Young family homestead celebrated on Hamilton Mountain

News Jun 14, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

More than 200 years after they settled in their homestead on the central Mountain, Daniel and Elizabeth Young have been memorialized.

An interpretive panel highlighting Daniel’s service in the War of 1812 and a memorial stone were unveiled Saturday at Ryckman’s Park.

Several descendants of Daniel and Elizabeth Young, along with members of the United Empire Loyalists Association and the Barton Masonic Lodge, of which Daniel Young was a founding member, attended the ceremony.

Daniel, along with his father and brothers, fought for Britain with Butler’s Rangers in the American Revolution, explained Bill Young, a fourth-great grandson who was part of the campaign to have the homestead recognized.

Daniel received a land grant for his service, but it is unclear where, said Young. The 200-acre homestead in the former Barton Township, where Ryckman’s park and a subdivision are now located, was actually given to Elizabeth, a Loyalist, in 1796.

“This land is her United Empire Loyalist grant,” said Young.

Until 1980, it was mostly an empty field. Realizing that the area would soon be developed, Dr. David Faux started working to protect the Young homestead.

The history of the Young family homestead was documented, Faux said at the ceremony, but it wasn’t easy to find. So in the fall of 2012, he, Tom Nelson and Bill Young came up with the idea of a plaque and memorial stone to mark the site.

Cynthia Graham, the City of Hamilton landscape architect who oversaw the project, said it is important to celebrate local history and put a human face on it.

“It really provides a richer experience for the neighbours who use the park regularly,” said Graham.

Young family homestead celebrated on Hamilton Mountain

Interpretive panel and memorial stone unveiled at Ryckman’s Park

News Jun 14, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

More than 200 years after they settled in their homestead on the central Mountain, Daniel and Elizabeth Young have been memorialized.

An interpretive panel highlighting Daniel’s service in the War of 1812 and a memorial stone were unveiled Saturday at Ryckman’s Park.

Several descendants of Daniel and Elizabeth Young, along with members of the United Empire Loyalists Association and the Barton Masonic Lodge, of which Daniel Young was a founding member, attended the ceremony.

Daniel, along with his father and brothers, fought for Britain with Butler’s Rangers in the American Revolution, explained Bill Young, a fourth-great grandson who was part of the campaign to have the homestead recognized.

It really provides a richer experience for the neighbours who use the park regularly

Daniel received a land grant for his service, but it is unclear where, said Young. The 200-acre homestead in the former Barton Township, where Ryckman’s park and a subdivision are now located, was actually given to Elizabeth, a Loyalist, in 1796.

“This land is her United Empire Loyalist grant,” said Young.

Until 1980, it was mostly an empty field. Realizing that the area would soon be developed, Dr. David Faux started working to protect the Young homestead.

The history of the Young family homestead was documented, Faux said at the ceremony, but it wasn’t easy to find. So in the fall of 2012, he, Tom Nelson and Bill Young came up with the idea of a plaque and memorial stone to mark the site.

Cynthia Graham, the City of Hamilton landscape architect who oversaw the project, said it is important to celebrate local history and put a human face on it.

“It really provides a richer experience for the neighbours who use the park regularly,” said Graham.

Young family homestead celebrated on Hamilton Mountain

Interpretive panel and memorial stone unveiled at Ryckman’s Park

News Jun 14, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

More than 200 years after they settled in their homestead on the central Mountain, Daniel and Elizabeth Young have been memorialized.

An interpretive panel highlighting Daniel’s service in the War of 1812 and a memorial stone were unveiled Saturday at Ryckman’s Park.

Several descendants of Daniel and Elizabeth Young, along with members of the United Empire Loyalists Association and the Barton Masonic Lodge, of which Daniel Young was a founding member, attended the ceremony.

Daniel, along with his father and brothers, fought for Britain with Butler’s Rangers in the American Revolution, explained Bill Young, a fourth-great grandson who was part of the campaign to have the homestead recognized.

It really provides a richer experience for the neighbours who use the park regularly

Daniel received a land grant for his service, but it is unclear where, said Young. The 200-acre homestead in the former Barton Township, where Ryckman’s park and a subdivision are now located, was actually given to Elizabeth, a Loyalist, in 1796.

“This land is her United Empire Loyalist grant,” said Young.

Until 1980, it was mostly an empty field. Realizing that the area would soon be developed, Dr. David Faux started working to protect the Young homestead.

The history of the Young family homestead was documented, Faux said at the ceremony, but it wasn’t easy to find. So in the fall of 2012, he, Tom Nelson and Bill Young came up with the idea of a plaque and memorial stone to mark the site.

Cynthia Graham, the City of Hamilton landscape architect who oversaw the project, said it is important to celebrate local history and put a human face on it.

“It really provides a richer experience for the neighbours who use the park regularly,” said Graham.