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1887 - 2011


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    Birth  constructed 1887  92 Northumberland St., Ayr, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Alt Address  Knox United Church, Ayr, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Church  1887  92 Northumberland St., Ayr, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Name  Knox United Church Ayr 
    Died  still standing 2011 
    Person ID  I556  Buildings and Organizations
    Last Modified  6 Dec 2011 

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    • Knox United Church

      Begun: 1842
        
      Prior to 1842, Ayr members of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Galt had been meeting in a log schoolhouse on Piper Street in Ayr.  The congregation decided on February 17, 1842 to build a church, which was completed and dedicated on June 1, 1843.  When the Synod of the (Free) Presbyterian Church of Canada was formed in 1844 following the break with the Presbyterian Church in Canada in Connection with the Church of Scotland, the congregation joined with the former organization and became known as the Free Church.  It is of interest that Rev. John Bayne of Galt, who was considered the founder of the Free Church in Canada, inducted the first elders at the Ayr Free Church.  Early ministers were Revs. Robert Lindsay (1849-1854) and Duncan McRuer (1854-).  With the union of all Presbyterian churches in Canada in 1875 both Knox and Stanley Street churches became part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. 

      The present church was built in 1887 and was opened for worship on October 9, 1888.  This church was joined by Stanley Street Presbyterian Church on May 31, 1914 with the name of Knox United Presbyterian Church; it was then joined by the former Ayr Methodist Church on June 6, 1926 to become Knox United Church.

      Records:
      Baptism dates:    1856-1916*    Location of records: at church
      Marriage dates:    1896-1930*    Location of records: at church
      Burial dates:    unknown    Location of records: unknown 

      *Records on microfilm at the Kitchener Public Library include: Baptisms 1856-1916, Marriages 1896-1916, 1915-1930, Session Minutes 1844-1856, 1854-1914, and Minutes of Business Meetings 1847-1876.  Some marriage records may be found in Waterloo County Marriages 1858-1869 and in a publication by Huber and Taylor (1991b), Some Ayr Presbyterian Marriages 1896-1920, also at the Kitchener Public Library.  The United Church Archives has the Baptism Register 1856-1911 and the Marriage Registers 1896-1920 and 1915-1930, as well as the Session Minutes and Minutes of Business Meetings for the dates as noted above under the Kitchener Public Library.

      [ADDRESS/LOCATION: Knox United Church,  214 Northumberland St., Ayr,  ON  N0B 1E0; 632-7461.]
      References: Gemmell, WHS 1960(48):67; A. Taylor 1970:256-251a

      1aAmbrose, Rosemary. Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide to Churches Established Before 1900. Kitchener,  Ontario, Canada: Waterloo-Wellington Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1993.

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