Church of the Ascension Anglican Church

City: 
Clifford, Ont.
Archives Predating 1869: 
Baptisms 1858, Marriages 1858, Burials 1860
Fonds - Brief Description: 

Church of the Ascension (Clifford, Ont.) fonds. -- 1901-1946. -- 10 cm of textual records.

The church was built during the incumbency of Rev. William Massey, 1883-1886, was consecrated in 1886, and sold in 1945. Parish Register G contains information on the deconsecration and the removal of church property. The Church of the Ascension always shared a rector with St. George's in Harriston, Ont. and Christ Church in Drew, Ont.

The fonds consists of parish registers containing statistical records, Vestry minutes, and a financial register. Some of the records for this church pertaining to earlier dates are found with the fonds for other churches.The fonds has been microfilmed on 2 reels, numbered 29 and 30. See the finding aid. The records for this church found with the fonds for other churches have been microfilmed on one reel, numbered 13.

Title based on content of fonds.
Fonds on deposit. Ownership of the fonds resides with the Church of the Ascension.
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: 

(Records held with St. George's, Harriston)
(See Church History of St. George, Harriston in filing cabinet)

 

HISTORICAL NOTES

St. George's, Harriston, Christ Church, Drew and the Church of the Ascension, Clifford were all served by the same rector, and the records are joint for the most part. Out of the seven registers indexed here, four are solely concerned with the Church of the Ascension in Clifford (Parish Registers C, D and G, Financial Register #1. The other three are from St. George's, Harriston, containing some Clifford material in them.

The Church of the Ascension, Clifford was built during the incumbency of the Rev. William Massey (1883-1886), was consecrated in 1886 and was sold in 1945. Letters in Parish Register G (see "Other Records") explain the circumstances under which the church and property were sold.

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I - List of Parish Records

a) Statistical

  Microfilm
Reel
Parish Register A
of St. George's,
Harriston
Parish Register 1858-1886
includes Clifford Baptisms,
Marriages, Burials
13
Parish Register B
of St. George's,
Harriston
Parish Register 1886-1945
includes Clifford Families,
Baptisms, Confirmations,
Marriages and Burials.
Alphabetical index of Parishioners.
(back of book)
13
 
Parish Register C

 

Families 1902-1909
Baptisms (listed in index)
Communicants 1901-1915
Confirmations 1914
Services 1901-1913
Finances 1912-1923
(see "Other Records")
30

 

Parish Register D Services 1926 (1946) 29
Parish Register F
of St. George's
Burials 1946-1969
includes some Clifford burials
1948-1964 (listed in index)
10
Parish Register G Vestry Minutes 1923-1945 29

b) Financial

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Reel
Financial Register #1 Accounts, Aug. 22-June 1944
collections, expenses
pgs. 25-289
no. of communicants for 1925.
pg. 300
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II - Index to Statistical Records

a) Baptisms

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1858-1876 Parish Register A of St. George's,
Harriston. pgs. 1,2,4,7,33,34,100
13
1876-1878 Parish Register A of St. George's,
Harriston. pgs. 14-21
13
1878-1886

a) Baptisms (cont.'d)

Parish Register A of St. George's,
Harriston. pgs. 70-85
13
1886-1945 Parish Register B of St. George's,
Harriston. pgs. 94-153
13
June 26 1904
July 3 1904
April 1 1906
June 24 1906
April 28 1907
June 21 1908
Oct. 31 1909
Nov. 2 1913
Parish Register C
p. 63
p. 63
p. 67
p. 67
p. 69
p. 71
p. 73
p. 57 (separate)
30

 

b) Confirmations

  Microfilm
Reel
1886-1944 Parish Register B of
St. George's, Harriston.
pgs. 155-167
13
Nov. 1 1914 Parish Register C pg. 21 30

c) Communicants

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Reel
March 1901-
March 1915
Parish Register C
pgs. 26-39
30
1925 Financial Register #1
(last page of register)
30

d) Marriages

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1858-1875 Parish Register A of
St. George's, Harriston.
13
1976-1880
1880-1882
1882-1886
pgs. 22-29
pgs. 52-55
pgs. 68-69
13
1886-1937 Parish Register B of
St. George's, Harriston.
13

e) Burials

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1860-1874 Parish Register A of
St. George's, Harriston.
pgs. 168 and 167
13
1875-1882 pgs. 30-32, 36 13
1886-1945 Parish Register B of
St. George's, Harriston.
pgs. 244-259
13
March 13 1948
Nov. 15 1949
March 8 1951
Nov. 17 1952
Sept. 17 1958
July 21 1964
Dec. 14 1964
Parish Register F of
St. George's, Harriston
 
10

 

f) Families

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Reel
1876-1877 Parish Register A of
St. George's, Harriston.
pgs. 58-61
13
1886 Parish Register B of
St. George's, Harriston.
pgs. 50-57
13
1894 pgs. 58-62 13
1933 pgs. 74-(82) 13
March 1902-
March 1909
Parish Register C
pgs. 2-14
30

g) Service Registers

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Reel
April 1901-
March 1913
Parish Register C
pgs. 58-82
30
Sept. 1926-
June (1946)
Parish Register D 29

h) Minutes of the Vestry

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Reel
Jan. 1923-
Jan. 1945
Parish Register G 29
April (1915)-
March 1921
Parish Register C
(loose, at back of register)
30

III - Index to Financial Records

  Microfilm
Reel
Aug. 1923-
June 1944
Collections, offertories,
expenses. pg. 25-289
Communicant statistics for 1925.
pg. 300
(Financial Register #1)
30

IV - Other Records

  Microfilm
Reel
Alphabetical list of
Clifford parishioners
Parish Register B of
St. George's, Harriston
(at back of book)
13
Finances for
1913-1914
1914-1922

Renovation fund 1913,
1914

Parish Register C
pgs. 75-82
pgs. 40-53
(under services)
pg. 82
30
 
Church improvement fund
1912
Annual report 1923
Collections 1920
Receipts, expenses 1921
Parish Register C
(loose at back of register)
30
Letters and petitions
concerning the sale of
the church and property,
the deconsecration, the
transportation of
furniture and windows 1945.
Parish Register G
(loose material)
29