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Wed, Apr 27th - 3:13AM



James Evans (1801-46)
James Evans, oil painting by John Wycliffe Lowes Forster
James Evans was a Methodist minister, linguist and creator of Cree syllabic writing. In 1822, at age 21, he came to Upper Canada from England and became a teacher. 3 years later, he coverted to Methodism. Evans learnt Ojibwa and later translated and printed various texts. In 1833, he was ordained into the Methodist Episcopal (later the Wesleyan Methodist) Church.

Evans then served in various missions in Upper Canada. In 1840, he was appointed superindendant in the Hudson's Bay Co. territory and stationed at Norway House. There he created a thriving mission and created the Cree Syllabic form of writing.

Evans came into conflict with the H.B.C. when he defended the right of natives to exchange furs. In 1844, he accidentally shot and killed his most trusted teacher and interpreter. In 1846, he was accused of sexual misconduct with native girls. A church trial found him not guilty, but his caring for a sick girl in his house was judged imprudent. The H.B.C. requested the removal of Evans and shortly after Evans returned to England for talks with the Church he died of a heart attack.
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Wed, Apr 20th - 4:26AM

Lily Dougall (1858-1923)
Life of Lily Dougall by Joanna Dean
Lily Dougall was a novelist and religious writer. She was born in Montreal on April 16, 1858 into an evangelical Presbyterian newspaper family. She was educated in Brooklyn, New York, and at Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities, Scotland. From 1891 to her death she lived in England, with the exception of the years 1897-1903, which were spent in Montreal.

Her first story was published in 1889 and the first of her 10 novels in 1891. Four of Dougall’s novels have Canadian settings spanning from British Columbia to Quebec to Prince Edward Island: What Necessity Knows (1893); The Zeitgeist (1895); The Mermaid (1895); and The Madonna of a Day(1896).

She turned to religious writing in 1900 and wrote 8 books on religious and theological topics. She stressed Christianity's responsibility to adapt to new knowledge and to take a stand on contemporary issues.
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Wed, Apr 13th - 4:18AM

Charles-Pashal-Telesphore Chiniquy (1809-99)
Charles-Pashal-Telesphore Chiniquy
Charles Chiniquy was a Roman Catholic priest turned Presbyterian minister.

Ordained in 1834, from 1839 to 1851 Chiniquy traveled throughout Lower Canada and was dubbed the apostle of temperance. Although admired and adulated, he was also arrogant and undisciplined which caused conflict within the diocese. In 1851, he left Montreal for Illinois to start afresh but created dissension there. In 1856, the Bishop of Chicago suspended him but Chiniquy continued to say mass and administer the sacraments, which resulted in him being excommunicated.

He then began a new career in Illinois, first founding the Catholic Christian Church and then becoming a Presbyterian minister. He ran into difficulties with the Presbytery of Chicago and in 1863, he and his congregation joined the Synod of the Canada Presbyterian Church.

He published his first book of memoirs in 1885 that meet with tremendous success and was translated into 9 languages. The account of each stage in his life furnished him an opportunity to attack the Roman Catholic Church, show the dissolute life supposedly led by its priests, and criticize its dogmas and sacraments, among other things.
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Thu, Apr 7th - 4:16AM

Peter Jones a.k.a. Kahkewaquonaby (1802-56)
Kahkewaquonaby
Peter Jones was a Methodist minister, Ojibwa chief and translator. He was the son of Tuhbenahneequay, daughter of a Mississauga chief and Augustus Jones, a white surveyor and land owner who came to Upper Canada from the Hudson River valley, N.Y. Since Augustus was legally married to the daughter of the leading Mohawk chief, he left the upbringing of Peter and his brother to Tuhbenahneequay.

When Augustus Jones moved to his extensive lands at the Grand River in 1817, Peter moved there to live with his father, stepmother, and eight half-brothers and -sisters. At his father's request he was baptized in the Church of England in 1820 but in actuality only converted to Christianity after attending a camp-meeting of the Methodist Episcopal Church in June 1823.

Jones became the first Methodist missionary to the Ojibwa. He published extensively and with his brother, he prepared the earliest translations of the Bible from English into Ojibwa. Jones was elected chief of 2 Ojibwa bands. Before his conversion to Methodism, his Mississauga band had appeared to be on the verge of disintegration. However, because of his intervention and that of other native and white missionaries, the Credit River people and many other Ojibwa bands in southern Upper Canada successfully adjusted to the European presence.
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Fri, Apr 1st - 4:12AM

Gilbert White Ganong (1851–1917)
Gilbert White Ganong
Gilbert White Ganong was a confectionery manufacturer, politician and lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick. In 1873 at age 22, he was persuaded by his brother to give up teaching and open a wholesale and retail grocery and commission business in St Stephen. Three years later, the brothers expanded the business by opening a bakery and confectionery factory. The confectionery business developed into Ganong Bros. Ltd. which by 1891 was producing close to seven per cent of the nation's confectionery.

Gilbert Ganong was a devout Baptist all his life. In 1906, when the business opened Elm Hall, a boarding-house for female employees, applicants for rooms had to provide a letter of reference from their minister. Ganong was an M.P. from 1896 to 1908 and worked for all legislation that would advance the temperance movement. He denounced the Liberal government's failure to introduce prohibition despite the majority in favour in the plebiscite of 1898.

As a reward for political service, Ganong became lieutenant governor of New Brunswick in 1917, a few months before his death.

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