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Rev. Joseph Clark (deceased), for many years a very prominent resident of the County of Kent, was born in England in 1806, a son of John and Helen Clark, who lived and died in that country.

He settled upon a farm upon which he remained until 1882, when he located in Blenheim. and there his death occurred in 1896.

Mr. Clark was converted to the Christian faith in New York, and after locating in Ontario became a minister of the Methodist Church, and took a very active part in its work, as a class-leader. He was a very devout man, an eloquent and convincing preacher, and during his long life did an immense amount of good. His loss was deeply felt by hundreds who had been helped not only by his offices as a minister of God. but also by the upright. noble life he led in their midst.

Mary Ann Clark was united in marriage in 1876, to James Bell, who was born in 1832, a son of David Bell. James Bell a farmer until his death which occurred in 1885, in his fifty-fourth year.

In politics Mr. Bell was a member of the Conservative party. He was an active Methodist, and a most excellent and worth gentleman.

Mrs. Joseph Clark. the mother of Mrs. Bell makes her home with the latter, and ulthough past ninety years of age is in possession all her faculties. and recalls the incidents of pioneer days as clearly as though they occurred recently. She is an honoured member of the household and a very entertaining remarkable woman for her age.…from the Kent County Beers Atlas 1904

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Rev. Melvin Smith was born in 1862.

Rev. Smith was minister of Erin Methodist Church for four years, 1914-1918. He and his wife Rebecca had two children, a daughter and a son who also was a minister, Rev. Rosco H. Smith. After his wife died, Melvin Smith married Lulu May Williamson and they lived in Fergus, Ontario until the time of his death on December 4, 1944, at the age of 82 years.

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1914-1918 Erin (Wellington Cty)

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Rev. Abraham Neelands

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1877 Innisfil (Simcoe Cty)

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1875 Rev. James Wallas

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1875 Innisfil (Simcoe Cty)

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1874 Rev. Joseph Gibson

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1874 Innisfil (Simcoe Cty)

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Rev. Thomas Patchell

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1873 Innisfil (Simcoe Cty)

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Rev. R. H. Smith

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1873 Innisfil (Simcoe Cty)

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