||congregation begun About 1843
||Primitive Methodist Church, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario
||closed About 1865
||Buildings and Organizations
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- Primitive Methodist Church
Begun: c.1843 Closed: c.1865
Primitive Methodist meetings may have begun as early as 1843 when the congregation was on the Guelph-Galt Primitive Methodist Circuit, but it is unknown just exactly when a congregation was officially organized. At the First Annual Conference of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, Canada West, at Brampton 27 April-1 May 1854, the Galt Mission was in the Hamilton District; the pastor at the time was the Rev. John Davison. Galt was a separate Mission until 1858 when it was joined with Blenheim for several years. For a short time again, Galt was considered a separate Mission - from 1861-1863. Membership was low (just 27 in 1861), and although joined once again with Blenheim in the Hamilton District in 1864, the Galt Primitive Methodist Mission was removed from the Church Table of Statistics as of the 1865 Annual Conference. Galt is mentioned once more, in the Minutes of the 1871 Annual Conference, when the Guelph Mission asked for and received permission to sell the Galt Church in order that the money received from the sale might be loaned to Guelph to help defray expenses on their church. By this time some members of the congregation had joined either the New Connexion or the Wesleyan Methodists.
Pollock's 1867 Map of Galt shows the Primitive Methodist Church and Mission located on the northwest corner of North Street and Ainslie Street North. The Primitive Methodist Church building was said to have belonged to the Y.M.C.A. in 1879.
Baptism dates: 1857-1878* Location of records: United Church Archives
Marriage dates: 1858-1879* Location of records: United Church Archives
Burial dates: 1857-1858* Location of records: United Church Archives
*These records at the United Church Archives are for the Guelph-Galt Primitive Methodist Mission. There are, as well, other record books relating to this Mission at the United Church Archives. See also Waterloo County Marriages 1858-1869 for Marriages 1861-1862, 1865-1869. Refer to Huber (1986) for possible early marriages.
References: Primitive Methodist Church; Semple 1985:i(chart); R. Taylor 1986; Wesley United Church 1954; Young 1880:185.1a
1aAmbrose, Rosemary. Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide to Churches Established Before 1900. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: Waterloo-Wellington Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1993. [used the kind permission of Rosemary Ambrose 2011]