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St. Mary's (Aspdin, Ont.) altar

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[before 1950]
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[before 1950]
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[before 1950]
Language: 
English
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2.5 cm of object. - 1 printing press plate: wood and copper, 8.25 x 5.5 cm

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aua
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014
Container Number: 
006
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North Muskoka Anglican Pioneer Parish fonds

Description
Start Date: 
1888
End Date: 
1999
Date Range: 
1888-1999
Physical Description: 

0.22 m of textual records and graphic materials

Arrangement: 
Fonds is arranged in six sous fonds.
History Biographical: 

The North Muskoka Anglican Pioneer Parish is made up of the Anglican congregation (Ahmic Harbour, Ont.), Christ Anglican Church (Illfracombe, Ont.), St. George's Anglican Church (Lancelot, Ont.), St. John the Baptist Anglican Church (Ravenscliffe, Ont.), St. Mary's Anglican Church (Aspdin, Ont.), and St. Paul's Anglican Church (Grassmere, Ont.).

Scope Content: 

Fonds is comprised of records documenting activities at North Muskoka Anglican Pioneer Parish, including the Anglican congregation (Ahmic Harbour, Ont.), Christ Anglican Church (Illfracombe, Ont.), St. George's Anglican Church (Lancelot, Ont.), St. John the Baptist Anglican Church (Ravenscliffe, Ont.), St. Mary's Anglican Church (Aspdin, Ont.), and St. Paul's Anglican Church (Grassmere, Ont.).

Includes W.A. minutes, correspondence, deeds, property assessments, plots, vestry minutes, offerings booklet, parish register, vestry book, burial permits, service register, historical summary, service bulletins, pamphlets, photographs, media releases, congregation records, and other materials. 

Repository: 
aua
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Access Restriction: 

May be restrictions on access based on the terms of the Deposit Agreement, the Diocese's Policy on Privacy and Archives. Subject to all applicable privacy legislation.

Repro Restriction: 

May be restrictions on use based on the terms of the Deposit Agreement, the Diocese's Policy on Privacy and Archives. Subject to all applicable privacy legislation.

Conservation: 

Minor conservation performed on fonds.

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St. Mary's Anglican Church (Aspdin, Ont.) sous fonds

Description
Start Date: 
1886
End Date: 
1934
Date Range: 
1886-1934
Physical Description: 

0.02 m of textual records

Arrangement: 
Sous fonds is arranged in files.
History Biographical: 

St. Mary's Anglican Church (Aspdin, Ont.) is part of the North Muskoka Anglican Pioneer Parish. Aspdin is located approximately seven miles from Huntsville. Rev. William Crompton (made deacon in 1875 and priest on April 27, 1879) was one of the first settlers in Aspdin and had been a Licensed Lay Reader in Birmingham and Manchester, England. He started reading prayers in a private log church built by his sons between 1874 and 1875. In October 1875 he began regular services in Mr. Charles Johnson’s house. On March 12, 1878 the community decided to build a log church on an acre of land donated by Mr. Johnson. The church was named St. Mary’s in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson’s daughter. The church was raised April 3, 1878 and completed in December. Miss Girdlestone of Galt donated a frame Chancel (14 by 16 feet), and a set of Communion vessels and a carpet. Dr. Sullivan, Bishop of Algoma, visited February 23, 1879 and held a Communion Service.

Near the end of 1884 an unknown woman in England donated £600 sterling so that a stone church could be built. Her conditions included coloured Stoles and Frontals in accordance with the seasons, a priest in the Eastward Position, vases, candlesticks and cross on the re-table, and vestments not to be used except on special request of the congregation and with written consent from the Bishop.

The cornerstone for St. Mary's was laid by the Rev. W. Crompton on September 30, 1885 and opening services were held on August 15, 1886. During the building, every child of the Sunday School brought a stone from their own homes and placed it into the wall themselves. They also placed a glass bottle with the names of Dr. Sullivan, William Crompton, Charles W. Johnson, Jeremiah Coulson, and every communicant connected with the church. The church building was made of stone and the interior included a hand carved oak rood screen (an elaborate archway separating the chancel from the church). The opening service was held on August 15th, 1886. Later, Bishop Sullivan consecrated the church on February 24, 1890.

Rev. W. Crompton gave an address at St. Augustine’s Church, Killburn, London, England on June 21, 1885 and received £11 sterling to purchase a Stone Font for St. Mary’s, arranged by Rev. E. Wood of Church of St. John the Evangelist, Montreal. Major-General Steward, of Prince’s Gate, London, England donated brass candlesticks and an alabaster cross. The congregation of St. Mary’s Church, Hulme, Manchester donated the pulpit, prayer desks, lectern and faldstool. Mr. Crompton’s wife and children donated the bell. The Bible and Prayer Book were given to Brightstone Church in England in 1843 by Robert Loder, Esq and contains the Apocrypha, services for Gunpowder Treason, King Charles the Martyr, the Restoration, the Canons of 1603, and Tate and Brady’s Metrical Psalms. In 1887 the church received another donation from the unknown woman in England. The £100 went toward a Tower and Spire. In 1892, Mrs. Johnson (then widowed) donated another acre of land for a cemetery. In 1890 a drive shed for the horses of the congregation was built. In 1891, Mr. Ambrose Leefe sold the church an acre of land for a parsonage and a house. In 1911, the Tower was re-built.

In June 1975 volunteers from the parishes in the Muskoka-Parry Sound area gathered at St. Mary's for a clean-up project to reopen the pioneer church for worship during the summer of 1975.  The project to clean-up and reopen some of Muskoka's old pioneer church buildings was the vision of Fr. John Watson, Rural Dean of Muskoka-Parry Sound. Services were held at St. Mary's throughout the summer of 1975.

Incumbents include: Rev. William Crompton (1875-1889), Rev. Henry P. Lowe (1890-1895), Gilbert F. Davidson, lay-reader (1890-1895?), Rev. Robert L. Locke (1895-1895), Rev. Franz C. H. Ulbricht (1896?), James Hickland, Catechist 1896-1896), Rev. William Henry French (1896-1899), Mr. F. W. Major (1899-1900), Rev. Laurence Sinclair (1900-1925?), Rev. W. A. J. Burt (1910-1911?), Rev. H. G. Watts (1916-1916?), Mr. Charles Miles (1920-1920?), and The Society of St. John the Evangelist (from 1928).  

Sources:

  • “An Account of St. Mary’s Church”, The Aspdin Church News, 1893, Algoma University Archives, 2009-220_001_028_001.
  • "A parish is now rejuvenated", The Algoma Anglican 19, no. 10 (1975): 3. Algoma University Archives, 2013-086_001_010_021.
  • "A new beginning", The Algoma Anglican 19, no. 9 (1975): 1. Algoma University Archives, 2013-086_001_010_020.
  • "Centennial service held in August at St. Mary's Church, Aspdin", The Algoma Anglican 33, no. 7 (1986): 7. Algoma University Archives, 2013-086_001_014_020.
Scope Content: 

Sous fonds is comprised of records documenting the activities at St. Mary's Anglican Church (Aspdin, Ont.).  Includes a service register and a vestry book.

Repository: 
aua
Admin
Custodial History: 

Accrual 2010-182 transferred to Algoma University by the Ven. Harry Huskins. Accrural 2019-032 transferred to archives in Fall 2019 by Synod office.

Access Restriction: 

May be restrictions on access based on the terms of the Deposit Agreement, the Diocese's Policy on Privacy and Archives. Subject to all applicable privacy legislation.

Repro Restriction: 

May be restrictions on use based on the terms of the Deposit Agreement, the Diocese's Policy on Privacy and Archives. Subject to all applicable privacy legislation.

Conservation: 

Minor conservation performed on sous fonds.

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