Chris and I set out on a 2 day adventure on Saturday July 11/2015. This was our first findings near Tamworth ON on our way to Renfrew. The innards of the house had been mostly gutted for renovation at some point but looked like their efforts came to a halt possibly due to money? The siding is mostly stripped exposing the old wood of it’s original structure and it looks as though there was an over hang at side entrance.
Although we couldn’t find any history on the house itself, right next to this “was once home” is a very old graveyard that, like any other, holds a little history. It was a very small burial ground for only a few different families but the one headstone that stood out to us was Elizabeth York, Born 1845 and Killed in 1863 (18 yrs old at time of death). Of course….this caught my interest and I had to start the search to find out what happened to her.
According to the Kingston Daily News on July 2nd 1863, Elizabeth was walking home between 9-10 pm when she encountered Zachariah Fralick, son of Mr. Peter Fralick, a near neighbour. When he tried to put his arm around her she slapped him which in turn made him very angry. Zachariah was under the impression that he was going to marry Elizabeth and went into a rage when his affections were not reciprocated. Fralick first punched Elizabeth then followed through with beating her with a stone. He then moved her still breathing body to the other side of the fence so that the hogs wouldn’t devour her. Elizabeth York was found the next morning still alive but died shortly after. Fralick was asked if she made any attempt to defend herself. His response was no, she screamed “Have Mercy” as she fell back.
Zachariah Fralick was sentenced to death on Dec 7th 1863 at aged 20 in Kingston ON.