Southwold Churches

 Elgin County
Places of Worship
Records Inventory
Southwold Township

Elgin County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Published 2006

Churches in Southwold Township: 

Fingal Anglican

First Southwold Baptist

Second Southwold Baptist                

Iona Station Baptist

Fingal Baptist

Shedden Baptist

Grace Church, Shedden

Talbotville Baptist

Shedden Congregational

Frome Episcopal

Frome Congregational (United)

Fingal Methodist

Middlemarch Bible Christian

Middlemarch United Church

Fingal United Church

Frome Methodist

Shedden United (Bethany)

Lawrence Station United Church

Talbotville Bible Christian

Talbotville United Church

Lake Road Methodist

Southwold Station United Church

White’s (Mellor) Methodist

Muskoka Methodist

Free Methodist

Watson’s Corners Methodist

Iona United Church (Christian Fellowship)

McBride’s Presbyterian/United/Christian Fellowship

Knox Presbyterian, Fingal

St. Columbus Presbyterian, Fingal

Payne’s Mills Presbyterian

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic, Fingal

 St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic, Port Stanley

St. John’s Presbyterian, Port Stanley

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Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Anglican 

Name of Church:      Fingal Anglican Church

Location:                    Lot 19, North Talbot Road [property possibly at 8100 Union Road]

Date of Formation:   February 18, 1843

Date of Closing:         January 28, 1872

Affiliations:                St. Peter’s Church, Tyrconnell; Christ Church, Port Stanley (1861-68)

Records:                     see St. Peter’s Church in Dunwich volume

see Christ Church Port Stanley in Yarmouth volume

History:    In the early days, Fingal was a rapidly growing village and was considered a good location to establish an Anglican church.  On February 18, 1843 six acres of land, composed of a part of Lot 19 north on the Talbot Road in the village of Fingal was deeded by Col. Mahlon Burwell to the Bishop of Toronto. Of this six acres, one acre and a half was to be the site of a church and burial ground; three acres and a half was to be the site of a rectory with Glebe adjoining for the use of the Rector. The remaining one acre was to be an endowment exclusively for the benefit of the Bishop of the Diocese.  A frame church was erected in 1844 and was used for worship services until St. Stephen’s church, located four miles west of Fingal, was opened in 1872.  Services were conducted briefly by the rector of St. Peter’s church in Tyrconnell, but from 1861 to 1868 the Fingal church was served by Rev. James Mockridge of Christ Church, Port Stanley.  Names of men actively identified with the work and worship of Fingal church during Rev. Mockridge’s incumbency were Eliphilet W. Gustin, John Partridge, John Thorn, Thomas Lawrence, John Orchard, Edward Potts, Edward Burwell, Hannibal Burwell and Edward McKay.  For a time after Rev. A. E. Miller became incumbent of St. Peter’s church, services were conducted by him in the Fingal church, but with the opening of St. Stephen’s church for worship on Jan 28, 1872, services in Fingal church were discontinued.  The Fingal church was rented for a short time to Charles Edmonds.  Later, on Sept. 30, 1876, the whole church property was deeded to Mr. Edmonds by the Diocese of Huron, for a purchase price of $450. 

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Baptist

Name of Church:      First Southwold Regular Baptist Church

Location:       Lot 2, southeast corner, North Side North Branch Talbot Road

Moved in 1903 to village of Iona Station, 10096 Iona Road

Date of Formation:    1821

Date of Closing:         1903 (united with Southwold Second Baptist Church to form Iona Station Baptist Church)

Affiliations:               

Second Southwold Baptist (1850-1903)

Dutton Baptist Church (1913-1924)

 Sparta Baptist & First Yarmouth (Plains) (1958-1963)

Dutton Baptist (1963-present)

Records:     The Canadian Baptist Archives list the following records in their holdings:

Minute Book (1820-1889)

The minute book is also found on LDS microfilm no. 0804328 (item3)

History:      A deed dated August 29, 1844 exists for 3/4 acre in the southeast corner of lot 2, North west side North Branch Talbot Road, from Daniel McIntyre to the Trustees of the Regular Baptist Church – William Decow, James Phillpot & John Clark. 

The church was officially organized on June 30, 1821 and was the parent of many churches including that of South Yarmouth, Caradoc, Chatham as well as the St. Thomas church.  First meetings were held in homes and school houses, under the guidance of Elder Jesse Crandall.  As the community grew, an old barn on lot 2 of Back Street was used for worship.  In 1836, the first meeting house was built on the southeast corner of the same lot, not far from the cemetery.  By 1863, the congregation decided to locate nearer to the village of Iona, and a new church was built on a lot purchased from John Decow.  The opening service was held on Dec. 4, 1864.  Meanwhile, during the 1850’s, a few of the members decided to form a second congregation north of Back Street on the Southwold-Dunwich townline.  The site for their first meeting  house was somewhere north of where Iona Station is today.

By 1900, the previously thriving village of Iona had given way to her new neighbour to the north, Iona Station.  This was due to the railroads intersecting the town-line at that point in the 1870’s.  As a result, in 1903, the First and Second Southwold congregations decided to unite, and a lot was purchased in Iona Station from John & Margaret Black of Los Angeles, California. The Iona building was then moved two miles north to Iona Station to its present site, and the congregation became known as Iona Station Baptist Church. The first worship service in the relocated church was held in February 1903.  A basement was put under the church and the building was bricked.

Further history:         “First Southwold Regular Baptist Church 1821-1902; Iona Station Baptist Church 1903-1965 – 145 Years of Service”, by Mr. J. M. Russell, 1965 (Elgin OGS has a copy)

Ministers:                  

Elder Jesse Crandall, 1821-1823

Elder Reuben Crandall, 1923-1825

Elder Charles Stewart, 1825

Elder Wm. McDermond, 1826-1830’s

Elder Jesse Crandall, 1836-1842

Dennis Burnett, 1842

William Gowan, 1842

Elder T. Mills, 1844-1846

Elder Wm. Wilkinson, 1846

Elder T. Mills, 1847

(no records 1848-1858)

Elder Duncan, 1857-1858

Elder A. Smith, 1858-1859

Elder T. Mills, 1859-1860

Bro. John Butler, 1860

Elder Thomas, 1862

Rev. Joseph Painter, 1863-1865

Rev. Robert Dunlop, 1866-1867

Peter Mulcahy, 1868

Rev. J. W. Clark, 1869-1870

Pastor W. P. Hazelton, 1872-1873

Pastor Cunningham, 1874

Rev. L. Randall, 1875-1878             

D. Rees, 1878-1879

Elder H. Richmond, 1880

Rev. J. Gilmore, 1881-1882

(no records 1883-1885)

Elder Tinkham, 1885-1886

W. Mann, 1887-1888

(no records 1888-1891)

Pocock, 1891

Rev. E. S. Wilson, 1892-1894

Jas. Pollock, 1895-1896

Rev. J. B. Huff, 1897-1899

Rev. C. C. Anderson, 1900-1903

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Baptist

Name of Church:      Second Southwold Baptist Church

Location:                    Lot C, Concession A, Dunwich (Dunwich-Southwold Townline)

Date of Formation:    1850

Date of Closing:         1903 (united with First Southwold Baptist Church to form Iona Station Baptist church)

Affiliations:                First Southwold Baptist Church (1850-1903)

Records:                     The Canadian Baptist Archives lists the following records in their holdings:

Minute Book (1893-1901)

History:                       First and Second Southwold Regular Baptist churches amalgamated to become the Iona Station Bapist church in 1903.

Further history will be found in the listing for First Southwold Baptist church and Iona Station Baptist church.

The Second Southwold Baptist church will also be found in the Dunwich township volume.                       

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Baptist

Name of Church:      Iona Station Baptist Church

Location:                    10096 Iona Road; east side of Southwold-Dunwich Townline  Iona Station Baptist Church

Date of Formation:    1903 (from the amalgamation of First & Second Baptist churches)

Date of Closing:         active

Affiliations:               

Dutton Baptist Church (1913-1924)

Sparta Baptist & First Yarmouth (Plains) (1958-1963)

Dutton Baptist Church (1963-present)

Records:                     Minute Book (1916-1942) (at Canadian Baptist Archives)

History:                       see listing for First Southwold Regular Baptist Church.

Ministers:                  

Rev. C. C. Anderson, 1900-1903

Rev. James Cross, 1904-1906

Gilbert Lamont, 1906-1909

Rev. Arthur Hale, 1909-1910

Rev. T. Watson, 1911-1913

Rev. R. W. Kelly, 1914-1915

Rev. F. Oliver, 1915

S. Hamilton, 1916

Rev. Thomas Bingham, 1916-1917

various students, 1917-1918

D. Priddle, 1918

Rev. John Pollock, 1920-1923

(no records 1923-1925)

Rev. J. Proudfoot, 1925

Rev. George Creigh, 1927

Lorne Whittaker, 1928-1931

(no records 1931-1933)

Rev. J. B. Brown, 1933-1937

Rev. Fred Bennett, 1938-1941

(no records 1941-1943)

Mr. W. O. Cooke, 1943-1948

Rev. A. C. Campbell, 1949-1954

Vernon Kimball, 1955

Robert Giuliano, 1956-1957

Rev. Seymour Boyce, 1958-1963

Mr. John Russell, 1963-1965

Mr. Roy Latimer, 1965-1967

Rev. Charles Burtch, 1967-1972

Rev. E. A. Lorimer, 1972-1978

Rev. David Stamp, 1978-1982

Rev. Peter Burritt, 1983-1993

Rev. Stephen Self, 1995-2000

Rev. James Lewis, 2000-2002

Pastor Deane Proctor, 2002-

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Baptist

Name of Church:      Fingal Baptist Church

Location:                    35778 Lanark Street, Fingal  Southwold Fingal Baptist Church

Date of Formation:    1845

Date of Closing:         active

Affiliations:                St. Thomas, Shedden

Records:                     The Canadian Baptist Archives lists the following records in their holdings:                                                                                   

Minute Book (1858-1883)

Membership List (1865, 1896)

The above minute book is also found on LDS microfilm number 0897914 (item 7).

Later records were lost, but records from 1922 are in local custody.

Contact: Dorothy Campbell, Church Street, Fingal (519) 769-2371, to view records

History:     Fingal Baptist church was organized in 1845, and the congregation first met in the old school house on lot 17, north side of Talbot Road (now Fingal Line).  The 1847 the congregation was recognized as a member of the Western Association of Baptist Churches.  The Sunday School was started in 1855, and by 1858 membership in the church had grown to 106. Property was then purchased from Robert Blackwood, a Fingal merchant. A deed exists dated July 15, 1858 from Robert Blackwood to the Trustees of the Regular Baptist Church, Fingal, part of lot 19, Talbot Road North side. The trustees were George Wilson, Adam Burwell & Truman Hawly.  A wooden building occupied the property, and was replaced by a brick building in 1869 under the direction of Rev. Abraham Duncan.  In 1927 the congregation joined the Union of Regular Baptist Churches of Ontario & Quebec, and became a three point charge including Shedden and St. Thomas.  In 1953, they joined the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada.  In 1971, a tornado ripped through Fingal, resulting in serious damage to the church.  The congregation rallied together and made the necessary repairs.  Using leftover funds from insurance, in 1973 an addition was built at the back of church which included a large room with kitchen cupboards, two washrooms, storage room and furnace. 

Ministers:

1845-1867 (unknown)

Rev. Abraham Duncan, 1867-1870

1871-1881 (unknown)

Charles Carroll, 1881-1882

Dam, 1882-1883

W. Phelps, 1883-1885

Ramsey, 1885-1888

Thomas C. Sowter, 1888-1891

W. Charlesworth, 1891-1893

Mr. Wilson, 1893

Burchess, 1893-1896

Adams, 1896-1897

Weaver, 1897-1899

Mr. McFadyen, 1899-1904

Mr. Salten, 1904-1906

Mr. Paull, 1906-1907

Mr. Gregory, 1907-1908

Russell, 1908-1910

Cain, 1910-1911

Richard Marshall, 1911-1912

H. Kedy, 1912-1918

J. Schultz, 1918-1922

P. Lockhart, 1922-1924

James Proudfoot, 1924-1930

George Creagh, 1930-1934

E. Buchner, 1934-1944

Birch, 1944-1948

Rev. J. I. Murray, 1948-1956

David Cole, 1956-1957

Bill Fynny, 1957-1958

Eustace Meade, 1958-1964

Gerry Rowe, 1964-1966

David Blayney, 1966-1968

Walter Siteman, 1968-1969

(guest ministers) 1969-1970

Vincent Bennett, 1970-1974

Maitland Jones, 1974-1975

Wayne Jupp, 1975-1977

Lorne Norton, 1979-1981

Joe W. Scott, 1981-1983

David Reid, 1983-1987

Wayne Prevett, 1987-1992

Robert Marcus, 1993-

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Baptist 

Name of Church:      Shedden Baptist Church

Location:                    Village Lot 34, 35, North Side North Branch Talbot Road (35888 Talbot Line)  Shedden Baptist Church

Date of Formation:    January 15, 1894 (possibly as early as 1879)

Date of Closing:         May 1994 (sold to Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church)

Affiliations:                Fingal Baptist Church (to 1927)

Records:                     no known records to 1900

-any existing records are in custody of Sharon Mallott, (519) 764-2152.  The marriage register was given to Fingal Baptist church

History:    Before establishment of Baptist churches at Shedden and Fingal, people went to church in a log house north of Fingal.  Shedden Baptist church was dedicated November 1879.  The church was used by a Congregational group for short time, then re-opened as a Baptist church in 1894.   A deed dated January 15, 1894 exits between John Silcox, George Silcox & Francis Warren, Trustees of Congregation Church, and Thomas Orchard, Joseph Spackman, and James Campbell, Trustees of the Regular Baptist Church Home Mission, with a purchase price of $500. This deed must refer to the time when the church was re-opened as a Baptist church.  There are no records prior to 1910, as the church clerk’s house burnt down.  In 1910 a parsonage was purchased in Shedden on Union Road and was sold in March 1964.   On November 13, 1927, the Shedden Baptist church  withdrew from the Old Baptist Convention of Ontario & Quebec over a dispute with church doctrine.  They united with the Union of Regular Baptist Churches of Ontario & Quebec.  The church at that time was a joint charge with Fingal Baptist.  In May 1943 the Shedden Baptist Church withdrew from the Regular Baptist Churches to have affiliation with Independent Baptist Churches.  In 1953 they joined the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada and were still a Fellowship church when they closed.  An addition to the church was finished in October 1965.  Due to low attendance, the church was closed in May 1994.  It was sold in September 1995 and opened as Grace Church.

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Name of Church:      Grace Church

Location:                    35888 Talbot Line, Shedden (former Shedden Baptist Church)  Shedden Baptist Church

Date of Formation:    September 1995

Affiliations:                Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church, London

History:                       This congregation purchased the former Shedden Baptist church in September, 1995.  It is part of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and its sister church is Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church in London.  The parent church is Pilgrim OPC in Metamora, Michigan.  The pastor in 2001 was K. Dale Collison.  The mailing address for the church is P.O. Box 55, Shedden, ON. N0L 2E0.  Their website gives an elder’s name as a contact:  Jim van’t Voort, (519) 764-2841 or e-mail jimvv@golden.net

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Baptist

Name of Church:      Talbotville Baptist

Location:

Date of Formation:    meetings held in 1825

Date of Closing:        

Affiliations:

 Records:

History:     services were held in 1825 at the home of Joseph Lyons, Lot 48, East of North Street

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Congregational

Name of Church:      Shedden Congregational

Location:                    lot 34, 35, North Side North Branch Talbot Road

Date of Formation:    1877

Date of Closing:         1890 (sold to Baptist church)

Records:                     no known records

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist (Episcopal)

Name of Church:      Frome Episcopal

Location:                    Lot 26, South Side North Branch Talbot Road

Date of Formation:    December 30, 1865

Date of Closing:         March 1912 (burned down)

Affiliations:               

Records:                     no known records

See also listing for Shedden Methodist (now Bethany United) Church:

History:      this congregation shared a church building with the Wesleyan Methodist congregation at Frome.  See Frome Wesleyan Methodist for history.

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Congregational (became United Church of Canada in 1925)

Name of Church:      Frome Congregational Church (now Frome United Church)

LocationFrome United Church

Lot 26, North Side North Branch Talbot Road

37694 Talbot Line; phone (519) 764-2006

Date of Formation:    1819

Date of Closing:         active

Affiliations:                Shedden (1908 – 1952)  Southwold (1908 – 1952)

 Southwold Pastoral Charge (Shedden, Frome) (? – present)

Records:                   

Baptisms (1908-1952)

Burials (1908 – 1952)

Marriages (1908 – 1952)

At the time of our original survey (1991), the above records were stored  at the Manse in Shedden.  They have since been transferred to the United Church Archives in Toronto.

See also listing for Shedden Methodist Church (now Bethany United)

The United Church Archives lists the following records for Frome Congregational Church in their holdings:

Minutes of Congregational Meetings (1880-1921)

Minutes of Look Out Committee (1893-1901)

Minutes of Sunday School Committee (1860-1872)

Rules and Regulations (1841)

Grave Yard Trustee Minutes (1883-1907)

Records of the Congregation (1860-1880)

The United Church Archives lists the following records for Frome United Church in their holdings:    

Collection Book (1932-1978)

Some marriages from 1827-1843 are found on LDS Fiche number 6050356

History:   The first Congregational church in Upper Canada (Ontario) was located at Frome, being organized in 1819 by Rev. Joseph Silcox, the local school-teacher.  He rode on horseback over the townships of Southwold, Dunwich and Westminster, preaching in homes and log barns.

The first church at Frome was a log church and school house combined.  It stood west of the present building, where the parking lot is now.  Wishing to make it a community church, Rev. Silcox named it “The Indepents [sp?] Presbyterian Prince of Peace Society”.

The second church at Frome was built in 1842 on land on the front of the Silcox farm. A deed exists dated Feb. 22, 1843 for part of lot 27, North west side north branch Talbot Road, from Joseph Silcox to the Trustees of the Congregational church.  It was a frame structure, and served the congregation until 1888.  This building was purchased by Tom Firth and became part of his farm buildings, later the Roy Leeson farm.  The building has since been torn down.

A brick church was built in 1888, with bricks from one of the Talbotville Methodist churches being used as a foundation, as it had been closed due to the union of the Methodist church. The new church was opened on November 14, 1888. 

In March 1912, the Methodist church across the road burned down, and in 1913 the Methodist congregation joined the Congregational Church. In 1925, the congregation became part of the United Church of Canada.

Further history:         -Frome United Church 150th Anniversary (1819-1969), history

(Elgin OGS has a copy)

-article in St. Thomas Times-Journal, July 23, 1955 “The Silcox Saga”

-article in St. Thomas Times-Journal, Nov. 16, 1957 “Events of Frome’s Early History are Recorded”

Ministers:                  

Rev. Joseph Silcox, 1819-1821

Rev. Joseph Silcox, 1829-1850

Rev. William Burgess, 1850’s-1860

Rev. John Durrant, 1860-1862

Rev. James Malcolm Smith, 1862-1867

Rev. John I. Hindley, 1868-1873

Rev. E. C. W. McColl, 1874

Rev. W. J. Cuthbertson, 1877-1880

Rev. Richard Vivian, 1881

Rev. William Henry Allworth, 1883-1885

Rev. William Henry Allworth Claris, 1885-1892

Rev. George Skinner, 1893-1900

Rev. A. B. Ross, 1902-1905

Rev. W. H. L. Marshall, 1905-1909

Rev. David A. Armstrong, 1909-1914

Rev. Matthew T. Walker, 1914-1919

Rev. William Cox, 1919-1923

Rev. Frank Purnell, 1924-?

Rev. Dr. John B. Silcox, 1926

Rev. A. E. A. Menzies, 1926

Rev. Fred Manning, 1926-1927

Rev. W. T. Eddy, 1927-1932

Rev. A. H. Plyley, 1932-1937

Rev. A. E. Hopper, 1937-1942

Rev. James Bright, 1942-1948

Rev. Dr. Max. Wm. Goodrich, 1948-1955

Rev. Erla Currey, 1955-1959

Rev. W. T. Eddy, 1955-1959

Rev. Thomas P. Moulton, 1961-1963

Rev. Charles Lewis, 1964-1965

Rev. Alexander Taylor, 1966-1972

Rev. T. Mitchell, 1972-1978

Rev. A. E. Loree, 1978-

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist

Name of Church:      Fingal Methodist

Location:                    Lot 11, South Side Talbot Road East (on site of present Fingal Cemetery)

Date of Formation:    1898

Date of Closing:         November 1912

Records:                     no known record

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Bible Christian

Name of Church:      Middlemarch Bible Christian (became Methodist church in 1882)

Location:                    Lot 33, North Side Talbot Road East

Date of Formation:    June 3, 1879

Date of Closing:         1882

Affiliations:                Talbotville (1879-1882)

Records:                     no known records

History:                       see listing for Middlemarch Methodist church, and Talbotville Bible Christian church

 

Township:                  Southwold

Denomination:           Methodist (became United Church of Canada in 1925)

Name of Church:      Middlemarch Methodist (later United Church of Canada)

Location:                    Lot 33, North Side Talbot Road East

Date of Formation:    1882

Date of Closing:         1954

Affiliations:                Fingal (1882-1954)

Southwold (1908 – 1954)

Iona (1908 – 1954)

Records:

Baptisms (1909-1954)

Marriages (1908-1954)

Burials (1909-1954)

The above records are believed to be stored at Fingal United Church.  Researchers are advised to telephone the church (769-2302) and leave a message.

History:   This congregation actually had its beginning as early as 1879 when Bible Christian readers came from Talbotville and held meetings in the schoolhouse and at homes.  It was decided to build a church, and land was donated by Peter Smoke and his son Caleb.  It became a Methodist church in 1882, and became affiliated with Fingal.  In 1907, a cyclone blew out both end walls of the church, and the church was rebuilt.

By 1954, the congregation had become so small that it was decided to close the church, and the members went to Fingal church.  The church was sold in 1956 to Mr. H. Duff

   – see also history of Talbotville Bible Christian church

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist (became United Church of Canada in 1925)

Name of Church:      Fingal United Church

Location:                    35832 Fingal Line  Fingal United Church

 Mailing address: Fingal Pastoral Charge, Box 56, Fingal, ON N0L 1K0

Phone & fax (519) 769-2302; e-mail: wstoss@hotmail.com

Date of Formation:    1856

Date of Closing:         active

Affiliations:                Iona (c1939-1964)

Middlemarch (            -1954)

Port Stanley and Dexter (1964 –         )

Records

Baptisms (1909-1958)

Marriages (1908-1957)

Burials (1909-1958)

The above records are believed to be stored at the church. Researchers are advised to telephone the church and leave a message.

A fire destroyed the parsonage and its contents including the church records in 1898.

The United Church Archives lists the following records for Fingal Methodist/Presbyterian/United Church in their holdings:

Minutes of Session, St. Columbus Church (Presbyterian), 1865-1869

Minutes of the Quarterly Official Board (Methodist), 1879-1911

Missionary Subscription List (Methodist), 1907-1925

History:    Three branches of the Methodist church were in existence in Fingal at one time – the Bible Christian, the Wesleyan Methodist, and the Episcopal Methodist.

The original Wesleyan Methodist church was built in 1856, and served the congregation for several years, until it became too small.  The building was sold to the School Trustees.  The Methodists then used the church built by the “Old Kirk” congregation, and in 1878, the present church was built on a large lot on Talbot Street.

A deed exists dated Dec. 4, 1860 for 1/4 acre, part of lot 18, Talbot Road north side, from Levi Fowler to the Trustees of Fingal Wesleyan Methodist church.

Another deed exists dated Aug. 9, 1867 for property in lot 18, South Talbot Road from Sarah Casey, heir of George Elliott, to Levi Fowler, Amasa Wood, Samuel Tubby, Thomas Humphries, John Conn, Daniel Axford & Rufus Bissell – Trustees of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Fingal. Fingal church was associated with Iona United Church for 25 years.  In 1964, Iona joined the Southwold charge, and Fingal became part of the Port Stanley and Dexter charge.  Middlemarch was also a part of the Fingal charge, but ceased to be a congregation in 1954, when the church closed.                                                            

Ministers: 

Rev. Matthew Swan, 1856

Rev. Luther O. Rice, 1874

Rev. Thomas Crews

Rev. Wm. E. Walker

Rev. Joseph Shepley

Rev. Andrew Edwards

Rev. James Harris

Rev. Hugh T. Crossley

Rev. Jasper Wilson

Rev. George Ferguson

Rev. George Daniel

Rev. Wm. Sparling

Rev. James Hazelwood

Rev. James H. McCartney

Rev. G. W. Dean

1880-1909 not available

Rev. J. W. Pring

Rev. A. R. Johnstone

Rev. A. W. McKibbin

Rev. A. R. Kellan

Rev. James Anthony

Rev. E. S. Hissocks, 1933

Rev. T. C. Wilkinson, 1935

Rev. D. W. Pomeroy, 1938

Rev. J. A. McKim, 1943

Rev. E. A. Poulter, 1945

Rev. W. Killan, 1950

Rev. H. A. Bunt, 1951

Mr. Harvey Sparling, 1954

Mr. Marvin Streich, 1956

Rev. Morley Colling, 1957

Rev. W. P. Smetheram, 1964-1967

Rev. Stanley Shippey, 1967-1968

Rev. W. Edgar Gill, 1968-1972

Rev. Karl Sievert, 1972-

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist (Wesleyan)

Name of Church:      Frome Methodist

Location:                    Lot 26, South Side North Branch Talbot Road  Frome Methodist Church

Date of Formation:    December 30, 1865

Date of Closing:         March 1912 (church burned)

Affiliations:                Southwold Station (1886-1912)

Iona (1886-1912)

Lawrence Station (1886-1912)

Joined Congregational Church at Frome in 1913

Records:    no known records

See also listing for Shedden Methodist (now Bethany United) Church

History:     The land for this church was purchased from John Sutton on Dec. 30, 1865, being one-tenth of an acre, for one dollar.  The elders were Thomas Sharon, Hugh Sharon, John Egan, John Lewis, John Sutton, and Sturgeon Sharon.  These elders represented both the Wesleyan and Episcopal Methodist congregations, and the church was used by both groups, on alternate Sundays.

By 1886 the Frome Methodist Church was on the Shedden Circuit with Southwold Station, Iona, and Lawrence Station.  The church was destroyed by fire in March 1912, and the congregation joined with the Frome Congregational church.

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist (Episcopal) [became United Church of Canada in 1925)

Name of Church:      Shedden Methodist (now called Bethany United Church)

Location:                    Lot 15, North Side North Branch Talbot Road  Southwold Shedden Bethany United Church

35764 Talbot Line

Mailing address: Southwold Pastoral Charge, Box 59, Shedden, ON N0L 2E0.  Phone (519) 764-2468; fax (519) 769-2161

E-mail contact, Ruby Silcox: rsilcox@execulink.com

Date of Formation:    1811

Date of Closing:         active

Affiliations:                Frome (1887-1912)

Southwold Station or Hunt’s (c1887-1925)

Iona (c1887-1919)

Lawrence (c1887-1925)

Shedden Pastoral Charge (includes Frome, Southwold, Shedden, Lawrence Station, McBride’s, Cowal) (1964-1966)

Southwold Pastoral Charge (Shedden, Frome) (? -present)

Records:   Baptisms (1908-1952)

Burials (1908-1955)

Marriages (1922-1955)

At the time of our original survey (1991), these records were stored at the Manse in Shedden.  The records have since been transferred to the United Church Archives in Toronto.

The United Church Archives lists the following records for Shedden United Church in their holdings:

Board and Committee Minutes (1922-1964)

Woman’s Association Minutes (1956-1961)

Woman’s Missionary Society Minutes (1960-1961)

United Church Women minutes (1962-1965)

The United Church Archives lists the following records for Bethany United Church, Shedden, in their holdings:

United Church Women minutes (1966-1973; 1973-1984)

Also at the United Church Archives are records for Southwold Pastoral Charge, including Lawrence Station, McBride’s, Cowal, Shedden & Frome:

Baptisms (1899-1970; 1953-1990)

Marriages (1933-1965; 1956-1990)

Burials (1955-1990)

Communion Roll (1926-1965)

Christian Education Committee minutes (1968-1988)

Official Board Minutes (1922-1964)

History:   The first Methodist church services in this community were held about 1811 in a log barn loaned by Peter Sutton.  Following a revival service at which over one hundred people were converted and joined the church, preparations began for the building of a church

Peter Sutton donated a site for this church on the outer south-west corner of the village of Shedden and the church was built about 1837 or 1838.  It was known as the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Preparations began for the building of the present brick church in 1885 and it was dedicated in 1886. A deed exists dated July 31, 1886 for part of lot 15, from Mary Ann Shaw to the Trustees of Shedden Methodist church.  At this time, Shedden Circuit had two preaching places, Frome and Shedden.  Later, Iona, Lawrence and Hunt’s (later called Southwold Station) were added.

In 1919, Iona became attached to Fingal, leaving Shedden, Lawrence Station and Southwold a three point charge.  In 1925, Lawrence joined McBride’s and Cowal, and Frome was added to Shedden and Southwold.

In 1964 a new pastoral charge was formed, including Shedden, Frome, Iona, McBride’s and Lawrence Station. The United Churches at Iona and McBrides closed in 1965.

Woodview United Church at Lawrence Station was closed in 1966 and joined with Shedden to form a new congregation.  In 1968 the name Bethany United Church, Shedden, was chosen.                                                                                

Further history:         – 175th anniversary history (Elgin OGS has a copy)

 – article in Dutton Advance, June 14, 1961 re 75th anniversary

Ministers:                  

 Rev. R. Thompson, 1887-1889

Rev. Mr. Staples, 1889-1891

Rev. M. Briers, 1891-1893

Rev. Mr. Barltrop, 1893-1895

Rev. C. Deacon, 1895-1897

Rev. J. Henderson, 1897-1900

Rev. Mr. Waddell, 1900-1904

Rev. Mr. Nethercott, 1904-1907

Rev. Mr. Thibaudeau, 1907-1910

Rev. A. E. Moorhouse, 1910-1913

Rev. Mr. Taylor, 1913-1915

Rev. I. W. Kilpatrick, 1915-1919

Rev. E. Matthews, 1919-1920

Rev. J. Millian, 1920-1921

Rev. P. E. James, 1921-1925

Rev. F. Manning, 1925-1927

Rev. W. T. Eddy, 1927-1933

Rev. A. H. Plyley, 1933-1937

Rev. A. E. Hopper, 1937-1944

Rev. J. Bright, 1944-1948

Dr. M. W. Goodrich, 1948-1954

Rev. Erla Currey, 1955-1959

Rev. W. T. Eddy, 1959-1963

Rev. T. P. Moulton, 1963-1965

Rev. C. Lewis, 1966-1972

Rev. Alex Taylor, 1966-1972

Rev. T. Mitchell, 1972-1978

Rev. A. E. Loree, 1978-

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist (Wesleyan) [became United Church of Canada in 1925)

Name of Church:      Miller Church  and Woodview Church (Also known as Lawrence Station)

Location:                   

Miller – South Part Lot 12, Concession 1 

Woodview – South Part Lot 12, Concession 2

Date of Formation:   

Miller – 1867

Woodview – 1885

Date of Closing:         Miller – 18    Woodview – 1966

Affiliations:              

Fingal (1867-1919?)

Iona (1868-1919?)

Muskoka (1867-1868)

Southwold Station (1868-1925)

Shedden & Frome

Shedden Circuit (including Shedden, Southwold, Lawrence (1919-1925)

Cowal, McBride & Lawrence (1925-             )

Southwold Charge (Lawrence, Frome, Shedden, Iona, McBride’s)

Records:                     Baptisms (Dec. 1899-1964)

Marriages (1907-1955)

Burials (1907-1955)

Records for the Southwold Pastoral Charge (Lawrence, McBride’s & Cowal):

Baptisms (1966-1970)

Burials (1958-1967)

Marriages (1933-1965)

At the time of our original survey (1991), the above records were stored in the Manse at Shedden.  They have since been transferred to the United Church Archives in Toronto.

The United Church Archives lists the following records for Woodview United Church, St. Lawrence Station (including Lawrence Methodist Church):

 Session Minutes (1877-1894)

Session Minutes (1939-1961)

Marriage Register (photocopy) 1897-1933 (Lawrence Stn. Pastoral Chg)

Congregational Minutes (1926-1965)

Manse Committee Minutes (1950-1963)

Deed (1880)

Sunday School Minutes (1930-1963)

Correspondence regarding Sale (1966)

Manse Fund Financial Records (1953-1964)

   -see also Southwold Pastoral Charge, under Bethany United Church

History:    Church services were first held in homes, but by 1865, a fund for building a church was begun.  In 1867-1868, a church was built on land donated by William Irvine on lot 12, Concession 1 and a Wesleyan Methodist congregation was formed.  This was known as Miller’s Church, and later joined with Fingal. A deed exists dated Sept. 9, 1868 for ½ acre, in the south corner of lot 12, concession 1, from Thomas Irvine to the Trustees of the Wesleyan Methodist church – Henry Miller, Robert Miller, William Miller, Francis Irvine, John Miller, Joseph Ibbotson & Amasa Wood.

In 1885 a new church was erected on land donated by John Killens at Lawrence Station. The deed is dated June 18, 1885 for part of the southeast quarter of lot 12, concession 2 from John Killens to the Trustees of the Methodist Church in Canada.  The church was named Woodview, after Amasa Wood, who donated funds liberally.

In 1966, Lawrence Church closed, and the congregation joined with Shedden, which renamed its church Bethany United Church Shedden in 1968.

 Further history:         – article in Dutton Advance, June 22, 1966 re church closing

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Bible Christian

Name of Church:      Talbotville Bible Christian

Location:                    Lot 43, South Side Talbot Road North Branch (site of present Talbotville cemetery)

Date of Formation:    1876

Date of Closing:         1885 (united with Methodist Church)

Affiliations:                Middlemarch (1879-1882)

Records:                     no known records

History:     At Talbotville, in Southwold Township, the congregation was started in 1876.   To understand the politics found even in Christian congregations, one must have all the facts.  In 1874, the Methodists held their first attempt at unifying  the various Methodist branches, without much success.  However, here and there a few New Connexions congregations and a few Bible Christian congregations took the offer.  These were struggling congregations who could see no way out from under their debt (those with a mortgaged chapel) or who could see no way of ever affording the luxury of even a tiny chapel. 

            The Bible Christian  congregation at Talbotville were among those who joined this first union, along with the local New Connexions congregation.  But differences soon arose ……

             In the book, The Families of Five Stakes: The History of Talbotville Royal, 1811-1851, by Morley Thomas, we find this reference…..

            “Then, in 1876, many members withdrew from the church ….. and built a Bible Christian Church near the site of the present Talbotville Cemetery.  In 1878, a new brick church was built by the Methodists on Lot 41 East and a few years later, in 1884, the congregations were reunited.  This [1878] church still serves as the Talbotville United Church of Canada.  The Bible Christian church on the Back Street was taken down and the materials were used to build a Congregationalist church at Frome

            The Bible Christian Property Book tells us that this chapel was 30 feet by 44 feet and was of brick construction.

            In the book, Historical Sketch of the Talbotville United Church, by Rev. J.W. Hedley, 1938,

Talbotville Bible Christian, continued:

comes this further information…… “ [The Bible Christian congregation] used as a parsonage the house enlarged and now occupied by Mr. Lewis Jones.” 

            According to the Property Book, the parsonage  measured 28 feet by 24 feet with a kitchen wing 16 feet by 22 feet.  It was a frame house built in 1879. The chapel and the parsonage do not seem to be on the same parcel of land.

            “A deed was found for a lot in the north part of Lot 40 south side of the North Branch Talbot Road, dated April 12, 1876, from Richard B. Nicoll to the trustees of the Bible Christian church.

            The lot by the cemetery where the church was located was Lot 43, south side of the North Branch Talbot Road.  Based on 200 acres per lot, that would be 3/4 to 1 mile further along the road from Lot 40.  This deed may be for the land where the parsonage was built.

            The Bible Christian Property Book lists a second chapel on this circuit, on Front Street.

            “A Bible Christian church was located in the community of Middlemarch, also in Southwold township. Bible Christian preachers and lay-preachers  came out to this community and held meetings in the schoolhouse and in homes. It was decided to build a church, and land was donated by Peter Smoke & his son Caleb. This was on lot 33, North Side Talbot Road East.  (The Talbot Road was also known in various places as The Front Road, and in Middlemarch they called it Front Street.) The congregation was formed on June 3, 1879, and became part of the Methodist church in 1884, when it was linked with the Fingal circuit. It was later part of the Southwold & Iona charge, along with Fingal. In 1907 a cyclone blew out both end walls of the church, but it was rebuilt. The church was closed in 1954 and sold in 1956 to Mr. H. Duff to be converted into a chicken hatchery.”

            This chapel was a small brick structure, 26 feet by 40 feet, built in 1879.

                        Further information from Sim’s, History of Elgin County, tells us the preachers from Talbotville boarded with Thomas Futcher when they came over to Middlemarch.         Also from this book, we find that John Curtis and John Stubbs teamed the lumber for the chapel from Lambeth and London, and that the church was erected with a “bee”.

Preachers to serve this circuit include:

1877 – Francis Metherall Whitlock (son of Jesse Whitlock)

1878 – Richard Mallett and Daniel Williams (with St Thomas)

1879 – Richard Mallett (with St. Thomas)

1880-82 – J.H. Rice

1883 – Samuel J. Allin

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist (New Connection) [became United Church of Canada in 1925)

Name of Church:      Talbotville Methodist (now Talbotville United)

Location:
Lot 47, North Talbot Road  Southwold Talbotville United Church

10734 Sunset Road (Highway 4)

Mailing address: Suburban Pastoral Charge, General Delivery, Talbotville,

N0L 2K0.  Phone: (519) 633-7325; Fax: (519) 633-4830

E-mail: suburbanpc@bellnet.ca

Date of Formation:    1825

Date of Closing:         active

Affiliations:                Gore School or Hunt’s (1853)
Paynes (1853)
Townline (1886 –         )
Yarmouth Centre & Townline (Suburban Pastoral Charge)

Records:                     Baptisms (1900-1969) (May 11, 1941 – present)

Marriages (Dec. 9, 1896-June 27, 1936; 1969 – present)

Burials (1900-1969; 1970 – present)

Official Board Minutes (May 14, 1945 – June 16, 1982)

Congregational Meeting Minute Book (Jan. 31, 1987 – present)

United Church Women Register (1954 – )

The above records are located at the church office of Talbotville United Church

The United Church Archives lists the following records for Talbotville Methodist New Connection/Methodist/United Church in their holdings:

Official Board Minutes (1847-1917)

Baptisms (St. Thomas Circuit) (1844-1850)

Records of Talbotville Methodist Church (1845-1875)

Records of Talbotville Methodist Church (1859-1895)

Records of Talbotville Methodist Church (1892-1925)

Records of Talbotville United Church (1909-1931)

Membership Register (1877-1914)

Adult Bible Class Attendance (1909-1929)

Secretary’s Book (1913-1918)

Ladies’ Aid Minutes (1892-1931)

Baptisms (1845-1850) have been transcribed and published in Middlesex County Marriages & Baptisms, 1848-1858, by Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford Devai.

History:        In 1844 a parcel of land was purchased and a frame church was built. A deed exists dated Oct. 29, 1843 for property in the northwest corner of lot 41, east side Talbot Road North Branch, from Isaac Bowlby to the Trustees of the Canadian Wesleyan Methodist New Connection.  The frame church was  later moved to the farm of Mr. F. Hellka.  A new church was built in 1878. The Talbotville congregation was associated with the New Connection branch of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.  The first minister recorded is Rev. Edward Baillie in 1844. In 1859 the name of the circuit was changed from St. Thomas circuit to the Talbotville circuit. In 1886 the circuit was formed with only Talbotville and Townline church. In 1884 the union of the Primitive, Episcopal and Bible Christian churches resulted in the Methodist church being formed. 

In 1945, Talbotville, Yarmouth Center and Townline formed the St. Thomas Suburban Charge.  In 1954, Talbotville and St. Andrews formed a charge.  In 1958, the St. Thomas Suburban charge was once again formed.  In 2000, a 3/4 acre parcel of land was added to the back of the church. Improvements consisted of drainage, gravel, fencing and signs.

Note:       The United Church Archives lists  a Talbotville Primitive Methodist congregation that was part of the London Primitive Methodist Circuit (1854-1884). It is not known if there was ever a church erected for this congregation at Talbotville. The records are listed under King Street Primitive Methodist Church in London, and may include references to Talbotville,  as follows:

Baptisms (1861-1879)

Minutes Quarterly Board, London Mission Circuit (1854-1869; 1879-1884)

Pew Rent Books (1866-1874; 1868)

Accounts (1876-1877)

Trustee Minutes (1860-1864)

Ministers:

Mr. T. W. Jackson, 1877-1880

Edwin Holmes, 1880-1881

Daniel Thompson, 1881-1883

Joseph Ward, 1883-1884

Joseph Philp, 1884-1885

Robert Parsons, 1885-1888

Edward Kershaw, 1888-1891

John Yelland, 1894-1895

David Rogers, 1895-1897

Thomas Sanderson, 1897-1901

Charles C. Cousens, 1901-1904

Redmond, 1904-1908

F. Sutcliffe, 1908-1911

John Holmes, 1911-1914

John Mahan, 1914-1916

John Kennedy, 1916-1919

M. Colling, 1919-1920

M. Keys, 1920-1924

L. Couzens, 1924-1927

C. Copeland, 1927-1929

J. Bridgette, 1929-1936

Thomas Sawyer, 1936-1937

W. Hedley, 1937-1940

Harry Royle, 1940-1945

Angus Tayloe, 1945-1949

Scot Milly, 1949-1952

Currie Winlaw, 1953

Mervyn Wright, 1954-1957

Charles Perkins, 1957-1958

Pease, 1958

C. Copeland, 1958-1959

George Shields, 1959-1969

Barry Thomas, 1969-1974

Wm. Smetheran, 1974-1975

Russell Cook

Willi Kammerer, 1975-1978

Isgani Lazaro, 1978-1982

Joe Campbell, 1982-1985

Roger Landell, 1985-2000

Rob Pierce, 2001

Stephen Iverson, 2001-2003

Donald Macpherson, 2004-

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist

Name of Church:      Lake Road Methodist

Location:                    Concession 6, Range 1, North Side Lake Road

Date of Formation:    1850

Date of Closing:         about 1925

Affiliations:                Port Stanley (1854-c1925)

Dexter (1854-c1925)

Records:   Membership List (1858-1894)

Marriages (Aug. 21, 1910 – c 1925)

Baptisms (1912 – c 1925)

Burials (Sept. 27, 1912 – c 1925)

The above records are located at the office of Port Stanley United Church, Colborne St., Port Stanley

History:   About 1850, residents in the southern part of Southwold who were travelling long distances, or meeting in each other’s homes to worship, felt the need for a church.  In 1854, a church was built on about 1/4 acre of land donated from the Fleming Hunter farm, a short distance from the old Boxall Post office. The deed is dated May 9, 1854 from Fleming Hunter to the Trustees of Lake Road congregation of the Wesleyan Methodist church, for 1/5 acre in lot 6, Range 1, north side Lake Road. Here in this little church worshipped Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians and Roman Catholics.  It was on a circuit with Port Stanley and Dexter.  In 1859, about a mile from the church, a cemetery was started known as Lake Road Cemetery, or the Hunter Cemetery.

Shortly before the formation of the United Church of Canada in 1925, it was decided to sell the church.  It was purchased by Herbert Hunter, who moved it several hundred yards and remodelled it into a horse stable.

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist (became United Church of Canada in 1925)

Name of Church:      Hunt Methodist Church (later called Southwold Station)

Location:                    Lot 1, Concession 2  Southwold Station Methodist Church

Date of Formation:    c 1876

Date of Closing:         1962

Affiliations:                Iona (1876 –    ?)

Lawrence (1876 –        ?)

Shedden (1880 –         ?)

Fingal (1880 –              ?)

Middlemarch (Smoke’s) (1880-1881)

White Station (1880-1882)

Frome (1881 – ?)

Records:                     Baptisms (1908-1952)

Burials (1908-1955)

Marriages (1922-1955)

At the time of our original survey (1991), the above records were stored at the Manse in Shedden.  They have since been transferred to the United Church Archives in Toronto.

The United Church Archives in Toronto lists the following records for Southwold Station Methodist/United Church:

Minutes of Epworth League (1923-1927)

Women’s Association Minutes (1935-1961)

Financial Records (1942-1962)

Sunday School Attendance Records (1911-1959)

Sunday School Minutes (1925-1956)

Minutes of Annual Congregational Meetings (1934-1962)

Women’s Association Financial Records (1940-1961)                      

History:                       no history available

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist (Episcopal)

Name of Church:      White’s Station Church (or Mellor Church)

Location:                    Lot 4, Range 2, East River Road

Date of Formation:    1867

Date of Closing:         1882

Affiliations:                Sparta (1867)

Union (1867)

Paynes (1874)

Fingal (1874-1882)

Corseley (Shedden) (1877-1882)

Hunt’s (1881-1882)

Frome (1881-1882)

River (1882)

Records:                     no known records

History:     About 1867 there was a tiny white frame church located about one mile west of White’s Station.  Adjacent to the church was a cemetery, known as Mellor’s cemetery, after the family who owned the land for many years. A deed dated June 2, 1871 exists between Mr. & Mrs. John Mellor to the Methodist Episcopal Trustees – John Henry Campbell, Gideon Howell, and Homer N. Basset – for the church property.  The lot was located on the southeast corner of the Mellor farm, and measured 6 rods by 7 rods, and eleven rods from the Southwold-Yarmouth townline. 

This church was a Methodist Episcopal congregation and was connected with the Yarmouth-Southwold circuits and after 1874 with Southwold alone.  Services were mostly conducted by local preachers, but an ordained minister was occasionally in charge. At the time of the Methodist church union in 1884, White’s Station church disappears from records.  It seems that after 1884 the church building was no longer used.  The church was dismantled soon after and now remains a vacant lot.

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist (Wesleyan)

Name of Church:      Muskoka Methodist

Location:                    Lot 8, West Side of Routh Road

Date of Formation:    1881

Date of Closing:         1892

Affiliations:                Iona (1881-1888)

Miller’s (1881-1888)

Records:                     no known records

History:      In 1881, a Wesleyan Methodist church of modest dimensions was erected on the southeast corner of the James Plain farm, lot 8, west side of the Routh Road.  This church, along with Iona and Miller’s, were joined to make the Iona Methodist charge.  In 1888, the Muskoka appointment was dropped and Southwold Station taken on. Mr. John Miller conducted services every Sunday afternoon for a few years.  A Sunday school was started and it  flourished for a few years.  Some services carried on until about 1892 before the Muskoka church was at last deserted.  Seats from the church were later used in the school, as extra seats were needed.  In 1909 when the school burned, the church was used until a new school was built. 

Ministers:                  

Rev. Mr. Hackett

Rev. W. Smith

Rev. W. H. Cooper

Rev. T. T. George

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Free Methodist

Name of Church:      Thames River and Town Line (Free Methodist)

Location:                    Lot 1, Broken Front (Routh Lands)  Southwold Free Methodist Church

Date of Formation:    1878

Date of Closing:         1971

Affiliations:               

Records:                     no known records

 History:   This church was first organized in 1878 under the North Michigan Conference. Around 1880, meetings were being held in the schoolhouse on lot 4. In 1885, a church was erected on lot 1, Routh Lands. The land was owned by Alexander and James Battin and sold for $20 to the Trustees of the church: Joseph Milton, Robert Beedle and Thomas Smith in 1886.   It was reported in the May 26th issue of the Dutton Advance under Cowal News that “The Free Methodists of the Thames River have their new church about finished”.  In 1889 it became part of the Canada Conference and in 1896 part of the West Ontario Conference. Camp meetings were held in the summer in the grove of trees on the McNabb farm across the road from the church, where hundreds would come to attend these evangelistic meetings.  Services in the church were held quite regularly until 1959 and intermittently until 1969.  In 1970, C. Emerald Walls, a retired minister, served the church and when he left in 1971 the work of the church was closed.  For the next few years,  the church was been maintained and used occasionally for funerals and other gatherings. The church and property was sold by the Trustees of the Canada Great Lakes Conference of the Free Methodist church in Canada in 1983, to Joseph Kropf. The cement block parsonage, which in later years became a residence, was destroyed by fire in 1978.   The church was destroyed by a fire started by vandals on October 21st, 1993. An article appeared  in the Dutton Advance\pard plain , Nov. 3, 1993, regarding the destruction of the church by fire.

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Methodist 

Name of Church:      Watson’s Corners Methodist Church

Location:                    Lot 9, East Side of Scotch Road North East (corner of South Talbot Road East)

Date of Formation:    about 1872

Date of Closing:         about 1900

Affiliations:               

Records:                     no known records

History:    A deed exists dated Dec. 6, 1872 for 1/4 acre in lot 9, South Talbot Road from Andrew Edwards to Amasa Wood, et al, Trustees of Watson Church.  Very little is known about this church, except recollections of Clarence Horton in 1991 (over  90 years old), who remembers his father telling him the church was located across the road from the school house.  The school was on the south east corner of what is now the airport property, and the church was on the north east corner later owned by Max Lethbridge.  The church was moved prior to 1900.  Mr. Horton’s father stated that the church was moved to Middlemiss.

 

Township:                  Southwold

Denomination:           Methodist (became United Church of Canada in 1925)

Name of Church:      Iona Methodist (United Church)

Location:                    9075 Iona Road; [Southwold-Dunwich townline]  Iona United Christian Fellowship Church

Date of Formation:    1874

Date of Closing:         1966 (continued as Iona Christian Fellowship Church)

Affiliations:               

Fingal (1874 – 1880?)

Iona Charge (Miller’s, Muskoka) (1880-1888)

Miller’s (Lawrence Station), Southwold Station (1888-   ?)

 Miller’s, Southwold Station, Shedden, Frome ( ? – 1919)

Fingal (1919 – ?); Fingal & Middlemarch (1939-1954); Fingal (1954-1964)

Shedden, Frome, Lawrence & McBride’s (1964-1965)

Southwold Pastoral Charge (1965-1966)

Records:   The United Church Archives lists the following records for Iona United Church in their holdings:

Board of Trustee Minutes (1966-1968)

Board of Stewards Minutes (1953-1965)

Deed, Iona Church (1890)

Financial Records and Correspondence (1960’s)

Minutes, Congregational Meetings, Board of Trustees (1966-1968)

Agreement, Elgin Presbytery and McBride Church (1966)

Legal Agreements & Property Records  (1890, 1920)

Inventories, Church Furniture (1967)

Correspondence, Re: Sale of Iona United Church of the Iona Christian Fellowship (1967-1968)

Correspondence and Notes, Amalgamation Committee (1965-1968)

Historic Membership Roll (1964)

Correspondence regarding amalgamation (1965)

History:     In June 1874, the Iona Methodist church had its beginning with liberal assistance from Mrs. Sarah Casey and Mr. Amasa Wood.  Mrs. Casey had inherited a large block of land from her father, Mr. Elliott (for whom the Dunwich side of the village was named), and she donated two lots, 6 & 7, on

which the church that still stands today, was built. The congregation was originally Wesleyan Methodist. The frame church was completed in 1874 and had a capacity for 250 people.

Because of the declining rural population and the accompanying decline of church attendance, in 1965, the United Church of Canada began closing churches in less populated areas.  In the fall of 1965, after considerable controversy, the congregations at Iona and McBride’s decided to keep their ministries going and withdrew from the United Church of Canada.  The church was temporarily closed, but later was purchased by the congregation, which had chosen to affiliate with the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Canada.  Along with its sister church, McBride’s, Iona continues as an Alliance Church.  The centennial of the church was celebrated in 1974, and is now known as “Iona Christian Fellowship”.

Further history:        

– article in Dutton Advance, June 8, 1944 re 70th anniversary

– article in Dutton Advance, June 17, 1954 re 80th anniversary

Ministers:

Rev. James Harris 1874-1876

Rev. George Ferguson 1876-1877

Rev. J. H. Hackett 1877-1880

Rev. W. Ray Smith 1880-1883

Rev. Mr. Cooper 1883-1886

Rev. T. T. George 1886-1889

Rev. Mr. Medd 1889-1892

Rev. Mr. Fairchilds 1892-1895

Rev. W. C. Deacon 1895-1896

Rev. John Henderson 1896-1899

Rev. Nethercott 1899-1902

Rev. Wendell 1902-1904

Rev. Thibedeau 1904-1907

Rev. A. E.  Moorehouse 1907-1911

Rev. M. C. Taylor 1911-1915

Rev. I. W. Kilpatrick 1915-1918

Rev. A. R. Johnston 1918

Rev. F. Burgess 1920

Rev. Hugh Wilson 1921

Rev. A. McKibbon 1922

Rev. A. A. Kellum 1925-1927

Rev. W. G. Shaw 1928-1930

Rev. E. S. Hiscocks 1930-1935

Rev. T. C. Wilkinson 1935-1938

Rev. D. W. Pomeroy 1938-1943

Rev. J. A. McKim 1943-1944

Rev. E. A. Poulter 1944-1949

Rev. W. H. Killam 1949-1951

Rev. H. A. Bunt 1952-1954

Mr. Harvey Sparling 1954

Mr. Marvin Streich 1956

Rev. Morley Colling 1957

Rev. Charles Lewis 1964-1965

Rev. Alex Taylor 1966

Rev. Robert McCrea 1965-1969

Rev. Mr. Simpson 1969

Rev. Michael Johnson 1970-1971

Rev. J. Kyle 1971-1976

Rev. George Croft 1976-1979

Mr. Dan Cudney 1979-1981

Mr. Bruce Robinson 1982-1983

Mr. Wayne Spriggs 1984-1986

Mr. James Breen 1986

Mr. William Oosterman 1986-1988

Mr. Dan Cudney, 1988-

 

Township:                  Southwold

Denomination:           Presbyterian (became United Church of Canada in 1925)

Name of Church:      McBride’s Presbyterian

Location:                    Lot 6, Concession 3 (corner of Union and Lawrence Roads)  Southwold McBrides Church

 [house now occupies property – 11728 Union Road]

Date of Formation:    1840

Date of Closing:         1966 (remained open as McBride’s Christian Fellowship; closed 1990’s)

Affiliations:     Knox Church, Fingal (1876-1900)

Woodview Methodist Church, Lawrence Station; and Chalmers Presbyterian Church, Cowal (1926-1966)

Records:   see also listing for above churches

The United Church Archives lists the following records for McBride’s United Church in their holdings:

Congregational Minutes (1927-1937)

History:    The congregation at McBride’s grew out of members of Knox Presbyterian Church, Fingal, who lived six miles away in the north part of Southwold.  Services were conducted in the school house on Oneida Road for many years, until a church was built in 1876.  On January 29, 1876, Duncan and Isabella  McKillop sold one acre of lot 6, concession 3 to the Trustees of the Church – Neil McKillop, Samuel Lynn, and John A. Turner.  The church was named McBride’s in honor of a noted minister in Scotland, Rev. Peter McBride, a great uncle of A. P. Campbell, of St. Thomas.

McBride’s church continued to share a minister with Fingal until 1900, when a two-point charge was made by joining McBride’s with Chalmers Church at Cowal in Dunwich Township.  McBride’s and Cowal continued as a charge until 1925 when both became part of the United Church of Canada, and Lawrence Station church was added to the pastoral charge in 1926.  A Sunday school room addition was dedicated in 1959.

In 1965, following considerable controversy, McBride’s and Iona Churches withdrew from the United Church of Canada, protesting the amalgamation of five area United Churches.  Since their efforts to remain open and continue as a United Church proved fruitless, McBride’s bought the church from Elgin Presbytery.  Mr. Robert McCrea was invited to be minister, and under his leadership, McBride’s and Iona Christian Fellowship Churches were formed and affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches.  McBride’s Christian Fellowship closed in the 1990’s and the church was torn down in 1999.  A new home was built on the property, present owned by Mr & Mrs Tom Telford, 11728 Union Road

Further history:    -“McBride’s United Church Diamond Jubilee 1876-1936″; historical booklet (Elgin OGS has a copy)

-“Centennial History of McBride’s Christian Fellowship Church, 1876-1976″ (Elgin OGS has a copy)

 – article in Dutton Advance, June 21, 1951 re 75th anniversary

Ministers:

Rev. Dr. George Sutherland, 1863-1900

Rev. Samuel Lawrence, 1901-1907

Rev. Donald McKay, 1907-1917

Rev. Gustavis Munro, 1917-1919

Rev. Charles A. Malcolm, 1920-1926

Rev. Neil A. Campbell, 1926-1929

Rev. R. Watson Langdon, 1929-1939

Rev. O. Glen Taylor, 1937-1943

Rev. T. C. Wilkinson, 1943-1949

Rev. Bruce Guy, 1949-1953

Rev. J. Harrower, 1953

Rev. A. G. Pease, 1957

Rev. Charles Badger, 1957

Rev. C. A. Dukelow, 1959

Rev. J. Earl Burr, 1961

Rev. Charles Lewis, 1963

Mr. Robert McCrea, 1965-1969

Rev. R. G. Simpson, 1969

Rev. Michael Johnson, 1970-1971

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Presbyterian

Name of Church:      Knox Presbyterian Church, Fingal

Location:                   

35596 Fingal Line  Fingal Knox Presbyterian Church

Mailing address: Box 35, Fingal, ON N0L 1K0.  Phone: (519) 769-2157

Date of Formation:    1837

Date of Closing:         active

Affiliations:               

St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Port Stanley (1936-      )                  

Records:                    

Baptisms (1851-1988)

Marriages (1850; 1858-1902; 1938-1988)

Communion Roll (prior to 1852)

Membership List (Sept. 1, 1856)

The above records are in original format and are stored at the Southwold Township Office, Fingal. Researchers wishing access to the records are asked to call the church phone number (above) and leave a message.

Church records from 1852-1988 are found on Elgin County Archives Mircofilm number 1451.  Access is restricted to these records; contact Elgin County Archives for further information.

Church records from 1857-1902 are also found on LDS microfilm number 0161518.

History:                      

Duncan McColl, a young catechist of the Church of Scotland, immigrated to Canada in 1841 and began holding services in the townships of Southwold, Yarmouth and Dorchester, preaching in homes.  At this time there was a Church of Scotland in Fingal.  In 1843, the Free Church of Scotland was formed, and the movement eventually spread to Canada.  The Church of Scotland in Fingal was closed and the reorganized congregation built a frame building on the present site in 1850.

During the 1870’s, Presbyterians who had been attending services in Fingal from the north part of Southwold were organized as a congregation by Dr. Sutherland who began holding services in the schoolhouse.  In 1876, they built McBride’s church.

The present church in Fingal was built in 1906. In 1936, the congregation was united with St. John’s Church, Port Stanley,  as a two-point charge.

Further history

“Knox Presbyterian Church Fingal, 150th Anniversary, 1837-1987″, historical booklet (Elgin OGS has a copy)

Ministers:                  

Rev. George Sutherland, 1866-1902

Rev. R. C. McDermid, 1902-1908

Rev. George Gilmore, 1908-1913

Rev. P. F. Langill, 1913-1918

Rev. James Anthony, 1918-1925

Rev. Walter Moffatt, 1925-1928

Rev. G. S. Scott, 1928-1930

Rev. Walter Moffatt, 1931-1944

Rev. K. C. MacLellan, 1944-1952

Rev. S. W. Hirtle, 1953-1959

Rev. Basil Hartley, 1967-1969

Rev. David Stewart, 1970-1976

Rev. Tom Godfrey, 1981-1986

Rev. Harry Bradley, 1987-

 

Township:                  Southwold

Denomination:           Presbyterian (Church of Scotland)

Name of Church:      St. Columbus (or Columba), Fingal

Location:                    Lot 19, Talbot Road North Side, Fingal

Date of Formation:    pre 1865

Date of Closing:         at union of Presbyterian churches in 1875?

Affiliations:

Records:

The United Church Archives in Toronto lists the following records for St. Columbus Presbyterian Church, Fingal in their holdings (with Fingal United Church):

Minutes of the Session, St. Columbus Church (1865-1869)

History:                      

A deed dated April 7, 1864 exists for property in part of lot 19, Talbot Road north side (or part of village lots 21 & 22, south of Lanark Street), from Richard McQueen to the Trustees of St. Columbus Church – a Presbyterian church in Canada in connection with the Church of Scotland.

This congregation began as a mission station of the London Presbytery, and its first inducted minister was Rev. Donald Ross, formerly of Vaughan township, in 1865.  In 1866, Ewan McCauley was ordained and inducted.  A brick church was erected in 1865 at a cost of $1600.  A glebe of ten acres with a manse was also purchased.

 

Township:                  Southwold

Denomination:           Presbyterian

Name of Church:      Paynes Mills Presbyterian

Location:                    Lot 34, North Side North Branch Talbot Road

Date of Formation:    1906

Date of Closing:         1927

Affiliations:                Tempo (1906-1927 ?)

Records:

The United Church Archives in Toronto lists the following records for Payne’s Mills Presbyterian church:

Baptismal Register (1910-1926)

History:                       no history available

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Roman Catholic

Name of Church:      St. Paul’s Roman Catholic 

Location:                   

Lot 11, North Talbot Road East  Fingal St. Pauls Church

[property now owned by James Potts – 35620 Fingal Line]

Date of Formation:    1825

Date of Closing:         1945

Affiliations:                St. Thomas (1830-1945)

Aylmer (Jan. 18, 1901 –          )

Port Stanley (1852-     )

Records:                    

any records would be part of the registers of Holy Angels Church, St. Thomas

History:

History of St. Paul’s RC Church at Fingal

It is believed St. Paul’s church in Fingal was always part of the Holy Angels parish. 

 

Township:                  Southwold
Denomination:           Roman Catholic

Name of Church:      St. Joseph’s Church, Port Stanley

Location:                   

George Street, Port Stanley  Port Stanley St. Josephs Church

Date of Formation:    1852

Date of Closing:         active

Affiliations:                St. Thomas (Holy Angels) (1852-present)

Aylmer (Jan. 18, 1901 –          ?)

Fingal (1830-   ?)

Records:                    

location of records unknown; probably with Holy Angels Registers

History:                      

According to local tradition, the first Mass in Port Stanley was held in 1852 in the Vigus residence, which was located on Main Street, south of the present site of the Clifton House.  Mass was often held at the residence of Colonel Bostwick.  In 1860 the congregation purchased the Sons of Temperance Hall in the north part of the village, and was served by priests from Holy Angels church in St. Thomas.  A new edifice was erected in 1912 on a high knoll on the north side of St. George street.  At one time, it was used only during the summer months, but because of the demand it was winterized and is in use year round.  The church was constructed with bricks from the old Holy Angels Church in St. Thomas.

Priests:                       

Father Ryan

Father Flannery

Father Frechet

Father Zucher

Father Flannery

 

Township:                  Yarmouth
Denomination:           Presbyterian

Name of Church:      St. John’s Presbyterian, Port Stanley

Location:                    238 Colborne Street,  Port Stanley, ON N5L 1B9

Date of Formation:    1854

Date of Closing:         active

Affiliations:               

Knox Presbyterian Fingal (1936 –    )

Records:                    

Baptisms (1910 – present)

Marriages (1855 – present)

The above records are in original format and are accessible at the church.

Elgin County Archives also has on microfilm number 1435 and 1460, church records from 1855 to 1988.  Access is restricted to these records.  Contact the Elgin County Archives for further information.

History:                      

Services were first held in the Union School house, west on Francis Street.  The congregation was organized in 1854, and on March 12,  1855, lot 32 on North Colborne Street was purchased from Bryce Thomson, and tenders were called for a 50′ X 37′ brick church, but the church was never built.  The first pastor, Rev. William Doak, came in 1855 but resigned in 1857 because of his health, and the Port Stanley congregation was placed under the “Home Missions” of the Presbytery of London.  The congregation rented the Congregationalist Church, a frame church built in 1852 on the west side of Colborne Street near Hetty Street, which they eventually purchased in 1871, selling the lot they had hoped to build a church on earlier. This is the church still in use today.  Before the union in 1875 of various Presbyterian denominations in Canada, the Port Stanley congregation was part of the Free Church of Scotland.  The Port Stanley church was named St. John’s in 1898.

Further history:

History of St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Port Stanley, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1954 (Elgin OGS has a copy)