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Michael Shepard Residence
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2014
In York Cemetery west of the Beecroft Road entrance is this plaque which says:
Coordinates: 43.76517 -79.41876
The property now comprising York Cemetery was granted by the crown by letters patent dated May 9th, 1805 to Joseph Shepard, and was acquired by the trustees of the Toronto General Buying Grounds in 1916. The first interment took place on July 27th, 1948.
William Lyon Mackenzie is said to have hidden on the property during his escape to the United States following the Rebellion of 1837.
The present office building was erected as a residence for Michael Shepard by John Cummer after Mr. Shepard was pardoned in 1843 for his part in the rebellion.
The building was completed in early 1850.
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