Over 400 bodies are known to be buried under a parking lot in Hamilton Ontario. Richard Beasley, an early settler, is one of those buried there.
Christ Church Cathedral now plans to dig up the graves, identify them, and re-bury them so that they can build a 12-storey condo.
“It’s time that we stopped parking on top of those people,” said the
Very Rev. Peter Wall, rector of Christ’s Church Cathedral, in a
presentation to councillors Wednesday. “They need to be released from
The graveyard opened in 1832 and 20 years later it was closed. Many headstones were moved at that time but the bodies were left behind. The Cathedral has gathered and saved 24 tombstones which they are storing in the church basement.
From a personal viewpoint, many of my Peer ancestors as well as my Burkholder ancestors died in the Hamilton area in the early to mid 1800s. I am hopeful their remains will be found and identified.
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Credit: Image of Christ Church Cathedral in Public Domain found on Wikipedia