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 Copyright - 2000-2015

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 perserverance.
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
hattrich@sympatico.ca
905-892-6100