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Palermo Cemetery Walking Tour

Trafalgar Township Historical Society hosted their Fall Fair walking tour of the Palermo Cemetery on Saturday September 25th. The walk was led by our Archivist, Ross Wark, and featured many notable  local residents of Palermo and surrounding area.

In 1818 a parcel of land in Lot 30 Concession 1 south was sold to Duncan McQueen, James Hopperd and James McBride by Charles Teetzel for the sum of two pounds and ten shillings. The agreement said the land was “forever for the sole and proper use of a place to bury the dead for them and as many of the inhabitants of Trafalgar lying between the Twelve and Sixteen Mile Creeks as may think proper to join them: as also for a Meeting House and a school house should the same at any time be required”.

There are 329 entries in the transcription done by Halton Peel Genealogical Society with the earliest two entries listed being for Alexander Rose died Sept 27, 1813 and Elizabeth Hager died Feb 12, 1815. The Memorial Plaque standing in the cemetery was erected in 1997 by The Canadian Methodist Historical Society.

Some of the local names in the cemetery include Book, Buck, Cudmore, Dorland, Fox, Gilbert, Hager, Inglehart, Lawrence, Pell, Pickett, Sargant, Secord, Sheridan, Smith, Tovell and Van Sickle.

Excerpts taken from a history by Rev. M.J. Aiken — 1962