Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Drummond Hill Cemetery, Niagara Falls Ontario

Well its Tombstone Tuesday again.  This week I have decided to feature a grave marker in Drummond Hill Cemetery, Niagara Falls Ontario. Drummond Hill Cemetery named in honour of General Drummond, is a nationally recognized heritage site. It's known as the battleground of the "Battle of Lundy’s Lane", as well as the burial site of Laura Secord.

In 1799 Christopher Buchner purchased 400 acres of land from his father-in-law, James Forsythe. Christopher used the top of the hill as a burial ground. It later became the site of a fierce battle between the British and the Americans in 1814.

The gravestone is for Rheumanah Muisiners [Misener] who died in 1836. This is an early tombstone for Ontario. Many of the early settlers did not have the luxury of a fancy grave marker.

Rheumanah (nee Lanton) was the wife of Peter Misener from New Jersey. He was a soldier in Butler's Rangers and a Loyalist.


Nancy said...

Wow! That gravestone is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing it.

Lynda Sue said...

My 5th great grandfather was James Forsyth. His daughter Sarah married Christopher Buchner (Boughner). Buchner's house is still standing on Buchner Place in front of the cemetery (circa 1799).