Ontario / Upper CanadaBOOKS - St. Finnan's (R.C.) Parish, Alexandria, Glengarry County, Ontario Baptisms, Burials and Marriages 1836-1945
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By Duncan (Darby) MacDonald
Originally published by MacDonald Research Centre, Brockville, 2002-2003
This edition published by MacDonald Research*, Milton, 2015
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After the removal of Bishop Alexander Macdonell to Kingston in 1829, the Roman Catholics of the rear of Glengarry petitioned him to divide the parish of St. Raphael's and establish a new one at Alexandria. This request was acceded to. A church was built on the present site of St. Finnan's Cathedral and the first mass was said there on Christmas Day 1832 by the Rev. John Macdonald, commonly known as "Father John".
Successive priests were Reverend Fathers Clark, Begley, Alexander Macdonell, McLachlan, Chisholm and, 0'Connor, afterwards Dean of Perth. The latter was succeeded by the Rev. Alexander Macdonell, who was born in the Township in 1833, educated for the priesthood and ordained in 1863. For sixteen years he was parish priest of Lochiel and was appointed to Alexandria. He was energetic and so inspired his parishioners that on the 22nd day of September 1883 a contract was signed for the building of a new church. On the 15th of March 1884 the new St. Finnan's church, now the Cathedral, was dedicated. In 1886, Father Macdonell was elevated to the position of Vicar General.
The parish register transcriptions are broken into two parts/volumes, distinguished by date range
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