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Rev. James S. Ross D.D. was born in 1848 in Scotland and was married to Maggie who was born in 1850 in Scotland. He was received on trial in 1867 Wesleyan Methodist

Charges:

1869 Aylmer, 1869 Mossley (Middlesex Cty), 1871 Fergus- Student,  1881 London (Middlesex Cty),  1891 Haldimand (Northumberland Cty), 1898-1900 Dublin Street Guelph (Wellington Cty.)

1871 Census
Ross, James Stuart
Sex:Male
Age:23
Place of Birth:Ontario
Religion:Wesleyan Methodist
Province:Ontario
District Name:Wellington Centre
Sub-District Name:Fergus
1881 Census
Ross, James S
Sex:M
Age:33
Place of Birth:Ontario
Religion:Canada Methodist
Ethnic Origin:Irish
Occupation:Minister
Province:Ontario
District Name:London
Sub-District Name:Ward 6
Family: Wife  Mary Ann was born in 1838 in Ontario
1891 Census
Ross, James
Sex:Male
Age:43
Marital Status:Married
Province:Ontario
District Name:Northumberland West
Sub-District Name:Haldimand
Family:  Wife  Maggie was born in 1850 in Scotland, James 10, Charles 7
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Rev. Daniel Webster Pomeroy was born in 1826 in Ontario Methodist Episcopal

Charges:

1849 Newburg Addington Cty, 1866 Yorkville living at 10 Yonge St. (York Cty.), 1867 Markham Circuit, 1869 Madoc (Jastings Cty), 1872-1873 Brantford (Brant Cty), 1881 Orford (Bothwell)

Christian Guardian – Obituary – Late Rev. William M. Pomeroy – an appreciation. He was born on July 10 1849 in Newburg, Addington Cty Ontario, son of Rev. Daniel Pomeroy. In 1871 he married Miss Sarah Alice Bird of Sydney, Hastings Co. and he died on May 13 1924 at Maidstone and was buried at Windsor Grove Cemetery. In 1918 he retired and settled in Maidstone. He was survived by his widow, 5 sons and 3 daughters – 1 son is Rev. D. Webster Pomeroy

1881 Census

Pomroy, Daniel
Sex:M
Age:55
Place of Birth:Ontario
Religion:Methodist Episcopal
Ethnic Origin:English
Occupation:Minister
Province:Ontario
District Name:Bothwell
Sub-District Name:Orford

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Rev. William M. Pomeroy was born on July 10, 1849 in Newburg, Addington Cty. He was received on trial as a Methodist Episcopal  in 1868

Charges:

1872 Creemore (Simcoe Cty), 1878 Stirling Rawdon Twp. (Hastings Cty.), 1878 West Huntington/Moira (Hastings Cty.), and twelve other circuits, 1888-1891 Florence (Lambton Cty.), 1893-1895 Malahide (Elgin Cty), 1902 Harmony (Perth Cty)

Attended the 1891 Guelph Conference held at Berlin (Kitchener) Ontario

Christian Guardian – Obituary – Late Rev. William M. Pomeroy – an appreciation. He was born on July 10 1849 in Newburg, Addington Cty. Ontario, son of Rev. Daniel Pomeroy. In 1871 he married Miss Sarah Alice Bird of Sydney, Hastings Cty. and he died on May 13 1924 at Maidstone and was buried in Windsor Grove Cemetery. In 1918 he retired and settled in Maidstone. He was survived by his widow, 5 sons and 3 daughters – 1 son is Rev. D. Webster Pomeroy

Christian Guardian – 1924 Veteran’s Farewell – Rev. William M. Pomeroy of Maidstone leaves widow and several children.

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Rev. John W. Robinson was born in 1844 in England, Primitive Methodist

Charges:

1869 Artemisia, 1871 Albion (Cardwell), 1877 Milliken’s Corners/Scarborough Circuit (York Cty.), 1880-1883 Paisley Street – Guelph (Wellington Cty.), 1891-1893 Ebenezer/Nassagaweya (Halton Cty)

Christian Guardian – Obituary – Late Rev. James E. Hunter was born on August 27, 1870 in Huron Twp, Bruce Cty. Ontario and died on July 14 1924 in Granton Ontario and was buried Woodland Cemetery, London Ontario. He was survived by his wife (daughter of late Rev J.W. Robinson), 2 daughters Alma and Beth, a brother Rev. William Hunter and 4 sisters

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Rev. James E. Hunter was born on Aug 27, 1870 in Huron Twp, Bruce Cty. and died on July 14 1924 in Granton Ontario buried Woodland Cemetery, London Ontario

Charges:

1881 Binbrook

Christian Guardian – Obituary – Late Rev. James E. Hunter was born on Aug 27 1870 in Huron Twp, (Bruce Cty.) Ontario and died on Jul 14 1924 in Granton Ontario and was buried Woodland Cemetery, London Ontario. He was survived by his wife (daughter of late Rev J.W. Robinson), 2 daughters Alma and Beth, a brother Rev. William Hunter and 4 sisters

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Rev. William J.  Hunter was born on Feb 26, 1835 at Philipsburg, Quebec and was received on trial in 1856 and attended Victoria College from 1854-1856 and again in 1858.

He was ordained in Kingston by Rev. Dr. Stinson in 1860.

He was the brother of the late Rev. James E. Hunter, Episcopal

Charges

1856 Newmarket (York Cty), 1857 Bradford (Simcoe Cty), 1859 Dundas (Wentworth Cty), Burlington, Clinton, Londo, Richmond 1867-1869 Queen Street Toronto, 1871 Centenary Hamilton (Wentworth Cty.), 1873 Stirling/Rawdon Twp. (Hastings Cty.), 1876-1880 Dominion Church Ottawa, 1881 Yorkville, 1881-1883 Central Church Toronto, 1884-1886 Queen Street Toronto (again), 1887 Wesley Church Hamilton, 1888 St. Catharines, 1889 Carleton Street Toronto, 1891 St. James Montreal,

Attended the 1891 Guelph Conference held at Berlin (Kitchener) Ontario

1871 Census
Hunter, William J
Sex:Male
Age:36
Place of Birth:Ontario
Religion:Wesleyan Methodist
Marital Status:Married
Province:Ontario
District Name:Hamilton
Sub-District Name:St Patricks Ward

Family:  Wife Mary J. was born in 1835 in Ontario, Louise 7, William 5, Herman 3, Mary McGurigan 21 servant

1881 Census

Hunter, William
Sex:M
Age:45
Place of Birth:Ireland
Religion:Methodist
Ethnic Origin:Irish
Occupation:Minister
Province:Ontario
District Name:York East
Sub-District Name:Yorkville

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Rev. Francis Huston Wallace was born on September 5, 1851 in Ingersoll, Upper Canada, son of Robert Wallace, a Presbyterian minister, and Mary Ann (Marianne) Barker. He  married on June 25, 1878 Johanna (Joy) Wilson in Metuchen, New Jersey USA, and they had five children, of whom two sons and one daughter lived to maturity. He died on  June 2, 1930 in Toronto.

Francis Huston Wallace was educated in a series of private schools, including Upper Canada College in Toronto, where he was head boy in 1868-69. He enrolled in University College, Toronto, the following year. Although he was not impressed with the quality of teaching, he graduated with a first and a gold medal in classics in 1873 and secured an M.A. a year later. Wallace and his family had assumed that following graduation he would enter Knox College and become a Presbyterian minister. During his second undergraduate year, however, he became greatly distressed about his spiritual condition and his vocation. He agreed with his father as to the absolute necessity of a conversion experience as the foundation of a truly Christian life, but he was deeply depressed by his failure to achieve it.

Fortunately, at this juncture he was befriended by several perceptive and sympathetic Methodists. Inspired by their counsel and by participation in Methodist services, he eventually felt “his heart strangely warmed,” as had John Wesley, and he became “gloriously happy in the joy of salvation.” Despite his father’s anger and grief, Wallace rejected the Westminster Standards, adopted by the Church of Scotland in 1647, and the prospect of becoming a Presbyterian minister. His Methodist friends quickly decided that he would be a valuable recruit for the Methodist ministry, and with their encouragement, he was accepted as a local preacher in 1873. Nathanael Burwash, the founding dean of theology at Victoria College in Cobourg, hinted at an eventual appointment in the college. Wallace enrolled in Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, New Jersey USA, in 1873. After graduating in 1876, he proceeded to the University of Leipzig, then a leading institution in biblical studies attended by many foreign theological students, where he spent a year. He would return to Germany in 1911-12 to study at the University of Berlin and, in particular, to enrol in the course offered by the eminent and radical church historian Adolf von Harnack, whom he later privately described as a “Unitarian of the highest type.”

Wallace was ordained in the Methodist ministry in 1878 and subsequently appointed to pastorates in Peterborough, Toronto, and Cobourg, positions in which he acquired several prominent lay supporters and the friendship of Samuel Sobieski Nelles and other members of the teaching staff at Victoria College. In 1887 he was appointed professor of New Testament literature and exegesis in Victoria’s faculty of theology. He began teaching the following January. Wallace was a member of the faculty until 1920 and its dean from 1900. A respected and committed teacher and administrator, he helped to shape the development of the faculty and the theological outlook of many in the Methodist ministry in Canada, during a period of profound intellectual upheaval – a generation influenced by Darwin’s writings, the development of higher criticism in biblical studies, and growing awareness that Christian theology is a transitory construction, as are other forms of human thought. By 1920 Victoria’s faculty of theology and the Methodist community in general had come to accept the implications of contemporary biblical scholarship and were probably more distressed by the moral implications of World War I than by arguments about Genesis and prophecy.

At Victoria, from 1892 located in Toronto, this process of adjustment was marked by two controversial incidents and facilitated by Wallace’s own approach to biblical studies and his constructive appointments to the faculty. He played no formal part in the first issue, the resignation of his friend and colleague George Coulson Workman in 1891. He concluded, however, that Workman was a Unitarian and therefore unsuited to instruct Methodist theological students. Again, in 1909 his friend George Jackson, newly appointed professor of English Bible, was threatened with dismissal for stating publicly that the account of creation in Genesis is not a historical one. The dispute was resolved through a statement prepared by John Fletcher McLaughlin, Workman’s successor, and signed by the entire faculty of theology. It declared that, “so long as our theological professors maintain their personal vital relation to Christ and Holy Scripture, and adhere to the doctrinal standards of our own church . . . they must be left free to do their own work,” a position later accepted by the General Conference of the Methodist Church.

A quiet, firm, but tolerant scholar, Wallace believed that the New Testament is “all alive with the experiences, difficulties, struggles, antagonisms, heresies, arguments, appeals, eloquence of the men and times to whom Jesus Christ spake.” Historical study enabled Christians better to understand “the living realities of the Bible and of Christian experience.” Wisely and perhaps deliberately, he left public controversy to others. His preaching was scholarly and balanced, and he welcomed changes in the role of the church. Wallace did not neglect his duties as a minister. He was a strong advocate of the establishment of the deaconess order in the Methodist Church and an effective supporter of union with the Presbyterian and Congregational churches, achieved in 1925. His home was a hospitable place where he welcomed each generation of students. Above all, he strove to make Victoria’s “work in theology equal in scholarship to that of the very best institutions on this continent.” He left his colleagues and his students with a “memory of good words and good deeds” that would help constructively to shape the college’s role in theological education.

…from Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

…by Goldwin S. French

In 1921 Francis Huston Wallace completed “Memories: a family record,” an autobiography for his children and their families that was never published. It bears an alternative title, “Memories of the manse, the parsonage, and the college.” The UCC-C holds two copies of this work, in fonds 3170. The first leaf of one of them is signed “my own copy F. H. W.” Wallace published a number of articles, some pamphlets, and a collection of lectures. These include “Methodist colleges: Drew Seminary,” Canadian Methodist Magazine (Toronto and Halifax), 9 (January-June 1879): 217-22; “University life in Germany,” Canadian Methodist Magazine, 17 (January-June 1883): 350-57, 422-31; Witnesses for Christ, or, a sketch of the history of preaching: lectures delivered under the auspices of the Theological Union of Victoria University, Cobourg, March, 1885(Toronto, 1885); “The principles, methods and results of the biblical theology of the New Testament,” Acta Victoriana (Toronto), 19 (1895-96): 93-98, 156-62; The interpretation of the Apocalypse: a paper read at the Theological Conference of Victoria University, November, 1902 (Toronto, 1903); and “Our Bible: what it is and how to use it” (typescript, 1923; copy available at UCC-C).

UCC-C, Biog. file; Conference file. R. P. Bowles, “Late Reverend Professor F. H. Wallace: in memoriam . . . ,”New Outlook (Toronto), 20 Aug. 1930: 809. Michael Gauvreau, The evangelical century: college and creed in English Canada from the Great Revival to the Great Depression (Montreal and Kingston, Ont., 1991). D. B. Marshall, Secularizing the faith: Canadian Protestant clergy and the crisis of belief, 1850-1940 (Toronto, 1992). Margaret Prang, N. W. Rowell, Ontario nationalist (Toronto and Buffalo, N.Y., 1975). “Retirement of Dean Wallace,” Acta Victoriana, 44 (1919-20): 372-75. Tom Sinclair-Faulkner, “Theory divided from practice: the introduction of the higher criticism into Canadian Protestant seminaries,” Canadian Soc. of Church Hist.,Papers (n.p.), 1980 [i.e. 1979]: 33-75.

 

Rev. Francis Wallace was born in 1852 in Ontario. His son was Dr. Edward Wilson Wallace who was living in 1924 in China and was married to Mrs. E.W. (Cullen) who died in Shanghai, China

Charges:

1881 Yorkville (York Cty)

1881 Census

Wallace, Francis
Sex:M
Age:29
Place of Birth:Ontario
Religion:Canada Methodist
Ethnic Origin:Irish
Occupation:Minister
Province:Ontario
District Name:York East
Sub-District Name:Yorkville

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