Grace Anglican Church

City: 
Arthur, Ont.
Full Location: 
Archives Predating 1869: 
Baptisms 1859, Marriages 1861, Burials 1861
Fonds - Brief Description: 

Grace Anglican Church (Arthur, Ont.) fonds. -- 1859-1999. -- 32 cm of textual records.

The first Anglican church was built in Arthur, Ont. in 1854. In 1880 the decision was taken to construct a new building. In 1925 that building was destroyed by fire. On 12 November 1926 the Bishop of Niagara dedicated the newly constructed and third church building for this parish. The congregation in Arthur has had a long association with congregations in Alma, Rothsay and Grand Valley. For a more complete history see A History of Grace Anglican Church, 1844-1975, as well as Parish Register G in this fonds.

Fonds consists of parish registers containing statistical records, services, Vestry meeting minutes, lists and other documents. Fonds has been microfilmed.

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

Finding Aid: 
See Church History In Filing Cabinet

Historical Notes

In 1884 a Church of England missionary named Preston penetrated the "Queen's Bush" to minister to settlers along the Owen Sound Trail, now #6 Highway, In 1846 Queen Victoria granted a five acre piece of land for the erection of a church and rectory on the south side of Owen Sound Road. The village of Arthur was surveyed in 1846 also, and the church was erected in 1854. We know no more than that it was made of brick. Prior to this date services had been held in farm houses, the first confirmation being in 1848. During the late 1870s the old church became dilapidated and a second was erected on a different site by 1880. This church burnt down in 1925 but it was rebuilt in a similar style and additions were made. The third church was reopened in November 1926.

The first settlements in West Luther began in 1853 and the township was surveyed in 1860. Shortly after the opening of Grace Church, services commenced at the daughter church in West Luther, St. Paul's Damascus. Prior to the erection of St. Paul's services were held in the Orange Hall on the fourth concession. In 1967 St. Paul's, Damascus was closed, deconsecrated and sold. Another daughter church was built in West Garafraxa, St. Alban's, Dracon. This church was apparently only in existence from 1889 to 1892.

Grace Church has been associated with other congregations several times during its history, notably with Alma and Rothsay and, since the 1930s, although not without interruption, with St. Alban's, Grand Valley. The researcher is directed to Service Register G of the Grace Church material for lengthier version of this history and also to the account of St. Alban's, Grand Valley in the Church Histories.

The Grace Church registers, particularly the earlier ones, include entries for Grand Valley (Luther Village). Garafraxa (Dracon), Alma, Peel, Owen Sound, Fergus, Proton and West Luther (Damascus).

 


I - List of Parish Registers

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Parish Register A

 

Baptisms 1859-1882
Marriages 1861-1882
Confirmations 1873-1877
Burials 1861-1882
Register includes entries for
Luther Village (later Grand
Valley), Garafraxa and Alma,
as well as Arthur.
137

 

Parish Register B

 

Baptisms 1877-1922, 1940
Confirmations 1886, 1889,
1897-1899, 1901-1902,
1906, 1909
Marriages 1877-1921
Burials 1878-1921
Register includes entries for Amaranth,
Luther Village, Garafraxa, and Peel
Township, as well as Arthur.
137

 

Parish Register C Marriages 1896-1922
Register includes entries for Colbeck,
Luther, Garafraxa and Peel Township,
as well as Arthur.
138
Parish Register D
 
Church Families 1905,
1913-1914
Confirmations 1906, 1909,
1911, 1913-1916
Receipts 1923-1924
Donations 1923-1926
Services 1905-1914
138
 
Parish Register E
 
Baptisms 1921-1962
Confirmations 1922-1960
Marriages 1922-1962
Burials 1922-1962
Registers include entries for Fergus,
Alma, West Luther, Garafraxa, Damascus
and Owen Sound, as well as Arthur.
137
 
Parish Register F
 
Service Register 1886-1905
Register includes accounts of
services in Holy Trinity Church,
Alma, Orange Hall, West Luther,
St. Alban's Church, Dracon, Proton,
St. Paul's, Damascus, as well as
Arthur.
137
 
Parish Register G Service Register 1915-1954
(with Church History)
138
Parish Register H Service Register 1955-1977 137
Parish Register I Minutes of
Vestry Meetings 1879-1975
138
Parish Register J Parish List 1916
Building Fund Account,
Donations, etc. 1926
138
Parish Register K Cash Book 1908-1942 138
Parish Register L Service Register 1949-1967
(St. Paul, Damascus)
137
Parish Register M Minutes of Vestry 1897-1961, 1969
Meetings, Damascus
137
Parish Register N Envelope System 1895-1901
Account Book, Damascus
137
Parish Register O Service Register 1977-1987 251
Parish Register P Service Register 1987-1999

411

II - Index of Statistical Records

a) Baptisms

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1859-1882 Parish Register A
Entries for Luther Village
(later Grand Valley), Garafraxa
and Alma, as well as for Arthur.
137
1877-1922,
1940
Parish Register B
Entries for Amaranth, Luther Village,
Garafraxa and Peel Township, as well
as Arthur.
137
1921-1962 Parish Register E
Entries for Fergus, Alma, West Luther,
Garafraxa, Damascus and Owen Sound, as
well as for Arthur.
137
Note: There are baptisms for Arthur and Damascus during the period 1887 to 1922 to be found in Parish Register C, St. Alban's, Grand Valley.

b) Confirmations

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1873-1877 Parish Register A
Entries for Luther Village, Garafraxa
and Alma, as well as Arthur.
137
1886, 1889,
1897-1899,
1901-1902,
1906, 1909
Parish Register B
Entries for Amaranth, Luther Village,
Garafraxa and Peel Township, as well
for Arthur.
137
1906, 1909,
1911,
1913-1916,
1918, 1920
Parish Register D 138
1922-1960 Parish Register E
Entries for Fergus, Alma, West Luther,
Garafraxa, Damascus and Owen Sound,
as well as for Arthur.
137
Note: There are confirmation entries for Damascus listed in Parish Register F of St. Alban's, Grand Valley.

c) Marriages

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1861-1882 Parish Register A
Entries for Luther Village, Garafraxa,
and Alma, as well as for Arthur.
137
1877-1922 Parish Register B
Entries for Amaranth, Luther Village,
Garafraxa and Peel Township, as well
as for Arthur.
137
1896-1922 Parish Register C
Entries for Colbeck, Luther, Garafraxa
and Peel Township, as well as for Arthur.
138
1922-1962 Parish Register E
Entries for Fergus, Alma, West Luther,
Garafraxa, Damascus and Owen Sound,
as well as for Arthur.
137
Note: There are marriage entries for Arthur and Damascus during the period 1889-1910 to be found in parish Register C of the records of St. Alban's Church, Grand Valley.

d) Burials

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1861-1882 Parish Register A
Entries for Luther Village, Garafraxa
and Alma, as well as for Arthur.
137
1878-1921 Parish Register B
Entries for Amaranth, Luther Village,
Garafraxa and Peel Township, as well
as for Arthur.
137
1922-1962 Parish Register E
Entries for Fergus, Alma, West Luther,
Garafraxa, Damascus and Owen Sound, as
well as for Arthur.
137
Note: There are burial entries for Arthur and Damascus during the period 1887-1922 to be found in Parish Register C of the records of St. Alban's Church, Grand Valley.

II - Index of General Records

a) Service Registers

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1886-1905 Parish Register F
Entries for Alma, West Luther, Dracon,
Proton and Damascus as well as for
Arthur.
137
1905-1914 Parish Register D 138
1915-1954 Parish Register G 138
1955-1977 Parish Register H
All entries for Arthur
137
1949-1967 Parish Register L
All entries for St. Paul, Damascus.
137
1977-1987 Parish register O 251
1987-1999

Parish Register P

All entries for Arthur

411

Note: There is a Service Register for St. Paul's, Damascus covering the period 1902-1917, 1920, included with the records of St. Alban's, Grand Valley, Parish Register F.

b) Vestry Meeting Minutes

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1879-1975
Arthur
Parish Register I 138
1897-1961
and 1969
Damascus
Parish Register M 137

c) Church Families and Parish Lists

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1905,
1913-1914
Parish Register D 138
1916 Parish Register J 138
Note: Entries concerning St. Paul, Damascus, 1902-1906, 1913-1914 may be found in the records of St. Alban's, Grand Valley, Parish Register F.

d) Miscellaneous Accounts

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1895-1901 Parish Register N
Envelope System Accounts, Damascus.
137
1908-1942 Parish Register K 138
1923-1926 Parish Register D 138
1926 Parish Register J
All entries for Arthur.
138