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Dedication of Jeremiah French Tombstone at Maple Grove Cemetery on Loyalist Day, June 19th, Cornwall Branch

Descendants of Lieutenant Jeremiah French from across North America will gather at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cornwall for the dedication of a new tombstone in his memory Sunday, June 19th, 2:00 p.m.
French, a member of one of Cornwall's founding families, represented Stormont in the first Ontario Legislature, between 1792 to 1796. Arriving in Cornwall in 1784, he settled at Maple Grove west of the city. . He was a respected business man and a leading member of the community, serving as a magistrate for the Eastern District in Upper Canada (Ontario), and a founding member of Trinity Memorial Church on Second Street. French's home (the French-Robertson House) now forms part of Upper Canada Village, having been moved there during the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Event organizers are George Anderson of Nepean, a descendant of Jeremiah French, and Shaun Wallace, president of the Morrisburg and District Historical Society. Both are members of St. Lawrence Branch United Empire Loyalist Association. Wallace is a member of the King's Royal Regiment of New York (KRRNY) re enactment group. Costumed reenactors from the KRNNY will be taking part in the dedication ceremony at Maple Grove Cemetery. French served with the Queen's Loyal Rangers and the KRRNY on the British side during the American Revolution. William French, of Houston, Texas, president of the French Family Association is among those planning to attend. French family descendants from California and Western Canada will also be present.
In addition to the dedication ceremony at Maple Grove Cemetery, which will form part of Loyalist Day celebrations sponsored by St. Lawrence Branch members, visitors are invited to join parishioners during the morning service at Trinity Memorial Church. Related genealogical and historical displays will be set up in the church hall Anderson states that the original Jeremiah French tombstone will be placed on permanent loan with the S.D. & G. Military Museum at the Cornwall Armouries.
On Saturday, June 18, special celebrations involving the KRRNY reenactors will be held at the Johnson Manor House in Williamstown. As part of the Williamstown activities the unit will retire its colours to the Nor'Wester and Loyalist Museum.

St. Lawrence Branch, UELAC
The St. Lawrence Branch serves members who reside in the area east of Prescott and south of Ottawa, or members who have an interest in that geographic area where their Loyalist ancestors may have settled. The Branch represents the Loyalist history and heritage to the community in that area.

United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada
Incorporated in 1914, the UELAC is made up of members from round the world but who belong to one or more of 28 branches across Canada from coast to coast. The mandate of the Association is to enrich the lives of Canadians through knowledge of the past, in particular the history of the United Empire Loyalists and their contribution to the development of Canada. From an influx of some 40 - 50,000 Loyalist refugees during and immediately following the American Revolution, about one in ten Canadians, or about 3 million, can claim Loyalist ancestry today, as can maybe half that number who reside elsewhere in the world.