Hamilton is a city that hugs Lake Ontario on one side and the Niagara Escarpment on the other. The part that is above the escarpment is called The Mountain; the part below the escarpment is called The Lower City. Getting from one to the other during the 1800s was a tricky business.
James Jolley was a saddler, harness maker and politician who financed the building of the access road that became known as the Jolley Cut. in 1860 James Jolley moved his family to the Mountain (highest elevation 1,063') and needed a footpath to get to his business in the lower city. At a time when most roads were privately owned and tolls were collected for maintenance, Mr Jolley managed to get this access road built in 1873 as a toll free road with the city covering the costs for maintenance. It is a steep switchback access and this site gives you a bit of the story, with excellent pictures, of the Jolley Cut.
James Jolley emigrated to Canada about 1823 from Argyllshire, Scotland and was married to Sophia who outlived him by 27 years. The other sides of this monument are difficult to decipher, but it seems they had a son Archie who also died in 1892 and another son James E who died in 1874. The third side includes another Sophia, the wife of Charles (who took over the business after his father's death) and also a Jane who died possibly in 1862 at 7 months (which would have made Sophia 37 when she gave birth). The fourth side is the least clearly marked but has the name Emma who died in Columbus Ohio in 1893(?) Clearly the year of 1892-93 was not a good year for Sophia and her family.
for a Taphophile Tragics from the Hamilton Cemetery