St. George’s Anglican Church

Some people say it is in Sibbald Point or Jackson’s Point, Ontario, Canada. St. George’s Anglican Church is an historical building open to the public. I live fairly close to this and never even knew it was there!

Well known author and humorist, Stephen Butler Leacock, is buried there:

Some quotes from his books that I liked:

The Lord said “Let there be wheat” and Saskatchewan was born. (My Discovery of America(1937))

You know, many a man realizes late in life that if when he was a boy he had known what he knows now, instead of being what he is he might be what he won’t; but how few boys stop to think that if they knew what they don’t know instead of being what they will be, they wouldn’t be? (How to Make a Million Dollars)

Many of my friends are under the impression that I write these humorous nothings in idle moments when the wearied brain is unable to perform the serious labours of the economist. My own experience is exactly the other way. The writing of solid, instructive stuff fortified by facts and figures is easy enough. There is no trouble in writing a scientific treatise on the folk-lore of Central China, or a statistical enquiry into the declining population of Prince Edward Island. But to write something out of one’s own mind, worth reading for its own sake, is an arduous contrivance only to be achieved in fortunate moments, few and far between. Personally, I would sooner have written “Alice in Wonderland” than the whole Encyclopaedia Britannica. (Preface to Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town)

My parents migrated to Canada in 1876, and I decided to go with them.
(On leaving England at age seven.)
Source: Wikiquote

I was so glad we drove by this place. Since we have had an interest in photography we take more back roads and side streets, before it was hitting the highway in a rush to get home!

Some shots of the church:

Two gates that I thought were beautiful:

A few other grave stones caught my eye. Rebel Guy refused to take pictures of the grave stones because he thought it was wrong. Maybe it is because I found them so useful when doing genealogy that I don’t think it is. You might think I am odd, but I talk to them and pay my respects. I wonder about their past and what it was like.

These two were way back (on a point at the end of the site) separated from everything else and I wondered why:

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This baby boy never made it to a year old. He was tucked away by a cedar hedge at the edge of the site:

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A few more:

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Some other notable people buried there:

Mazo de la Roche – the author of the Jalna novels, one of the most popular series of books of her time.

Alfred Chapman – a well known architect who designed the Royal Ontario Museum and the Princess gates at the Canadian National Exhibition.

rebel girl

21 comments

  1. I have to admit, research takes me a LOT more time than floating something cute or funny or just weird off my head. I think I spent too much time doing research for a living. I get into it and do 20 time too much to even fit the thing I’m writing … but I learn stuff. There’s always that.

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    1. If I could do research for a living, it would be a dream. And you did! I am envious.
      It is a lot of work but I love it. If something perks my interest, I will spend months looking into it. Just for fun. It could be a headline I see, or something that happened. I always have to know more.
      I do wish I could write witty or funny things like you and angloswiss do though. It just makes for a better read. πŸ™‚

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  2. Love the quote on that last head stone. Sounds like it came from a longer piece. I do like reading the head stones in church yard burial grounds. I happened upon a family plot at one time. When I google’d them they had owned most of Queens and part of Long Island. All very interesting. They died young back then too. Very interesting post.

    Pat

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  3. What a great find! I love old churches and cemeteries. I think it does honour to stop and ponder these people who have passed before us … perhaps taking a photo when we’ve been touched or intrigued by something.

    I’ve cycled around this area many times along the southern shore of Lake Simcoe, but I’ve always bypassed Sibbald Point. Perhaps someday I need to stop and look around!

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