As the Story is Told: St. John’s Church – List of Rectors in the Parish

As the Story is told: A history of Morpeth and communityEvery week, I share an excerpt from my Great Aunt’s book, As the Story is Told: A History of Morpeth and Community, which was printed in 1986. This week is a continuation of the history of St. John’s Church.

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List of Rectors in the Parish

(Before the building of St. John’s church)

The first Church of England services were held in the neighbourhood by:

1830 – Rev. James Stewart, a travelling missionary

1845 – Rev. William Sandys, later Archdeacon

1849 – Rev. Henry Holland

1854 – Rev. M. Johnson, builder of the Rectory

1858 – Rev. Archibald Lampman, father of the famous Canadian poet, Archibald Lampman

1866 – Rev. John Wilson

1867 – Rev. Wm. Brookman – wife and son buried at Trinity Church

1870 – Rev. Dr. Newton

St. John's Anglican Choir 1908 Morpeth, Ontario

(Since Church was built)

1874-1877 – Rev. Canon Downie

1887-1889 – Rev. Freeman Harding

1889-1896 – Rev. S. L. Smith

1896-1901 – Rev. J. G. Hooper

1901-1908 – Rev. E. Softley

1908-1911 – Rev. F. Whealan

1911-1915 – Rev. W. B. Hawkins

1915-1917 – Rev. A. W. Richardson

1917-1922 – Rev. Walter Jones

1922-1925 – Rev. F. Abbot

1925-1930 – Rev. E. Jaques

1930-1934 – Rev. M. Weeks

1935-1939 – Rev. T. M. B. Parker

1939-1941 – Rev. W. N. Porter

1941-1942 – Rev. R. E. A. Ruch

1943-1948 – Rev. W. L. Jennings

1949-1951 – Rev. T. James

1951-1957 – Rev. R. Blight

1957-1959 – Rev. M. J. Roberts

1960-1968 – Rev. H. McKillop

1968-1970 – Rev. L. Dixon

1970-1976 – Rev. W. Bennett

1976-1981 – Rev. G. Oldridge

1981 – Church Closed (update)

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