Branching Out 2007

Spring 2007

Grand River

Our education/outreach projects encountered three Grade 7 classrooms in Simcoe. Students experienced Loyalist studies and writing with quill pens, as well as costumed presentations by Marilyn Haslinger and Imogen Givens.  Marilyn Branch spoke at the Women’s Probus Clubs of Burlington and Brantford.  Marilyn Branch, Sue Hines and Cathy Thompson presented “Tea With Mrs. Simcoe” at a Gov. Simcoe Branch meeting. Doris Marcellus continued our interest in Chiefswood, the girlhood home of Pauline Johnson and attended meetings.  Four genealogy workshops were held by Doris Lemon in Waterloo.  Cathy Thompson spoke at South Walsingham Heritage Association and Anglican Church Women, both in Port Rowan. Marilyn McDonald took a display to the 222nd Haldimand Proclamation Anniversary Celebration at the Six Nations Community Hall.

At Heritage Fairs in Dunnville, Port Maitland and Simcoe, our display was hosted by: Jim Sweet, Cathy Thompson, Alison Smith, Cynthia Stapells, Doris Lemon, Sue Hines, Rob McCarey, Carol Terry and Bill Terry.  Member Angela Files received a Provincial Heritage Award for Heritage and History in the community.  She gave twenty-one talks on Black History, with the focus on the Grand River area.  The Branch is grateful for a $1,100 Ontario Heritage Grant that makes possible education/outreach projects and our annual donation of $350 to the Norfolk Historical Society and $100 to the UELAC Scholarship fund.  Loyalist Burial Sites: Cemeteries designated this year: Pioneer, Oakland; St. John’s Anglican, Woodhouse; Doan’s Hollow; Johnson Cemetery, St. Williams; and Greenwood Cemetery, Waterford. 

Loyalist Families of Members of The Grand River Branch UELAC Vol. II. Chapters are invited from members of Grand River Branch.

Loyalists–Sons and Daughters–in the Long Point Settlement: As part of our 2014 Project, we are collecting names, histories and settlement lot numbers.

By Doris Ann Lemon UE, Education/Outreach Chair

Fall 2007

Grand River

Ontario Volunteer Awards 2007 were presented at Bingeman Park, Kitchener. Irene MacCrimmon (30 years) and Jim Sweet (10 years) received awards for service to Grand River Branch.  Cathy Thompson, dressed as Mrs Simcoe, has made presentations to two Grade Seven Classes, one in Port Rowan and one in Ingersoll. The presentations included writing with quill pens. 

Six Loyalist Burial Ground plaques will be erected this summer.  The following have already been erected–Port Ryerse Memorial Church Cemetery, Port Ryerse, Neal Memorial United Church Cemetery, Port Rowan; Fairview Cemetery, Fisherville and Boston Pioneer Cemetery, Boston. When the other two plaques have been erected, a total of fifteen cemeteries in the Long Point Settlement will have been plaqued. Norfolk County, Brant County and local cemetery boards have been very receptive and helpful.  

Loyalist Families of the Grand River Vol. II. Members of the Grand River Branch are invited to submit chapters to Irene MacCrimmon.

Loyalists–Sons and Daughters–in the Long Point Settlement: As part of our 2014 Project, we are collecting names, histories and settlement lot numbers.

Marilyn McMillan UE, Branch Secretary

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