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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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