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Rev. Charles Wesley "C. W." Backus
Male 1855 - 1943


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  • Prefix  Rev. 
    Birth  30 Mar 1855  Port Burwell, Elgin Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Name  C. W. Backus  [1
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-181758 
    Died  12 Mar 1943 
    Buried  New Dundee Union Cemetery, New Dundee, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I181758  Generations
    Last Modified  6 Oct 2017 

    Father  Rev. George Henry Backus,   b. 11 Apr 1813, Walsingham Township, Norfolk Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1897, Bayham Township, Elgin Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elizabeth Haines,   b. 9 May 1809, Digby, , Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1888, Bayham Township, Elgin Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F52378  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Ellen Elizabeth Current,   b. 1 May 1855, Crowland Twp., Welland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1923, , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F52376  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Sarah Buckborough,   b. 12 Oct 1852, Windham Township, Norfolk, Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  12 Sep 1928  New Dundee, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F52375  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • The debates that finally brought a split to the UB church in the States were also divisive in Canada. The older and most respected ministers were generally conservative (called Radicals), while the younger men labeled themselves as Liberals. C.W. Backus and his two brothers joined the Conference in 1880, and their father in 1885. C.W. was the only conservative of his family, and in reference to the vote for Presiding Elder in 1888 and again in 1889 he says it was "a straight fight, conservative or liberal." Of the 26 names on the conference roll on March 28, 1889, twelve stayed with the Radical United Brethren at the next Annual conference in March of 1890. The Liberal group, thinking to get the advantage after the division in May 1889, called their Ontario Conference of 1890 into session four months early; November 14,1889. They expelled the "Radical" ministers and assigned their own men to all the fields, locking the doors on many churches. C.W. Backus writes that "my own father and two brothers almost disowned me. All three wrote me some most abusive letters." The liberal United Brethren branch joined with the Congregationalists in 1906 and then with the United Church of Canada in 1925.

      Origin and History of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ

      United Brethren Church in Canada - UB Church History. (2016). Ubcanada.org. Retrieved 21 August 2016, from https://www.ubcanada.org/ub-church-history

  • Sources 
    1. [S619] News - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr News (1897- ), "Mervyn Bowman, 59, Fatally Injured in Bethel Corner Crash on Tuesday.," Nov 24 1939 pg 1, 2..

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Sep 1928 - New Dundee, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Dundee Union Cemetery, New Dundee, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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