Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Presbyterian Free Church Pioneer Cemetery, Purpleville

The Presbyterian Free Church Pioneer Cemetery is located on the west side of Pine Valley Drive, between Teston Road to the north and Major Mackenzie Drive to the south.  The earliest known burial was in 1846 and the last was in 1883. The majority of the head stones in the cairn are for Protestant Irish Immigrants who settled the area in the early 1830's.  No information at this time on the church building or even if it was on this site.  The headstones were gathered into the cairn by the Twp of Vaughan in 1962.  The site today is owned and cared for by the City of Vaughan.


  1. Hi Sharon, you have some beautiful cemeteries here that I never knew about. A Bolton newspaper in 1968 reported the dedication of this plaque as a memorial to the parents of LBP. Unfortunately the columnist was misinformed that LBP's parents were married at this church in Kleinburg. The Orangeville Sun reported on July 21st, 1892, that the Pearson/Bowles marriage took place on July 13th, 1892, at the First Avenue Methodist church in Orangeville. The bride and group that evening caught a train for Toronto. After the honeymoon the couple lived in Woodbridge, which would explain their attendance at the Kleinburg Weslyan Methodist church. I will visit there soon. Thanks again.

    1. Thanks for dropping by. Yes, LBP parents are buried in Kleinburg in the old methodist lutheran cemetery on Nashville Road.