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Eight males confirmed in unmarked cemetery

Workers investigate burial site on Point Abino Road.The unmarked cemetery that was discovered under Point Abino Road three weeks ago has revealed the remains of at least eight males who may have died 200 years ago.

All the remains have been found under the travelled portion of the road and  provincial authorities may order an investigation of the neighbouring private land.

“It’s all up to the registrar of cemeteries,” said Mayor Doug Martin.

The area within 10 metres of any of the interments may have to be investigated to determine the perimeter, he said.

The travelled portion of the road has been examined and the remains will be re-interred in a modern cemetery.

There are legal challenges about the boundary of the road allowance with property owners claiming the area outside the travelled portion that would normally be municipal property.

Workers stumbled across the cemetery while installing a natural gas line Aug. 9. So far the remains of an infant, a two-year-old, 18-year-old and adults have been unearthed.

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  1. Diane Edwards Anger | Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    I am very interested in this story, as I have been a long time looking for the burial site, of Gerg (George) Fredrick Anger (aka Anker, Anchor) and his wife Maria… Gerg reportedly died in 1813, in Fort Erie, area.. He was a United Empire Loyalist as where his family. My husband is a descendant of this family. We have wondered about a unknown burial plot in Fort Erie, then known as Bridgeburg, but Fort Erie it’s self is listed as a place that they received rations from at one point, after coming to Upper Canada, I am not even sure it was called that back then. Gerg was born in or about 1721 in Germany, and came in 1754 to the Susquannah Valley, Asylum area and had land there until the uprising as did his three sons, John Charles, Augustus, and Fredrick. I would appreciate an update, on this story.
    The Ridgeway Battlefield Museum, log cabin, is the original log cabin, belonging to John Charles Anger, although it was moved to it’s present location from the East side of the side road. The family received several land grants near Ridgeway, and up to Ridgemount, as well as the London District.

  2. Mike Cloutier | Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Augustus, Charles and Frederick, but not Gerg, are listed in local records as having received several land grants starting in 1796. The locations I don’t know, but those records may be available at the Fort Erie Historical Museum 905 894-5322.

    Early cemetery records show members of the Anger family having been buried at Zion United Church Cemetery very close to the battle site on land that was originally deeded to Charles. Cemetery records also show burials at the Coloured Cemetery on Ridgemount Road which is only a few miles west of Bridgeburg (although Bridgeburg was first called Victoria, then International Bridge but hadn’t been settled until the mid 1800s, it is now considered North End of Fort Erie).

    Another interesting location is the Foreman Burial Ground that was discovered in the 1960s on land that was purchased from one of the Angers in the 1800s at 2530 Bowen Road (less than a mile farther west from the Coloured Cemetery.

    You may be pleased to learn that there is street named for the family in North End Fort Erie, Anger Ave. You may be less pleased to learn that there is a Regional facility on that street called the Anger Avenue Waste Water Treatment Plant.

    The village closer to the fort was called Fort Erie and was amalgamated with Bridgeburg in 1930. The village of Fort Erie was known as Fort Erie Mills because it was the location of a grist mill on the Niagara River and later it was called Waterloo.

    You might want to get a hold of Earl Plato in Ridgeway. He’s a historian and author and knows a lot about UEL families.

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