Christ's Church Cathedral

City: 
Hamilton, Ont.
Archives Predating 1869: 
Baptisms, Marriages & Burials, 1838
Clergy: 

Abbot, H.P.A.(?)
1906-1914 Canon and Rector
1911 Made Dean

Fonds - Brief Description: 

Christ's Church Anglican Cathedral (Hamilton, Ont.) fonds. -- 1796-1969; predominant 1835-1969. -- 4.7 m of textual records and graphic material.

The Bishop of Quebec sent Rev. John Gamble Geddes to minister to Hamilton in 1835. The congregation was then meeting in a log-court house along with the Ancaster congregation. The church, a frame building was constructed shortly thereafter and consecrated in 1842 by the Bishop of Toronto. In 1873, when it became certain that six counties were to be removed from the Dioceses of Toronto to form the new Diocese of Niagara, architects were engaged to design a church that would be suitable as a cathedral. In 1876 the new cathedral was opened. For a more complete history see The Pilgrim's Guide to Christ's Church Cathedral.

The fonds consists of parish registers containing statistical records, Vestry Minutes, services, Brother of St. Andrew's minutes, choir registers and attendance records, Servers Guild, and financial registers. Fonds also contains correspondence, cemetery material, Building Committee records, photographs, and other documents. Most of the fonds has been microfilmed on 15 reels of microfilm, numbered 51-54, 56-57, 60-67, 257.

See also the the Gladys McAndrew fonds. McAndrew was an active member Christ Church Cathedral who served as the Dominion Dorcas Secretary-Treasurer. The McAndrew fonds relates to missionary work and residential schools in Canada from 1943 to 1954.

Title based on content of fonds.
Fonds on deposit. Ownership of the fonds resides with Christ's Church Cathedral.
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: 

Historical Notes

See Church History in fonds description.

 


I - List of Parish Registers

a) Statistical

  Microfilm
Reel
Parish Register A Baptisms
Confirmations
Marriages
Burials
60
Parish Register B Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Communicants/Communions
60
Parish Register C Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
61
Parish Register D Baptismal Register 61
Parish Register E Baptismal Register 62
Parish Register F Baptismal Register 62
Parish Register G Baptismal Register 66
Parish Register H Burial Register 62
Parish Register I Confirmations 62
Parish Register J Confirmations 62

Parish Registers
K-Z
A2-E2

Marriage Registers

62-67

Parish Registers F2-H2 Service Registers 53 & 67
Parish Registers I2-L2 Minutes of the Vestry 53 & 57
Parish Register M2 Communicants & Financial Contributions Book 1880-1884 257
Parish Register N2 Burials 1967-1986 358

b) Financial

  Microfilm
Reel
Financial Register 1 Sunday Collections
1806-1807
57
Financial Register 2 Church Building Accounts 1835-1847 57
Financial Register 3 Account Book
1835-1847
57
Financial Register 4 Cash Book
Pew Rentals (back of book)
1858-1862
66
Financial Register 5 Financial Ledger including Pew Rentals, Cemetery Payments
1936-1944
66
Financial Register 6 Ledger Accounts
1860-1869
66
Financial Register 7 Ledger Accounts
1869-1876
66
Financial Register 8 Collection & Expense Ledger 1875-1886 63
Financial Register 9 Ledger Accounts
1879
63
Financial Register 10 Communicants Management Minutes
1879-1911
63
Financial Register 11 Collection Record
1882-1892
63
Financial Register 12 Ledger Accounts
1886-(1895)
54 & 63
Financial Register 13 Ledger Accounts
Pew Rentals
Collections
1895-1919
54
Financial Register 14 Expense Ledger
Pew Rentals
Collections
Offertories/Missions
1919-(1927)
54
Parish Register M2 Financial Contributions
1883-1884
257
Financial Register 15 Board of Management Minutes
1918-1948
54
Financial Register 16 Parochial Poor Fund
(Juliet Doolittle Trust Fund)
1920-1931
54
Financial Register 17 Expense Journal Accounts 1935-1963

54

Financial Register 18 Ledger of Appeals/Pledges
Pew Rentals
1946-(1959)

54
(first half)

55 (second half)

Financial Register 19 Church Account Book
1948-1951
54
Financial Register 20 Church Account Book
1952-1954
54
Financial Register 21 Church Account Book
1954-1957
54
Financial Register 22 Church Account Book
1957-1959
54
Financial Register 23 Church Account Book
1960-1962
54
Financial Register 24 Church Account Book
1966-(1968)
54
See Also: Boxes labelled - Financial Record/Vouchers/Returned Cheques/Receipts/Bills Box #
14-20

II - Index To Parish Records

a) Baptisms

  Microfilm
Reel
(1838-1863) Parish Register A
(this particular register has Baptisms, Marriages, Burials and Confirmations all intermingled.)
60
1835-1838 Parish Register B 60
1835-1850 Parish Register C 61
1850-1864 Parish Register D 61
1864-1900 Parish Register E 62
1900-1925 Parish Register F 62
1925-1956 Parish Register G 66

b) Confirmations & Communicants

  Microfilm
Reel
1838-1863 Parish Register A 60
1835-1838 Parish Register B 60
1838-1900 Parish Register I 62
1871-1889 Parish Register J

62

1880-1889 Parish Register M2
(Communicants)
257

c) Burials

  Microfilm
Reel
1838-1863 Parish Register A 60
1835-1838 Parish Register B 60
1835-1854 Parish Register C 61
1855-1882 Parish Register H 62
1882-1888 No records from 1882-88. Continues July 1889 in Register H. N/A
1889-1967 Parish Register H 62
1967-1986 Parish Register N(2) 358
  For other material see listed in "Other Records" the following:
Cemetery Book (IV b)
Burial Ground Register

 

 

 

See also Boxes #6, 7 and 8

Cemetery Returns-Reports of Internments, 1888-1907

Cemetery Records (1840, 1855-85)
Report of Internments
Orders For Free Burials
Receipts
Cemetery Lot Deeds 1870-1897

Cemetery Payments in Fincancial Ledger 5

52

 

51

 

 

66

d) Marriages

  Microfilm
Reel
Sept. 1838-July 1840 Parish Register A 60
(1835-1838) Parish Register B 60
Mar. 1835-Apr. 1849
1835-1838
Parish Register C
See also Envelope #4
61
May 1849-Dec.1868 Parish Register K Pt.1 62
Pt.2 64
Jan. 1858-Feb. 1878 Parish Register L 63
Mar. 1863-May 1864 Parish Register M 63
Feb. 1869-July 1912 Parish Register N 63
Oct. 1869-Feb. 1904 Parish Register O 64
Feb. 1904-Aug. 1908 Parish Register P 64
Aug. 1908-Jan. 1911 Parish Register Q 64
Jan. 1911-Nov.1913 Parish Register R 64
July 1912-Jan. 1938 Parish Register S Pt.1 64
Pt.2 65
Dec. 1913-Mar. 1919 Parish Register T 65
Mar. 1919-Mar. 1924 Parish Register U 65
Mar. 1924-Sept. 1929 Parish Register V 65
Sept. 1929-Dec. 1935 Parish Register W 65
Dec. 1935-May 1938 Parish Register X 65
Jan. 1938-July 1949 Parish Register Y Pt.1 65
Pt.2 67
June 1938-Sept. 1942 Parish Register Z 67
Sept. 1942-Feb. 1946 Parish Register A2 67
Feb. 1946-June 1949 Parish Register B2 67
June 1949-Apr. 1953 Parish Register C2 67
Apr. 1953-Dec.1959 Parish Register D2 60
Jan. 1960-Aug. 1969 Parish Register E2 60
*For period 1835-1838 see also J.G. Geddes' Book of Banns for Hamilton and Barton, Envelope #4.    

III - Index of General Records

a) Minutes of the Vestry

  Microfilm
Reel
Apr. 9 1855-Apr. 26 1886
(*See note below)
Parish Register I2 53
Apr. 13 1886-July 3, 1939 Parish Register J2 57
May 13, 1886-July 3, 1939 Parish Register K2
Vestry Minutes including Financial Statements.
53
Oct. 26 1835-May 30 1848 Parish Register L2 57
* See also Box labelled #13-Vestry Minutes-(1840-1870)

b) Service Registers

  Microfilm
Reel
Mar.11, 1886-Dec. 27, 1942 Parish Register F2 53
Mar. 1915-June 1928 Parish Register G2 Part 2 57
July 1928-Mar. 1936 Parish Register H2 57

IV - Other Records

  Microfilm
Reel
Brotherhood of St. Andrews. Minute Book
(3 Registers)
1.(1907-1914)
2. 1914-1923
3. 1923-1930
56
56
Choir Registers and Choir Attendance Records
(5 Registers)
1. Choir Register 1892-1902
2. Choir Register 1902-1911
3. Choir Attendance Record 1912-1922
4. Choir Attendance Record 1922-1931
5. Choir Attendance Record 1932-1950
57
57
56
56
56
Servers Guild Register 1960-1961  

IV - Boxed Material

a) Correspondence

 
Box #1 -General Church Wardens' Correspondence, 1830-1899. Includes some subscription lists and financial statements, as well as material relating to pew rentals.
Box #2 -Church Wardens' Correspondence, 1880-1925.
Most of this material is financial, but the box includes some notes by Linger on the history of the Church, some copies of sermons and details of services.
Box #3 -News Clippings re: Chirst Church, 1870-1924
- Subscriptions, 1920
- Correspondence re: organ, 1923-1924
- Correspondence of Dean Owen, 1924-25
- Correspondence re: Cathedral's Jubilee, 1925
- Public Appeals, Order of Service Pamphlets, Notice of Meetings, 1926-1930.
Box #4 - Correspondence of the Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Riley, 1933-1934.
Box #5 - Correspondence of Canon Riley, 1933-1936

b) Cemetery Material

 
Box #6 -Correspondence re: Cemetery, 1840-1908.
- Orders for free burials, 1840-1866
- Cemetery statements and returns, 1855-1864, 1877-1879, 1880-1883, 1884-1885.
Box #7 - Interment Reports, 1889-1891, 1892-1893, 1894-1898, 1895-1898, 1899-1907.
Box #8 - Cemetery Receipts, 1853-1870, 1906
- Deeds of Cemetery Lots, 1870-1897
  (These boxes include records of some burials not listed in the Parish Registers.)

c) Building Committee

 
Box #9 - Minute Book, Building Committee, 1835-1842
- Loose Minutes, 1852-1854
- Minute Book, 1873-1877
- Subscriptions, receipts, specifications, 1850s
- 1842 agreement to complete carpentry in Christ's Church, loose minutes from 1870s, "Helps to the Building of Churches". by the Rev. W.C. Wilson London, 1835.
- Building Committee Tenders, 1852.
- Building Committee Correspondence, 1852-1857
- Building Committee Cancelled notes, 1853
- Certificates for payment and receipts, 1853
- Miscellaneous receipts and expenses, 1874-1877
- Cathedral Seating Plans, one dated 1840, rest undated.
- Architectural description of proposed alterations and additions to Christ's Church, 1960.

d) Miscellaneous Non-Financial Papers

 
Box #10 - Mortgages and other legal papers relating to lands and bequests, 1840s to 1920s.
- As above includes grant of 200 acres in the Township of Nassageweya to Thomas Arnold, 1827.
- As above, 1840s to 1940s.
- Insurance policies and correspondence, 1850s to 1920s. Orders for free burials, 1840-1866
- Agreements, other legal documents, court decisions, 1870s to 1911.
- Correspondence related to redecoration, 1910.
- Agreements with Hydro - early 1900s.
Box #11 #1
- Undated pledge to abstain from alcohol.
- 1880s :Certificate of confirmation.
- 1890s :Notification of the publication of marriage banns.
- 1927 :Declaration of acceptance of the faith of The Church of England.
#2
- Order of Service Programs, 1897-1933
- Address by Bishop of Niagara and other historical papers, 1915.
- Sketch of the life of J.G. Geddes, compiled In Memoriam, 1891.
Box #12 - Christ Church Cathedral Calendar, 1915-1933
- Church Year Books, 1916-1921

e) Miscellaneous Financial Papers

 
Box #13 - Vestry Minutes 1840s to 1890
- Draft Minutes of Vestry Meetings:
Undated,
1840s (with 1840 subscription list)
1850-1859
1860-1869
1879-1890
Box #14 Financial Statements and Reports 1846-1933
- Yearly financial statements and reports, 1860-1910.
- Printed Easter Reports and financial statements, 1846-1892.
- Printed Easter Reports and financial statements, 1894-1933.
Box #15 Pews-Deeds, Debentures, Collection Books, Correspondence, 1843-1934.
1. Pew Deeds and Debentures, in approximate date order, 1843-1892.
2. Pew Receipts, Lists, Estate settlements, 1841-1870.
3. Deeds and Legal Correspondence relating to pews, 1852-1934.
4. Pew Rental Collection Book, 1839.
5. Pew Rental Collection Book, 1840-1846.
6. Pew Rental Collection Book (6), 1867-1870.
7. Pew Rental Collection Book, 1869.
8. Pew Rental Collection Book, (no date, 1860s? 1870s?)
9. Pew Rental accounts, 1867-1868.
Box #16 Subscriptions towards various Church Funds 1842-1924.
1. Subscriptions towards the salary of J.G. Geddes, 1842.
Pew Accounts, Ground Rents and General Accounts, 1845-1855.
2. Subscriptions towards Christ's Church Dept., 1864.
3. Subscriptions towards Christ's Church Dept., 1865.
4. Subscriptions towards rebuilding and enlarging the Church, the Sunday School Fund and the School House, 1843-1893.
5. Subscription and Pew Rental Lists, 1850s and 1860s.
6. Widows' and Orphans' Fund Apportionment, 1874.
7. Subscribers towards memorial tablet, 1900.
8. Subscription book-alphabetical, 1924.
Box #17 Organ Fund, 1875-1926.
1. Subscriptions, 1875-1878.
2. Subscriptions and Correspondence, 1918-1924.
3. Subscriptions and Correspondence, 1924-1925.
4. Subscriptions, 1924.
5. Cash Book
- Memorial Organ Fund, 1924-1925.
- F.W. Wase Testimonial, 1926.
Box #18 1. Receipts for monies paid out by the Church Wardens, 1843- 1844.
2. As above, 1844.
3. Financial Correspondence, Accounts and Receipts, 1840s.
4. "Adoptions" arranged by the church, 1840s.
5. Invoices, accounts, collections, receipts, pew rental, correspondence, 1840s.
6. Receipts paid for monies paid by Church, 1845-1851.
7. Financial correspondence, vestry minutes, receipts, insurance policies, 1850s.
8. Receipts, accounts, promisory notes, financial correspondence, 1850s.
Box #19 (3) Account Books:
a) Receipt Book, Church Wardens, May 1858-Sept. 1859.
b) Receipt Book, Sept. 1859-Sept. 1860.
c) Receipt Book, Apr. 1861-May 1866.
1. Accounts, invoices, receipts, promisory notes, pew rentals, etc., 1850s and 1860s.
2. Invoices, statements of income-expenditure, pew rentals , receipts, 1950s and 1860s.
3. Statements of account, 1850s and 1860s.
4. Receipts and financial correspondence.
5. Receipts and pew rents, 1860s.
6. Receipts, 1860s to 1870.
7. Accounts, 1850s to 1890, with receipts - expenditure statements for 1874-77, 1885-86.
Box #20 - Offertory Books, containing details of offerings made at services:
a) Apr. 1890-Dec. 1890
b) Jan. 1891.-Sept. 1891
c) Sept. 1891-Apr. 1892
d) Apr. 1893-Mar. 1894.
- Book of cheque stubs, May 1890-Jan. 1891.
- Bundle of receipts, Apr. 1890-Mar. 1891
- Receipts and paid invoices, 1891-1899.
- Sunday School Accounts, 1862-1901.
- Financial Correspondence including promisory notes, receipts, lists of debts due, pew rental correspondence, 1845-1910.
Envelope #1 Prayer Book, T. George III , found in Cathedral vault.
Envelope #2 "Book of Common Prayer", published London, 1796.
Envelope #3 General Accounts Ledger, 1864-1869
Envelope #4 J.G. Geddes' Service Book for Hamilton, Barton and Wellington Square, 1835 with (upside down) Book of Banns, listing marriages celebrated 1835-1838.
Envelope #5 Cathedral Guild Letters, membership lists, etc. 1890.
Envelope #6 Invoices for advertising medical lecture, 1893.
Envelope #7 Mothers' Meeting, Fuel Orders, 1902-1907.
Envelope #8 Photographs of the Cathedral, Prayer and other Cards, 1926-1932. Account book-lists receipts from Poor Boxes.
Envelope #9 Line Plate of Cathedral Interior.

 

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