Registered to Parks Canada.
Plaque 1: Waterloo Pioneers
In the year 1800 a small number of Mennonite families arrived from Pennsylvania to settle Block 2, former Six Nations land along the Grand River. Others, mainly Mennonites, followed during the next three years until problems regarding ownership of the land curtailed the migration. Representatives were sent back to Pennsylvania to raise the money necessary to secure clear title to the land, with the result that a joint stock company was formed and 60,000 acres purchased. Pennsylvania 'Dutch' settlers quickly took up this land, creating the first sizeable inland settlement in Upper Canada.
Plaque 2: Historic Sites & Monuments Board of Canada
In the Spring of 1800, Joseph Schoerg and Samuel Betzner, Jr., brothers-in-law, Mennonites, from Franklin COunty, Pennsylvania, began the first two farms in the County of Waterloo; Schoerg on land adjoining this farm, Betzner on the West bank of the River, three miles downstream.
In the same year came Samuel Betzner, Sr., who took up a farm including this site.
Other settlers followed and in 1805 a company formed in Pennsylvania purchased 60,000 acres, the German Company Tract comprising the greater part of Block 2, Grand River Indian Lands, now Waterloo Township. This constituted the first larger settlement in the then far interior of Upper Canada.
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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
|BETZNER, Elizabeth 1773 - 1823|
|BETZNER, Maria (Detweiler) 1744 - 1806|
|BETZNER, Samuel 1738 - 1813|
|DETWEILER, Maria 1744 - 1806|
|SHERK, David spouse|
|SHERK, David, Rev. 1801 - 1882 (age: 81)|
|SHERK, Elizabeth 1811 - 1894 (age: 83)|
|SHERK, Elizabeth (Betzner) 1773 - 1823|
|SHERK, Fannie 1839 - 1875|
|SHERK, Joseph 1769 - 1855|
|SHERK, Leah 1853 - 1883|
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