Archive for July, 2010

Cooley Hatt Cemetery closure

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

OGS is heavily involved in the fight to protect and preserve Ontario cemeteries. The Cemetery Preservation Committee is currently working to prevent the closure of the Cooley- Hatt Cemetery and you can help!

The Cooley-Hatt Cemetery is an unapproved cemetery with approximately 99 burials. The property is located in the City of Hamilton on the Niagara Escarpment in the Greenbelt. It has been purchased by developers who have appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board for the approval of a plan of subdivision. The hearings will be held in October and November. 

Richard Hatt (1769-1819), and his wife Mary Cooley, along with some of her family and several of their nine children are buried there. Richard Hatt was a businessman, judge, politican and militia officer. He established mills in Ancaster and Dundas Mills. The latter complex had a distillery, potashery, general store, sawmills, a coopery and a blacksmith shop.

Richard Hatt served in the War of 1812 as a Major in the 5th Lincoln Militia and was severely wounded at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1800 and a judge of the District and Surrogate Courts. He purchased Joseph Willcocks’ printing press and published the Upper Canada Phoenix.

 If Bill 149, The Inactive Cemeteries Protection Act 2009 had passed, it would have prevented the closure of the Cooley-Hatt Cemetery (Bill 149 died on the order papers when the provincial legislature was prorogued). There was tremendous support for Bill 149. Hopefully, we can help save this historic pioneer cemetery

Please download the following petition: Cooley-Hatt Cemetery Petition to Legislative Assembly

 Completed petitions should be sent either to:

The Ontario Genealogical Society
40 Orchard View Blvd, Suite 102
Toronto, ON M4R 1B9


The Ontario Historical Society
34 Parkview Avenue
Willowdale, ON M2N 3Y2  

Completed petitions will be delivered to the Legislature when it reconvenes.
The OMB Hearing is at the end of October/ beginning of November.

 Thank you for all your assistance

~OGS Cemetery Preservation Committee~

For Our Members Only

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Are you an OGS member? If so, be sure to check out our Members Only section. It’s there for you. All you need is your email address and a password to sign in now and access the goodies.

If you’re not a member… yet, here is a sneak peek of some of what’s hidden behind that login screen.

Become a member now and get more than a peek at these benefits of membership!

Are You a Haviland?

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

This announcement came in from David Haviland:

115th Haviland Family Reunion

Image: Graeme Weatherston, link below

The 115th Haviland Family Reunion will be held July 10, 2010 at Port Dover Kinsmen Park, Port Dover, Ontario.

Saturday’s events will start at 11:00 a.m. with registration, followed by a 12:00 noon pot luck buffet meal at the Pavilion. There will be afternoon games for all ages, baseball, volleyball, renewing of acquaintances, genealogy sharing, viewing group photographs and the “Canadian Haviland Family Genealogy” books, and face painting.

Captain John Haviland, a United Empire Loyalist, having served the British as an artificer in the American Revolution, moved from Haviland’s Hollow on the NY/CT state line and settled in 1803 at Townsend Township, Norfolk County, near Brantford. Descendants have held a reunion annually since 1896.

For a review of Haviland genealogy and for more information about the reunion visit

Image: Graeme Weatherston /

Canada Day!

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Happy Canada Day from the Ontario Genealogical Society!

Image: Bill Longshaw /