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History of St. Andrew's Church 
Grimsby, Ontario. 

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History of 

St. Andrew's 





Chapter I. THE BISHOPS. 

HE history of the parish of Grimsby will be 
more clearly defined by first giving a list of 
those bishops under whose encouragement 
the church was established and fostered. 
6,1 The Diocese of Niagara was not formed until 
1875, previous to which time this parish came under the 
supervision first, of the bishop of Quebec from 1793 to 
1839, and second, under the Bishop of Toronto until 1875. 


The Right Rev. Jacob Mountain, D.D., First Bishop 
of Quebec. Consecrated 1793. Died 1825. All Canada, 
west of Quebec was at first included in the Diocese of 

The Hon. and Right Rev. Charles James Stewart, 
D.D., Second Bishop of Quebec. Consecrated 1826. 
Died 1837. 

The Right Rev. George Jehoshaphat Mountain, D.D., 
D.C.L., Third Bishop of Quebec. Consecrated 1836. 
Died 1863. 

In the year 1839 the Diocese of Toronto was formed, 
which then included the parish of Grimsby. The first 
bishop of Toronto was 

The Hon. and Right Rev. John Strachan, D.D., L.L.D. 
He was consecrated in England in 1839. Died 1867. 

The Right Rev. Alexander Neil Bethune, D.D., D.C.L. 
was the Second bishop of Toronto. Consecrated January, 
1867. Died 1879. He had been incumbent of the parish 
of Grimsby from 1824 to 1827. 

In the year 1875 the Diocese of Niagara was formed. 
The Right Rev. Thomas Brock Fuller, D.D., D.C.L., was 
the first Bishop. Consecrated 1875. Died 1884. 

The Right Rev. Charles Hamilton, D.D., D.C.L., was 
the second Bishop of Niagara. Consecrated 1885. 
Translated to the Diocese of Ottawa, 1896. 

The Right Rev. John Philip Du Moulin, M.A., D.C.L., 
was the third Bishop of Niagara. Consecrated 1896. 
Died 1911. 

The Right Rev. William Reid Clark, M.A., D.D., D.C. 
L., is the fourth Bishop of Niagara. 

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To the United Empire Loyalists we owe the first 
settlements of Grimsby. These were New England 
colonists who were true to the British flag during the 
American Revolution of 1775 and who, after the peace of 
Paris in 1783, not only found themselves persecuted by 
their neighbors, but also robbed of their property by the 
American government on account of their loyalty to 
Great Britain. 

At this juncture, King George III. offered these faith- 
ful subjects a home in Canada, with a grant to each of 
two hundred acres of land, together with seeds and im- 
plements. To some who had been British officers much 

The First Bishop of Niagara 

larger grants were made. In that year twenty thousand 
removed to the maritime provinces, and in 1784 more than 
ten thousand others came into the Niagara Peninsula. 
The most of these latter, and among them the early settlers 
of Grimsby, came via Oswego, N. Y., Lake Ontario and 
old Niagara. 

From the Niagara river westward distances were 
roughly estimated by the various creeks, e. g., "The 
Twenty," "The Thirty," "The Forty," by which last 

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name our village was known until the Great Western 
Railway was completed, and a more suitable name seemed 

The pioneer worker in the establishment of the Church 
of England at Grimsby was Andrew Pettit. He was born 

The Bifho4 of Niagara 

near Easton, on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware 
river, in the year 1756. A United Empire Loyalist, he 
came to Canada in 1787, receiving from the Crown a grant 
of land near Grimsby, Ontario. 

A devoted churchman, he early invited his neighbors 
for worship at his house not far from the lake, and after- 
wards continued to read the services in the "log church" 
and later in the "frame church" until the year 1817, when 
the first settled Missionary was appointed to the parish. 
In this work of devotion he served about twenty years, 
without any financial reward, a service occasionally 
shared with Col. Robt. Nelles, Mr. Crooks and others. 

That Mr. Pettit was a saintly man is attested by the 
following extract from the Pettit family records: 

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"The present stone church was in course of erection 
at the time of Andrew's death in 1819, and at the time of 
its consecration it was unanimous that it should be called 
'St. Andrew's Church' in memory of his name. He was 
always churchwarden, he was township clerk and collector 
from the commencement of the laws to regulate public 
matters to the time of his death, without accepting any 
remuneration; for many years all differences in the neigh- 
borhood were refrered to him (for his judgment) which 
was always respected, and (his decision) obeyed, (thus he) 
effectually conserved the peace, though not officially; he 
prospered in worldy matters, was charitable to the poor 
and a liberal supporter of the church. His dearest privi- 
leges were to be a member of the Church of England, and a 
subject of the British Crown." 

For occasions such as are noted in this extract, he 
became widely known in the community as "Judge Pettit." 

In those early times, when no visiting clergyman was 
available, the marriage ceremony was sometimes per- 
formed under the authority of the civil law by Col. Robt. 
Nelles, who was Justice of the Peace. The room in the 
old stone mansion, built in 1798, now occupied by his 
grand daughter Mrs. A. Rutherford, in which the ceremony 
was sometimes performed, is still to be seen. 


The Church of England at Grimsby, having been in 
three different Dioceses, ranks among the oldest in Ontario, 
being preceded by the old Mowhak church on the Grand 


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River which was built in 1786; by the Indian Church at 
Deseronto (1788); and by S.George's, Kingston, now the 
Cathedral, which was completed in 1792.* 

* Dr. Stuart had St. George's, Kingston, finished in 
1792. In it Lieu.-Governor Simcoe was sworn into office 
in July, 1792. This was the first St. George's. (A. II. 
Young, Trinity Coll., Toronto.) 

The old Log Church at Grimsby was built in 1794, 
by those faithful loyalists who had settled in this vicinity 
about ten years previously. At first it seemed that this 
date was traditional only, but after much research, proofs 
have appeared from unexpected sources. In an old book 
of records left by his grandfather,, Mr. Cooper John Smith, 
Mr. Murray Smith has found some details of the building 
of the Log Church in the year 1794, with the names of 
those persons who contributed time and labor toward it; 
also Mr. E. M. Chadwick, of Toronto, writes that "Col. 
Robt. Nelles gave the land at Grimsby on which a small 
Log Church was erected in 1794." 

The first visiting Missionary to Grimsby was the 
Rev. Robt. Addison, who had been sent out from England 
by the S. P. G. in 1792, to make his headquarters at New- 
ark (now Niagara) because in that year that town was 
made the capital of Upper Canada. From that date 
services were held for some years in the Hall of the Free- 
masons, and it has been inferred that the old St. Mark's 
dates from the same year. However, Miss Carnochan, 
President of the Niagara Historical Society, writes "The 
first St. Marks was not finished until 1810, though service 
was held in it in 1809." 

In those early colonial days travel throughout this 
district was very difficult and yet Mr. Addison made fre- 
quent visits among his people, evidently coming to 
Grimsby, some forty miles distant, three or four times a 
year for the observance of the Sacrament in the old Log 

In St. Marks Register, the earliest reference to Forty 
Mile Creek is Feb. 2, 1793, when Rev. R. Addison bap- 
tized six, among them Sarah wife of John Pettit; 
Henry Nelles, son of Robert and Elizabeth Pettit; and 
Nancy and Hannah, daughters of John and Mary Green. 

In 1894 there are three baptisms from "Forty Mile 
Creek," two of them of the name of Nelles. In 1806 there 
are sixteen, among them the names of Nelles, Ball, Muir, 
and Hixon. In 1807 one, in 1808 sixteen, in 1809 six, 
in 1810 eight, in 1811 four, in 1812 fourteen, in 1814 two 
and in 1815 eight. 

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Of the other old churches of the diocese of Quebec, 
which until the year 1839 included the parish of Grimsby, 
it may be interesting to note the following statements: 
The Rev. T. J. Stiles, Rector at Cornwall, writes: "The 
Rev. John Strachan, afterward First Bishop of Toronto, 
was rector of Cornwall in 1803 and it was at this time that 
the first church (here) was built, although the ministra- 
tions of the Church of England were given by the first 
bishop of Quebec, Dr. J. Mountain, as far back as 1787." 

The Church, Parish Hall and Rectory 

The Rev. C. E. Belt, rector of Ancaster, writes, "The 
first resident minister of the Church of England here, sent 
by the S. P. G., arrived in 1816. The first church building 
was a frame one, built in 1824. It was a Union Church. 
We bought out the others and it was consecrated in 1830 
by the Bishop of Quebec. This church was burnt in 1868 
and the present substantial stone church erected on the 
same spot." 


The second church at Grimsby, a frame one, was 
built by subscription. It was completed in the year 1804. 
According to Mr. A. H. Pettit, grandson of Andrew Pettit, 
Senior, this church stood in the southwest corner of the 
present burial ground fronting somewhere near his family 

It is difficult to find original manuscripts giving au- 
thentic data concerning events more than one hundred 
years past, but fortunately among those papers found in 
his attic by Mr. Murray Smith are some of great value to 

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us. His grandfather was a loyalist and a churchman, and 
apparently treasurer for the trustees during the building. 

Among these papers we find the old subscription list 
with names of the donors and the amounts given by each. 
It is dated April 11, 1803. 

The list comprises thirty-seven names and the sums 
contributed amounted to about One Hundred and Eighty 

In this subscription list we find the following names: 

Robert Nelles, Jonathan Woolverton, Allan Nixon, 
Andrew Muir, John Pettit, Andrew Pettit, Pierce Moore, 
John Moore, John Smith, William Kitchen, Jonathan 
Muir, Gershom Carpenter, Alexander Carpenter, Levi 
Lewis, Hugh Wilson, Samuel McLean, John Lewis, Ralph 
Walker, William Lawrece, Paul Marlatt, Charles Pettit, 
William Nelles, Abraham Nelles, William and James 
Crooks, Richard Beasley, John C. Pettit, Daniel Palmer, 
William Herrington, Peter Hare, Cyrus Sumner, Jacob 
Beam, Jr., John Teetzel, Benjamin Wilcox, William Car- 
penter, William Walker, William Moore. 

The accounts of the building were passed July 7th, 
1804, at a meeting of the trustees at the house of Col. 
Robt. Nelles, and at a second meeting October 6th, 1804, 
as is shown in the following minutes preserved in an old 
Minute Book, which had been kept by Mr. John Smith, 
sometimes known as Cooper John, now in the hands of his 
grandson, Murray Smith. 

"Statement and Memoranda respecting the building 
of the Church in Grimsby. 

July 7, 1804. To William Kitchen, William Moore, 
and William Martin, original undertakers to build the 
church in part (as per contract) and who only put up the 
frame, covered the roof, weather boarded the gable ends, 
and put in three window frames, it was agreed by the 
trustees to allow the sum of twenty pounds, New York 
currency, in the following manner, to wit: 

To William Kitchen 5 

To William Moore 10 

To William Martin 4 12 

"at the same time settled with Henry Shook and Bastiam 
Symmonds, and allowed and paid them for performing 
their contract in work on 

the church 27 

also forty shillings for additional work .... 2 
October 6th, 1804 Trustees of the church met at Robt. 
Nelles's and settled with Wm. Herrington, and allowed 
for work done at the Church 30 3 6 

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Also allowed and paid Absolam Wilcox for building 

the chimney and finding himself 8 18 

Also allowed and paid Nicholas Phillips 
for tending the Mason and finding himself 4 19 10 
26 Feb. 1805, Settled with William Herring- 
ton and allowed him for four days' work 1 16 

26 May, 1804, Lime for Church 5 

Surveying the Church lot 12 

In addition to the above records another old account 

book of John Smith's was discovered, which was begun in 
1799, and which contained the following personal accounts: 

The Frame Church to Cooper John Smith, Dr. 
May 23, 1803, To working at the Meeting house 

with myself, three boys and team, one day 10 

To myself, hewing rafters 4 

To self and two boys and team at raising the 

house 8 

To drawing shingles 10 

To 4,000 shingles 14 

To one trip to Niagara 10 

To one trip to York 1 10 

To Joseph working at the Meeting house ten days 2 10 
April 4, 1804, To drawing boards from Beamer's 

Mill 6 

April 5, To drawing boards from Beamer's and 

from Nelles's mills 12 

April 9, 1804, To drawing boards from Nelles' 

mill, myself and boy 10 

May 22, To working at the Meeting house, my- 
self and two boys with oxen 10 

May 26, To work with three hands and team ... 10 

May 28, To drawing boards from the kiln 8 

June 1, To one day's work 5 

June 16, To drawing stone, my team and two 

hands 16 

June 16, To cash paid to Shook 10 

August 14, To six days to Niagara and expenses 2 
Sept. 18. To parts of two days drawing stone 

and lime... 12 

Sept. 25, To drawing boards from Beamer's mill 5 
Dec. 18, To cash paid for a large Bible for the 

use of the Church 1 12 

To cash paid for wine for the Communion 3 

April 14, 1805, To cash paid for wine for the Com- 
municants 6 

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The Congregation Cr. 

May 2, 1804, By Cash 10 5 

May 2, 1804, By Cash 10 5 

Sept. 2, 1804, By Cash. 1 3 

Nov. 15, By Cash 12 6 

April 14, 1805, By Cash at the Communion 18 6 

These dates correspond with records by the Rev. Robt. 
Addison of his visits to Grimsby. Apparently there were 
more communicants at Grimsby than at Niagara, for in his 
entry dated January 14, 1809, he mentions eighteen at 
40 Mile Creek and twelve at Niagara. 

Lych Gate 


It was not until the year 1817 that a minister was 
settled with the church at Geimsby. In October, 1816, 
in response to a memorial asking for a minister, Bishop 
Jacob Mountain, of Quebec, replied to Mr. Abraham Nelles 
"I have by no means, I assure you, lost sight of the appli- 
cation made to me by yourself and the respectable gentle- 
men acting with you in the Memorial which you addressed 
to me on the subject of obtaining a clergyman of the Church 
of England, to be established among you. I had resaon 
to expect two clergymen from England this .summer 
whom it was my wish to place at Ancaster and Grimsby; 
one only has come out, who has been fixed at Ancaster; 
and you may rest assured that I will use every effort in my 
power to procure a like advantage for you." 

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At last, after years of patient waiting, on the part of 
the church people of Grimsby, the first settled clergyman 
was sent in the person of the Rev. William Sampson. 

Among a large number of old letters and manuscripts 
preserved by Mrs. S. A. Nelles we have found the original 
of a subscription list toward the support of Mr. Sampson, 
containing the autograph signatures of twenty-nine per- 
sons, with sums amounting to about $100. It reads as 
follows : 

"Whereas the Protestant Episcopal Church of the 
United Kingdom has been pleased to send us a minister of 
the church to be resident among us for the purpose of 
propagating the gospel, and the salary allowed being in- 
adequate to the support thereof; And to the end that so 
goodly a beginning may not wither in the bud; And in the 
hope that all christians will cheerfully unite in supporting 
same; Therefore we whose names are hereto subscribed 
do promise to pay to the trustees of said church towards 

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The Rev. William Sampson 

its support, for one year, the several sums opposite our 
respective names, in money, or wheat at the market price 
delivered at the mill of Robert Nelles or William Crooks 
in Grimsby. 

The following is a list of the subscribers: 
John Pettit, Andrew Pettit, William Crooks, William 
Nelles, Henry Nelles, John Brackenridge, A. Nelles, Robt. 

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Nelles, Andrew Pettit, Jr., Isaac Smith, John Pettit, Jr., 
Pierce Moore, James Milmine, Andrew Muir, George Ball, 
John Coon, Jonathan A. Pettit, Gershom Carpenter, 
John C. Pettit, Samuel Canada, L. Buscark, John S. 
Pettit, Robert Nixon, William Nixon, Lewis Whitney, 
John Moore, Valentine Ward, John Barnes. 

The Rev. William Sampson was the eldest son of the 
Rev. Dr. Sampson, of Wandsworth, England, where he 
was born October 4th, 1790. He was therefore a young 
man of twenty-seven when appointed to Grimsby. He 
at once began to keep the parish records of Births, Mar- 
riages and Deaths, but unfortunately any such records 
kept previous to the year 1817 cannot be found. The 
first entry in the book of marriages reads as follows: "Wil- 
liam Sampson of the township of Grimsby, bachelor, and 
Maria Eliza Nelles of the same place, spinster, were mar- 
ried on the 21st day of August, 1817, by the Rev. Robt. 
Addison, minister of Niagara." 

The church wardens at this time were William Nelles 
and Andrew Pettit. 

In his register we find that over one hundred bap- 
tisms were performed by him during his five years of 
service, the last being dated March 13, 1822. During 
that period we also find forty-seven marriages registered 
and nineteen funerals. 

On April 30th, 1822, we find the registration of his 
own burial, the service being conducted by the Rev. Wm. 
Leeming, of Chippawa. His death was caused by the 
accidental discharge of his gun when out hunting. This 
sad accident closed the record of a most useful life at the 
early age of thrity-two. He was interred in the church 
yard where his grave is marked by a suitable stone. 

Just here it may be of interest to note that in the year 
1820 there were only sixteen clergymen of the Church of 
England in Upper Canada * and of this number five were 
in the Niagara District: R. Leeming, Ancaster; Robert 
Addison, Niagara; Wm. Leeming Chippawa; William 
Sampson, Grimsby; and A. Stevens, Queenston. 

* Vide Bishops of the Church of England in Canada 
and Newfoundland by Rev. Dr. Mockridge. 


The records of the Pettit family show that the present 
stone church was in process of erection at the time of 
Andrew Pettit's death which occurred in the month of 
May, 1819. The constuction must have occupied a long 
time, for it was not completed until 1823. 

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In the year 1822 the Rev. George J. Mountain, of 
Quebec, son of Bishop Jacob Mountain, and his assistant, 
wrote as follows to Mr. Abraham Nelles*: "Dear Sir: 
The Bishop, who has gone down to Kamouraska for change 
of air, on account of his health, left instructions with me 
before his departure to write you and inform you that he 
cannot feel himself justified in taking any steps for supply- 
ing the place of the late Mr. Sampson at Grimsby until 
the deed shall be duly executed for the conveyance of the 
church ground and the burial ground, nor yet in fixing 

* Original preserved by Mrs. S. A. Nelles. 

a clergyman at that mission till he is assured by some of 
the principal inhabitants under their hands that a parson- 
age house shall be bona fide provided as soon as circum- 
stances render it practicable to erect one," etc. 

That the Stone church was nearly completed in the 
year 1822 is evidenced by a letter* from the Rev. Charles 
J. Stewart, afterward the Second Bishop of Quebec, dated 
York, Aug. 29, 1822, and addressed to Mr. Abraham Nelles 
from which we quote the following abstract": "I regret 
to hear that the persons appointed to examine and settle 
the accounts of the church have not done so. They ought 
to come to a conclusion on the subject to the best of their 
judgment. I saw Mr. Henry JNelles on Saturday last in 
the steamboat. . . . He was inclined to say that his father 
will give a deed without waiting for the settlement of the 
accounts; and I suggested that he might give it to a third 
person, in trust, till the conditions of settling the accounts 
be performed, and satisfaction afforded. It is earnestly 
desired that the finishing of the church go on without 
further delay." 

* Originals of this and other letters quoted are with Mrs. S. 
A. Nelles, Grimsby. 

Chapter VII. 
The conditions being satisfactorily arranged at 
Grimsby concerning the completion of the church and the 
providing of a house, the Rev. A. N. Bethuen was ap- 
pointed to Grimsby toward the end of the year 1823. He 
was born at Williamstown, Glengarry County, Upper 
Canada (now Ontario) in the year 1800, and was the son of 
a U. E. Loyalist who came to Canada in the year 1783. 
When a boy he was sent to school at Cornwall to the Rev. 
John Strachan, afterward Bishop of Toronto. In 1812 
Dr. Strachan was appointed Rector of York (now Toronto) 
and opened a Grammar School there, and in 1821 Mr. 

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Bethune joined him as assistant master and student in 
Divinity. In 1823 he was ordained Deacon, and in 1824 
Priest, by Dr. Jacob Mountain, and appointed incumbent 
of Grimsby. * Here he married Jane Eliza, eldest daughter 
of the Hon. James Crooks, of West Flamboro. 

On coming to Grimsby he was the bearer of the fol- 
lowing letter from his friend and instructor, the Rev. John 
Strachan, addressed to Mr. Abraham Nelles: "York, 15 
Sept., 1823. My dear Sir: The bearer of this, the Rev. 
Alexander Bethune, comes on my particular recommenda- 
tion to supply the place of your lamented son-in-law, and 
I have told him that he will find in you one of the chief 
supporters of the church. The more you know of Mr. 
Bethune, the more I am persuaded you will like him. 
He comes with the determination to promote peace and 
harmony in the parish, and to do his duty to the utmost of 
his ability; and, as he possesses good talents, great 
modesty and worth, I am persuaded it will not be his fault 
if he do not succeed." 

* Vide Dr. Mockridge's History of the Bishops. 

It is, however, necessary that he should possess the 
countenance and assistance of his more respectable parish- 
ioners, and I am sure that in recommending him to your 
kind attentions I am conferring upon you as upon him an 
advantage that will not soon be forgotten. 

I am, dear sir, yours sincerely, 

John Strachan." 

In the interim between the death of Rev. Wm. Samp- 
son in April, 1822 and the arrival of the Rev. A. N. 
Bethune in December, 1823, it would appear that the 
services were often read by laymen of the church, For 
example, in the Records of Burials we read that in May, 
1823, Sarah Carpenter, of Saltfleet, was buried and the 
service was read by one of the members of the congrega- 
tion, Mr. Hugh Wilson. 

During their stay in Grimsby Mr. and Mrs. Bethune 
occupied the house then called "The Cottage," since en- 
larged and now owned and occupied by Mrs. B. R. Nelles. 
This house and five acres of land were provided at that 
time for a rental of 25 per annum. 

On the 2nd day of January, 1824, almost immediately 
after Mr. Bethune 's arrival the deed* of the church site 
and burial ground was "executed by Col. Robert Nelles 
and his wife, Maria Nelles, to Rev. A. N. Bethune, clerk 
in orders, and William Nelles and John Pettit, church 
wardens in trust for the Right Reverend Jacob, Lord 
Bishop of Quebec, and his successors," etc., etc. 

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The Rev. Alexander Neil Bethune 

Among some very old papers of his we also find the 
following which is additional proof of the date of the com- 
pleteion of the church, viz.: "Received from A. Nelles, 
Esq., the sum of Thirty Dollars, in all, towards his sub- 
scription for finishing the Stone church, this 11th day of 
October, 1824." 

* A Memorial of this deed was registered at Saint Cathar- 
ines on the 14th day of July, 1842. 

For another important date in the history of the Stone 
church the writer is indebted to Prof. Young, of Trinity 
College, who writes that he finds in the S. P. G. records 
about Grimsby, "Church consecrated July 27th, 1828, 
by the name of Saint Andrews." 

Just here the following entries in the church register 
in Mr. Bethune's own handwriting are of interest: 

"On Sunday, 26 March, 1826, Easter, there were 
twenty -two communicants." 

"On Christmas Day, 25 Dec, 1826, there were seven- 
teen communicants." 

"On Sunday, 22nd April, 1827, at St. Catharines, there 
were seven communicants." 

"On Sunday the 3rd of June, 1827, the Holy Sacra- 
ment having been administered at St. Catharines, there 
were eight communicants." 

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"On Sunday, June 17th, 1827, there were at Grimsby 
twelve communicants." 

It was in this same year that Mr. Bethnune was ap- 
pointed Rector of Cobourg, at which place he remained 
for many years. 

During the four years of his incumbency of the parish 
of Grimsby, we find from the records that the Rev. A. N. 
Bethune baptized one hundred and thirty-five persons, 
married forty couples and buried twenty-five persons. 

Chapter VIII. 


Mr. Bethune was succeeded at Grimsby by the Rev. 
G. R. F. Grant in the year 1827. Among the interesting 
old letters preserved by Mrs. Nelles we have found the 
following letter of introduction from the Rev. Salter J. 
Mountain, nephew of the Bishop of Quebec, addressed to 

?The Rev. George R. F. Grout 

Mr. Abraham Nelles and dated Cornwall, 2 July, 1827: 
"I beg leave to introduce to you the Rev. Mr. Grout who 
has been appointed to succeed the Rev. Mr. Bethune at 
Grimsby, and a very worthy successor to him you will 
find him as well as a great acquisition to you. ... I had 
once only the pleasure of seeing you eleven years ago. . . . 
I was most hospitably entertained at jour house on my, 


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way up to Sandwich with the late Lord Bishop of Quebec 
on his visitation, and on my return homeward in the sum- 
mer of 1816". . . . etc., etc. 

Mr. Grout was born in the City of Quebec in the year 
1804. A young man of twenty-three, he was appointed 
to the Church at Grimsby by the Rev. Dr. C. J. Stewart, 
having been first ordained a Deacon. This appointment 
was at first made temporarily, but so faithfully did he per- 
form the duties of his office that the Bishop permitted him 
to remain, and after two years he was ordained priest. 

On the 14th January, 1829, Mr. Grout was married 
at Montreal to Miss Walker of that city. The journey 
from Grimsby to Montreal, via Newark (now Niagara) 
and lake Ontario occupied a week each way in those days, 
but so devoted was he to his church that he was only ab- 
sent one Sunday from Service. 

At this time the church wardens were William Nelles 
and Jonathan A. Pettit. The church was an oblong stone 
structire lacking the present chancel. There was a gallery 
over the south end under the west part of which was the 

In the year 1830 a bell was purchased from Troy, N. 
Y., and suitably placed in the belfrey. It's sweet tones 
have ever since continued to invite the faithful parish- 
ioners of Grimsby to the worship of God. 

During the first years of their married life, Mr. and 
Mrs. Grout occupied "the Cottage" previously mentioned, 
but about the year 1832 they removed to that house nearly 
opposite the church, which had been built by Mr. John 
Grout, the father of the rector, for his son George. This 
house was strongly built with solid stone walls plastered 
over the stones on the exterior, and is an interesting struc- 
ture because it is so well built, and is so good an example 
of the colonial architecture of the early part of the nine- 
teenth century. 

It was about this time that the struggle arose about 
the clergy reserves. Act 31, George III. had set aside one 
seventh of the land for the maintenance of the Church. 
When the distribution of the resultant fund was arranged, 
some parishes failed to comply with the necessary pre- 
liminaries, and so lost their portion of the endowment. 
Among those rectories which obtained their glebe lands in 
1836 we find that Grimsby was one. 

Mr. Grout's faithful labors at Grimsby covered a 
period of twenty-two years, duting which time the brief 
records available indicate constant progress ; and no better 
tribute to his memory is nededed than the following in- 
scription on his tombstone, which stands in the church- 
yard at St. Andrews: 

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"In Memory of Rev. George Robert Field Grout, a 
native of Quebec, lower Canada, and Rector of this parish 
for the space of twenty -two years, during which lengthened 
period he labored faithfully and zealously, being friend 
and adviser of old and young. 

He died May 29, 1849, aged forty-five years. 

This monument was erected by his attached parish- 
ioners, as a token of affection for one they loved." 
Chapter IX. 


In the month of June, 1849, the Rev. F. J. Lundy was 
appointed to Grimsby. He was a graduate of Oxford 
University, England, with the degree of D.C.L. , a highly 
educated scholar and an able preacher. 

At his first Vestry meeting, held on the 18th of the 
said month, the following persons were present: Andrew 
Pettit, E. and P. Gurney, Peter B. Nelles, Adolphus Nelles, 
John Nixon, Thos. Bingle, Robert Nixon, John Pettit, Jr., 
Robert Nixon, Jr., Walter Summer, John McLean, Chas. 
Nelles, Hugo Grout, William Nelles, Jonathan A. Pettit, 
Wm. Nixon, John C. Pettit, Jonathan A. Pettit, and Jas. 

At this meeting it was "Resolved that the rents aris- 
ing from the pews be applied to the payments of the 
Rector's stipend, and that the defincieny be made up by 
taxing the members of the Church on their property ac- 
cording to the last assessment roll." 

The Rev. Francis J. Lundy 

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At the next meeting, however, the part of this resolu- 
tion referring to the assessment roll was rescinded and the 
pew rents fixed as follows: "those in the aisles at one 
pound per annum and those in the centre at one pound 
five shillings, Halifax currency per annum." 

A resolution passed Easter Monday, 1863, specifies 
"that the price of sittings be one dollar per annum, but 
that not less than one entire pew shall be leased to any 
one individual." In those days each pew was entered by 
a door, which could be fastened shut to exclude trespassers. 

The provision of a rectory had been long debated and 
many plans proposed, but nothing definite decided upon 
until December, 1852, when the large house adjoining the 
church .yard on the west, then belonging to Mr. Udell was 
purchased for the purpose, for the sum of four hundred and 
fifty pounds. * 

* The greater part of this amount was received from the 

Grand Trunk Railway Co., for two acres for the depot, 

etc., land originally given the Church by Mr. William 


In the year 1850 a handsome quarto Bible was dona- 
ted the Church by the Church Society and a large prayer 
book by the Lord Bishop. 

At a Vestry meeting on the ninth of June, 1850, it was 
resolved "that the Rector be requested to remove from 
the altar the candlesticks which he had presented to the 
Church," and on December the first it was "unanimously 
agreed that the pulpit be taken down and the font placed 
where the pulpit was standing, under the direction of the 

In 1856 a committee was appointed to collect money 
for the purchase of an organ and to this fund some sub- 
scriptions were made by friends in both Hamilton and St. 
Catharines. In the year following an organ was placed 
in the church by certain members of the vestry, before a 
proper amount was subscribed, which led to some legal 
proceedings; but in April, 1863, the committee reported 
the organ fully paid for, recommended the sale of the old 
organ and the proceeds applied to the repairs and painting 
of the new organ, and the building of an extension for its 
reception, all of which was agreed upon. 

In 1863 a set of by-laws governing the rents of pews 
and the sale of lots in the church yard ,etc, were prepared 
by the rector and wardens, among which we note that "no 
lots were to be sold to any person not a member of the 
Episcopal Church, and that no minister of religion, except 
that of the Episcopal Church of England, Ireland, Scot- 
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land or of the United States shall officiate in the church 
or church yard at any funeral whether by way of prayer, 
sermon, or exhortation." 

In 1864 the Wardens, Messrs. W. F. Biggar and 
Conrad Durham, reported that they had removed the 
doors from the pews in accordance with a resolution of the 
vestry, which "improvement, together with the matting 
furnished by the rector for the aisles, has added to the ap- 
pearance of the church and to the comfort of the Congre- 
gation." That they had placed the old organ in the hands 
of a dealer in Hamilton who agreed to give them fifty 
dollars for it as soon as sold; that they regretted the loss of 
the "services as organist of Miss Louisa Lundy services 
which she had most efficiently rendered gratuitously for 
more than five years; and that the arrears due on the 
rector's stipend now amounted to three thousand dollars 
and that some means should be devised of settling this 

About this time a curate * was employed in the person 
of a Mr. Benedict. He preached his first sermon April 
9th, 1865, and hs last January 21, 1866. During six 
months following a Mr. Stimpson served. 

On the 9th of March, 1867, Dr. Lundy retired from 
the cure of this parish. His death occurred two years 
later of apoplexy while conducting a service in New York 
City. He was buried at Newburg on the Hudson. 

At a Vestry meeting in April, 1868, a resolution was 
passed of "Sincere sympathy and condolence twith Mrs. 
Lundy and the family in this heavy affliction." 

* Notes by Mr. Jonathan Muir. 

Chapter X. REV. T. BOLTON READ, D.D. 

In the year 1867 the Rev. Dr. Read was appointed to 
Grimsby. He* was born in London, England, about the 
year 1817. He received this theologiacl training at Mr. 
Bethune's school at Cobourg, and through it secured his 
degree of D..D from Cambridge. His first appointment 
was to Port Bur well; from there he removed to Orillia, 
which he gave up to collect for the Episcopal Endowment 
Fund of the Diocese of Toronto, living at Weston. He 
was nest appointed to Thorold from which parish he re- 
moved to Grimsby. 

According to the minutes, the Rev. Dr. Read pre- 
sided over the vestry for the first time on Easter Monday j 
April, 1867. At this meeting there were present thirty- 
two qualified members. One of the first resolutions was 

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The Rev. T. Bolton Read 

that a committee be appointed consisting of the rector, 
the church wardens (Dennis Nixon and T. C; Brown 

John) and Messrs. 

* For these particulars of Dr. Read's early life we are in- 
debted to his grandson, the Rev. Walter Creighton, of 
A. H. Pettit and Doctor Fitch to examine into the state 
of the rectory and ascertain what repairs are required. 
These being attended to, other improvements quickly 
followed, among which we make mention of the more im- 
portant viz.: 

The repair of the church spire (1867). 
The adoption of the envelope system as a means of 
obtaining funds to priovde for the income of the church 

The acceptance of the offer of the Rev. Abraham 
Nelles to take property belonging to the church in the 
township of Uxbridge, originally donated by Mr. William 
Nelles, in exchange for the farm which he owned adjoining 
the church (1869). 

The abolishment of the system of pew rents * and all 
seats made free (1870). 

* Notes preserved by Mrs. Aikman. 

The building of the chancel (1871). This work was 
begun in April, and the opening was September 10th, with 
a sermon by the Rev. Mr. Worrell. * 

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The repair of the fences about the church yard (1873). 
The procuring of a new pulpit by a committee con- 
sisting of the Rector, Wardens and the Ladies' Aid Society. 
The purchase of an organ from Mr. Warren, of Tor- 
onto, for $650, an allowance of $200 being made for the 
old one; and the building of an extension for its occupation, 
and in April, 1881, it was reported to the Vestry that the 
cost of the organ and the extension had been paid in full. 

The aceptance of the kind offer of the Ladies' Aid 
Society to assist in the decoration of the interior of the 
church (1882). 

During the ten years from 1873 to 1883 the faithful 
and efficient services of Miss Mariah Nelles (now Mrs. 
Rutherford) as organist were repaid only by an annual vote 
of thanks. In association with Miss Kate Alexander (now 
Mrs. Kenneth Grout) Miss Nelles continued her services 
until 1894. During these years these ladies were allowed 
a small amount each year as a token of appreciation. 

At a special meeting of the Vestry in January, 1885, 
a letter was read from the Rev. Dr. Read asking that he be 
granted the privilege of purchasing "a small lot from the 
south east corner of the church grounds for the purpose of 
erecting a cottage." 

After much discussion, the request was finally granted 
and a lot 70 feet frontage and 156 deep sold to the Doctor 
for $200. 

At the annual Vestry meeting in April, 1887 the ac- 
tion of the Wardens was approved, informing the rector 
that the subscription list had been so increased as to make 
the rector's stipend $600 per annum instead of $400 in 
order to eable him to engage an assistant. In 1888 the 
amount was increased to $700 by vote of the Vestry. 

The Rev. Thomas Motherweell was the assistant to 
Dr. Read for the year 1888 and 1889 to the ssatisfaction of 
all concerned as is shown by the minutes of 1890 which 
records the "great appreciation of the services rendered 
the parish" by him. From Grimsby he was appointed by 
the Bishop to the charge of the pasirh of Dunnville. 

He was succeeded by the Rev. Octavias Edgelow, 
who served during the year 1890. The Wardens' report 
of Easter Monday, 1891, gives expression to their "regret 
at the loss of the services of the recotr's faithful and earnest 

In the year 1890 St. Mark's Church at Grimsby 
Centre was built. 

Among the donations to St. Andrew's church about 
this time we notice the alms plates presented by the Ladies' 

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Aid Society; the frontal for the lectern by Miss Lilian 
Nelles; and the chalice and paten for the Holy Commun- 
on by Miss Ida Nelles and the Rev. Dr. Read. 

At the Vestry meeting on Easter Monday, 1891, the 
Wardens made their first printed report for distribution. 
In this they drew attention to the furnishing of the 
"church and chancel with a neat and modern design of 
seats, the new carpet on the floor of the chancel, the im- 
proved lighting with new lamps and shades, and other 
incidental improvements," costing about $600, and mostly 
paid for by the Women's Auxiliary and the Young Ladies' 

In this report the Wardens also give expression to 
their sincere sympathy with the Rector and his family 
over the sudden death of Mrs. Read. 

One year later the Doctor himself was called away, 
having been rector for twenty-five years. He was pos- 
sessed of rare ability in conducting the affairs of the parish 
and was much beloved by his people. He died September 
8th, 1892, at the age of seventy-six; and some years later 
a window was put in the church to his memory. 

During Dr. Read's illness the Rev. Cornelius Scuda- 
more served as curate. 


In October, 1892, the Rev. C. R. Lee was appointed 
Rector of the parish. He was a graduate of Trinity Col- 
lege, Toronto, where he had been granted the degree of 
Master of Arts. 

On his settlement, the Vestry agreed to make his 
stipend $500 per annnum, and to carefully look after 
certain necessary repairs to the rectory, as advised by Dr. 

In April, 1899 the thanks of the Vestry was tendered 
the ladies who had decorated the church during the pre- 
vious year. 

In 1895 the organist of the church was Mrs. G. C. 
Pettit, who has continued to render most faithful and 
valuable service to the time of writing this history. The 
Vestry showed its appreciation in April, 1896 by voting 
her the sum of $30 for the previous year, and her salary 
has since been considerably increased. 

At a meeting of the congregation held on the 23rd day 
of January, 1905, and presided over the the third Bishop 
of Niagara, the Rev. Dr. J. P. Dumoulin, a proposal was 
made by the Rev. C. R. Lee in which he agreed to retire 
from all active duties of this parish upon certain conditions. 
The proposal was afterwards accepted at a Vestry meeting 
held on the 6th of February, 1905. 

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His death occurred in the year 1910. 

Mr. Lee was a man of sonsiderable ability and posses- 
sed of a kind and generous disposition. His frequent 
benefactions to those in need were private, and never done 
in a spirit of ostentation. 


Upon the retirement of the Rev. C. R. Lee from active 
duty as rector of the parish, in February, 1905, the Rev. 
J. Allan Ballard was appointed Vicar. He was a native of 
Burford, in the County of Brant, Ontario, where he began 
his studies. Thence he proceeded to Upper Canada Col- 
lege and thence to Trinity where he graduated in Theology 
in 1894. 

This appointment has proved a happy one. Mr. 
Ballard soon gained the loving esteem of his people which 
united all discordant elements. Although of so-called 
High Church training, he was in no way an extremist, 
seeking above all else those things leading most to the 
glory of God, and to the spiritual upbuilding of God's 
people in His church. 

The Rev. C. Russell Lee 

The unity resulting from these conditions made it 
easy for the church to make progress both temporally and 
spiritually, and among other evidences of this we note the 
following : 

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The old gallery in the south end of the church was 
removed because considered unsafe when over crowded 

The sale of the old rectory and grounds attached for 
$1,050 and the proceeds set aside toward a new one (1905) 

The building of a new rectory upon the church rect- 
ory-farm land lying immediately east of the stone church 
at a cost of $4,500 (1906). 

The taking down of the dilapidated stone wall in 
front of the church yard, and the replacing of it with a sub- 
stantial iron fence made of heavy piping painted black 
(1906). The stones were utilized in the foundation of the 
new rectory. 

The decoration of the whole interior of the Church at 
a cost of about $380, by St. Mary's Guild (1905). 

The general improvement of the church yard and 
burial ground, the levelling of the graves, thus permitting 
the use of the lawn mower over the whole (1907). 

The sale of the church farm and the proceeds placed 
in the hands of the Synod for investment (1907-1908). 

The erection of a beautiful and commodious parish 
hall by St. Mary's Guild, at a cost of $7,000 (1910). 

The excavation of the basement under the chancel of 
the church in such a manner as to afford three commodious 
muster rooms for the accommodation of a vested choir. 
(1913). This creditable work was chiefly due to enter- 
prize of Mr. R. J. Snetsinger; assisted by Mr. J. W. Unwin. 

The vesting' of the Choir on Advent Suday, 1913, 

The addition of a handsome oak altar and reredos 
with panels, the gift of Dr. Theoron Woolverton. 

An oak faldstool, the gift of Mr. Hamilton Pettit, 
commemorating his golden wedding. 

An exquisitely crochet altar frontlet, the work and 
gift of Mrs. Margaret Taylor. 

The maintenance of a fund for the permanent care 
and decoration of the church yard to which parishioners 
are invited to make bequests. 

In addition to the above notes, the following donations 
should not be overlooked, viz. : 

A stained glass window by Mr. George Pettit. 

The brass altar rail and standards by the Misses 
Dolmage (1906). 

The brass lectern by Mrs. George Pettit (1906). 

The pulpit by Mr. P. H. Gamble (1906). 

The sedilia by Mr. D. Christie (1908). 

The altar cross and vases by Miss Woolverton (1906- 


Tablets: one by Dt. T. Woolverton; one by Miss N. 

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and Mr. Frank Woolverton; and one by the congregation 
in memory of William Barnes, who was killed March 1st, 
1912, while in discharge of his duties as sexton. 

Dating from 1794, St. Andrew's Church, Grimsby, has 
a long and interesting history of about one hundred and 
twenty years. The present stone structure, completed in 
1824, and built after the quaint old New England style of 
architecture, is an heirloom of which the present members 
may feel fustly proud. Situated in a beautiful spot be- 
tween the mountain and the lake, with picturesque sur- 
roundings of orchard and forest, she is an object of interest 
to all visitors. May she long continue to command the 
affectionate regard of a devoted people. 

On May 10th, 1914, Mr.Linus Woolverton passed in- 
to the life beyond before the data and records which his 
untiring activities had accumulated, were handed over to 
the printer. Shortly after his demise his son, Ernest, en- 
trusted the manuscript to me and I have withheld its 
publication for S. Andrew's Centenary Jubilee. 

The years were all too few in which Mr. Woolverton 
was identified with the congregational life of S. Andrew's 
church. His theological reading and deeply religious in- 
stincts naturally drew him to the church, and his varied 
tastes found satisfaction and greater scope in their wider 
opportunity. He soon became a valuable factor in the 
parochial life, being Lay-reader, S. S. Superintendent and 
Vestry Clerk at the time of his death. He was a leading 
spirit in transforming the old chrch-yard from a wilderness 
to an acre of God, and the first contributor of a legacy to a 
capital account for its future upkeep. His sympathy with 
the suggestion that a Lych Gate should some day lend 
added beauty to the shaded surroundings of the church en- 
trance, prompted a further legacy for this unique gateway 
in a Canadian churchyard. Ernest Woolverton assisting 
with a generous contribution facilitated the completion 
of a graceful memorial to one whose useful days among us 
were all too quickly numbered. 

In 1913, Miss Woolverton, with her brother, Mr. 
Frank Woolverton, of New York, installed to the memory 
of their father, Dr. Thoren Woolverton, U.S.N., the front 
window in the western side. The portrayal is a favorite 
one the Resurrection. The glass is of deep color and 
rich in effect, producing, with the sancturay appointments, 
given by the same family, a very considerable portion of 
the atmosphere of sanctity radiating through S. Andrew's. 
Miss Woolverton 's generosity and service infuse all our 

worthiest activities. 

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Surroundings : 

Establishment of the church-yard improvement fund 
owes much especially to Mr. Kenneth Grout, who with 
Mr. George Alexander and Mr. Arthur Ockenden, have 
since its inception, andto the appointment of Mr. Andrews; 
acted as secretaries. 

The northern and easterly corner of the Rectory farm, 
sold in 1885, to Dr. Read became alienated from congrega- 
tional interest, and was offered for sub-division. Possi- 
bilities of such a peril befalling the foremost corner of our 
extensive property was happily forestalled by purchsae in 
the early spring of 1917. In disposing of the Rectory farm 
in 1908, three acres of the best soil adjoining the church 
possession were retained, the old apple trees dug out and 
the land replanted with peach trees. The corner next the 
Parish Hall was levelled and terraced for a bowling greem, 
privet hedges planted on street lines and inner divisions, 
including the church-yard. The lane, on the eastern 
boundary, given from the property, was lifted in the social 
scale to an avenue and called S. Andrew's; and a newly 
opened street on the north was named Bolton, to perpetu- 
ate memory of Dr. Read, to whose friendship with Arch- 
deacon Nelles the exchange of the Uxbridge woodland for 
the farm, was due. 

In 1912 the stable was built, and the caretakers cot- 
tage overhauled: new fences were built along boundary 
lines and roadways; trees were planted on S. Andrew's Ave- 
nue, Bolton Street, and the row of maples on Main Street 
continued from the church to the western boundary of 
graveyard. A boulevard along S. Andrew's Avenue was* 
built up and sieded in 1913. Many roots of Japanese Ivy 
have been planted around the foundations of the church 
and parish hall, many have died, but the existing vines 
give a cared-for and ancient look to the buildings, as well 
as beauty. One could wish that the old church at her 
centenary were well overlaid with English Ivy making it 
look cosy and green in snowy months as in summer. 
Japanese Ivy is a graceful hot-weather covering, but it 
lacks the venerating effect of English Ivy. All Saint's 
Church, Niagara Falls, is an envy in this respect. 

Our great maples are the glory of our surroundings, 
nor dare we fail to mention the lovely old weeping willows, 
thanks many and sincere to the hands of long ago that 
planted those trees which uplift the thoughts, and even 
soften the sorrows of our day. If members of a single 
congregation would in each Spring of their lives plant one 
or a few trees to beautify, how much more proud we should 
be of our village. Grimsby has been made beautiful by 

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nature, but not in many spots by man. A return here from 
Oakville with its beautifully treed streets leading to the 
lake shore, makes Grimsby appear almost commonplace. 
Our churchyard with its choicest soil, its lovely views 
toward moutain or lake, looks but a poor bare corner when 
one returns to it from that beutiful old churchyard of S. 
Mark's, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 'Tis the stately elms and 
silent pines of the latter which chiefly declare its super- 
iority. A look down the long drive, lined by its double 
row of acacias which leads to the pretty little white church 
at Burlington, resting impressively mid trees in the silent 
churchyard, is an invitation to peace and hopeful contem- 
plation. These wanderings are not meant to reflect upon 
ourselves, but to move someone perchance to plant silmi- 
larly. and we shall have no rivals. 

Church property in the ideal should be one of the most 
beautiful possessions in every village or town. I should 
like to see S. Andrew's, Grimsby, made more inspiringly 
ideal in all respects than any other parish in the diocese of 
Services : 

Services in the little Parish Church may be described 
as bright, devout and varied. These on no two Sundays 
of the month are just alike: the first Sunday having Matins 
with plain Celebration; the second, an early Celebration, 
with Matins and and state prayers at eleven; the third, 
a choral Eucharist; fourth, an 8 o. c. Celebration, followed 
by Matins and Litany at mid-day; fifth, children's Eu- 
charist. This difference should give width of appreciation 
and outlook, and eradicate that narrowness of early up- 
bringing which thinks but one service tolerable "that to 
which I have been accustomed." 

From visitors, both lay and clerical, are frequently 
heard expressions of the services' uplifting tone. Every 
parish, no doubt, has its occasions when certain 
services may be regarded as specially impressive. S. 
Andrew's, we hope, is not devoid of its goodly portion: 
the service of Intercession for the fallen heroes of the great 
war was, we think, worthy of a long remembrance. 

Roll of Honor : 

Volunatry enlistment, to fight off the Teutonic terror 
of men identified with the congregation, showed a spirit 
not easily rivalled by any community in Canada. One 
hundred and thirty names may be seen on the long double 
column suspended in the tower-porch, a willing offering 
for freedom, and a conferring of much honor upon their 
fellow-worshippers. We are heirs to the distinction 
primarily from the men of British birth, who came in no 
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small numbers to this fruit district, in years prior to 1 
They showed the native-born boys the way. But our 
gallant youths trained from the font in S. Andrew's, 
needed restraining rather than leading. It was impossible 
to hold at home a boy who had reached the age of sixteen, 
for such before the armistice could not be found among 
our people. This generation more than upheld the patriotic 
traditions of their renowned forbears of the Niagara 
peninsula. Mr. Bennett, of Beamsville, tells that years 
ago a call-to-arms came while the congregation was as- 
sembled in worship, and at the word, men quietly left 
their pews and passed out to prepare for a conflict in 
defence of their own home hearth:;. 


While Mr. Woolverton has referred to organizations, 
an added word will not be over-much in speaking of the 
original two, which have carried on mission and parochial 
interests for many years. 

S. Mary's Guild, under the presidency of Mrs. Drope, 
has undertaken many difficult projects, entailing consider- 
able financial outlay. Their never-ceasing enterprise 
cannot be too highly praised. A lasting and proud monu- 
ment to their courage is the Parish Hall, the finest and 
most picturesque structure in our village, affording facil- 
ities for all demands. Indeed, it is too attractive and com- 
modious, for embarrassment is sometimes caused through 
the desires of non-parochial organizations to enjoy its 
alluring accommodation. Steadily the Guild has toiled 
and met every obligation of interest and principal, till 
the indebtedness on the building is now reduced to less 
than $1,700. 

The Woman's Auxiliary, of more recent creation than 
the Guild, yet claiming ancient service, was in early years 
fostered by Mrs. Adolphus Pettit. It has a very worthy 
and strong record of service rendered, evidencing its faith 
and purpose Goodly garments despatched to isolated 
northern fields, and moneys sent to far-away lands, cause 
unknown peoples to feel through practical touch that 
sacrifice and thought of others, which is the very essence 
of Christianity. Miss Metcalf and Miss Woolverton hold 
office on the Diocesan and Dominion Boards of this far- 
reaching organization. 

One would fain speak of other activities and persons, 
all lending valued service in the endless multiplicity of 
christian effort. But a word to Sunday School Teachers 
and Choir, who throughout succeeding years or generations 
of gratuitous service, share the mocks and ingratitude which 
become the rewards of most moral self-sacrificing effort. 

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Your services are appreciated, deeply appreciated by many. 
Persist in them with constacy, steadily eliminating any 
selfish complacency or ambition known only to yourselves, 
while focussing your efforts on the highest opportunities 
those services evolve. 

S. Andrews, has furthermore long been blessed with 
gracious and painstaking wardens, who maintain her 
parochial and missionary contributions at a good level, 
trebling in late years those of by-gone days, sparing them- 
selves no unpleasant effort to collect arrears and supply 
all requirements. 
The Centenary: 

To celebrate the approaching centenary, the exact 
date of which event (May 19th, 1919) has been conclusively 
settled through research made by Mr. Kenneth Grout, 
the congregation spontaneously rose in generous effort 
to adorn their much beloved House-of-God by beautifying 
it with a very handsome oak-panelled ceiling. 

So cOvStly an enterprize would at any other time have 
been regarded as quite beyond attainment. But sentiment 
can open purses and beget activity. In an astonishingly 
short time money seemed on the way for this commendable 
restoration, brightened by the liberal bequests of Mr. 
George F. Little and Miss Alice Grout. Mr. Parsons has 
been the active and guiding spirit in this heavy under- 
taking; and assisted by his co-warden, Mr. Pottinger, and 
a good finance committee, the prospects of a glad fulfil- 
ment seem hopefully on the way. We trust its consum- 
mation may be a matter of gratification to many worship- 
pers in the generations to come. 

The Font has manifestly been overlooked by Mr. 
Woolverton in his chronicling of interior equipment. This 
rotund reminder of life renewed, Dr. Lundy had sent 
out to him from England, a seeming labor of sentiment with 
a mountain of stone so near. The journey must have 
given it a taste for travel, as we read of its moving up and 
down the church at intervals according to the doctrinal 
disposition of the day It was first placed at the door of 
entrance but the people, alarmed by its ecclesiastical 
significance there, persuaded Dr. Lundy's successor to 
have it placed near the chancel steps, where it could more 
readily be watched. Here it remained in innocent utility 
till that dangerous high churchman of 1905, often 
episcopally reported, again started it on the roll, settling 
it in its present position. No charges have been made 
against it since its return. But even when not emiting a 
dangerous doctrinal savor it seems to have been a medium 

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of strife between neighbours. For an animus was created 
in the heart of Mrs. Grout whose well was frequently 
robbed by Dr. Lundy in seasons of drought, and this 
great receptacle filled with water, that babies might be 
dipped therein, when Baptism by effusion in a dry season, 
this outraged Rebecca felt would have been sufficient. 

Backward and Forward: 

Looking across the generations that have passed, as 
described in local rcords, one cannot but perceive the dire 
effects of parochial conflict so often pushing its hideous 
head above all else. Mr. Woolverton has suppressed much 
in the records he had gathered, and wrote soft phraes 
where harsher were most in evidence. Candidates for 
the ministry decrease alarmingly, and in proportion as 
deference to God's name and to public worship wane in 
family life. Rarely will a son seek the ministry of service 
unless so directed by the parents. In whatsoever parish 
you may worship or whomseover may serve you here in 
the eras that lie before, do not be among those who one 
day adore, and the next abominate everything that the 
occupying incumbent attempts or does. Where men can 
be found with vision to undertake so daring an enterprise 
as to try to serve the many, and mellow the maladies of 
mankind, surely the very recklessness of such an idealistic 
venture should touch the forbearance of all persons, not to 
magnify infirmities but to cover over any want of judg- 
ment. Let it be your aim to increase in density the at- 
mosphere of charity which emanates from your parish, and 
you will upbuild it and your own life as well. For, after 
all, love, or the want of it, depicts the bright or dingy 
colouring in which a parish-history is really written. 
Its products are the only acts worth recording. 

May old S. Andrew's have many more happy jubilees; 
may her wholesome influences be widely disseminated, 
and may the tender affections and ready service which 
she has aroused in so many hearts be maintained in the 
generations of her children yet to be. 


The following interesting additions to the interior 
archives are expected at the time of the Jubilee, or shortly 
Brass Tablets: 

Perpetuating to memory Andrew Pettit. The tablet 
will be affixed by the descendants of this staunch patron of 
the parish. 

To the memory of Miss Adelaide and Miss Alice 
Grout, esteemed and devoted labourers for many years in 
the congregation. 

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To the memory of the boys of Lake Lodge School who 
gave their lives for freedom in the great war; boys from 
far whose early impressions of reverent public worship 
were gathered at S. Andrew's. 

A window to be set in near the Font, the subject 
design "Christ blessing little children," donated by Mr. 
George Endacott, to beautify the church and mark the 
year of her Jubilee. t 

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