Fonds CONG-187 - Cooke's Presbyterian Church (Toronto, Ont.) fonds

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Cooke's Presbyterian Church (Toronto, Ont.) fonds

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CA ON00313 CONG-187

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  • 1851-1982 (Creation)

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3 m of textual records

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Cooke's Presbyterian Church, Toronto was formed in 1851. Initially the congregation attempted to call a minister from the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and connect themselves with that denomination, but when that attempt failed the congregation applied for admission to the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the Rev. Alexander Gale was appointed interim moderator. The congregation worshipped first in St. Lawrence Hall, then in a frame church on George Street, purchased from the Methodists. The congregation called the Rev. Robert Irvine in 1852, the first of a series of Irish-born ministers. His successors included the Rev. William Gregg, (1857-1872). In the first hundred years the congregation called only one non-Irish minister. A permanent brick church building was completed at the corner of Queen and Mutual Streets in 1858 and this was replaced with a larger church building also of brick, on the same site in 1891. The congregation was re-named Cooke's in 1856 in honour of the Rev. Henry Cooke of Belfast Ireland; previously the congregation was known as Second Presbyterian Church. The membership dwindled after 1960 and the congregation disbanded in 1982.

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Fonds consists of registers, minutes and other records of Cooke's Presbyterian Church (Toronto, Ont.). Records consist of: Baptisms (1951-1978); Marriages (1850-1908, 1928-1951); Session minutes (1851-1929, 1935-1982); Communion Roll (1857-1889, 1891-1892, 1899-1905, 1918-1927, 1931-1933, 1937-1978); Congregational meetings (1851, 1852, 1944-1970); Board of Trustees records including deeds and contracts (1855-1920); and other records.

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Notes Session minutes are restricted for a period of 50 years from the date they were written.

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A file list is available. See FA-4000T at The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives.

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