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Rev. George Irving
Male 1834 - 1865


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  • Prefix  Rev. 
    Birth  1834  Of, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1861  Stanley Street Presbyterian Church, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    minister 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-65662 
    Died  21 Jan 1865  [1
    Buried  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I65662  Generations
    Last Modified  16 Apr 2019 

  • Notes 
    • IRVING (Galt) - Death of Rev. C. Irving: The reverend gentleman had been suffering from that most hopeless of diseases, consumption, and laid aside from active duty for upwards of a year. He had been the pastor of the Stanley Street Church in Ayr village for about three years and a half, and was highly esteemed as an able preacher and a faithful and painstaking pastor. His early death is much regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and is a severe loss, not only to the congregation of which he was pastor, but to the Church at large. He leaves a widow to whom he was married but a few days previous to his being seized with the illness which terminated so fatally. She has the sympathy of the whole community in her melancholy bereavement.

      Hamilton Spectator 6 Feb 1865

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      Stanley Street Presbyterian Church

      Begun: 1834 Closed: 1914

      Early Ayr Presbyterians, most of whom had belonged to the United Secession Church in Scotland, travelled to Galt or to St. George for worship services. The Ayr congregation was organized by Rev. George Murray on July 27, 1834; formal organization was on October 19, 1834, the date of the first Presbyterian church service in Ayr. On October 31st of the same year work began on the construction of a meeting house which was located one mile east of Ayr on the Ayr-Wrigley Road. A newer church was built on the south side of Stanley Street in Ayr in 1843 and was opened for worship on October 15th of that year. According to A. Taylor (1970:256) the "galleries were finished in 1850 and the basement was made in 1869."

      Rev. Alexander Ritchie who arrived in June 1842 was the first full-time minister. He was still listed as minister to the West Dumfries congregation at Ayr in 1859. Other early ministers were George Irving (1861-1864), Stephen Balmer (1867-1868), and Walter Inglis (c.1875-1885).

      With successive mergers and unions of Presbyterian groups, Stanley Street became United Presbyterian (Flamboro Presbytery) in 1857, Canada Presbyterian (Paris Presbytery) in 1861 and Presbyterian Church in Canada (Paris Presbytery) in 1875. The congregation joined with Knox Presbyterian on May 31, 1914 with the name of Knox United Presbyterian Church. The building was demolished in 1915.


      Ambrose, 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]

  • Sources 
    1. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      In memory of/ the Rev./ Geo. Irving/ who died/ Jan. 21, 1865/ aged 30 years/ They That Be Wise Shall ShIne As/ the Brightness of the Firmament/ and They That Turn Many To/ Righteousness as the Stars/ Forever and Ever

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1834 - Of, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - minister - 1861 - Stanley Street Presbyterian Church, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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