All The Days Of His Life
Archdeacon H. A. Cody's biography gives insight on his contemporaries
We should have been getting snow but instead the weatherman sent wind and rain on this December day.
Although I am certain, Mum had lots of baking and chores to do in preparation for Christmas, she gave into our begging to read the final chapters of the book the “Unknown Wrestler”. As soon as she sat down on the couch, I snuggled close to her.
The new hired hand had been such a hero to us throughout the book that I really hoped he would marry Nell. As Mum read, I was shocked to find out he was the new clergyman in disguise. I just couldn’t figure how Nell was going to handle this situation.
Probably, I was just as surprised when I found out that the author of this book, H. A. Cody was really Hiram Alfred Cody, known to his family as Hilie, who was born in Queens County, New Brunswick in 1872 and went on to become an Anglican clergyman, spending thirty-three years in a church in the south end of Saint John.
In the early 1960s teacher, Ted Jones was surprised when a young student, Robert Cody, mentioned his grandfather Cody had written a number of books. This sent Ted Jones on a hunt to find all he could about the New Brunswick born author. The final product was a 428 page publication, All the Days of His Life - A Biography of Archdeacon H. A. Cody published in 1981.
H. A. Cody’s forty-three journals that were kept during his forty-three years in the ministry were a personally written account of Cody’s life.
After being ordained on December 20th, 1896, Hiram Alfred Cody became the rector of the parish of Greenwich. A note mentions he is gradually bringing together all the old Records of Greenwich Parish - the births, marriages and burials - which have been entered into the Parish Registers of other churches. At one point, he states that over 300 baptismal entries have been made, extending down from the year 1820.
After his marriage in1905, to Jessie M. Flewelling, he returned to Whitehorse with his bride. Five years later they came back to Saint John and on Sunday, January 23rd, 1910 he preached in St. James’ Church, for the first time. In 1927 he was appointed Archdeacon of Saint John. On New Year’s Day of 1943, he wrote his resignation as pastor of St. James’ Church.
As an author, he had twenty-five books published as well as numerous poems and newspaper articles. For thirty-three years, he was the editor of “The Church Bell”.
Although his health failed drastically throughout the 1930 and early 1940s, he still kept up a busy schedule both in writing and in church affairs. On February 9th, 1948, death came for the Archdeacon who was in his 76th year.
As one reads the notes from the journals of H. A. Cody, an insight is gained into the life of a clergyman and author with the day to day joys and tribulations as well as his relationships with family members.
Although this is a biography of one man, a great deal of interesting information on other folk can be gleaned from the book, All The Days Of His Life - A Biography of Archdeacon H. A. Cody by Ted Jones.
This book can be found in most research institutions.
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Clare - Clair - Ginnish - Ward - Snowdon: Twin boys John Hamilton Clare and James Augustus Clare were born on April 18, 1793. It is possible that their baptisms were recorded in the Queensborough Parish Records. There were also children Susannah (1791) and William (1797). John Hamilton Clare and Anne Ginnish (a Roman Catholic from Burnt Church) had a son Peter born about 1825, who was brought up as a Micmac. John Hamilton Clare farmed land on the North bank of the Richibucto River and was married to Judith Ward on September 29,1835 in Richibucto by the Rev. R. Williams. Their son John Wesley Clare was born September 07, 1840 in Moulis River, Kent County and married Augusta Ann Snowdon in 1868. Can anyone provide me with information on this family.
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