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Rick Hatt's Update - January 2014
Thought that I would update as many Hatt /
Cooley Clan as I could recall over the many years, on the Cooley-Hatt Cemetery
in Ancaster, Ontario.
As you are probably aware, 100 grave shafts were discovered at this site in
2004. The developer, in order to continue with his sub-division, hired an
archeologist to perform a phase 3 dig. At this site, Richard Hatt - Founder of
Dundas, is buried.
Since this time, we have had many battles with politicians, the developers and
presented petitions to Queens Park. We worked very closely with the Ontarion
Historical Society of Ontario [Rob Leverty} and the Geneological Society of
Ontario [Marjorie Stuart] - they deserve many thank you's.
Also many thanks to the Ancaster Historical Society [Jim Green] for their
I have been involved with this site since Jim Green made me aware in 1999 of the
potential of many Pioneer Graves.
It was certainly disappointing that it took 15 years to speak successfully for
the many Hatts & Cooleys that are interred at this site. However, it was very
gratifying for Shaune Copeman-Botosh [Cooley] and myself, Richard Hatt to sign a
disposition agreement last night with the developer, for the Preservation of
this site as a Pioneer Cemetery in perpetuity. The 2 lots that encompass this
site will be ceded to the City of Hamilton for perpetual care as a cemetery.
The developer has plans to make this site a focal point of this sub-division
with fencing, trees, walkways and 2 parking spots for visitors with a cement pad
base to erect a sign. The damaged trees from the dig will be removed by hand and
the total area will be sodded.
The developer is working with us and we have plans to re-dedicate this site at a
ceremony later this year
I will send out a similar notice to invite everyone. Should you know others who
should be on this list, please send them a copy of this update and forward their
e-mail to me.
Richard Hatt - GGG Grandson