The Old Goal Burial Ground, Forks of the Thames River, London, Ontario. Between 1830 & 1951, 19 confirmed executions by hanging took place on these grounds of the old goal behind the old courthouse on Ridout St. at Dundas St., on the banks of the Thames river. Most were public hangings, and while some were taken to family plots for burial, most were buried here in unmarked graves. The last recorded burial was that of the infamous “Peg Leg Brown”, a Texan who was executed May 17, 1899, for the murder of London Police Constable Michael Toohey. During site construction in May of 1985, local historian Orlo Miller warned both local media and engineers on site that they would be disturbing graves if they continued digging. John Oliveira’s backhoe confirmed Miller’s concerns as it unearthed the remains of Peg Leg Brown, later identified by his missing left leg. Further graves were then found and re-interred - but not all.
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