TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH MEMORIAL GARDENS

 

Recently I learned via FindAGrave.com (Thank you!!), that the Trinity Episcopal Church of Melrose, Florida, has a columbarium similar to that of St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palatka.

 

Melrose is an *interesting* anomaly in our County.  The county lines of Putnam and Alachua counties divides the unincorporated town in half. Or to quote a character in “The Music Man”, “It runs right down the middle of the street!”  Furthermore, the County lines of Clay and Bradford Counties lie about a half mile or so north of the main traffic light on SR 26.  So the Family Researcher must consult the records of all FOUR counties for their family information. 

 

It is also confusing that the residents and businesses all have Putnam County mailing addresses no matter which side of which county line they are physically located.  So in keeping with my policy of including cemeteries within a mile of the Putnam County line, because over the years lines have moved or been ‘tweaked’, this one is included.

 

The above paragraph was written when I still  thought that SR 21 was the boundary between Alachua and Putnam Counties.  After fruitlessly searching Alachua County land records for information, and getting nowhere, I searched in Putnam County and there it was.  The County Line follows somewhere along Centre Street.  Because Centre Street is on an angle opposed to the actual County Line, parts of Centre Street are firmly in Putnam County, and parts are firmly in Alachua County.  There is about a three or four block stretch, where Centre Street and the County line actually agree with each other.

 

Trinity Episcopal Church is located on the Putnam County side of the County Line, in the Melrose Historic District, at 204 SR 26.  Parcel #18-09-23-5700-0000-0840.  It was founded on the fifth Sunday of July 1881, according to their website, which can be viewed here.  They also have a Facebook page.  Neither site mentions the columbarium.

 

This list is compiled from one entry found on FindAGrave.com, and three online obituaries.  As soon as possible I will go and photograph and get a complete list. 

 

I went today, July 4, 2017, and photographed.  It is NOT similar to St Marks, where every internee has a granite tablet marking the location of the cremains.  Instead, there is a garden area, where presumably, the cremains are inured, and two bronze tablets on the wall of a nearby building listing the ‘residents’.  The list follows.  The garden area has a bench, four granite corner posts, and a Celtic Cross.  All are donated by members of the church.  Plaque 1  Plaque 2.  I took pictures of the garden area, but with our recent rains, the grass was tall and the pictures didn’t turn out.

 

Obituaries are provided where possible.

 

MELROSE QUAD.   N 29o 42.595’ W 82o 02.912’.  (Maintained).

 

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LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

BIRTH

DEATH

COMMENTS (sic)

VOCATION/TRADE

BIBB

JAMES W

9/13/1934

11/16/2013

OBITUARY

 

BRYAN

HAROLD L

5/27/1928

8/21/2001

OBITUARY

FIRST GUARANTY BANK AND TRUST

BURT JR

ALVIN B “AL

8/11/1927

11/30/2008

OBITUARY

NEWSPAPER JOURNALIST AND FREELANCE AUTHOR

The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, has his papers.  AL BURT JR PAPERS.

CHAIRES

ELEANOR BOOTHBY “ELLIE”

8/15/1926

12/6/2012

OBITUARY

ENGLISH TEACHER

CHAIRES

HENRY A “HANK”

1/11/1923

11/15/2009

OBITUARY

 

COOK

SHARON RICHIE

3/2/1957

5/10/2010

OBITUARY

 

DAVIS

MARGARET CORNELL

10/25/1958

6/15/2016

OBITUARY

 

DUNCAN

LUKE R

8/9/1949

4/12/2011

OBITUARY

 

GARNAR JR

THOMAS E

6/24/1922

4/30/2012

 

 

GREGG

CHARLES S

5/27/1928

1/15/2003

US ARMY WW II

 

HOFFMAN

GRACE LYNN

4/20/1965

7/19/2004

OBITUARY

HOMEMAKER.  HIT BY AUTOMOBILE.

KATER

AGNES CUTHBERTSON McINTYRE “OONAGH”

3/23/1926

5/8/2009

OBITUARY

 

HER OBITUARY SAYS SHE IS HERE, YET HER NAME IS NOT ON THE PLAQUE

 

BORN IN SCOTLAND.  NICKNAME IS GAELIC FOR AGNES.

 

MUSICIAN / SINGER, EXTRODINAIRE.

MACNICHOL

SARAH C

1/10/1925

9/13/1999

OBITUARY

 

NAHIKIAN

PATRICIA L

7/11/1939

11/23/2014

OBITUARY

 

NASH

AUDREY “KATHY”

8/12/1933

11/6/2010

 

 

OLALDE

VANESSA ELAINE

1/10/2010

1/10/2010

I HOPE THE DATES ARE CORRECT.  WITH TRUNCATED YEAR DATES, IT IS HARD TO TELL.

 

PANKRATZ

ALAN GOWING

4/7/1931

6/11/2010

OBITUARY

SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROFESSOR AND BOOKSTORE PROPRIETOR

PAYNE

ANN WILSON

7/28/1928

3/15/2014

OBITUARY  US NAVY INTELLIGENCE

 

PAYNE II

PHILIP M

9/6/1928

12/22/2011

OBITUARY  US NAVY INTELLIGENCE

MEDICAL DOCTOR

POPPELL

PATRICIA G “PAT”

9/7/1927

12/8/2011

OBITUARY

 

RICHIE

MARY JEANNE

1/12/1947

3/18/2007

 

 

SIMKINS

ROBERT IVEY

1/5/1916

2/2/2009

OBITUARY

 

SMALLWOOD

KATHRYN L

3/24/1920

10/20/2008

 

 

SMITH

WALTON EDWIN

10/10/1930

12/9/2015

OBITUARY

 

SPIRES JR

CHARLES E

7/20/1949

12/10/2009

OBITUARY

 

STEGALL

PAUL C

3/18/1932

4/21/1997

 

 

WICK

ARDYCE JO

4/10/1935

1/31/2008

 

 

ZOWARKA

JAMES G

5/26/1924

2/18/2014

OBITUARY

 

 

Last updated 7/16/2017

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