St. Andrew's Anglican Church

City: 
Grimsby, Ont.
Archives Predating 1869: 
Baptisms 1817, Marriages 1796, Burials 1843
Fonds - Brief Description: 

St. Andrew's Anglican Church (Grimsby, Ont.) fonds. -- 1796-1975. -- 1.3 m of textual records.

The first log church at Grimsby was built by United Empire Loyalists in 1794, with services provided by visiting missionaries. The present stone church was built in 1819, replacing a frame one which had been completed in 1804. The first rector was Rev. William Sampson who took up his post in 1817. For a more complete history see, The History of St Andrew's Church, 1794-1944 and The History of St. Andrew's Church, 1794-1969.

Fonds consists of parish registers containing statistical records, services, Vestry, Parish Council, Women's Guild, Junior Auxiliary, Women's Auxiliary, Young People's Association, Upper Canada Bible Society, Layman's Association, and Chi Rho Fellowship minutes, financial registers, and correspondence. Most of the fonds has been microfilmed on 8 reels of microfilm, numbered 121-126, 135-136.

Title based on content of fonds.
Fonds on deposit. Ownership of the fonds resides with St. Andrew's 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: 
See Two Church Histories In Filing Cabinet

 

Historical Notes

The first log church at Grimsby was built by the community of Empire Loyalists in 1794 on land donated by Col. Robert Nelles. The area was served by visiting missionaries in the early days, the first of them, the Rev. Robert Addison, coming the 40 mile distance from Niagara after 1792. The present stone church was being erected  in 1819 when of one of the most prominent members of the community, Andrew Petit, died, and it was decided to name the church St. Andrew's, in his memory. This building replaced a frame structure which was completed in 1804 and had been located in the southwest corner of the present burial ground. The first settled minister of the parish was the Rev. William Sampson, established there in 1817, a year after the first minister was settled in Ancaster. In 1820 there were only five Church of England clergymen in the Niagara district, the other three being at Niagara, Chippawa and Queenston. The Rev. Sampson began to keep regular records of births, marriages and deaths from 1817 onwards, but the earliest church register is a record of marriages performed by Robert Kneels, J.P., from 1796 onwards when there was no minister available.

 


I - List of Parish Registers

a) Statistical

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Parish Register A Marriages 1796-1823 125
Parish Register B Marriages 1822-1848 (licences) 125
Parish Register C Baptisms 1817-1843
Confirmations 1838
135
Parish Register D Baptisms 1843-1849
Confirmations 1849
125
Parish Register E Marriages 1817-1839 135
Parish Register F Marriages 1845-1849 125
Parish Register G Burials 1817-1844
(with communicants and Church Wardens)
135
Parish Register H Burials 1845-1849 125
Parish Register I Baptisms 1849-1953
Confirmations 1851-1860
125
Parish Register J Baptisms 1953-1960 125
Parish Register K Baptisms 1960-1966 125
Parish Register L Marriages 1858-1892 135
Parish Register M Marriages 1850-1917 126
Parish Register N Marriages 1918-1931 126
Parish Register O Marriages 1931-1938 126
Parish Register P Marriages 1938-1975 126
Parish Register Q Confirmations 1944-1974 126
Parish Register R Burials 1849-1953 126

b) General

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Parish Register S Service Book 1905-1912
(with families c. 1905)
135
Parish Register T Service Book 1919-1938 126
Parish Register U Service Book 1938-1947 1st half 126
    2nd half 121
Parish Register V Service Book 1948-1953 121
Parish Register W Service Book 1953-1958 121
Parish Register X Service Book 1958-1961 121
Parish Register Y Service Book 1961-1965 121
Parish Register Z Service Book 1965-1973 121
Parish Register A(1)Communicants 1892-1905
and Services 1905
122
Parish Register B(1)Vestry Meeting Minutes, 1849-1907
with declarations
135
Parish Register C(1)Vestry Meeting Minutes, 1908-1950
with declarations
135
Parish Register D(1)Vestry Declaration Book 1893-1904 135
Parish Register E(1)Rector's Reports to 1937-1962
Vestry
122
Parish Register F(1)Women's Auxiliary Cash 1888
with minutes of meetings 1881-1884
122
Parish Register G(1)List of W.A. Members and 1894-1900
minutes of sewing meetings
122
Parish Register H(1)List of W.A. Members and 1900-1908
minutes of meetings,
with reports (loose) for 1908-1912
122
Parish Register I(1)List of W.A. Members and 1915-1922
minutes of meetings,
122
  with reports (loose) for 1913&1914 122
Parish Register J(1)List of W.A. Members and 1922-1936
minutes of meetings
122
Parish Register K(1)List of W.A. Members and 1936-1941
minutes of meetings
122
Parish Register L(1)List of W.A. Members and 1942-1954
minutes of meetings
122
Parish Register M(1)List of W.A. Members and 1954-1968
minutes of meetings,
with Constitution and By-Laws
(1953, loose)
135
Parish Register N(1)W.A. Cash Book 1889 122
Parish Register O(1)W.A. Cash Book 1889-1902 122
Parish Register P(1)List of W.A. Members and Cash Book 1902-1911 123
Parish Register Q(1)List of W.A. Members and Cash Book 1911-1916 123
Parish Register S(1)W.A. (Senior Branch) Account Book 1945-1967, with membership list 135
Parish Register T(1)W.A. Account Book 1954-1963, with membership list 123
Parish Register U(1)W.A. Account Book 1965-1967 123
Parish Register V(1)Minutes of St. Andrew's Church Working Society 1878-1881,
with accounts 1880-1887
123
Parish Register W(1)Minutes of the Meetings of the St. Andrew's Ladies' Guild 1907-1921 123
Parish Register X(1)Ladies' Guild Account Book 1927-1936, with membership lists 123
Parish Register Y(1)Ladies' Guild Account Book 1936-1950, with membership lists 123
Parish Register Z(1)Ladies' Guild Account Book 1950-1960, with membership lists 123
Parish Register A(2)Ladies' Guild Account Book 1961-1967 123
Parish Register B(2)Minutes of A.Y.P.A. meetings 1932-1935, with membership lists 135
Parish Register C(2)Minutes of A.Y.P.A. meetings 1935-1938, with membership lists 124
Parish Register D(2)Minutes of A.Y.P.A. meetings 1938-1946, with membership lists 124
Parish Register E(2)Minutes of Young Women's Guild of St. Mary 's meetings 1889-1900,
with financial statements and
membership lists
123
Parish Register F(2)Minutes of the meetings of the Young Women's Guild of St. Mary
1900-1907
123
Parish Register G(2)St. Mary's Guild Account Book 1906-1909 123
Parish Register H(2)Junior Auxiliary Account Book 1914-1940, with membership list 123
Parish Register I(2)Junior Auxiliary Minute Book, with membership list 123
Parish Register J(2)Minutes of the meetings of the Advisory Council 1964-1967 123
Parish Register K(2)Minutes of the Church Farm Committee February-July 1885 123
Parish Register L(2)List of Church Families,
 
undated (?1890s)
Also contains the accounts of the
Permanent Central Farmer's Institute
of Ontario 1887-1895
123
 
Parish Register M(2)St. Andrew's Churchyard Book 1800-1950
(copy only, original returned to Church)
not filmed
Parish Register N(2)Register of the Burying Ground 1872-1890 124
Parish Register O(2)Minutes of the Grimsby Branch of the Upper Canada Bible Society
1854-1954
124
Parish Register P(2)Anglican Laymen's Association Minutes 1930-1937 124
Parish Register Q(2)Chi Rho Fellowship Club Minutes 1950-1953 123
Envelope #1 W.A. Correspondence and
loose minutes, 1900-1968
not filmed
Envelope #2 W.A. Financial
Correspondence, receipt book,
constitution and publicity 1960s
not filmed

c) Financial

  Microfilm
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Financial Register #1 Envelope System Account Book
1868-1872, also lists
subscribers to the church.
124
Financial Register #2 Envelope System Account Book
1872-1885
124
Financial Register #3 Envelope System Account Book
1885-1894
124
Financial Register #4 Vestry Book-Collections
1901-1903
121
Financial Register #5 Cash Account Book 1917-1933 121
Financial Register #6 Account Book 1956-1959 124
Financial Register #7 Account Book 1962-1966 1st half 124
    2nd half 136
Financial Register #8 Alphabetical Account Leger
1950-1968
121
Financial Register #9 Pew Rental Account Book
1847-1866
121
Financial Register #10 Churchwarden's Cash Book
1868-1884, with Burial Ground
Fund Statements 1867-1883
122
Financial Register #11 Churchwarden's Cash Book
1884-1887
122
Financial Register #12 Churchwarden's Cash Book
1887-1901
122
Financial Register #13 Annual Financial Statements
1905-1970 (incomplete)
136
Financial Register #14 Yearly Financial Reports
to Synod 1959-1970
136

II - Index of Statistical Records

a) Baptisms

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1817-1843 Parish Register C 135
1843-1849 Parish Register D 125
1849-1953 Parish Register I 125
1953-1960 Parish Register J 125
1960-1966 Parish Register K 125

b) Confirmations

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1838 Parish Register C 135
1849 Parish Register D 125
1851-1860 Parish Register I 125
1944-1974 Parish Register Q 125

c) Marriages

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1796-1823 Parish Register A 125
1822-1848 Parish Register B 125
1817-1839 Parish Register E 135
1845-1849 Parish Register F 125
1858-1892 Parish Register L 135
1850-1917 Parish Register M 126
1918-1931 Parish Register N 126
1931-1938 Parish Register O 126
1938-1975 Parish Register P 126

d) Burials

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1817-1844 Parish Register G 135
1845-1849 Parish Register H 125
1849-1953 Parish Register R 126

III - General Records

a) Service Books

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1905-1912 Parish Register S 135
1919-1938 Parish Register T 126
1938-1947 Parish Register U 1st half 126
    2nd half 121
1948-1953 Parish Register V 121
1953-1958 Parish Register W 121
1958-1961 Parish Register X 121
1961-1965 Parish Register Y 121
1965-1973 Parish Register Z 121

b) Vestry Minutes, Declarations and Reports

  Microfilm
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1849-1907 Parish Register B(1) 135
1908-1950
Declarations only:
Parish Register C(1) 135
1893-1904
Rector's Reports to Vestry:
Parish Register document sheet. (1) 135
1937-1962 Parish Register E(1) 122

c) Women's Auxiliary - Minutes

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1881-1884 Parish Register F(1) 122
1894-1900 Parish Register G(1) 122
1900-1908 Parish Register H(1) 122
1908-1912 Parish Register H(1) 122
1913-1914 Parish Register I(1) 122
1915-1922 Parish Register I(1) 122
1922-1936 Parish Register J(1) 122
1936-1941 Parish Register K(1) 122
1942-1954 Parish Register L(1) 122
1954-1968 Parish Register M(1) 135
1900-1968

c) Women's Auxiliary - Accounts

Miscellaneous correspondence
and loose minutes
Envelope #1
not filmed
1888 Parish Register F(1) 122
1889 Parish Register N(1) 122
1889-1902 Parish Register O(1) 122
1902-1911 Parish Register P(1) 123
1911-1916 Parish Register Q(1) 123
1945-1967 Parish Register S(1) 135
1954-1963 Parish Register T(1) 123
1965-1967 Parish Register U(1) 123
1960s Financial correspondence,
receipt books, etc.
Envelope #2
not filmed

d) Ladies' Guild

  Microfilm
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1. Minutes    
1878-1881
(St. Andrew's Church Working Society)
Parish Register V(1) 123
1907-1921
2. Accounts
Parish Register W(1) 123
1927-1936 Parish Register X(1) 123
1936-1950 Parish Register Y(1) 123
1950-1960 Parish Register Z(1) 123
1961-1967 Parish Register A(2) 123

e) A.Y.P.A. Minutes

  Microfilm
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1932-1935 Parish Register B(2) 135
1935-1938 Parish Register C(2) 124
1938-1946 Parish Register D(2) 124

f) St. Mary's Guild

  Microfilm
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1. Minutes    
1889-1900 Parish Register E(2) 123
1900-1907
2. Accounts
Parish Register F(2) 123
1906-1909 Parish Register G(2) 123

g) Junior Auxiliary

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1. Minutes    
1929-1936
g) Junior Auxiliary
2. Accounts
Parish Register I(2) 123
1914-1940 Parish Register H(2) 123

h) Advisory Council

  Microfilm
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1964-1967 Parish Register J(2) 123

i) Church Farm Committee

  Microfilm
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Feb.-July 1885 Parish Register K(2) 123

j) Cemetery Records

  Microfilm
Reel
1800-1950 Parish Register M(2) not filmed
1872-1890s Parish Register N(2) 124

k) Other Organizations

  Microfilm
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1. Permanent Central Farmer's Institute of Ontario    
1887-1895
2. Minutes of the Grimsby Branch of the Upper Canada
Bible Society
Parish Register L(2) 123
1854-1954
3. Anglican Laymen's Association Minutes
Parish Register O(2) 124
1930-1937
4. Chi Rho Fellowship Club Minutes
Parish Register P(2) 124
1950-1953 Parish Register Q(2) 123