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Midhurst Pioneer Cemetery, Simcoe County , ON

Street Address: 102 Doran Rd
Township: Vespra Township (Concession 3, Lot 12)
Locality: Simcoe County
Municipality: Springwater
Province: ON
GPS: 44.45233,-79.727419

Registered to Township of Springwater. From sign posted at cemetery: Midhurst Pioneer Cemetery is located on the South West corner, Lot 12, Concession 3, Vespra Township.

Mr. William Cummings, the first occupant owner of Lot 12, received title on December 18, 1831. He donated the South West corner for a school and cemetery.

The Cemetery continued in use until about 1896, when the Midhurst Union Cemetery was established.

There are no records available regarding the Pioneer Cemetery except the inscriptions on the tombstones.

This Cemetery drifted into a neglected condition over the years. An occasional community bee was called to cut the weeds and brush. During one of these work bees, some trees were planted.

The Ontario Cemetery Act places some responsibility on the Municipality for care, like fencing.

In 1979, the Midhurst Historical Society started some restoration work.

A local citizen established at $2000.00 trust fund for continuing care. This fund is administered by the Township of Vespra. The Midhurst Historical Society, the Vespra Horticultural Society, and a number of concerned citizens applied for some of this fund in 1979. With this money twenty-four different varieties of lilacs, the floral ___ of Vespra Township, were purchased. A bee was organized by the Societies, and with the help of some school children, the lilacs were planted on May 19, 1979. This co-operative endeavour transferred an eyesore into a place of interest and beauty. Adjacent properties were increased in value as a result.

In this small way, ___ ____ the contribution the Pioneers have ___. [Final paragraph mostly illegible].

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    B., M.  
    BOWER, Cornelius   1882 - 1890 (age: 8)
    BOWER, Isabella   ? - 18?? (age: 35)
    BROOK, Ann   1800 - 1875 (age: 75)
    BROWN, John   ? - 1872
    COCKSEDGE, Emily   parent
    COCKSEDGE, John Harry   ? ? (age: 12)
    COCKSEDGE, John Harry   ? ? (age: 42)
    COCKSEDGE, Joseph   parent
    COUTTS, Charles   spouse
    COUTTS, Loty May   1853 - 1883 (age: 30)
    CUMMINGS, James   1827 - 1870 (age: 43)
    CUMMINGS, Jane E.   ? - 185? (age: 27)
    CUMMINGS, Sarah   ? - 1870
    CUMMINGS, William   1785 - 1860 (age: 75)
    DAW, Ann   ? ?
    DRURY, Edmund   ? - 187? (age: 64)
    DRURY, Eliza (Hickling)   1800 - 1863 (age: 63)
    DRURY, Ellen   parent
    DRURY, George   1884 - 1884 (age: 2m)
    DRURY, Thomas   parent
    G., M.E.  
    GILL, Ann (Brook)   1800 - 1875 (age: 75)
    GILL, Ermida   1857 - 1877 (age: 20)
    GILL, John   parent
    GILL, Maria (Perry)   parent
    GILL, Richard   parent
    GORDON, Mary Emma   ? - 185? (age: 33)
    GOTTA, Rodger   ? - 188? (age: 41)
    HENDERSON, James   1791 - 1858 (age: 67)
    HENDERSON, Sarah   1795 - 1855 (age: 60)
    HICKLING, Eliza   1800 - 1863 (age: 63)
    LEADLAYE, Sarah Ann   1829 - 1854 (age: 25)
    LOCK, Charles Edward   1866 - 1866 (age: 4m)
    LOCK, Evangeline   1865 - 1865 (age: 4m)
    McCREICHE, David   1864 - 1883 (age: 19)
    McCREICHE, David   1869 - 1883 (age: 14)
    McKILL, James   ? - 1856 (age: 5)
    PERRY, Maria   parent
    REID, Mabel   1887 - 1911 (age: 24)
    ROBERTSON, Isabella   1818 - 1865 (age: 47)
    ROBERTSON, Peter   ? - 1865 (age: 48?)
    ROBERTSON, Robert B.   ? - 1867
    ROBINSON, Albert Leuty   1865 - 1865 (age: 3h)
    ROBINSON, Jemima Annie   ? - 1857
    ROBINSON, Mary   parent
    ROBINSON, Rhoda   ? - 1878
    ROBINSON, Thomas   parent
    RUSSELL, (infant son)   1867 - 1867
    RUSSELL, Andrew   parent
    RUSSELL, John   1868 - 1870 (age: 2)
    RUSSELL, Mary   parent
    RUSSELL, William Dick   1874 - 1928 (age: 54)
    RUTHOUR, Ritchie   1768 - 1863 (age: 95)
    SNEATH, Millicent   1792 - 1861 (age: 69)
    SNEATH, William   1792 - 1860 (age: 68)
    STEWART, Catherine   1843 - 1925 (age: 82)
    STEWART, Charles   1841 - 1892 (age: 52)
    WATTIE, Charles   parent
    WATTIE, Charles Forbes   1869 - 1869 (age: 1h)
    WATTIE, James   1867 - 1867 (age: 4d)
    WATTIE, Robert Crok   1870 - 1871 (age: 1)

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