Nov-9-and-16 - Tuesday November 9 2010 St Thomas Anglican...

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Tuesday November 9, 2010 St. Thomas Anglican Churchyard Project Director: Dr. Heather McKillop Located in Belleville, Ontario Project to remove bodies o Remove a few graves from the corner of an old cemetery to build a parish hall  beside the church o How many is few? Ended up being 60-80 o Church had received permission from the government to close the cemetery with  the provision that all the bodies be removed before they could build on the land. o The common method of removing bodies is a backhoe Term “churchyard” means burial ground beside a church A cemetery is a term that is recent.  It was introduced in the mid 1800s.  It means  ‘dormitory.’  Introduced at a time when there was a lot of disease (yellow fever, malaria,  diphtheria, etc).  People thought that the people buried in the churchyard contributed to  the disease. o Movement to get people buried outside of the community o Beginning of cemeteries Date of Churchyard? o 1821-1874 Fires Gutted the Church o 1876 and 1975 o Records lost o Church burned o Grave stones knocked over in the course of trying to put out the fire Brick Wall Display of Grave Stones o Fallen stones moved from churchyard o Only a few remained in place in 1989 Had figured 60-80 by counting the headstones.  What Dr. McKillop found was that there  were far more than that o People would arrive with headstones Keep track of where your deceased family members are buried!  Cemeteries can be  legally closed for the purpose of land development o Cemetery owner can sell it (the land) Part of the churchyard had been paved over for a parking lot Historical Research o Project historian, Gerry Boyce, found original church records o “Quite a few” people buried
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o Over 1500…. Old Photos o Old photos of the graveyard from local residents indicate that the graveyard was  full of gravestones o Only empty space was location of a hedge Churchyard Records o Project historian found records at Church headquarters o Local residents knew this too o Many people came to inquire if we found their ancestors Daily Tours of Churchyard o People interested in excavations, locally, nationally, and internationally 60-80 graves found in first week in small area Area of Excavation Reduced o Churchyard records and excavations indicated over 1500 people buried
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