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