Bayview Pioneer Cemetery
This historic cemetery found within Bayview Pioneer Park in Amherstview (close to the entrance of the park on MacDougall Drive) now has a monument to recognize the site. This family burial ground is attributed to the "Rose" family and their descendants who were United Empire Loyalists.
They settled in this location in 1784, having received a land grant as a reward for their loyalty and support of the British Crown during the American Revolutionary War. The cemetery contains the remains of at least thirteen individuals who were buried here between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, including Mattias Rose (1726 - 1809), from Saratoga, New York.
Mattias Rose was one of the many loyal "Jessup's Rangers" , a provincial corps also known as the King's Loyal Rangers. Commanded by Edward Jessup, the Rangers were largely responsible for maintaining garrisons and occasionally taking part in raids into New York State. Discharged Jessup's Rangers were the first settlers of the village of Bath. As a United Empire Loyalist, Mattias Rose received a land grant. Edward Jessup, with his son, went on to found the Town of Prescott in 1810.
The cemetery contains no stones with inscriptions but it contains at least eleven vertically set fieldstones and It is thought that the following people are buried in this cemetery:
- Mattias Rose Sr
- Dorcas Burleigh, his second wife
- Catherine Veley, his third wife
- Matthias Rose Jr
An archaeological assessment of this site was carried out in 2004 by Adams Heritage.