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Blackhead - Western Bay Pastoral Charge fonds
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Blackhead - Western Bay Pastoral Charge fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1816-1989

Fonds consists of records created in the pastoral charges of Blackhead-Western Bay, Blackhead, and Western Bay. Records relate to the functional bodies of the Charge which include various boards, committees, organizations and groups. Included are vital statistics, minutes, correspondence, membership lists, accounts and published material.

The records are arranged in the following series: Baptism, marriage, and burial records (1816-1979); Membership Records (1894-1978); Board and committee records (1878-1982); Property records (1906, 1931); Education records (1875-1952); Women's Groups records (1923-1989); Youth Groups records (1935-1967); Records of other groups (1896-1940); Sunday School records (1926-1942); Church Publications/Histories (1973-1982); Annual reports (1978-1989) and Financial Records (1809-1992).

United Church of Canada. Blackhead-Western Bay Pastoral Charge

Board and Committee Records

Series consists of records of various boards and committees in existence in Blackhead and Western Bay circuits and charges. Included are Quarterly Official Board of the Blackhead Circuit, minutes, 1909-1929, and Western Bay, 1912-1950; Blackhead Trustee Board minutes, accounts 1897-1972. Includes insurance policies, and bill of sale of land in Blackhead 1931, Western Bay, Pew Accounts, 1937-1943, minutes and other misc records, 1936-1982; Board of Session, Blackhead Church, minutes, 1933-1967, Western Bay, Ochre Pit Cove, minutes, 1939-1965; Board of Stewards, Blackhead circuit, minutes, 1929-1967, congregational meeting minutes, 1956-1982, Western Bay, 1913-1948; Choir minutes, Blackhead, 1933-1937, attendance 1933-1937; Missionary Maintenance Committee minutes, 1962-1967; Special events, disasters, collections: minutes of one meeting, 1974, Blackhead Circuit ministerial support, 1878-1879. Includes subscription lists; Blackhead Parsonage Building Committee, treasurers accounts, 1918-1925; Circuit board minutes and accounts, 1937-1940; Broad Cove Building Committee, minutes, 1937-1938; Manse Building Committee, Broad Cove Church, minutes, 1960-1976; and Bi-Centennial Celebrations Committee, Blackhead Circuit, minutes, scrapbook and published booklet, 1973.

Also contained in the series are the records of the The Blackhead Historic Site Committee, 1982-1984. The committee was appointed by conference in 1982 to research the history of the erection of the first Methodist Church in Canada and have a suitable marker provided and dedicated. Bern Gill was appointed chairman of the committee. The 15 cm of textual records include correspondence, minutes, research material, financial records, invitations, dedication booklet and other records relating to the project.

Church Publications/Histories

Series consists of Order of service, charge history, and miscellaneous articles. Included are:
Order of Service, 200 years of Methodism in Blackhead, 1973; Blackhead Methodist Church Historical Review by F. Burnham Gill, 1982; A brief outline of the history of Methodism at Blackhead, by D. A. Bacon, 1973; Miscellaneous articles including a chronology of church history in the area, 1765-1912.

Education Records

Series consists of minutes and accounts. Included are Blackhead Board of Education, accounts, 1905-1936, Ledger, 1935-1952; minutes, 1875-1950; and Board of Education minutes, Western Bay, 1875, 1909-1945.

Financial Records

Series consists of circuit and charge accounts. Included are Blackhead Circuit, church accounts, 1809-1857, 1886-1897, 1929-1946; Blackhead Circuit Trustees Cemetery and Parsonage accounts, 1950-1955; Blackhead Accounts Book, donations to the church cemetery fund, 1968-1972, 1973-1977, 1977-1981, 1982-1992; Blackhead Circuit Missionary Society subscription lists, 1906-1920; Western Bay United Church ministerial support accounts, 1930-1936; Western Bay church account book, 1935-1943; and Manse accounts, 1975-1979.

Membership Records

Series consists of various membership and family lists for the charge.

Note: Other records relating to membership are found in financial records (especially subscription lists) and in the records of boards, committees, and organizations.

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