Saint Thomas Anglican Church Cemetery in Belleville, Ontario

St. Thomas Church, in back, notice tombstones on wall, Belleville

St. Thomas Church, in back, notice tombstones on wall, Belleville

The Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville is still a functioning church.  Years ago they wanted to do some rennovations and discovered that there were more burials in the church graveyard than anticipated.  McGill University and the Quinte Chapter of the Ontario Genealogical Society prepared a book of the baptisms, marriages and burials for this church and cemetery. I found this book at the Quinte Branch Library, the North York Toronto Library where the OGS houses their collection.  This book is not at the Family History Library as far as I can tell.

Source Book:  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. 

On my trip to Ontario in 2014, I visited the Saint Thomas Anglican Church and Cemetery and wrote about my visit in my post on this blog.  I took photos of as many stones as I could but they were extremely difficult to read (wear and tear). It was a gray cloudy day and light was low.  As a result, I have only been able to post to Find A Grave some of these tombstone photos that I took on that day. I have posted about 44 adding to the 24 already there. There are 68 burials recorded at Find A Grave and it says 69% has been photographed and seems a little high.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2321029

Post: Ontario Wanderings: St. Thomas Church and Cemetery, September 28, 2014.

The Anglican Diocese of Ontario also has records for this church and cemetery. They are located in Kingston, Ontario and I have visited them as well.

Posts: Kingston, an Anglican Diocese Office, the OGS Conference, September 17, 2014 and Ontario Wanderings: Kingston & The Diocese of Ontario revisited, September 29, 2014.

Several of the Brown family are or were buried in the Saint Thomas Anglican Church cemetery. Unfortunately there are few remaining stones and the Brown stones are not amoung them. What is remaining is either attached to the backside of the church or set into several brick wall like structures.  There are some actual remaining tombstones around these structures but it is no where near the 579 burials and 607 individuals.

Saint Thomas Anglican Church

Saint Thomas Anglican Church stones attached to the wall of the church.

Set into Brick Walls

Set into Brick Walls several of them on both sides.

I am featuring this cemetery because William Brown born 1761 to 1848, the father of George, Thomas, Phillip and Henry was buried there, but his burial site and tombstone are lost.  Thomas the son of William was also buried there and his burial and tombstone are also lost.

Some tombstones remain

Some tombstones remain

The day I was there is was cloudy and cold, so I was not able to dally too long.

Overview of Saint Thomas Anglican Cemetery in Belleville

Overview of Saint Thomas Anglican Cemetery in Belleville

If you live near the Saint Thomas Anglican Church, please consider going and taking photos and posting them to Find A Grave.  It is not that hard to do and free to join up. Those of us who have family buried there would really appreciate good coverage of the existing tombstones.  For some reason this cemetery is not listed anywhere else on line at the Canadian gravestone sights?

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6 thoughts on “Saint Thomas Anglican Church Cemetery in Belleville, Ontario

  1. Wanda Sinclair

    The BMD for St. Thomas Church, Belleville, what was the reference number for the Toronto Library or OGS Collection at the North York Public Library?

    I would like to see a copy of it but can’t see it outside of Toronto and can’t locate in the library catalogue.

    Reply
    1. BJ MacDonald Post author

      Wanda: Thanks for asking. Currently the Ontario Genealogical Society is in the process of moving their collection from the Canadiana Room at the North York Library to the Toronto Library and I believe you cannot access it till probably later in May. See this link: https://ogs.on.ca/our_libraries.php. I actually found a book copy in the collection of the Quinte Chapter of the OGS Library which is housed in the public library in Trenton, Ontario. Book: Baptisms, Marriage & Death Records of St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Belleville, Ontario 1821-1874, McMillan University and Quinte Branch of the OGS. I looked in their catalog and searched for St. Thomas. CEM-HAS-BE-04 Hastings Belleville St. Thomas 343 http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canqbogs/ I also found a copy of the book in OGS Library but like I have said they are in the process of moving and I don’t know if it will be under the same information. If this does not help give another holler. Bonnie

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      1. Wanda Sinclair

        Hi Bonnie
        Do you remember the reference number for the The BMD for St. Thomas Church, Belleville in the Toronto Library or OGS Collection at the North York Public Library? Toronto Reference Library is saying it’s not in either collection, only the cemetery.

      2. BJ MacDonald Post author

        Wanda, when I did that research the collection of OGS was at the North York Library. What happened to it now in the Toronto Library is unknown to me. I do know that the Ontario Gen Society Quinte Chapter has the book, I used it in their library. I do not understand what you mean “only the cemetery.” There is only a cemetery book that I am aware of that I reference. I can take a look at this again and email you later. Bonnie

      3. Wanda Sinclair

        TO: Bonnie

        Your webpage said the following about the parish records:
        https://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/category/cemeteries/st-thomas-anglican-belleville/
        “McGill University and the Quinte Chapter of the Ontario Genealogical Society prepared a book of the baptisms, marriages and burials for this church and cemetery.” Cemetery and church records are two different things
        I was told by the Toronto Reference Public Library, that they only had the transcriptions for the cemetery. Nothing on St. Thomas parish records.
        The question is was it in the OGS Collection or the North York Public Library collection? In either collection, the book would have been catalogued with an Dewey Decimal reference number or also a ISBN number, so that the book could be found in either collection. Either way that number would have been transfer over to TRL as both libraries are part of the same system. Or in the OGS collection they would have a record of it.

        WANDA SINCLAIR
        Toronto, Ontario

      4. BJ MacDonald Post author

        Wanda: There are two places I know of that have the information for the St. Thomas Cemetery. The Quinte Chapter of the Ontario Genealogical Society has the book in their library in Trenton at the Quinte West Public Library. The other place is the Ontario Anglican Diocese in Kingston which actually has the parish records and I believe a copy of this book. As for North York and Toronto Reference Library, I do not remember frankly if I found this book there or not. The Belleville Public Library has a copy under The Belleville project : birth, marriage and death records of St. Thomas’ Anglican Church–1821-1874, Belleville, Ontario / [compiled by the] Department of Anthropology McMaster University. Publication Date 1994 Excerpt: birth, marriage and death records of St. Thomas’ Anglican Church–1821-1874, Belleville, Ontario. I am referencing a cemetery book that is a compilation.

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