN, Lewis   1824 - 1904
    BAGLEY, Mary   1832 - 1913
    BAILEY, Elizabeth   1815 - 1877
    BAKAR, Laban   1830 - 1900
    BAKER, Hewit   1834 - 1913
    BAKER, Lavincy   1819 - 1900
    BARNES, Frank   1813 - 1900
    BARTON, Alexander   1841 - 1922
    BATH, Joseph   1814 - 1904
    BEACH, Leonard   1842 - 1920
    BEATTY, Hugh   1807 - 1877
    BECKET, Samuel   1847 - 1919
    BEZZO, Orpha   1810 - 1900
    BIFFIN, Charles   1826 - 1904
    BIRDSEL, Benjamin   1853 - 1921
    BIRDSEL, John   1848 - 1924
    BIRDSEL, William   1858 - 1926
    BLAKE, William   1831 - 1900
    BRADT, Robert   1817 - 1905
    BRADWAY, William   1806 - 1904
    BRANDO, John   1872 - 1877
    BRANDON, William Henry   1846 - 1918
    BRISTOL, John   1829 - 1914
    BRISTOL, John Williston   1829 - 1914
    BROOKS, Sarah   1831 - 1911
    BROWN, Addie   1843 - 1907
    BROWN, Elias   1830 - 1912
    BROWN, Emaline   1850 - 1923
    BROWN, George   1849 - 1923
    BROWN, Johannah   1845 - 1930
    BRYANT, Carrie   1833 - 1910
    BUTLER, Charles Edward   1820 - 1914
    BUTLER, Robert   1836 - 1914
    BUTLER, Stephen   1826 - 1903
    CAIRNS, John   1813 - 1904
    CARN, Nelson   1835 - 1924
    CHADWICK, John   1847 - 1917
    CHADWICK, Thomas   1843 - 1909
    CHAPMAN, Mary   1815 - 1904
    CHAPMAN, Samuel Chauncy   1850 - 1917
    CHATERSON, Wesley   1830 - 1899
    CLARK, Cornelius   1854 - 1904
    CODLING, Ruth   1842 - 1919 (age: 77)
    CONNOR, Charles   1821 - 1877
    COOK, Enock   1808 - 1903
    COPE, James   1850 - 1916
    CORBETT, James   1821 - 1877
    COUTTS, Lucinda   1857 - 1923
    CROAKER, Ida   1872 - 1911
    CRONKNIGHT, Albert   1841 - 1917
    CRONKWRIGHT, Charles   1823 - 1916
    CRONMILLER, Daniel   1832 - 1913
    CUNNINGHAM, Simon   1841 - 1918
    DELL, Laura   1887 - 1921
    DELL, Morris   1829 - 1924
    DEMON, Cyrus   1834 - 1911
    DESBROW, Orman   1797 - 1877
    DOW, George   1821 - 1901
    FARRIS, Isaac   1816 - 1900
    FICK, Gilbert   1833 - 1923
    FICK, Richard   1845 - 1922
    FONGER, John   1823 - 1916
    FORSE, Thomas   1829 - 1909
    FOSTER, Edward   1818 - 1900
    FOX, Elizabeth   1828 - 1905
    GIBBING, Mary   1847 - 1919
    GILBERT, Isaac   1837 - 1916
    GLADIATOR, Isobel   1874 - 1921
    GLENDENNNG, Elizabeth   1835 - 1903
    GLOVER, Ellen   1835 - 1904
    GORDON, Moses   1819 - 1899
    GOULD, Fanny   1831 - 1913
    GOULD, Florence   1896 - 1921
    GREEN, Christena   1850 - 1916
    GREEN, Sarah   1861 - 1877
    HANN, Mary   1848 - 1919
    HANSON, William   1822 - 1900
    HENDERSHOT, Charity   1824 - 1909
    HENDERSON, James   1831 - 1907
    HENDERSON, Mary   1834 - 1911
    HENDERSON, Robert   1828 - 1908
    HITCHCOCK, Henry   1850 - 1925
    HOBBS, Richard   1852 - 1923
    HOLIDAY, Stephen   1829 - 1909
    HORNER, Frank   1821 - 1902
    HORNING, John   1828 - 1914
    HOUCH, William   1867 - 1877
    HUNT, George   1837 - 1877
    HUSBAND, Henry   1835 - 1909
    JACKSON, James   1824 - 1908
    JARVIS, Andrew   ? - 1911
    JOHNSON, Ebenezer   1829 - 1909
    JOHNSON, Lucy   1801 - 1903
    JOHNSON, Samuel   1807 - 1904
    JOHNSON, Stephen   1832 - 1910
    JOHNSTON, James   1844 - 1918
    LAFLER, Margaret   1829 - 1908
    LANGLOIS, William Thomas   1842 - 1916
    LAVLEY, Samuel   1836 - 1911
    LEFLER, Adelaide   1854 - 1919
    LEFLER, John   1846 - 1926
    LEFLER, Peter   1834 - 1921
    LESLER, John   1833 - 1909
    LEWIS, John   1842 - 1917
    MABEE, Charles   1830 - 1911
    MABEE, John   1829 - 1909
    MAGEE, Daniel   1847 - 1924
    MANTHE, Michael   1858 - 1913
    McBRIDE, Jane   1825 - 1877
    McINTOSH, Jane   1821 - 1899
    McKENDRICK, Charlotte   1825 - 1903
    McKOUKEY, Adolphus   1835 - 1903
    McLEOD, James   1908 - 1908 (age: 9m)
    McNAMARRA, Thomas   1822 - 1900
    MILLER, Frank   1830 - 1910
    MITCHELL, George   1820 - 1901
    MORRISON, Martha   1828 - 1908
    MORROW, Robert   ? - 1913
    NAULT, Joseph   1823 - 1844
    NEWHOUSER, Joshua   1821 - 1910
    NIXON, William   1820 - 1912
    NOLSON, William   1843 - 1912
    OLOCK, John   1830 - 1908
    OTTERSON, William   1830 - 1910
    PARKER, Clancey   1852 - 1877
    PARKER, Peter   1828 - 1915
    PATTERSON, John   1833 - 1906
    PEEVERS, Catherine   1836 - 1914
    PETTIT, Dalby   1809 - 1877
    PETTIT, Edgworth   1832 - 1917
    PITCHER, Levant   1837 - 1910
    POLL, Edwin   1841 - 1913
    POTTS, Herbert Alonzo   1916 - 1917
    POTTS, Salina (Robins)   1881 - 1918
    POWELL, Gertrude   1844 - 1909
    PRINGLE, Della   1835 - 1921
    RAVEN, Robert   1825 - 1912
    REDFORD, Frank   1846 - 1918
    RILEY, James   1825 - 1911
    ROBINS, Salina   1881 - 1918
    ROGERS, Jacob   1834 - 1914
    ROGERS, Jane   1864 - 1910
    ROOT, Albert   1850 - 1918
    SECORD, Joseph   1835 - 1924
    SERIVIUS, John   1827 - 1900
    SIBLEY, William   1825 - 1901
    SIBLEY, William   1847 - 1921
    SINCLAIR, Andrew   1867 - 1917
    SINCLAIR, Michael   1838 - 1910
    SINCLAIR, Sarah   1860 - 1877
    SLAGHT, Daniel   1845 - 1924
    SLAGHT, Fanny   ? - 1919
    SLAGHT, Sarah   1808 - 1900
    SMITH, Annie   1807 - 1911
    SMITH, Florence   1871 - 1921
    SMITH, Henry   1819 - 1909
    SMITH, William   1844 - 1922
    SOMERVILLE, Robert   1827 - 1910
    SOPER, Elizabeth Jane   1832 - 1920
    SOVEREEN, Samuel   1840 - 1920
    STEINHOFF, Andrew   1823 - 1909
    STEWART, William   1844 - 1916
    SWICK, Jarvis   1858 - 1925
    TAYLOR, Sarah   1810 - 1900
    THOMPSON, Hiram   1841 - 1917
    THOMPSON, John   1825 - 1910
    THOMPSON, John   1834 - 1910
    THOMPSON, Thomas   1849 - 1916
    UDELL, James   1824 - 1911
    UPTAGROVE, Nancy   1817 - 1901
    VON VATTENBURG, William   1846 - 1914
    WALKER, David   1847 - 1910
    WALLACE, Thomas   1819 - 1908
    WARD, Charles   1861 - 1919
    WEAVER, William   1834 - 1904
    WILDER, James   1810 - 1908
    WILLIAMS, Sarah   1865 - 1924
    WILLIAMSON, Joseph   1821 - 1901
    WOODEN, Harvey   1836 - 1921

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