Thomas Kinnear was
a gentleman farmer who lived on
Yonge Street north of
village. A journalist of the time wrote that
possessed of "considerable means" and that he lived a life of "careless ease
and self-indulgence" with his housekeeper,
Montgomery, a very attractive woman. Although this common-law
Nancy from being
part of the local social circle, they lived quite happily by themselves, and
with their maid and manservant.
|Calling card of
Kinnear, victim of
most celebrated murder case in July 1843.
Then on July 18, 1843,
killed by the jealous manservant in what was widely regarded as Upper Canada's
most notorious murder case.
subsequently buried in the
Richmond Hill Presbyterian Cemetery - but in the far
section, some distance from the community's more respected citizens.
Kinnear's feet in
the only grave in the entire
cemetery that lies along a north-south line.