Tillsonburg Pioneer Cemetery

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The Pioneer Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the Tillsonburg area.

Many of Tillsonburg’s earliest settlers, including members of the Tillson family, are buried there.

The cemetery was established in 1838 and closed in 1870. Only open for 32 years

A total restoration of the one-acre site was completed in 2015. Restoration work included monument cleaning and the addition of a large index stone.

Local historians have done extensive research into the individuals and families buried in the cemetery.

To learn more about pioneer graveyard tours and events at the cemetery, contact Annandale National Historic Site.

 I was in charge of Tillsonburg’s Pioneer Graveyard restoration. It was done mostly by super volunteers scrubbing stones and fundraising, including the Tillsonburg Historical Society and the Town.

We had the graveyard dowsed discovering there would have been about 1500 graves. We had about 120 pieces of tombstones but I found close to 400 names we believe were in the graveyard. It took about 5 years to complete physically and I am still researching the people.

The hardest part was trying to find out what the best way to save the tombstones no experts agreed. We decided most importantly was getting the information from the stones and standing them up again. The large black monument, was a big expense but now people can find who is in there and where to get more information.

We formed the Tillsonburg Pioneer Performing Troupe and have costumed people telling the stories of our original founders and pioneers.

Laurel A. Beechey  Feb 21 2021

Status: Inactive
GPS: 42.85972  -80.71533

Intersection: Cedar St. and Simcoe St.

Address: 13 Cedar St, Tillsonburg, ON N4G 2H6. Web site

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I learned my love of “spirit walking” from my Mother, Barbara Ann Scott. My Mum was an avid genealogist who spent many days in cemeteries in Ontario, Quebec and Scotland. I joined my Mother on many of these research visits and found that I was really moved by some of the inscriptions, the dates and trends. I realized that much could be learned about the local history of an area by examining the cemeteries. I have continued to be inspired to visit cemeteries in communities even if I don’t know anyone who is interred there. I have stumbled upon former Canadian Prime Ministers, artists and athletes. I have also discovered many small communities and vanished villages near and far from home. This web site is about acknowledging the many great Canadians who shaped the Canada I know.

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