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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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Ontario Wanderings: Belleville and the Inn By the Rose Garden

After having walked through and collected photographs at the Stirling Cemetery in Stirling it was not hard to drive to Belleville because I had traveled that route several times when I was there before in 2012. You take Hwy 14 to Hwy 62 and go right into Belleville. They were still working on the highway there and construction did slow me down.  Be careful of the impatient locals they will ride your back bumper.

Belleville's Clock Tower

Belleville’s Clock Tower

Finding Bridge Street in Belleville was easy you just keep going till you get to the downtown area.  I turned from Pinnacle to Bridge and the Inn was on the northeast corner with the cross street of Anne.   I pulled into the back area where the parking was, I had received instructions from the Inn and with those I was able to find my room.  The proprietor Sandra greeted me and told me about some of the options I had.

Inn by the Rose Garden

Inn by the Rose Garden

I found my room on the second floor, yes there were stairs, but they were nicely laid out.  I counted 4 rooms on the second floor.   It was lovely and very comfortable.

Back at the car I headed to the Boathouse Restaurant on Front Street.  I know why I like the place it has knotty pine walls and looks out on the little marina.  As I ate dinner I saw about four sail boats come in and one rowing team and they were so fast I didn’t get my camera ready in time to take a decent picture. I had dinner there in 2012 and had enjoyed it for it was in the spring and there was  a lot of activity.

Boathouse Restaurant

Boathouse Restaurant

I lost the light so I would have to do the St. Thomas Cemetery and try for my Bay of Quinte photographsin the morning.

My room was a good size and comfortable with  lovely curtain treatments and decorations and very elegant. On the first floor in the dining area there was a kitchenette with a coffee maker, refrigerator and dishes.  We settled on 7:30 am for my breakfast.

Once again it had rained in the night and there had been some wind for a few pots had been blown over on the veranda.  I was up early and made my very strong coffee but it was good.  It was a little inconvenient to go down these very long stairs to get my refill.  I felt like I was sneeking around.

My host was very pleasant and chatty.  She answered my many questions and we had a grand time talking at breakfast. The quiche she made was delicious.  She owns the Inn and decided after her caretaker retired to move into the house herself.

It was time to be on my way.  I had much to accomplish this day.  I said goodbye and this time I used the circular drive to pull my car in and pack up.

I highly recommend the Inn by The Rose Garden in Belleville.  It is very close to the downtown area.  Just down the street from it is Glanmore. The rates are extremely reasonable for a B&B/Inn and she takes credit cards.  I wish I had stayed there my first trip for I could have walked to the main library and more.