Christ Anglican Church

City: 
Niagara Falls, Ont.
Clifton, Ont.
Archives Predating 1869: 
Baptisms 1864, Marriages 1864, Burials 1865
Fonds - Brief Description: 

Christ Anglican Church (Niagara Falls, Ont.) fonds. -- 1864-2006. -- 1.15 m of textual records.

In 1863 Rev. D.I.F. MacLeod, the rector at Chippawa, Ont. began to hold services in Clifton, Ont. (now Niagara Falls, Ont.). There was no church building so services were held in a store, and then a railway station. Construction began in 1865, and Christ Church was opened for worship on 17 December 1865. It did not gain independence from Chippawa until 1874. The structure of Christ Church was enlarged in 1894. For a more complete history see Parish Register B in this fonds.

The fonds consists of parish registers containing statistical records, services, Vestry minutes, financial registers, mortgages, annual reports and other documents. Most of the fonds has been microfilmed.

Title based on content of fonds.
Fonds on deposit. Ownership of the fonds resides with Christ Church.
Finding aid available in hard copy and electronically.
Researchers are requested to use the microfilms. They must also sign an agreement of use form.
Further accruals are expected.

Finding Aid: 

History Of Christ Church

Clifton (later Niagara Falls)*

No regular services were held at Clifton until 1863. From this time onward regular Sunday afternoon services were held at Clifton. There was, as yet, no church, so services were held over the store of W.W. Woodruff for a time and were later conducted in the waiting room of the Great Western Railway.

Clifton's first vestry meeting was held on March 29, 1864, the corner stone of the church was laid on July 31, 1865 and Christ Church, Clifton opened for worship on December 17, 1865. For the next eleven years Clifton was an outstation of the village of Chippawa. It was made a separate parish with its own resident clergymen in 1874. In 1876, when Queenston was attached, the parish extended from Niagara Falls along the river to within four miles of Niagara-on-the-Lake. In 1879 the Church of St. Saviour was opened in Queenston.

The population of Clifton greatly increased after the building of the cantilever bridge in 1883, particularly as the result of an influx of railroad employees. In January 1888 St. Stephen's Mission Chapel opened for services. The increased population of the town also necessitated the enlargement of Christ Church; this project was completed by January 1894. In 1900 Queenston, which had been connected with Stamford and had later been an independent charge, and St. Stephen's Chapel were made, once again points of Christ Church.

Note: The above history is an abbreviated version of that contained in Parish Register B.

* - In Parish Register A the church is referred to as Christ Church, Clifton until 1880 from which time it is generally listed as Christ Church, Niagara Falls.

 


I - List of Parish Registers

  Microfilm
Reel
Parish Register A Baptisms Nov. 8, 1864-Sept. 3 1893
Marriages July 4, 1864-Aug. 16 1893
Burials Sept. 28, 1865-Sept. 2 1893
171
Parish Register B

 

Baptisms Sept. 10, 1893-Dec. 24, 1916
Confirmations 1879, 1881, 1883, 1885,
1887, 1888, 1891, 1892,
1894, 1895, 1896, 1897,
1898, 1899, 1901, 1902,
1904, 1905, 1907, 1908,
1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1916
Marriages Sept. 25, 1893-Apr. 3, 1901
Burials Sept. 21, 1893-Dec. 31, 1915
171

 

Parish Register C Baptisms Dec. 31, 1916-Aug. 8, 1920
Confirmations 1917, 1919, 1920
Marriages June 6, 1917-July 26, 1920
Burials Jan. 16, 1916-July 28, 1920
171
Parish Register D Baptisms Aug. 8, 1920-Sept. 30, 1923
Confirmations 1921, 1922
Churchings 1920-1923
Marriages Sept. 15, 1920-Oct. 10, 1923
Burials Sept. 20, 1920-Sept. 25, 1923
171
Parish Register E Baptisms Oct. 7, 1923-Nov. 22, 1931
Confirmations 1924-1933
171
  Churchings 1923-1931
Burials Oct. 20, 1923-June 17 1938
172
Parish Register F Baptisms Nov. 29, 1931-Oct. 19, 1958
Confirmations 1934-1944, 1946,
1948-1950, 1952,
1953-1958
172
Parish Register G Baptisms Nov. 2, 1958-June 3, 1962 172
Parish Register H Baptisms June 10, 1962-Mar. 29, 1968 172
Parish Register I Marriages May 24, 1901-Aug. 8, 1908 171
Parish Register J Marriages Aug. 11, 1908-Feb. 14, 1910 173
Parish Register L Marriages Dec. 10, 1910-Nov. 28, 1912 171
Parish Register M Marriages Dec. 3, 1912-Nov. 20, 1915 173
Parish Register N Marriages Nov. 25, 1915-Sept. 18, 1918 174
Parish Register O Marriages Sept. 26, 1918-Mar. 12, 1923 174
Parish Register P Marriages Mar. 24, 1923-Apr. 3, 1929 174
Parish Register Q Marriages Apr. 8, 1929-Oct. 6, 1934 174
Parish Register R Marriages Oct. 11, 1934-Apr. 21, 1938 174
Parish Register S Marriages May 2, 1938-June 22, 1940 174
Parish Register T Marriages June 29, 1940-Oct. 2, 1941 174
Parish Register U Marriages Oct. 4, 1941-Jan. 1, 1943 174 & 175
Parish Register V Marriages Jan. 23, 1943-Jan. 13, 1945 175
Parish Register W Marriages Feb. 17, 1945-Apr. 10, 1948 175
Parish Register X Marriages Apr. 24, 1948-Oct. 27, 1951 175
Parish Register Y Marriages Nov. 17, 1951-Nov. 21, 1953 175
Parish Register Z Marriages Nov. 21, 1953-Oct. 24, 1959 175
Parish Register AA Marriages Oct. 31, 1959-July 11, 1970 175
Parish Register BB Banns of Marriage
Mar. 11, 1951-June 24, 1962
171
Parish Register CC Vestry Meeting Minutes
Apr. 18, 1895-Jan. 17, 1971
173
Parish Register DD Service Register 1892-1936* not filmed
Parish Register EE Vestry Book 1951-1968* not filmed
Parish Register FF Vestry Book 1968-1974* not filmed
Parish Register GG Marriages July 18, 1970-Dec. 30, 1995 400
Parish Register HH Burials Sept. 1995-Aug. 1998 400
Parish Register II Burials Sept.1998-Dec. 2001 400
Parish Register JJ Vestry Book
April 1992-December 1997
400
Parish Register KK Vestry Book
January 1998-December 1997
400
Parish Register MM Burials Dec. 2001-March 2006 405
Financial Register #1 Cash Book & Records 1864-1875
Minutes of Vestry Meetings
May 1864-Apr. 1894
184
Financial Register #2 Cash Book 1875-1916 184
Folder of Loose Material   not filmed
*Registers marked with an asterisk are still in the possession of Church (Nov. 2 1981).

II - Index of Statistical Records

a) Baptisms

  Microfilm
Reel
Parish Register A Nov. 8, 1864-Sept. 3, 1893 171
Parish Register B Sept. 10, 1893-Dec. 24, 1916 171
Parish Register C Dec. 31, 1916-Aug. 8, 1920 171
Parish Register D Aug. 8, 1920-Sept. 30, 1923 171
Parish Register E Oct. 7, 1923-Nov. 22, 1931 171
Parish Register F Nov. 29, 1931-Oct. 19, 1958 172
Parish Register G Nov. 2, 1958-June 3, 1962 172
Parish Register H June 10, 1962-Mar. 29, 1968 172

b) Confirmations

  Microfilm
Reel
Parish Register B 1879, 1881, 1883, 1885, 1887, 1888,
1889, 1891, 1892, 1894, 1895, 1896,
1897, 1898, 1899, 1901, 1902, 1904, 1905,
1907, 1908, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1916
171
Parish Register C 1917, 1919, 1920 171
Parish Register D 1921, 1922 171
Parish Register E 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929,
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933
171
Parish Register F 1944, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952,
1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958
172

c) Marriages

  Microfilm
Reel
Parish Register A July 4, 1864-Aug. 16, 1893 171
Parish Register B Sept. 25, 1893-Apr. 3, 1901 171
Parish Register I May 24, 1901-Aug. 8, 1908 171
Parish Register J Aug. 11, 1908-Feb. 14, 1910 173
Parish Register K June 2, 1909-Dec. 8, 1910
(The overlap period entries are
apparently duplicates of those in
Parish Register J)
173
Parish Register L Dec. 10, 1910-Nov. 28, 1912 171
Parish Register M Dec. 3, 1912-Nov. 20, 1915 173
Parish Register N Nov. 25, 1915-Sept. 18, 1918 174
Parish Register C June 6, 1917-July 26, 1920 171
Parish Register O Sept. 26, 1918-Mar. 12, 1923
(This register includes notes of those
duplicated in Parish Register C)
174
Parish Register P Mar. 24, 1923-Apr. 3, 1929 174
Parish Register Q Apr. 8, 1929-Oct. 6, 1934 174
Parish Register R Oct. 11, 1934-Apr. 21, 1938 174
Parish Register S May 2, 1938-June 22, 1940 174
Parish Register T June 29, 1940-Oct. 2, 1941 174
Parish Register U Oct. 4, 1941-Jan. 1, 1943 174/175
Parish Register V Jan. 23, 1943-Jan. 13, 1945 175
Parish Register W Feb. 17, 1945-Apr. 10, 1948 175
Parish Register X Apr. 24, 1948-Oct. 27, 1951 175
Parish Register Y Nov. 17, 1951-Nov. 21, 1953 175
Parish Register Z Nov. 21, 1953-Oct. 24, 1959 175
Parish Register AA Oct. 31, 1959-July 11, 1970 175
Parish Register BB Mar. 11, 1951-June 24, 1962
--Banns only (Apparently duplicates of
entries in Parish Registers X, Y, Z and AA)
171
Parish Register GG

July 18, 1970 - Dec. 30, 1995

400

d) Burials

  Microfilm
Reel
Parish Register A Sept. 1865-Sept. 2 1893 171
Parish Register B Sept. 21, 1893-Dec. 31, 1915 171
Parish Register C Jan. 16, 1916-July 28, 1920 171
Parish Register D Sept. 20, 1920-Sept. 25, 1923 171
Parish Register E Oct. 20, 1923-June 17, 1938 171/172
Parish Register HH Sept. 1998-Dec. 2001 400
Parish Register II Sept. 1998-Dec. 2001 400
Parish Register MM Dec. 2001-March 2006 405

III - General Records

a) Churchings

  Microfilm
Reel
Parish Register D 1920-1923 171
Parish Register E 1923-1931 171
Parish Register F 1932-1935 172

b) Vestry Meeting Minutes

  Microfilm
Reel
Parish Register CC
(As well as minutes, this register also contains parochial statistics, accounts, lists of church appointments and declarations by church members)
Financial Register #1
(This register also contains signatures of those in attendance at Vestry meetings, as well as a brief hand-written history of the formation of the Parish)
Apr. 1895-Jan. 1971

May 1894-Apr. 1894

173

c) Service Registers (Vestry Books)

  Microfilm
Reel
Parish Register DD 1892-1936 not filmed
Parish Register EE
Parish Register FF
1951-1968
1968-1974
(still at Christ Church)
Parish Register JJ April 1992-Dec.1997 400
Parish Register KK Jan. 1998-Dec.14. 1997 400

d) Financial Statements

  Microfilm
Reel
Financial Register #1
(This register includes a record of costs of the church
building)
May 1864-Mar. 1875 184
Financial Register #2
(Includes financial records of Christ Church Sunday School Building Fund 1905-1907)
Apr. 1875-Apr. 1916 184

e) Folder of Loose Material

  Microfilm
Reel
May 21, 1864
Dec. 28, 1869
Dec. 22, 1879
Dec. 22, 1884
Oct. 7, 1893
May 23 1894
Sept. 11, 1897
Feb. 23, 1907
Agreement with W.E. Tench, re: monies left to St. Stephens to be transferred to Christ Church -Jan. 1916.
Request to Lord Bishop of Niagara, Rev. William R. Clark for consecration of Church (no date).
Annual Reports

Letter Huron & Erie Mortgage Jan. 10 1919 -re: Transfer of stock for St. Stephen's Chapel.
Sheet showing pew rentals - no date
June 18 1915 - comparison and appeal with other churches.
1912 - booklet re:
1915 - booklet re:

Receipt for purchase of Church Lots
Mortgage -$75.00
Mortgage -$1500.00
Mortgage -$800.00
Mortgage -$2500.00
Mortgage -$500.00
Mortgage -$500.00
Mortgage -$3500.00

1883 (on foolscap sheets)
1888 (on foolscap sheets)
1889 (on foolscap sheets)
1890 (on foolscap sheets)
1891 (on foolscap sheets)
1893 (on foolscap sheets)
1894 (on foolscap sheets)
1895 (on foolscap sheets)
1907 (on foolscap sheets)
1915 Printed
1916 Typed
1912-1913 Printed
1913-1914 Printed
1915-1916 Booklet Form
1918-1919 Booklet Form (2 copies)
1917-1918 Booklet Form (3 copies)
1919-1920 Printed sheet

Inauguration of Chimes (3 copies)
Parochial History and List of Parishioners
(3 copies)