Archive for December, 2012


Rev. John Hick

1815 Charlottetown PEI, 1850 Montreal,

Minister of British Wesleyan Methodist Society congregation at Quebec, married Catherine Fisher of Montreal; Reverend Sutcliff officiated. Wedding at home of bride’s brother, John Fisher. Kingston Chronicle and Gazette June 13, 1833 p. 4, col. 1,

Kingston Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society, notice of a meeting in the British Wesleyan Chapel, sermon by Rev. John Hick. Kingston Chronicle Aug. 30, 1828 p. 3, col. 4,

Hick, Rev. John Of Montreal, to deliver a sermon at the meeting of the British Methodist Chapel. Kingston Chronicle Sept. 1, 1820 p. 3, col. 4

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Rev. Thomas Turner


1830 Kingston, 1840-1845 Christie’s/Scarborough (York Cty)

Mrs. Turner wife of Rev. Thomas Turner, Wesleyan Missionary, birth of a daughter. Kingston Chronicle Feb. 6, 1830 p. 3, col. 2;

Turner contributor to the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society. Kingston Chronicle Apr. 23, 1831 p. 3, col. 2

British Wesleyan Missionaries Revs. Alder and Turner arrive in Kingston en route to Lake St. Clair to establish British Wesleyan mission. Kingston Chronicle Jan. 9, 1832 p. 3, col. 1

Christie’s Methodist Cemetery

2900 Warden Ave., north of Finch Ave.

Literally located in the middle of the parking lot at Bridlewood Mall, Christie’s Methodist Cemetery is an important piece of the history of Scarborough’s L’Amoreaux neighbourhood. In 1836, Irish immigrants Isaac Christie and Isabella Graeme bought 100 acres of farmland where the tiny cemetery sits from United Empire Loyalist and Huguenot Josué L’Amoreaux. Not long after, Wesleyan Methodist leader Reverend T. Turner convinced the couple to allow him to build a small church, which included a cemetery, on their property. Burials were done at this site until the 1920’s until the United Church finally closed the church down for good in 1938. Home to a large indoor horse racing track for a time, this land became home of Bridlewood Mall in the mid-1970s. The Scarborough Historical Society was instrumental in saving this historic cemetery from being bulldozed after it convinced the developers to save the graveyard. Discussions are currently underway to redevelop the mall and surrounding lands into high-rise dwellings.

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Rev. Matthew Lang

1835 Toronto District Book Steward


1837 Toronto (residence Newgate St. E.), 1847-1848 Odelltown

British Wesleyan Missionary Association     Regarding meeting held on Jan. 27, 1841, in Kingston. Mr. Kirkpatrick is chairman. Main speakers were Rev. Dyer, W. Case, Rev. Joseph Stinson, Rev. John Sunday, Rev. James Booth, Mr. David Benson, and Rev. Mathew Lang. List of officers elected: James Fraser, treasurer; Charles Hales, secretary; Committee members: John Counter, David Benson, Mr. Jenkins, John Shaw, Thomas Milner, Wm. Denn, Wm. Johnson, Joseph Milner, Mr. Oyerend, Wm. Whaim, James Linton, Chas. W. Jenkins, Richard Gibson, T. Palmer, and Thomas O’Neil. Details of the meeting and resolutions passed. Kingston Chronicle and Gazette Jan. 30, 1841 p. 2, col. 5, 6

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KerfootUCInteriorManHistSocSCOTTJONATHAN, Methodist clergyman, born May 5, 1803 at Nottingham, England; died May 5, 1880 at Brampton, Ontario

Jonathan Scott was converted at Chesterfield, England, in 1816 and joined the Wesleyan Church. He became a candidate for the ministry in 1834 and was immediately sent to the Canada Conference as a missionary by the British Wesleyan Conference. Received on trial by the Canada Conference in that year, he was sent to the Grape Island Indian mission (in the Bay of Quinte) where he remained until 1836. He was then ordained and stationed at the Lake Simcoe and Coldwater Indian mission. From 1834 to 1840 he was a frequent contributor to the Christian Guardian on Wesleyan missions to the Indians, criticizing the government’s Indian policy under Sir Francis Bond Head, and defending the integrity of Indian converts.

Scott was stationed on the Goderich mission by the conference of 1839, but the appointment was immediately changed so that he might be acting editor of the Christian Guardian during the absence of its editor, the Reverend Egerton Ryerson.

In 1840 the union of the Canada Conference with the British Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church was dissolved and Scott remained with the former. His appointment as editor was renewed each year by the conference but in 1844 it declined to reappoint him; according to John Carroll the conference felt that Scott had worn the nib off his pen a little by long use. During Scott’s editorship, the Guardian became a strictly religious paper avoiding political pronouncements and confining itself largely to a defence of evangelical Protestantism, more especially Methodist doctrine and polity. Much space was devoted to attacks on high church Anglicanism and on Roman Catholicism. The contrast between the paper under his editorship and that of Ryerson is quite marked.

In 1844 Scott returned to circuit work,  in which he excelled. The conference of 1845 elected him secretary, in order, according to Carroll, to assuage wounded feelings over his dismissal from the editorship of the Guardian. He refused the appointment, however, and continued in the itinerant ministry until 1854, serving on the circuits of Stamford, Cobourg, Port Hope, Perth, and Cooksville.

He dropped from the itinerant ministry in 1854, because of his wife’s ill health, and became an assistant to Rev. Enoch Wood, the superintendent of missions, at the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society office in Toronto. He was superannuated in 1868 and moved to Brampton, where he died.

…from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography

by  C. Glenn Lucas

UCA, Minutes of the Canada Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada, 1834–74; Minutes of the Conference of the Methodist Church of Canada, 1874–80. Christian Guardian (Toronto), 1834–80. Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada, Missionary Society, Annual Reports (Toronto), 1834–41. Carroll, Case and his cotemporaries, IV, V.

Rev. Jonathon Scott was born in 1803 in England and was received on trial in 1834


1837-1838 Coldwater (Simcoe Cty), 1846 Cobourg, 1850 Perth, 1851 Cooksville, 1853 Toronto Twp., 1854-1855 Cooksville superannuated, 1869-1871 Brampton (retired)


British Wesleyan Methodists new missionaries recently arrived from Liverpool, including Rev. Slight, Scott, Steer, Douse, Gladwin, Rea. Mr. Steer to be stationed at Kingston.     Kingston Chronicle and Gazette Jul. 19, 1834 p. 2, col. 5

Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada Comments made by William Lyon Mackenzie re its formation. Reference to ministers Slight, Scott, Steer, Douse, Rea, Gladwin who have come upon the request of Egerton Ryerson. Mackenzie describes them as “Tories” British Whig (Kingston) June 29, 1834 p. 3, col. 4

1871 Census
Scott, Jonathan
Place of Birth:England
Religion:Wesleyan Methodist
Marital Status:Married
District Name:Peel
Sub-District Name:Brampton
Family: Wife  Susan was born in 1791 in England

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Rev. William Steer was born in 1799 in England Wesleyan Methodist and was received on trial in 1834 at Kingston


1835 Gananoque, 1836 Grimsby, ordained 1837-1838 at Murray, 1839-1840 London, 1841-1842 Barrie, 1843 Rice Lake, 1844 Kingston, 1845-1846 Chinguacousy, 1847-1848 Scugog, 1849 Brock, 1850-1851 Rama, 1852 Erin/Garafraxa (Wellington Cty), 1853-1855 Mono superannuated, 1855 Three Rivers, 1856-1872 Cobourg/Baltimore (retired), 1871 Haldimand Twp. (Northumberland Cty), 1873-1883 Grafton (retired),


LEGATE John son of Joh Mary was born on March 21, 1852 in  Garafraxa Twp. Wellington Cty and was baptized on July 27, 1852 at  Grafraxa by Rev. William  Steer

Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada Comments made by William Lyon Mackenzie re its formation. Reference to ministers Slight, Scott, Steer, Douse, Rea, Gladwin who have come upon the request of Egerton Ryerson. Mackenzie describes them as “Tories” British Whig (Kingston) June 29, 1834 p. 3, col. 4

British Wesleyan Methodists new missionaries recently arrived from Liverpool, including Rev. Slight, Scott, Steer, Douse, Gladwin, Rea. Mr. Steer to be stationed at Kingston.     Kingston Chronicle and Gazette Jul. 19, 1834 p. 2, col. 5

1881 Census

Steer, Rev. William
Place of Birth:England
Religion:Canada Methodist
Ethnic Origin:English
District Name:Northumberland West
Sub-District Name:Haldimand

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ellis63BWRev. John Law was born in 1806 in Fermanagh County, Ireland and died on September 7th., 1869

He was received on trial in 1833 Lindsay/Cavan


1834 Dumfries/York, Toronto District, 1835 London, 1836 Brantford, ordained in 1837 at Grimsby, 1838 Nelson, 1839-1840 Yonge Street, 1842 Stamford, 1842-1844 Toronto Circuit, 1845-1846 Dumfries/Blenheim (Oxford Cty)/Paris Plains, 1847-1848 St. Catharines/Thorold, 1849-1850 Humber, 1851-1852 Oshawa, 1853-1854 Markham, 1855 Georgetown, 1856 Milton, 1857-1858 Sidney (Hastings Cty), 1859-1861 Prince Albert, 1862-1868 Whitby (retired),


1834 Dumfries – Conrad Vandusen and John Law appointed clergymen for the Wesleyan Methodist Church for Dumfries in the York, or Toronto District for the year. Kingston Chronicle and Gazette Jun. 21, 1834 p. 2, col. 6,

Law, John Rev.     Appointed Wesleyan minister for Dumfries in the York, or Toronto District.     Kingston Chronicle and Gazette June 21, 1834 p. 2, col. 6

August 12 1845, William Ellis married Dorothy Howell, witnesses Jonah Howell and David Ellis. Rev. John Law, Wesleyan Methodist in Dumfries


Extract of a letter from the Rev. John Law, dated London, January 17, 1836

Our worthy and respected chairman and my colleague being so much engaged in the District, it has fallen to my lot to report to you the prosperous state of our circuit and the mission attached to it.. This being my first communication to the Christian Guardian, I am happy to say that I rejoice that we have so easy and expeditious a means of gladdening the hearts of our brethren and friends through its extensive circulation.

My very respected superintendent has laboured beyond his strength, and I am fearful he will not be able to bear up under such exertions very long. This is a painful thought to my mind as well as to the minds of the friends in the circuit and district, as his labours are so valuable both as a superintendent and a chairman.

As it regards our circuit, it must be remembered that, notwithstanding we have two preachers appointed, a great part of Brother Wright’s time is taken up in his other appointments in the district; and a part of my time as well as some of Brother Woight’s is spent in our mission to Warwick and Adelaide; and yet we are enabled through the assistance of a Local Preacher, our highly esteemed Brother Millar, to do the work of two preachers on our circuit.

We are grateful to Almighty God that our members are advancing in piety, and manifesting and increasing attachment to our doctrines, our discipline, and the general cause of true religion; we can likewise say, that we have peace in all our borders.

We have lately formed some new classes and added several to the old classes; one in particular in the Mordeau’s Settlement has greatly increased since our coming on the circuit, Our late protracted and Quarterly meeting in the London village, has been especially owned of God : eighteen new members joined us, and a blessed feeling has been produced. A very great impression was made on the minds of the people after the lovefeast, by a sermon on the “Barren fig tree,” preached by Brother Wright. The lovefeast, also, was a remarkable time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord.

Our mission, to which I have referred, and of which you lately had some account in the communication of our respected Brother Crealy, is also doing well. In my late vist there, I was providentially led to a part of Adelaide where we had not been before; I preached twice and formed a class of 12 members; we have also a small class at our Brother pegley’s, and another in Warwick of 20 members. I am highly gratified with the prospects of scriptural holiness being spread in every part of Adelaide and Warwick, where we and Brother Crealy have laboured. I may add, that our work in this mission is laborious in the extreeme; my late visit was particularly so, as I had to perform the journey on foot, in consequence of the bad roads. I had to walk from seventy to eighty mile, and preached eight times. Our Brother Wilkinson has referred to areport circulated of chapels and members going from us to other people, particularly in the west of this province, a report by the bye, which had not the least shadow of truth in it as respects our circuit, and I believe equally untrue as far as Brother Wright’s district is concerned. Having given you a brief account of the state of our circuit, permit me to express my appreciation of the Christian Guardian, and the pleasure I have from time to time in reading in its columns of the sucess of God’s cause in this province and the world in general.

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LONDON, 27th Apri 1836.

” I am happy to inform you that our Circuit is still in a prosperous state; we had our fourth Quarterly Meeting last Saturday and Sunday, which was attended with a general blessing from the Lord.
Much valuable business was transacted, which we trust will be of great and lasting benefit to the circuit. We are also thankful to say that our Quarterly Conference was conducted in great peace and unity. It is a cause of gratitude to God that our circuit is doing well, both in spiritual and temporal things. The spirit of scriptural holiness, intelligence, and union, is advancing in this circuit. Our financial matters are in good condition; the Stewards will be able to meet the demands against them. As it regards the collection for the superannuated preachers, and the widows and orphans of those preachers who have died in the work, we shall have something more than last year. When we consider the liberality of our friends, besides what they have done towards the support of Missions, and what they are now doing for the Bible Society, we have cause to be grateful to the Lord, who disposes the hearts of his people to assist in the spread of his Gospel to the heathen abroad and the ungodly at home. We have had a goodly increase of members this year, but the exact number will be reported at the District Meeting.”

from  Case and his cotemporaries, or, The Canadian itinerants’ memorial:  – Rev John Carroll

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Rev. Edward Grinrod – President of Methodist Canada Conference



Rev.  Grinrod and Mr. Alder, Secretary of Wesleyan Missionary Society to preach in New York. Kingston Chronicle and Gazette June 5, 1834 p. 2, col. 5;

William Lord is to be president of the Wesleyan Methodist conference of Upper Canada, according to information received by Rev. Grinrod and Rev. Alder   Kingston Chronicle and Gazette Oct. 4, 1831 p. 2, col. 6;

Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada Letter to Sir John Colborne from Edmund Grinrod, President, and James Richardson, secretary, avowing loyalty of the Church to Great Britain and referring (implicitly) to the Hume Letter. British Whig (Kingston) June 8, 1834 p. 2, col. 5

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