Anglican Church of Canada
April 22, 1997
Ms. Eunice Streeter
Dear Mrs. Streeter,
Further to our telephone conversation of April 17, 1997 enclosed please find the baptism records of the three Stutt girls as requested. They were located in the early parish records of Peter's, Cobourg. Interestingly, AN. Bethune was the officiant at all three and I have included a couple of brief biographical notes about him for your information.
I hope that this information will be of assistance.
Mary-Anne Nicholls (Mrs.)
1867-January-November-Coadjutor Bishop of Toronto (First), with title of Lord Bishop of Niagara.
1867- I879-Lord Bishop of Toronto (Second).
18oo-Born Thursday, 28th August, at Charlottenburg, near Cornwall, Ont.
Educated at the Grammar School, Cornwall, Ont.
1847-D.D. (honoris causa), University and King's College, Aberdeen.
18S7-0.C.L. (honoris causa), University of Trinity College, Toronto.
1823-0rdained Deacon in the Church of God, by the Lord Bishop of Quebec (J. Mountain), on the Feast of St. Bartholomew, Sunday 24th August, at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Quebec.
1824-Ordained Priest in the Church of God, by the Lord Bishop of Quebec (J. Mountain), on Sunday, 26th September, at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Quebec.
1823-I827-Incumbent of Grimsby, Ont. (Quebec.)
1827-1867- Rector of Cobourg, Ont. (Quebec-Toronto.)
1839-1867- Chaplain to the Bishop of Toronto (J. Strachan).
1841-I846- President, Theological Seminary, Cobourg, Ont. (Toronto.)
1847-1867-Archdeacon of York (Toronto).
1866-Elected Coadjutor Bishop of Toronto, with title of Bishop of Niagara and with right of succession to the See of Toronto, on 21st September, by the Synod of the Diocese of Toronto, in session at Toronto, Ont.
1867-Consecrated Bishop in the Church of God by the Honourable and Right Reverend John Strachan, D.D., Lord Bishop of Toronto, assisted by their Lordships, the Bishops of Huron (R. Cronyn), Ontario (J. T. Lewis), the Bishop of Michigan (S. A. McCoskry), and the Bishop of Western New York (A. C. Coxe), on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Friday, 25th January, at the Cathedral Church of St. James, Toronto, Ont.
Residence-Beverley Street. Toronto, Ont.
Official signature-A. N. Niagara.
1867-Succeeded to the See of Toronto, on the death of the Right Reverend John Strachan, D.D., on 1st November.
Residence-Wellington Street, Toronto, Ont.
Official signature-A. N. Toronto.
1879-Died Monday, 3rd February, at Toronto, in the 79th year of his age, the 56th of his ministry, and the 13th of his Episcopate.
Buried in St. Peter's Cemetery at Cobourg, Ont.
ALEXANDER NEIL BETHUNE, son of Reverend John Bethune and of Veronica Wadden his wife, was born at Charlottenburg, U.C., August 28, 1800. He attended Dr. Strachan's school at Cornwall, and was later educated by the same master in theology. In 1823 he was ordained and licensed to Grimsby, a mission with several out-stations. In 1827 he was appointed to succeed the Reverend William Macaulay at Cobourg, and he remained in that parish for forty years. Here he helped to found and direct the Diocesan Theological Institution, forerunner of Trinity College, Toronto. He also edited The Church, and from 1847 to 1867 was archdeacon of York. In January, 1867, he was consecrated as coadjutor to the Bishop of Toronto, with the title of Bishop of Niagara, but he himself became Bishop of Toronto on Strachan's death in November of the same year. He died February 3, 1879. He and his wife Jane Eliza Crooks had ten children. He published a Memoir of Bishop Strachan, Lectures on the Liturgy, pamphlets and sermons.
(The Bethunes, by A. H. Young. Ontario Historical Society, Papers and Records, 1931.)