January 25, 1834, a group of residents of Westchester formed a
committee to establish "A Free Meeting House for All Gospel
Preachers". It seems that nothing further was done until
the early 1850's when the structure was finally constructed and
put into use.
Cumberland County reseachers are well aware of the lack of primary
source material for Westchester and vicinity. While not substitutes
for a complete census, these documents will help fill some of
the gaps in the historical record.
source for these lists is the "Notebook on the Westchester
Meeting House, 1834-1886". J.J. Stewart Papers, Dalhousie
University Archives, DAL MS2 193 B-2. Note that this volume
does not contain any vital statistics.
Original Subscribers, 1834
that when this list was transcribed, ca. 1852, the copyist noted
that three of the original subscribers were deceased. No dates
Atkinson, Thomas Deceased
Fountain, Aaron Sr.
Fountain, Ezra Deceased
Fountain, Henry P.
Holiday, Jonathan C.
Morrell, James A.
Pudry, Jacob G.
Purdy, Gabriel B.
Purdy, Gabriel Esq. Deceased
Purdy, Gabriel Sr.
Purdy, Samuel J.
"Ruffus and James"
the Westchester Meeting House came into active use in the mid-1850's,
pews were rented to members of the congregation on an annual basis
(as was the custom elsewhere). Other than noting the sale of Jacob
Embree's estate in September, 1864, no dates are given for transferrs
Pew numbers 16, 19, & 21 were apparently held jointly by two
individuals or families.
Atkinson, David 21
Budd, John 1
Burnsides, William 26
Embree, Jacob 25 To John Atkinson, Sept. 1864
Fountain, Henry P. 20
Fountain, Matthew 17 To Atkinson Fountain
Halliday, Jonathan C. 3
Jackson, William 19
Langille, Benjamin 14
McDonald, Alex 24
Morrell, James A. 2
Pudry, Jacob G. 10
Purdy, Alex B. 9
Purdy, Edwiin J. 8
Purdy, Gabriel 23
Purdy, Gabriel F. 27
Purdy, Gilbert 4
Purdy, Henry Esq. 7,13
Purdy, James D. 12
Rushton, George 28
Stevenson, William 18 To Alexander Fountain
Stewart, Grace 16
Stewart, James 6
Stewart, Jane 21
Stewart, Robert 5
Stewart, William 15
Stewart Christy 16
Stonehouse, Isaac 22
Stonehouse, Wesley 11
Stonehouse, Zachirius 19