Sarah Kast McGinness Memorial
In 1991 the McGinness Project was fully realized with the unveiling of a granite memorial with bronze plaque in the graveyard of St. John’s Anglican Church , Academy Street, Bath Ontario, in the presence of many of the descendants of Sarah Kast McGinness.
The plaque reads as follows:
SARAH KAST MCGINNESS, UNITED EMPIRE LOYALIST, 1713-1791
Sarah Kast grew up in German Flats, New York, beloved by her Indian
neighbours. She married Captain Timothy McGinness, killed in 1755 at
the Battle of Lake George. During the American Revolution her persistent
loyalty to Britain resulted in imprisonment, confiscation of property and a
son lost in a fire. Nevertheless, Daniel Claus, Superintendent of Indians,
persuaded her to spend the crucial winter of 1777 with the Six Nations,
ensuring their continued loyalty and eventual migration to Ontario. She
died September 9, 1791 and is believed buried in this graveyard.
ERECTED BY THE UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS’ ASSOCIATION OF CANADA BAY OF QUINTE BRANCH AND THE
DESCENDANTS OF SARAH KAST MCGINNESS, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE ONTARIO MINISTRY
OF CULTURE AND CITIZENSHIP.
Further information regarding the life of Sarah Kast McGinness, the McGinness Project, and the ceremony that took place on the 200th anniversary of the death of Sarah Kast McGinness, explore the three links that follow.
- The Loyalist Gazette, Spring 1991, pp. 29-31
- The Loyalist Gazette, Spring 1992, pp. 25-26
- The Loyalist Gazette, Fall 1998, pp. 21-22
Photograph of the memorial supplied by Marie Barrons-Patterson, descendant of Sarah Kast McGinness.