Methodist Church Records and Registers : 1784-1831
|Call Number:||MIC-Loyalist FC LCR .N4U5M3M4R4|
|Creator:||United Church of Canada. Maritime Conference Archives.|
|Description:||1 microfilm textual records () ; 35 mm|
Methodism is a branch of the protestant religion and was originally a movement within the Church of England in Britain led by John Wesley (1703-91). William Black (1760-1834) was the first evangelical methodist preacher in the Maritimes who began preaching in settlements along the Petitcodiac River in New Brunswick in 1781. With the help of the American Methodist Episcopal Church, more missionaries would be sent to the area to assist Black's work. This relationship with the Americans lasted until 1799, after which Black's work fell under the supervision of the British Wesleyans. The Nova Scotia District of the Methodist Church included New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island until 1826. At that time, the district was divided into two sections: one containing most of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; and another for New Brunswick and the Annapolis Valley.
The collection contains Methodist Church records for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (Island of St. John's) and includes District Minutes and specific church registers and records, 1784-1831. These records give insight into the policies and operation of the organisation and local communities. Topics covered include: religion - state of, finances, ministers, vital statistics (birth, marriage, death), women, missions and missionaries, blacks, Church of Scotland, evangelicalism, societies, Sunday school and children. Detailed Contents
|Originals:||The original records are held by the United Church of Canada, Maritime Conferences Archives, Sackville, New Brunswick.|
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There are many inaccuracies in the typed descriptions that precede each section of records throughout the reel.
Microfilmed by the Provincial Archives of Nova Scotia.