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St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church

St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Plaque Location

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent
On the north side of Road 36 at street number 5425
4 km west of Merlin Road (Road 7)

Coordinates: N 42 20.388 W 82 21.687


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Plaque Text

The religious centre for a thriving Franco-Ontario community, this substantial brick structure was built to serve La Paroisse de St. Pierre sur la Tranche, the second oldest Roman Catholic parish in southwestern Ontario, established in 1802. It was erected in 1896, with volunteer labour provided by parishioners, and replaced an earlier building destroyed by fire the year before. Prominently situated in a rural setting overlooking the Thames River, St. Peter's is distinguished by its tall, square tower, spiral steeple and decorative brickwork. The church's most notable features however are the eighteen ecclesiastical paintings that grace the interior. Commissioned in 1920, they are the work of Marie Joseph Georges Delfosse (1869-1939), a French-Canadian artist noted for his religious and historical tableaux.


Chatham-Kent Plaques

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> Posted February 2, 2014
My family names that I am searching for are Simard, Martin, Tetrault and I have found some records from the church at Pain Court but am missing some of the family. One being Baptise Signar or Simard? He stayed in Ontario as far as I know. The rest of the family immigrated to Montana Territory. If anyone has come across these family names please share it with me.
Annabelle Heiser

> Posted July 17, 2013
Hello, I am wondering if St. Pierre church is the same as St. Peter and located in the same place? Also, where is the cemetery (if it still exists) for St. Pierre? Many thanks for any assistance.

> Posted January 25, 2013
Many of my French-Canadian Relatives are also buried in the L'Immaculee Conception Cemetery at Pain Court as well as the cemetery in Grande Pointe. My grandmother's uncle served as Cure: Father ALfrede Davide Emery. He is buried in Pain Court. The Emerys were a very large family in the area. My grandmother's father, Narcisse was a merchant in Tilbury and according to my grandmother, had the first switchboard when phone service came to Tilbury.
Sheryl R. Picco, nee Arthur.

> Posted October 7, 2012
My ancestry also dates back to this parish in Kent. When my descendants moved here from St Jean St Luc Quebec on or about June 1835 the parish records indicate the passing of a 6 month old and we can also trace the birth back to St Jean Evangeliste parish in southern Quebec. You may also want to look in the registry of not only Immaculate Conception but Grande Pointe as many Oullette's are registered in that parish. Re: the burial of Chief Tecumseh, it is believed by most historians that he was buried on Walpole Island! Either way, this is the year for bi-centennial of the War of 1812 and this area is rich with that history!

> Posted May 23, 2012
You have the right place. There are a number of Ouellettes (my relations also)buried here as well as L'Immaculee Conception Cemetery in Pain Court, Ontario nearby. I have pictures of some of the tombstones on my family tree (public) "MAIN TREE Thomas A. Roy Branch: Roy Family Tree" on ancestry.ca. You are welcome to copy the pictures if you like. Check also Charline Ouellette Branch: Roy Family Tree. I made my first communion in this church. Chief Tecumseh stopped here on his way to battle during the war of 1812.
Roger E. Roy
PS I have a feeling Tecumseh may have been buried here in secret, after the Battle of the Thames.

> Posted March 7, 2012
Is this the Catholic Church in or near Jeannette's Creek, Tilbury East Township, County of Kent, Ontario, Canada? I am doing some genealogy and believe the Ouellette Family were members of this parish for many generations.

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