A History of the
Anglican Church in the Parish of Springfield
and a General History of the Surrounding Area
by Ernest G. C. Graham
I think the “Early Bird” gets the worm was
Dad’s motto. But it was no worm we were looking for this morning. The task
was turning the grindstone, while the morning air was still cool, so Dad could
sharpen the scythes and the sections on the cutter bar of the horse drawn
mowing machine. Cliff poured the water on the grindstone, while I turned the
handle. Dad sat on an overturned nail keg and pressed the steel edges in
just a certain way so as to get a good cutting edge.
Now if we had been the children of one of the ministers at the Trinity Church
in Springfield, we probably would have never had to help in the task of sharpening
the haying utensils as the minister did his work on Sunday from the pulpit
not out in the fields in the hot sun.
The Reverend James Scovil, who arrived in New Brunswick 23 May 1786, the
first minister to preach in the Springfield area, did not break his ties with
Connecticut but returned to spend the winter month there until 1788 when
he built his parsonage at Kingston at his own expense. He had a family of
seven sons and two daughters. In 1831, his son William gave the large Bible
that is still used in the Trinity Church at Springfield. Another son, Elias
Scovil followed in his father’s footsteps. A grandson William Elias Scovil
also became a minister.
In 1813, the Reverend Elias Scovil was visiting Springfield once a month.
In 1819, a meeting was held concerning the building of a church at Springfield.
Fortunately the minutes of this meeting and down to the present day have survived.
On 20 July 1826, Bishop John Inglis visited Springfield. More than 300 people
were at the church before 10 o’clock to be present when the Bishop consecrated
Trinity Church and confirmed 75 persons.
A History of the Anglican Church in the Parish of Springfield
and a General History of the Surrounding Area by Ernest G. C. Graham
provides a wealth of information on the churches, community and settlers
in this 1983 publication of 225 pages. It is available for viewing in several
The Annual Memorial Service will be held at Trinity
Church, Springfield, on July 18, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Faye Pearson will speak
on the White and Cromwell families as well as conduct a 'scavenger hunt'
for information from the stones.
Donations of past services have made it possible to undertake improvements
to the cemetery. Please plan to attend to view these improvements and enjoy
By the way, if you are interested in learning more about some Loyalists
individuals in Saint John, I suggest you meet Joan Pearce at the Loyalist
Plaza on Thursday evening, July 15, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. as she
will be holding a Ghost Walk up King Street, along Canterbury Street,
by Trinity Church to the Court House steps and then to the Loyalist Burial
Ground where more ghosts will be waiting to tell you about some events in
their lives. Probably the spirits who show up will be of Ward Chipman, Sarah
Frost, Mr. Barlow, Benedict Arnold, Mr. Winslow, Elias Hardy, Coonradt Hendricks
and several others.
Bragdon: I need information
on the children of Nathaniel Bragdon who resided in Burton in 1773 - Elijah,
Margaret, John, and Mary. Nathaniel had six children by 1809. Does anyone
know the names of his other two children? Did this Nathaniel's, children
eventually, settle in the parish of Southampton, York County, New Brunswick?
1080 Route 605
Maple Ridge, NB
Canada, E6E 1W6
Kneeshaw - Smith: Robert
Kneeshaw and M. Sarah Smith, were married in 1814 in Stokesley, Yorkshire,
England. They came to Canada circa 1840 with children, Elizabeth, William,
Richard, Amelia, John, Robert, Thomas, George, Sarah, Margaret and Joseph.
Any history on the Kneeshaw family would be much appreciated.
u8/29 Belmont Avenue
Foley - Currie - Corry:
Catherine Foley was born in Saint John in May of 1824. Married Robert Currie
(Curry, Corry) in Saint John 5 July 1849. Emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts
in 1854. Seeking information on Catherine's parents who arrived in New Brunswick
from Queenstown, Ireland.
Mark E. Radville
12 Parsons Road
West Newbury, Massachusetts
Mitchell - Williams: Andrew
Mitchell married Mary Williams on 4 Sept. 1856 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate
Conception in Saint John. Andrew died in1907 in Johnville at age 72. Mary
(Jane) died between the 1881 and 1891 census. I have her as born in England
in 1838 with Samuel as father. I'm interested in parents and siblings for
59 Orchard Dr.
Crandall - Hopper - Kelly - Terret: I
am seeking information on the birth, marriage, and death of Warren P. Crandall,
who was one of six sons of Rev. David and Elizabeth (Hopper) Crandall of St.
Martins, New Brunswick. He married Anna Maria (Kelly) Terrett. They
had one son, Chauncey Warren (1866-1908). I also know from the 1870 census
records that they lived in New York City in the house of a John Blowvilt.
Ann Maria’s first husband was Horatio Nelson Terrett
8210 Haven Harbour Way
Lynch - Leary - O’Leary:
Daniel Lynch, Dunmanway, Ireland married Julia Leary, Kinneigh, Ireland.
After her death in Saint John, he married Mary O'Leary, who appears to have
been his cousin. His children were Mary, Ellen, Johanna, Catherine, Jeremiah,
John, George, Margaret Ann, Daniel. Jeremiah (Mary Brown) and George Lynch
went to San Francisco. Any information on members of the families would be
3983 So. McCarran Blvd. #265
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