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BOOK - The Churches of Old Durham County [Ontario, Canada]
By Sherrell Branton Leetooze
Published by Lynn Michael-John Associates, Bowmanville, 2013

Softcover... 40.00 (C$)

Sher Leetooze has been gathering and compiling local history since 1994, starting with each of the townships in the former Durham County, followed by the story of the Bible Christians and their migration from Britain to Canada and parts of the United States in the early and mid 19th century. So it just seemed natural to follow these projects with the story of all the churches that have been erected in the townships down through the decades.

Durham county had sixtownships: Darlington, Clarke and Hope along the lake shore (aka 'the front'), and Cartwright, Manvers and Cavan at the back. Today, there are only about 70 churches left in the county, while over the past 180 years there have been over that many in Darlington alone .... and 240 in the whole county, to be exact! This includes the various incarnations of the Methodist churches as they proceeded through three unions, and the various branches of the Presbyterians as they split, came together again, then joined the Methodists in 1925 to become part of the United Church.

Finding the history of 240 churches was a challenge indeed! Some churches have kept immaculate records, and some kept hardly any records at all, and some had their records lost -down through the years through mishaps such as fire. Piecing the history of the migration of congregations was almost as difficult as locating pockets of documents that contain a few facts useful to this three year project.
    "No longer do we rely on religious beliefs to carry us from day to day, mainly because our days are not as fraught with danger and overwhelming odds as were the days of our ancestors and past neighbours. Most of us go out to work each day and interact with others, while our ancestors social activity was centred around their church".
Times have changed, but its comforting to know what came before us, and what our neighbourhoods looked like at one time (small churches every mile and a half along the road). Knowing our own history is important.

Contents include:
  • Introduction
  • Darlington Township
    • Darlington Map
    • Bowmanville churches
    • Township churches
    • Closed churches
  • Clarke Township
    • Clarke Map
    • Newcastle churches
    • Orono churches
    • Township churches
    • Closed churches
  • Hope Township
    • Hope Township Map
    • Port Hope churches
    • Township churches
    • Closed churches
  • Cartwright Township
    • Cartwright Map
    • Blackstock churches
    • Nestleton churches
  • Manvers Township
    • Manvers Map
    • Township churches Closed churches
  • Cavan Township
    • Cavan Map
    • Millbrook churches
    • Township churches
    • Closed churches
  • Bibliography
322 Pages
8.5" x 11"
Photos & Illustrations
Bibliography
Published by Lynn Michael-John Associates, Bowmanville, 2013
ISBN 978-1-9737330-5-1 (Softcover)





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