Fonds CONG-457 - Gordon Presbyterian Church (St. Elmo, Ont.) fonds

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Gordon Presbyterian Church (St. Elmo, Ont.) fonds

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CA ON00313 CONG-457

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  • 1989 and microfilmed 1991 (originally created 1853-1991) (Creation)

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0.5 cm of textual records 1 reel of microfilm

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The congregation of Gordon Presbyterian Church in St. Elmo, Ontario traces its origins to c.1826 when the Presbyterian settlers in the area then known as the Indian Lands community began construction of a frame church in the 17th Concession. The first minister to conduct services in the church was the Rev. Archibald Connel, the minister in Martintown. In 1838, the Rev. Daniel Clark of Inverness, Scotland, arrived and served as missionary to the area for a year, before accepting a call as minister. In 1844, Rev. Clark and many of the families in the Indian Lands community broke away from the Presbyterian Church of Canada in Connection with the Church of Scotland and joined the Free Presbyterian Church. Disputes over ownership of the church and manse between the two groups continued until 1860 when it was given to the group in connection with the Church of Scotland. As a result the "Free Church" Presbyterians along with the minister, Rev. Daniel Gordon (who replaced Rev. Clark in 1853), began construction of a new church on the19th Concession. This was opened in 1864. The name of this community at the 19th Concession became known as St. Elmo in the early 1880s, and the church became known as the "Gordon Church". At the time of Church Union in 1925, the congregation of the Gordon Church, St. Elmo, voted to remain with The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

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Fonds consists of minutes, registers and other records of Gordon Presbyterian Church in St. Elmo, Ontario. On microfilm: Baptisms (1875-1990); Marriages (1858-1898, 1903-1960); Session minutes (1853-1991); Communion Rolls (1876-1990, with gaps); and annual meeting minutes (1865-1898). Also included is an Order of Service on the 100th anniversary of the induction of Rev. Daniel Clark.

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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-4000S at The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives.

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