Ancestral Notes

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Historic Honeymoon Destination


When my husband and I were married in 2oo1, the only place we even thought about going was Niagara Falls. We had no idea why, maybe because it is traditional, or close, but we were drawn to the area.

We went to all the usual historical tourist attractions in the area,

Laura Secord’s monument

General Sir Isaac Brock’s monument,

scene of the Battle of Queenston Heights,


Fort George in Niagara-on-the-lake,

and the locks at the Welland Canal.

I started researching my family history four years later, and to my surprise, both of our families lived at Niagara for generations after the Revolutionary war before coming to Essex County. After I discovered this, we planned an extended camping trip, with a side-trip to the Niagara region on the way home. We looked at things with fresh eyes.
We visited Doan’s Ridge Cemetery in Welland County and found my 3rd great-grandmothers’ gravestone,

most of the family stones were too illegible to read, but I knew from talking with the caretaker that those were thier gravestones.

We looked for Butler’s baracks, stopped at a small church and asked someone for directions, and she lived there all her life and didn’t know where it was. The church was right behind the barracks, it used to be part of the barracks!

We toured the Butler’s Barracks and saw where our ancestors hung their hats. The Lincoln Militia use some of the buildings for storage and restoration of different vehicles.

there is a display area with mememtos from the history of the unit.

We went to the Col. John Butler Family burying ground wich had been restored by the
Niagara Hitorical Society.

No trip to Niagara Falls would be complete without a visit to Drummond Hill Cemetery, the scene of the battle for Lundy’s Lane.

Here is a hand-carved pioneer headstone.

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