Microfilm F797

                                                            Elizabeth Toy Collection

                                                   Provincial Archives New Brunswick

                                              transcribed by Doreen Houston April 2008

 

 

St. George Baptist Church Records:

  A.  Church Register begins 1839; early history, minutes to 1904, baptisms, marriages & deaths

  B.  Minutes, baptisms, deaths etc 1863-1868

  C.  Church Records 1904-1928

  D.  Church Records 1928-1946

  E.  Church Records 1948-1959.

 

 

Early History of the First Baptist Church in St. George

 

[NOTE: parts of some pages were dark, and therefore difficult to read]

 

“The Baptist Church in St. George was formed in 1806 by Rev. Isaac Case.

 

“The Baptist Church in St. George                                            County Charlotte          The Province of NB

In 1796 the Rev. Edward Manning came to St. George and Preached the gospel with the Holy Ghost Sent down from Heaven.  Soon after his Brother James Manning came also who was of Minister of Christ.  A great Revival of Religion took place & many poor Sinners were converted to God.  The next year Mr. Manning and Mr. Allin visited St. George & the work of God again revived & many more [were converted?] unto God.

 

“In 1806 Rev. Isaac Case & Rev. McHale from the United States visited St. George.  Elder Case Baptized those who professed faith in Christ and formed them into a Church.  The following were the members of the first Church in this place            Stuart Seely, Robeca Seely, Da___(?) Milliken, Nancy Milliken, Charlotte Milliken, John Oliver, Deborah Oliver, Polly Boldwen, John Headack.

 

“In 1820 Rev. Duncan Dunbar re-organized the church & laboured with them for the space of two years.  His Ministry was ____(?) Blest in giving instruction to the people of _____(?) In the awakening of souls & in sewing the _____(?) [“of seed” crossed out] of divine truth which sprung(?) of _____(?) Bore fruit in years afterward.

 

“From the time he left until 1832 the _____(?) Was destitute of a Pastor.  During this _____(?) They were almost wholly destitute of the _____(?)ing of the Gospel.  The Missionary _____(?) Of Rev. Mr. Ainsley(?) _____(?) about the year 1830.  Many were [converted?] & considerable additions were made to the church.

 


“In the year 1832 the Rev. Samuel Robinson who was formerly a Presbyterian was ordained in(?) August 4th their Pastor by Bretheren Crandal & McCully.  He continued in this office untill the year 1840 when he took his dismission & became the Pastor of the first Baptist church in the City of St. John NB.  While Pastor of the church his labours were greatly blessed in the conversion of souls & in gathering in those who had obtained hopes, but had not publickly professed the Savour.  Although the branch at Bocabek was dismissed and was organized into a separate church, yet when Brother Robinson gave up the charge of the church it numbered upwards of 300 members.

 

“May 25th 1839  St. George 1st Falls    the conference meeting to be held on the last Saturday in each month in future.”

 

 

Formation of The Second Baptist Church in the Parish of St. George

 

Further on in the minutes:  “The months of December [1844] January & February [1845] passed away nothing Special taking place.  The Pastor Preaching Twice every Lords day at the Lower Falls and once at the Upper Mills and administering the Cemmunion once every Month in both Sections of the Church when the following application for dismissions was made by a number of members living at Mascarine  Letete  & Back Bay to form a Separate Church under the Care of the Rev. James Walker.”

 

The following is taken from a letter to the Baptist Church of Jesus Christ, St. George; from Baptist members residing at “Mascareen, Back Bay and Letete”; dated at Letete, March 4th 1845; signed “In behalf of the Church” by Joseph Catharine, Clerk; contained the names of 137 members:

 

“ ... we want to have out Names in one Book and act for ourselves and be organized into a Church by ourselves so We want you to send the Dismission of the Names sent with this Letter ....”

 

 

1. Flora Sutherland

 

68. Richard Cook 2nd

 

2. Andrew Sutherland

 

69. John Cook 3rd

 

3. Catherine Sutherland

 

70. Richard Cook

 

4. Elizabeth Rourke

 

71. Eliza Cook

 

5. Margaret Rourke

 

72. William Harris

 

6. Susan Rourke

 

73. Matilda Harril

 

7. Deborah Low

 

74. James Palmer

 

8. Jane Low

 

75. Hepsthibeth Palmer

 

9. Archibald McDiarmid

 

76. Betsy Palmer

 

10. Margaret Henderson

 

77. Nancy Palmer

 

11. Duncan Stuart

 

78. William Hopper

 

12. Mrs. Duncan Stewart

 

79. Hannah Hopper

 

13. Peter Cameron

 

80. Benjamin Hopper

 

14. Elizabeth Cameron

 

81. Catharine Hopper

 

15. Francis Low

 

82. HenryCook

 

16. Elizabeth Low

 

83. Jane Cook

 

17. Alexie McCloud

 

84. Peter Cook

 

18. Robert Low

 

85. Hannah Cook

 

19. Frances Walker

 

86. John Cook 2nd

 

20. Jamew Low

 

87. Ann Cook

 

21. Richard Randal

 

88. Thomas Oliver

 

22. Jarvis Clarck

 

89. Susan Oliver

 

23. James McVicar

 

90. Samuel Craig

 

24. Mercy McVicar

 

91. Phebe Craig

 

25. Mary Ann McVicar

 

92. James Craig.

 

26. Jane McVicar

 

93. James Magee

 

27. John McVicar 3

 

94. Rachael Magee

 

28. John McVicar 1st

 

95. Betsy Magee

 

29. John McVicar 2

 

96. Rachel Magee 2

 

30. Elizabeth Mathers

 

97. Nathaniel Harris(?)

 

31. George Low

 

98. Peter Lassely

 

32. Elizabeth Mahoney

 

99. David Lovett

 

33. James Mahoney

 

100. Sarah Lovett

 

34. Jane Dick 2

 

101. Christy Lovett

 

35. John Dick

 

102. James Robinson

 

36. Peter Cathro

 

103. Nancy Kelly

 

37. Ann Cathro

 

104. John Wentworth

 

38. Alexander Cathro

 

105. Mary Wentworth

 

39. Sarah Cathro

 

106. Thomas Tucker

 

40. George Green

 

107. Samuel Tucker

 

41. Malinda Green

 

108. Martha Tucker

 

42. Mary McMahon

 

109. Gilbert Green

 

43. Edward Green

 

110. Hannah Green

 

44. Susan Green

 

111. Charlotte Holmes

 

45. Mary Thompson

 

112. Abigail Holmes

 

46. Eleanor Thompson

 

113. Richard Roex

 

47. Margaret Grearson

 

114. Elizabeth Holmes

 

48. Samuel Grearson

 

115. Hannah Holmes

 

49. Joanna Grearson

 

116. Sarah Cilley

 

50. Clement Grearson

 

117. Eliza Mathis

 

51. Jane Grearson

 

118. Sarah Mathis 2

 

52. William Larence

 

119. James Dick

 

53. Mary Anne(?) Larence

 

120. Simeon Hilyard

 

54. George Larence

 

121. Hannah Hilyard

 

55. Nancy Larence

 

122. Thomas Wentworth

 

56. James Powers

 

123. Martha Wentworth

 

57. John McLeace

 

124. Dennis Hoit

 

58. Archibald McLeace

 

125. Elizabaeth Hoit

 

59. Margaret McLeace

 

126. Sarah Hoit

 

60. Mary McLeace

 

127. Jane Hoit

 

61. Benjamin French

 

128. Elizabeth Catharine

 

62. Jane French

 

129. John Catharine

 

63. Daniel Harris

 

130. Anna Francis

 

64. Lucy Harris

 

131. Margaret Mathers

 

65. Samuel Hopper

 

132. Susan Dick

 

66. Sarah Hopper

 

133. Thomas Dick

 

67. Abigail Hopper

 

134. George Dick

 

 

 

135. Eliza Dick

 

 

 

136. James Low

 

 

 

137. Samuel Dick.

 

Further on in the minutes, it was noted that a meeting took place in the Letete Meeting House on 31st March 1845.  “The following members wished to adhere to the Parent Church for a season”:

 

 

1. Neil McNichol

 

10. 1 Elizabeth Hoytt

 

2. John McNichol

 

11. Elizabeth Hoytt Junr

 

3. James McNichol

 

12. Mercy McNichol

 

4. Peter McNichol

 

13. Sarah Hoytt

 

5. Ebenezer McNichol

 

14. Alexie McNichol

 

6. Mary McNichol

 

15. Jane Hoytt

 

7. Jane McNichol

 

16. Abigail McNichol

 

8. Jane McNichol

 

17. Mercy Elizabeth Aale(?)

 

9. Mercy Jane McNichol

 

 

 

“and the aforesaid Members by virtue of said Resolutions of the Church are hereby dismissed to form an independent Church of the Baptist Faith and order called the Second Baptist Church in the Parish of St. George.”

 

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