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Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe 1766-1850

Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe 1766-1850

Photos by contributor Anonymous - Posted May, 2007

Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe 1766-1850 Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe 1766-1850

Photo Source - Canadian Heritage Gallery

Plaque Location

England
Devon
In Holy Trinity Church at Dunkeswell Abbey
along the inside south wall, facing the organ


Coordinates: N 50 53.364 W 03 13.284

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Plaque Text

The wife of John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, Elizabeth Posthuma Gwillim was born at Whitchurch, Herefordshire. Her diaries and sketches, compiled 1791-96 while in Canada, provide a valuable record of pioneer life in that colony. Lieutenant-General Simcoe, who claimed direct descendence from Lord William de Brewer, the founder, in the twelfth century, of the Abbey of St. Mary, Dunkeswell, died in 1806, and thereafter Mrs. Simcoe devoted herself to charitable work. She and her daughters were responsible for the erection and decoration of this church, Holy Trinity, which was built on the site of the Abbey Church in 1842. Mrs. Simcoe is buried beside her husband at Wolford Chapel, near Honiton, Devon.

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