Ontario Wanderings: St. Thomas Church & Cemetery

William Brown my 3rd great-grandfather, his son Thomas and other Browns were buried in St. Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.

This church has a sad history.  Apparently the first church burned and even the 2nd one burned,  My innkeeper told me that if you go inside you see the pillars they installed to hold up the walls thus preserving the outside structure. My understanding is they wanted to do some construction and when they began digging they discovered that instead of 80 burials there were something like 607 or more. The McGill University and the Bay of Quinte Branch of the OGS published a book of the burials.

This website has a nice description of the cemetery The Toronto & Ontario Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society.  http://www.torontoghosts.org/index.php?/20080822389/Eastern-Ontario/Belleville-St.-Thomas-s-Church-Cemetery.html

Find A Grave also has some information about this cemetery: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2321029 but not much in the way of pictures or names.

Source:  Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Birth, Marriage & Death Records of St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Belleville, Ontario 1821-1874, Quinte Branch – OGS. McGill University is also involved. 

Finding any tombstone or burial of my Brown family would probably not happen.  I still wanted to see this cemetery and the church.

St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville, ONT.

St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville, ONT.

St. Thomas Anglican Church

St. Thomas Anglican Church

The Cemetery Overview

The Cemetery Overview

There are stones that are upright and on the ground.  There are tombstones impeded into some brick walls and there are tombstones along the walls of the church.  The cemetery is in the back of the church and you can access it by driving down Bridge Street going east from Pinnacle and then turning into the driveway along Bridge street. I have more pictures and will share these in a later post when I return home from my trip.

The light was a little better so I headed back down to the area near Boathouse restaurant and the marina that was south of it.

Bay of Quinte and a marina

Bay of Quinte and a marina

Bay Bridge Road

Bay Bridge Road

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