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Dual ceremony for Loyalists at Glenwood

Libby Hancocks

Libby Hancocks

In a dual ceremony marking decades of service to the Queen and Canada, two United Empire Loyalists will be honored Monday, Aug. 24th at Glenwood Cemetery in Picton.

William Johnson, U.E., a veteran of the War of 182 and one of the first settlers of Prince Edward County, will be presented with a foot stone commemorating his service during that war by the Graveside Project of the Government of  Canada.

“The object of the project is to trace and mark the graves of as many of the veterans of that nation-building conflict as possible,” says Seaghan Hancocks web administrator of a site called www.1812veterans.ca

“Not much is known about William’s service beyond the fact that he was a member of 1st Militia Prince Edward County, served with Jacob Shortt (his daughter-in-law’s father) and both were at the Battle of Queenston Heights when Brock was killed.”

Johnson is Hancocks’ four-great-grandfather. Hancocks and at least two other re-enactors will be dressed in uniforms of the day at Glenwood, where his mother, Elizabeth Johnson Hancocks, C.G., U.E., will be laid to rest in the family burying ground, and a U.E. Marker placed on her grave.

For more than half a century, Elizabeth was Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada, and is responsible for  compiling and editing Loyalist Lineages of  Canada, a volume that attempts to trace the family lines of every known Loyalist in the country.

She was awarded the Bicentennial Medal for her services to Loyalist Genealogy, as well as the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, and most recently the Dorchester Award for her work.

She first became interested in genealogy in 1962 as a result of the accidental excavation of a family cemetery during a construction project at Finch and Dufferin Avenues in Toronto.
She was a founding member of the first branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society in Toronto, and has been a member of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada since 1962.

Her son notes her personal interests in Prince Edward County led to publishing information, census and cemetery data about the area.

The public is invited to attend the Aug. 24 ceremony at Glenwood, beginning at 1 p.m.

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