Durham Regional Municipality
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Pickering Friends Burial Ground
This Burial Ground, owned by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is one of the oldest in the AjaxPickering area. Early information is to be found in the will of Timothy Rogers, the earliest Quaker settler in Pickering, who donated the land for a Quaker Meeting House and Burial Ground in 1814. Timothy Rogers' prime concern was the establishment of Quaker settlements first at Yonge Street, Newmarket, then in Pickering. In his will in 1829, Timothy Rogers referred to the Burial Ground in Pickering and mentioned that his wife Sarah, his daughter Sarah, his sons John Wilde and John Emsley, and others were buried here.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, graves in some Quaker Burial Grounds were not marked by gravestones. Thus, there are no markers for Timothy Rogers or any of the persons mentioned in his will.
This Burial Ground is a reminder of the Quaker heritage and roots established early in the settlement of Pickering Township.
Plaque erected by the Heritage Ajax Advisory Committee