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BOOK - A Corner For The Preacher (Bible Christians)
By Sherrell Branton Leetooze

A Corner For The Preacher examines the places our ancestors lived in Devon and Cornwall, England, then follows them to the ports of departure to the New World. The author takes readers onboard those ships so we can understand the experiences the Bible Christians on their perilous journey across the North Atlantic, reading their diaries and letters, finding out what happened to them and how they felt about their desicion to emigrate. Leetooze guides readers through the settlement of the Bible Christians as they made their new homes in Ontario and Prince Edward Island.
    The Bible Christian church was founded by William O'Bryan in Devon, England in 1815. O'Bryan, a former Methodist evangelist, and his supporters split with the Methodist faith mostly because of a conflict over the issue of ministerial freedom.

    The name "Bible Christians" pointed to the contrast between traditionalists who believed that both the Bible and the Prayer Book should be used in worship, and Bible Christians who used only the Bible during worship. Bible Christians also chose to worship in any appropriate place, not just in consecrated churches.

    O'Bryan wasn't the first to break away from the Methodist Church. The New Methodist Connexion broke away 1797, the Primitive Methodists in 1811, and then the Bible Christians in 1815.

    Many members of the Bible Christian faith emigrated to British North America (Canada) during the first half of the nineteenth century. A few more settled in three American states. Later in the ninteenth century Bible Christian membership diminished until those remaining reunited with the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada. Early in the twentieth century, the majority of Wesleyan Methodists, along with some other Protestant churches, united to form The United Church of Canada.
This book is one of three books that the author published after years of detailed research on the Bible Chriatians. Those three titles are:
  • A Corner For The Preacher (this book) Emigration from Cornwall and Devon to Canada
  • Bible Christian Chapels of the Canadian Conference A study of the 230 chapels and Bible Christian settlements from Prince Edward Island to Ontario, and three USA states.
  • The Damascus Road We meet the ministers and discover who they were, where they came from, and what happened to them.
Leetooze is well known in historical and genealogical circles for her considerable energy and dedication to historical accuracy when compiling previous books. These three new books will only enhance her well deserved reputation.

A Corner For The Preacher
359 pages; 31 x 49 cm; trade paperback; indexes (names & places); illus; maps; photos; 2 colour plates; ISBN 0-9737330-2-0

CAT # 973011......$39.95
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