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The Wicklow Church 1824

Wicklow Church

Photos and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2010

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

Wicklow Church

Plaque Location

The County of Northumberland
The Township of Alnwick/Haldimand
In Wicklow, next to a memorial chapel on Road 2
at street number 11634, 5.3 km from Highway 401 Exit 487
via south on Road 23 and east on Road 2
Note: The Wicklow Church burned down in 1986, having stood 162 years. A memorial chapel was erected in its place, along with a display featuring the facsimile provincial plaque, and an outdoor shelter with a gallery of images from that day.

Coordinates: N 43 59.981 W 77 58.444


Plaque Text

The Baptists of Haldimand and Cramahe townships united in 1798 to form a church. The War of 1812 seriously interrupted its growth but, in March 1817, the members from Haldimand felt strong enough to establish their own church. In 1818 the Rev. Peleg Card, a native of New York State, became their first pastor. This building, the oldest surviving Baptist chapel in Ontario, was erected in 1824.


Alnwick/Haldimand Plaques

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> Posted March 24, 2013
Hello, what great information - thank you! I would be interested in any additional information that might be available. My family research is of Peleg Card, his son Lewis (md Clarinda Wright), and their son Truman (md Emily Rose McColl), etc.
I wonder if anyone here has looked at the LDS records for the church, and whether there is information in addition to membership? I've seen baptism records that have been transcribed, but nothing about marriages or deaths.
Any assistance is appreciated. Susan email: susan@susanmurphy.ca

> Posted May 8, 2012
Hi, Wayne! Sorry I didn't answer before now, but would really welcome any additional information that you have. I also have information that might be of use to you, but need to ask the author's permission before giving it :-) My email address is nsayed6266 at aol.com, when and if you have time. You've done such a beautiful job here! Also, don't know if you have the Wicklow Baptist Church records that are on line at Michael Stephenson's site. They are such a fit with your information. I found Roger Merrill there, strengthening a link between the Alpena, MI Merrills and those of Northumberland Co. Don't you love it when that happens?!
Thanks! Nancy Merrill Sayed

> Posted March 24, 2012
Re: March 22 note from Nancy Merrill Sayed. Nancy, feel free to contact me through webmaster Alan Brown or by posting your email address. I have more photos of the current site, its memorial chapel, and an additional plaque and cairn. -Wayne

> Posted March 22, 2012
I would love to know more about the Wicklow Baptist Church. My 5x grandfather, Roger Merrill, belonged to this church. I've been unable to find any information other than that which is on the Ontario records (LDS) for the latter part of the church years. Thanks so much for sharing these pictures and this history with us! My email address is nsayed6266 at aol.com
Nancy Merrill Sayed

> Posted September 8, 2011
Rev. Peleg Card was on the frontier most of his life after being born in Amenia, Dutchess County, New York. He attended Seminary near Boston where he met his wife, Mary Williams. The 1800 New York Census places him in Herkimer County east of Rome, New York. Then in 1804 he went to Denmark, Lewis County, New York only fifty miles from the Canadian border. Peleg and family moved to Grafton, Ontario forty miles west of Bellville about 1811. Here Peleg, Mary and several of their children and grandchildren are buried in the Card family plot, Farifview Cemetery.
per "A Genealogy Study" by Gleason D. Rohlfs
Andy Watson, Descendant of Rev. Peleg and Mary Card

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