Our History

(11) The questions were not all answered directly because the congregation was concerned that it could not finance the care of the cemetery (this was apparently already a problem). Furthermore, the Pioneer Cemetery was not the responsibility of the Anglican Church as it was originally a joint cemetery for the interment of Anglicans, Lutherans and Presbyterians. They doubted, therefore, that they had any legal right to decide the question, except as it pertained to their own dead. On the other hand, some families had died out and both the Lutherans and the Presbyterians had refused to give support when asked by the Anglican Cemetery Committee. According to the Ontario Cemeteries Act the township is obligated to care for a Pioneer Cemetery but it had always refused. They, therefore, wanted to know β€œIn whom, then, is the authority vested to decide?” Furthermore, since the Hydro Commission had stated that it must deal personally with every lot holder and respect their desires, it left Trinity Memorial Church Cemetery Committee and the congregation without any say as to what may happen to the cemetery even if they decided to keep it. They wondered what say, if any, they would have concerning the Sir J.P. Whitney Memorial since it was erected by the Province of Ontario? What would the other Whitney and Crysler relatives say when interviewed? It seemed that in many areas their jurisdiction appeared to be neutralized. There was concern that if the monuments and the Pioneer cemetery headstones were transferred by legal request, the Church would be deprived of the historic value of its cemeteries, leaving it no alternative but to abandon the idea of perpetuating the historic scene in all its features.

In general, the congregation stated that it was not too much concerned one way or the other in what was determined concerning the Cemetery and monuments. However, they were determined to keep the same amount of ground, and if possible more, surrounding the Church to provide a better, safer drive-in entrance to the grounds, space for a growing congregation to develop a parish hall and a rectory, and space for a future cemetery should one be required. In conclusion, the congregation decided to leave the whole matter concerning the cemeteries and historic monuments to the discretion of the Diocese of Ottawa.

The Ontario Parks Commission wanted to place the huge Whitney and Crysler monuments and the Government of Ontario monument to Sir J.P. Whitney in Upper Canada Village. This was overruled because the monuments were deemed to be an integral part of the original memorial in accordance with the agreement officially made between the Church and its donors at the time of the dedication in 1904. The monuments were moved to the present churchyard at an estimated cost of $34,000.00. This included the Munro monuments. Colonel J. Munro was a famous officer of the 1st Royal Yorkers and formerly a British officer of the 48th Regiment. He fought through the Seven Years War in the conquest of Canada. At one time he was a wealthy merchant in Schenectady and Albany, New York. He declared for the Crown when the rebellion broke out and lost all his possessions by confiscation. Upon his arrival in Canada he was appointed an Official of the Crown in this area. He prospered and was elected to the first Parliament of Upper Canada for the riding of Dundas.