Stephen’s Family Farm

Stephen’s Family Farm Cemetery

Location:
SE Corner Lot 8, Concession 11, Esquesing Township
Halton Hills, Halton Region, Ontario, Canada

History:
James and Thomas Stephens purchased Lot 8 Concession 11 on January 10, 1843 and sold it in 1844.  The previous owner had lived on the property after he purchased it from the crown in 1832. The Stephens family had a burial ground on Lot 8 Concession 11. The tombstones were moved in the 1960s to Hillcrest Cemetery. The tombstone of Thomas Stephen is recorded as #508 in the Hillcrest Cemetery recording.

Across the road – the Tenth Line – Lot 8 Concession 10 was the Menzies Farm which was the site of the Disciples of Christ Church, established in June 1843 by John Menzies. Other elders of the church were William Trout and James Mitchell. A record of membership showed that in 1864 one hundred and twenty-five members belonged to the church at different times. By 1868 the membership was only 40. Records also showed that the last date of business of the church was in July 13, 1873 and the church disappeared after this. The building the church was in was then sold and moved to the Town Line south of Hillcrest Cemetery where it became a residence.

The only known record book of the church was owned by a member of the Menzies family in Toronto and, according to Mr. Butchart who saw it, does not mention a cemetery.

Sources: 
History of the Disciples of Christ in Canada since 1830 by Reuben Butchart
Halton County early church histories and location of records and resources: Esquesing by Trudy Mann, 1983

Related:
The history of this cemetery was included on the publication The Cemeteries of Halton and Peel, Volume 1, which is available for digital download from the OGS website – click here to order via credit card.