Glen Williams

Glen Williams Cemetery

S mid Lot 21, Concession 10, Esquesing Township
15435 Prince Street, Georgetown (Glen Williams), Halton Region, Ontario, Canada

Latitude: 43.673°N
Longitude: –79.922°W

The Village of Glen Williams was originally know as Williamsburg until 1852 when the post office was established. As there was already a place known as Williamsburg the name was changed to Glen Williams. Both names honoured the founding family. Like many other settlers in the northern part of Esquesing, Benajah and Elizabeth Williams came from the Niagara District.

The official founding date for the Glen was in 1826, even though neighbours and relatives such as the Kennedys and the Stulls had been there since 1819.

In 1840, land was sold to the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 5 shillings for a chapel, and burying ground. There is no evidence however, that any burials took place beside the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the cemetery on the hill was already in use. Shortly after the death of Benajah Williams in 1851, his son Charles donated the land as a public burying ground. Thus is became the resting place for most of the village families no matter what their religion. The cemetery is still open and is run by a cemetery board. The only records that were kept were of plot owners, and not actual burials.

The land was not officially conveyed to the village as a public burying ground until 1851, shortly after the death of Benajah Williams. Additions were made in 1905, 1919 and in 1957.

(reference Down in the Glen by Rev Richard Ruggle)

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