By Mel Atkey
When We either bought to Heaven areas James Atkey (1805-1868) at the shorelines of Georgian Bay on the time of treaty negotiations among the 1st countries humans of the Saugeen, Nawash and Colpoy’s Bay parts, and the Colonial executive. A Methodist lay preacher, Atkey leaves the Isle of Wight and arrives at Colpoy’s Bay along with his kinfolk in 1855. There he's taking up the location of instructor for the Anishnaube teenagers of the area.
The great-great-great-grandson of James Atkey, writer Mel Atkey engaged in wide examine of either fundamental and secondary assets. His efforts offer massive perception into either the impact of Wesleyan Methodism of the time and the history context of the treaty negotiations that eventually resulted in the quit of a lot of the Saugeen Peninsula for pioneer cost. individuals with management roles of the earlier, comparable to leader Kegedonce, Kahkewaquonaby (Rev. Peter Jones), Laurence Oliphant and Sir Francis Bond Head, in addition to many others, are a part of Atkey’s story.
Reverend Maggie McLeod of the Cape Croker United Church offers a considerate Foreword. This really impressive booklet is a compelling learn for these attracted to Ontario background, First countries heritage, family tree and the function of faith on the time of eu settlement.
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A visiting churchman was seen standing over her tomb, giving a private eulogy to one whose "sacred dust was sleeping in that humble grave. He picked some flowers that grew on her plot, and placed them in his pocket. " Reverend Richmond had omitted any such mention in his book. The parson was astonished. 11 Betsy herself said: I was laughed at by some, scolded at by others, scorned by enemies, and pitied by friends. I was called hypocrite, saint, false deceiver, and many more names which were meant to render 37 WHEN WE BOTH GOT TO HEAVEN me hateful in the sight of the world.
Rankin assured him that the government was not interested in the land west of Vail's Point, but explained that they now owned the headlands. 1 Instead, he was greeted by the clerks of the Crown Lands office, who gave him a slip of paper, which they assured him, would rid him of these interlopers. He returned to Georgian Bay after an absence often days and presented the carefully folded paper to Rankin. " Sadly defeated, he admitted he was "buckatae" (hungry), had something to eat, and gave in. Rankin was born in Enniskillen, Ireland, in 1797, and came to Canada as a child with his family.
2 Thus, local unpaid lay preachers were used to supplement the work of travelling preachers and clergy: 33 WHEN WE BOTH GOT TO HEAVEN Should a prayer leader or a class leader be made useful, manifest some ability as an exhorter; and his talents appear promising, if the people think it their duty to encourage him, or himself request it under a sense of duty, on obtaining a note from the superintendent preacher of the circuit, he is permitted to accompany any local preacher, take a text, and preach before him, provided the place be in some obscure part of the circuit.