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The Robbins Stone
In Buxton Cemetery
Located very near the Buxton Museum Building

Three Special places!

As I write this, I feel we are still lucky enough to own this fantastic web site, although it is far, far bigger now than we could ever have dreamed! It is the web site for a whole project and as such it represents thousands upon thousands of hours of work by a number of people including photography, research, typing, etc. But once in awhile in life you begin to realize that you have created something that should have been done so long ago. That you have created something that is worth while. And this little corner of this site is one of those times.

Pretty much everyone whose final resting place is described in these areas, came here by Faith as mentioned on the monument in the photograph above. Our First Nations people came here so many thousands of years ago on Faith, looking for a new home where they could more easily find food and water. The early Black African settlers including those who came in the time period of the Underground Rail Road came here on Faith of wanting to find a new beginning. We also know today that a very few came to this nation as slaves and we should never forget that either. Lastly, we should never forget those who for some reason were not able to be interred in a normal cemetery in the way we think of this today. They were placed in forgotten Communal and Potter's Fields. Those people should not be forgotten as they so often are.

Click on the photo links to see the three distinct areas here.

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Our First Nations History

The photograph to the right is called "Falling Star" and is by "RC Gorman".

How many time have you seen web sites containing information of all of the burials in a certain area. And the history begins in maybe 1850 or so? What about the First Nations Peoples who lived in North America for maybe 11,000 years before that? As much as some entities wanted us to believe not too long ago that "Columbus Discovered America" we finally are willing to realize that Europeans were coming here long before that. And meeting our Native Friends who had already occupied this great land living here for 10,000 years. As much as many powerful entities used to try, we can never truly document our history without recognizing the contributions of these great people. The Vikings and the Irish came here so long ago and Europeans who knew of "America" but knew better than to tell others due to the rules of the powerful Catholic Church among others. There are signs of items being "invented" here and in Europe at the same time. It is likely they simply crossed the ocean. But did the Europeans invent them or our earliest Canadians and Americans? It is likely many such items credited to European invention were actually native in origin.

The Robbins Stone In Buxton Cemetery
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The Early Black Residents of Chatham-Kent

This area involves the people and the cemeteries involved with some of the early Black settlers of Chatham-Kent. As time passed, these people began to help the passengers and some conductors of the Underground Railroad as they began to settle here. We in Chatham-Kent often forget the contribution that these folks made to our great County. But we need to be able to shed the preconceived and almost romantic notions of the past. And many web sites and historians have not been able to do that.

Maple Leaf Cemetery.
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Potter's Field

The last area is the Potter's Field of Maple Leaf Cemetery, hopefully along with some information of those fields of other cemeteries as well. We can only give you general information as there is no list of names for it! But this information is so fascinating. Yet it can be so depressing. But I really believe that it is up to us to think of their lives as a triumph. To recognize the contributions of each and every member of Generations Past for what they have given us today.

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