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Rev. John Cooper – Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Joseph Cossins [Cousins] was an Annapolis Royal merchant who died in 1794 but his widow Henrietta survived him by sixteen years. Their only child, Henrietta, married John Cooper, the first Methodist missionary in Annapolis Royal.

Although T. Watson Smith, History of the Methodist Church . . . of Eastern British America provides a favourable account of the Rev. John Cooper, W.A. Calnek gives a totally opposite description of the minister, stating in his History of the County of Annapolis that Mrs. Cooper left her cleric husband due to his ill treatment.

After her mother’s death in 1810, Henrietta Cooper moved to England but asked Pardon Sanders, executor of her father’s estate, to manage her own personal estate.

She subsequently returned to Annapolis Royal and died there in 1836.


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Rev. William Smith


1824 Parsborough Kings Co. Nova Scotia

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Port Mouton –  Date: ca. 1908


“Port Mouton, a post and postal note office: a port of entry in Queens Cty.; a fishing village 10 miles from Liverpool; a station on the H. & S.W. railway. Contains express office, telephone, three stores, three hotels, three lobster canning factories, one saw mill, Methodist and Baptist churches.

Nearest banks, telegraph and money order office, Liverpool. There is good bathing, boating and shooting in the vicinity, and splendid white sand beaches, which prove a great attraction… Pop[ulation] 300.”

McAlpine’s Gazetteer of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland (Halifax, 1911), p. 304 [F 129/ M11/ G25]


1870  Rev. Samuel B. Martin

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NSARM199900129CunninghamHalifax1899“Grade 1, LeMarchant St. School, 1899, teacher Miss Edith Cunningham”

Edith Cunningham (1875-1929), a Halifax native, taught school at LeMarchant Street until 1917; her elder half-sister, Martha Jane Cunningham (1856-1916), also a schoolteacher, is remembered with affection to this day in Japan, where she was an early Methodist Missionary.

Date: 1899

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1829 – Thos. Howland White  writes to his sister [-in-law] Agnes

I must…say something about my Parish it is certainly a very pretty place, most beautiful farms, & some very excellent families, who appear delighted & thankful at having a cleryman of the Church among them. The church is very small but pretty building, it will contain about 100 persons, but the inside is exactly like a Methodist meeting house the pulpit &c. placed inside of the altar next the wall, Immediately on seeing it I exclaimed, that it was made by a methodist & they said it was. The parishoners have sent for a stove & the ladies have been employed these last days in making surplus (sic)…White Family NSARM MG 1 Vol. 954 No. 1227

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W. Frederick Donkin – Lawyer

J. Alder Davis – Lawyer

Charles Smith – Businessman

James E. Purdy – Registrar of Deeds

John William Cove M.D – Doctor


1881  Rev. George Glendinning

Nova Scotia Archives:

3 reels of microfilm: 11175, 11176, 11177.
Baptisms: 1912-1984 Marriages: 1912-1984 Burials: 1912-1984
Other: Minutes of Sessions, Official Board and Congregational meetings, Board of Sessions, and other miscellaneous material, 1931-1986.


Note: Charge includes records for Grace Methodist, before church union in 1925 and Immanuel United

Besides Amherst, includes records for inhabitants of Brookdale, East Leicester, West Leicester.



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digbynsgracemethmanse1907Grace Methodist Church and Manse – 1907

DIGBY, a post town in Digby County, Nova Scotia, on Digby Basin (Annapolis Bay), and a station on the Dominion Atlantic RR., 67 miles northeast of Yarmouth, and 20 miles southwest of Annapolis Royal. Digby is the chief town of Digby County, Nova Scotia, and is noted for its shipbuilding and manufacturing industries. It has 5 churches of the various denominations, about 25 stores, 4 hotels, 2 banks (agencies of the Nova Scotia and Union Bank of Halifax), 1 printing and newspaper office (“Courier,” weekly), 2 woodworking and 2 carriage factories, cuff and canvas goods, and box and barrel factories, 5 manufactories of cured fish, finnan haddies, etc., and 1 of canned fruits, vegetables, etc., also 1 yacht designer and builder, besides schools, post, telephone, telegraph and express offices. Pop. 1,250 ...from Lovell’s 1906 Canada Gazetteer

Church History

Nova Scotia Archives – Baptisms, 1815-1827, 1884-1886. Marriages 1815-1827, 1884. Burials, 1824-1931; 1890-1969. Miscellaneous information. Duplication of several volumes on microfilms.

Besides Bridgetown, includes records for inhabitants of Albany, Aylesford, Bentville, Brooklyn, Clarence, Clements, Dalhousie, Digby, Granville, Inglisville, Lawrencentown, Nictaux, Paradise, Tupperville, Wilmot and Wilmot Township.



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Nova Scotia Archives – Baptisms, 1815-1827, 1884-1886. Marriages 1815-1827, 1884. Burials, 1824-1931; 1890-1969. Miscellaneous information. Duplication of several volumes on microfilms.

Besides Bridgetown, includes records for inhabitants of Albany, Aylesford, Bentville, Brooklyn, Clarence, Clements, Dalhousie, Digby, Granville, Inglisville, Lawrencentown, Nictaux, Paradise, Tupperville, Wilmot and Wilmot Township.

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Rev. William McDonough was born in 1830 in County Fermanagh, Enniskillin, Ireland and was received on trial in 1858. His family came to Canada in 1847 to Brockville.



1849 Toronto, 1850-1852 Victoria College, 1852 received on trial, 1853 Humber, 1854 Temperenceville (York Cty), 1854-1855 Newmarket, 1866-1869 Cartwright, 1871 Newcastle (Durham Cty), 1881 Kincardine (Bruce Cty)  1882 Clinton


1852  …from Case, and His Cotemporaries – That important rural circuit in the Toronto District, the Humber, the second year in succession received for its junior preacher a chairman supply.

That supply was an ardent young Irishman, whose Superintendent familiarly “Likened to the spirited colt, which though requiring careful training at first, when once accustomed to the bit, becomes the most serviceable and enduring horse; so,  when the exuberance of youth in our friend had received its proper direction, he was sure to be one of the most energetic and efficient of men.”

Our subject was Irish by birth and parentage, and peculiarly so in mind and voice. We are writing of our aggressive and courageous friend, William McDonough.

He was born in 1830, which made him twenty-two years of age at the time of his going into the field. Though young, he was not soft; but as his compact build, dark complexion, and black, curly, wiry hair indicated, had a constitution strong and enduring to a degree.

The antecedents of this youthful labourer were as follows:- His birthplace was pre-eminently Protestant, namely, the County Fermanagh, near Enniskillin. His parents were Methodists. In conformity to the practice in that country, he was taken to all the meetings, class-meetings included, by them, and was converted in boyhood. He became a class-leader at the early age of seventeen. The family emigrated to Canada in 1847.

About the time referred to, they had the misfortune to lose the husband and father in Montreal. The widowed mother and filial son came up the country to Brockville, where they resided for a time.

All this while his young heart was agitated with the thought of public usefulness.

A touching and significant occurrence happened about this time. When the people around the country turned out to attend the funeral of the much-loved Rev. Ezra Healy, the Rev. Joseph Wesley McCallum, in preaching the funeral sermon, made the following declaration and appeal: “The trumpet has fallen from the hands of one of Zion’s watchmen. Who will take it? – Who will take it up?” A response broke involuntarily from the lips of a weeping, trembling stripling, “I will !” and he immediately sank down upon the floor with extreme agitation and exhaustion. That stripling was young McDonough.

About two months after he was placed on the local preachers’ plan by the Brockville quarterly meeting.

From Brockville he came to Toronto, and was a member of the Richmond Street Quarterly Board, whence he went into the work. We need not anticipate his reception on trial, or two years’ training at Victoria College. He will often turn up in Methodist doings.

1881 Census


McDonagh, W.






Place of Birth:Ireland


Religion:Canada Methodist


Ethnic Origin:Irish






District Name:Bruce South


Sub-District Name:Kincardine (Town)

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Rev. Jonathan Loverin

He was married on June 28, 1849, in Bytown, the Rev. Jonathan LOVERIN, and Eliza, 3rd daughter
of Thomas G. BURNS by Rev. Lachlin Taylor of Three Rivers

1852 “disposed from the ministry and expelled from the Church”

Jonathan Loverin, who once promised considerable, and enjoyed a large share of the affections of his brethren, was at this Conference “disposed from the ministry and expelled from the Church”.

He was not without sympathizing friends who thought him “sinned against, as well as sinning.” But the lower depths into which he afterwards fell indicated that he was not possessed of the moral stamina necessary to a minister. His history should prove admonitory to preachers and people. Alas! poor Jonathan, that thou shouldst have so disappointed our hopes!

…from Case, and His Cotemporaries


October 22, 1849, at Huntley, William Pittman LETT, Editor of the Ottawa Advocate, Bytown,
to Maria, 2nd daughter of Joseph HINTON of Richmond by Rev. Jonathan Loverin


1849 Bytown

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