Ephraim Patterson

Son of George Patterson and Ann Marigold Patterson

Ephraim Patterson

St. James Church Stratford

Interior of St. James Church, Stratford, Ontario

Ephraim was born August 17, 1826 in Almonte, and died June 7, 1892 in Stratford, Ontario. He married Jane Wauchope MacKenzie, born June 20, 1835 in Brantford,Ontario, daughter of Donald MacKenzie of Scotland, and Maria Evans of England. Jane Wauchope MacKenzie Patterson died October 24, 1911 in the rectory of St. Mary's Church, Walkerville, Ontario. She died of uterine cancer. Reverend Ephraim Patterson and his wife, Jane Wauchope MacKenzie Patterson are buried at Avondale Cemetery, Stratford, Ontario.

Bathurst Courier October 29, 1852

Married: On the 22nd inst. by the Rev. M. Harris, Rector and Rural Dean, the Rev. Ephraim Patterson of Stratford, County of Huron, and Miss Jane MacKenzie of Perth

The transcript below is taken from the book Prominent Men of Canada: A Collection of Persons Distinguished in Professional and Political Life, and in the Commerce and Industry of Canada. It was published by G. Mercer Adam in Toronto by the Canadian Biographical Publishing Company in 1892, page 142.

Patterson, Rev. Ephraim, M.A., R.D., Stratford, the subject of this sketch, was born in 1826, in the neighbourhood of Perth, County of Lanark, then a portion of the old Bathurst District. His father, George Patterson, was a native of the town of Perth, Scotland. He came to Canada in 1814 with his regiment, the 37th Regiment Foot, and took part in the struggle then going on with the United States. Before coming to Canada, he served with his regiment in the Peninsular War. With his wife, Ann Marigold, a native of the city of Worcester, England, he settled at Perth, Ontario, in 1816, when the site of that town was a forest. Our subject was educated at the Perth Grammar School, where he passed through a full classical and mathematical course of study. From 1845 to 1849 he studied theology at the Diocesan Theological College, Cobourg, then under the management of Rev. Dr. Bethune, late Bishop of Toronto. While pursuing his studies at that institution, he gained on one occasion the "Kent Testimonial" prize for a theological essay, and stood first amongst the candidates for deacon's orders in the examination held at Cobourg, in 1849. He was ordained to the deaconate by Bishop Strachan in 1849 and was appointed curate of Cobourg, and classical tutor to the second division of theological students. In 1850 he was advanced to the priesthood and appointed missionary at Portsmouth and Wolfe Island, in the County of Frontenac. In 1851 he removed to Stratford, having been appointed pastor of St. James' Church in that town, the incumbency of which he has held from that time to the present, a period of thiry-four years. He received the appointment of rural dean of the County of Perth, from Bishop Hellmuth. Having passed the B.A. examination at Trinity College, Toronto, he was admitted to that degree and subsequently received the degree of M.A. from that University. In 1857 he took a prominent part in the controversy that arose between the friends of Dr. Cronyn and Dr. Bethune, in relation to the election to the first bishopric of the Huron Diocese, and in this controversy he exhibited a singularly effective and sound style of argument. For many years he was chairman of the Perth County Board of Grammar School Trustees, and the County Board of Public Instruction for the granting of teachers' certificates of qualification. He was also repeatedly appointed by the county council at local superintendent of schools for several townships in the county, and public school inspector for the town of Stratford, by the board of Education. The latter position he resigned in 1872, owing to the increasing pressure of parochial work. In 1852 he was married to Jane Wauchope, youngest daughter of Donald Mackenzie, Esq., formerly of Ottawa. Mr. Patterson is a devoted churchman and a tireless worker, and is gifted with very able intellectual parts.

An article from the Stratford Beacon, dated Friday, April 20, 1866, illustrates so well the esteem in which this man was held by his community.

Presentation to the Rev. E. Patterson

On Monday last, about twenty soldiers of the 16th Regiment, stationed in Stratford, waited upon the Rev. Mr. Patterson in the vestry of St. James Church and presented him with a very handsome writing desk and silver inkstand. The articles, which are exceedingly tasteful in design and manufacture were procured from a well known establishment in Toronto, and bore the following inscriptions: "Presented to the Rev. E. Patterson as a token of respect and esteem by the members of the Episcopal Church of a detachment of Her Majesty's 16th Regiment, stationed in Stratford, Canada West, April, 1866" The presentation was made by Private Charles England, with the following address, which explains the object of the donation:

To the Rev. E. Patterson, incumbent of St. James Church, Stratford: Rev. Sir--We, the members of your flock belonging to the detachment of Her Majesty's 16th Regiment, at present quartered in Stratford, in grateful appreciation of your interest in our welfare, and as a slight mark of our respect and esteem, beg your acceptance of this writing desk and inkstand. In a commercial point of view they are but of trifling value, but accompanied as they are by our respect, gratitude and love, we are assured they will have a high value in your estimation. In the fulfillment of our duties as soldiers, we may be called upon at any moment to leave you, and our object in making you this present is not only as a token of our esteem, but also because we wish you to have something which in time to come may remind you of those of Her Majesty's servants whom you have had under your spiritual charge. Not that we entertain any fear of being forgotten by you, who have taken so high an interest in us, but we imagine we may perhaps more frequently be called to your memory by leaving you with something you will be in the constant practice of using. Go when or where we may, we shall carry with us a grateful remembrance of your fatherly care and many kindnesses towards us. In selecting a present for you, we could think of nothing more suitable than a desk and inkstand; as we are confident, in your possession, their use will, with God's blessing, be productive of much good. And that you may be spared many long and happy years to use them is our most earnest wish.

Mr. Patterson replied in the following terms:

My dear friends: I feel that the address which has just been read, refers in far too flattering terms to the services which I have been able to render you. It speaks in my having manifested some interest in your welfare; if this be true, I take no credit to myself for it because, since your settlement in Stratford, I have regarded you as part and parcel of my congregation. I can honestly say that I have always had a strong sympathy for the soldier. From the nature of his calling and the numerous vicissitudes incident thereto, he is in a peculiar manner exposed to temptation; and if my humble services have provided in any degree beneficial to you, that result is to me a sufficient reward and to God be all the praise. Allow me to tender you my warmest thanks for the writing desk and inkstand with which your address is accompanied. Valuable as they are in themselves, you will I am sure, understand me when I say that I praise them more highly on account of the good feelings which their presentation indicates on your part, than on account of their intrinsic worth. I shall carefully preserve them as a memento of those who, I believe, are sincerely attached to the Church in which it is my privilege to minister and who are enlisted in an honourable profession under the banner of their Queen and country. May we all feel that, as members of the Church militant on earth, in becomes us to be constantly preparing for the Church triumphant in heaven; and with that object in view, may we "take to ourselves the whole armour of God"; "the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit" "that we may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." In future years, the presents which you have just handed me, should I be spared to use them, will recall to my memory our meeting this day; and as the familiar faces of those who have taken part in the presentation rise to my view, I trust that I shall be induced to breathe the prayer to the Great Head of the Church, that they may never forget their high vocation as professing Christians, but that they may be enabled by Divine Grace, "to seek for glory, honor and immortality by a patient continuance in well doing."

Perth Courier June 10, 1892

Deceased--A telegram received here on Tuesday morning conveyed the sad news to Mr. James Patterson that his brother the Rev. Ephraim Patterson, Anglican clergyman at Stratford, Ont., had died that morning of heart failure. The deceased was 66 years of age, and was born in the town of Perth, removing to Stratford many years ago after having been ordained to the ministry and established in that charge.

The information below is taken from the book "History of St. James Church" published in 1924, kindly made available by one of the owners of this book, who lives in Toronto.

The children of Ephraim Patterson erected a memorial window in his honor in the center of the north side of St. James Church, Stratford, in 1915. The inscription on the window reads: "Sacred to the memory of the Rev. E. Patterson, M.A., Rector of this Church for 42 Years; Died June 7th, 1892; and his wife, Jane Wauchope MacKenzie, died 24th Oct., 1911. Erected by their children."

St. James Church stained glass


Memorial Window to Canon Patterson, St. James Church, Stratford, Ontario

A memorial pulpit in Rev. Patterson's honour, was erected by the members of the Congregation in 1909. It is inscribed: "To the Honor and Glory of God, Amen; and in memory of Ephraim Patterson, sometime Canon of this Diocese and Head of this Parish for 41 years, who died in Stratford on the 7th day of June, 1892. This pulpit has been erected by some of his parishioners as a tribute to one who was a gentle, kindly friend, and an earnest servant of his God". April 11, 1909.

Ephraim Patterson plaque

Inscription on the Memorial Pulpit, St. James Church, Stratford, Ontario

In addition, a brass tablet is inscribed:

"Erected by the Sunday School in Memory of Rev. Canon Patterson, M.A., R.D. Rector of this Parish for 41 Years. Died June 7, 1892, aged 65."

Ephraim Patterson plaque

The Brass Tablet, St. James Church, Stratford

Also from the book, "The History of St. James Church," the following excerpt was printed from an article published in the Stratford Beacon newspaper on the occasion of Rev. Patterson's death: "Ephraim Patterson was born in Perth, Lanark County, Ontario, in 1826, and was consequently in his 66th year at his death. His father came to this country in 1814. He was connected with the 37th Regiment of Foot and took part in the war between Canada and the United States which started in 1812. Young Patterson received his early education at Perth, and afterwards studied Theology under Dr. Bethune, late Bishop of Toronto, at the Diocesan Theological College, Cobourg. In 1849, while in attendance at this school, he was successful in carrying off the Kent Testimonial prize. The same year he was raised to the Deaconate by Bishop Strachan and was appointed Curate of Cobourg. In 1850 he was ordained a Priest and entered the Mission Field at Portsmouth and Wolfe Island, Frontenac County. In 1851 he was transferred to the pastorate of St. James, Stratford. He has been the incumbent here ever since. He was afterwards made Rural Dean of the County of Perth by Bishop Hellmuth, and in 1887 was appointed Canon of the Diocesan Cathedral of London to succeed the late Rev. Dr. Townley. Until about seventeen years ago he conducted the entire work of the Parish unaided. Then for a period of about four years he had the assistance of Rev. Mr. Des Brisay, now of Strathroy, and of Rev. Mr. Curran. After Mr. Curran left, Mr. Patterson was again alone and remained so until the appointment of Rev. Mr. Kerr in 1888. Mr. Patterson was married in 1852 to Jane Wauchope, youngest daughter of Donald MacKenzie, Esq., of Ottawa. Their family consists of five daughters and two sons, as follows: Mrs. Carver, Colpoys; Mrs. J. R. Boag, Buffalo; Mrs. (Rev) W. H. Battersby, Delhi; Misses Mina and Maud, and Messrs Harry and George at home. Canon Patterson was a gentleman of fine culture and profound erudition. His style was singularly pure and his sermons were models of perfect English. He was a graceful and impressive speaker and an earnest Christian worker. He was always deeply interested in educational maters and was for many years Chairman of the old Grammar School board, and was a member of the County Board of Public Instruction for granting teachers' certificates. He was also Public School Inspector for Stratford up till 1872, when he resigned. As a man he was greatly beloved by his congregation and highly esteemed by the members of all the other denominations with whom he was acquainted. He was a student all his life and maintained the industrious habits of a student."

The 1901 Census reveals that after the death of her husband, Jane Patterson went to live with her daughter and her daughter's family in Walkerville, Ontario. William H. Battersby, a clergyman born September 29, 1859 is the head of the household. His wife, the former Edith B. Patterson was born April 29, 1864. The household also consists of a son, Dorsett M., born March 24, 1894,aged 7, and a daughter, Jean M., born August 8, 1882, aged 8.

Ephraim's wife Jane died October 24, 1911. Her obituary reads: "Mrs. Jane Wauchope Patterson, widow of the late Rev. Canon Patterson, for forty-one years rector of St. James Church, Stratford, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. (Rev.) W. H. Battersby, Walkerville, on Tuesday, October 24, aged 76 years. She was well known here where she resided until a few years ago when she went to live with her son-in-law, Rev. W. H. Battersby, rector of St. Mary's Church, Walkerville. The surviving members of the family are Mr. Harry Patterson, of Hamilton, Mr. George Patterson, manager of a branch of the Bank of Commerce at Winnipeg, Mrs. Battersby, Walkerville, Mrs. R. B. Davis of Hamilton, Mrs. J. R. Boag of Fort Erie, and Mrs. E. A. Carver of Colpoys Bay. Funeral services will be held in st. James on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. and interment will take place in Avondale cemetery."

Ephraim Patterson Monument

Avondale Cemetery, Stratford, Ontario

"Side One: Sacred to the memory of Rev. Canon Patterson, M.A.R.D. Rector of St. James Parish for 42 years, died June 7, 1892 aged 65 years." A bible passage follows, which is nearly illegible.

"Side Two: Jane W. Patterson, born 20 June, 1835, died 24 Oct., 1911. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. In Loving Memory."

"Side Three: Sacred to the memory of Frederick W. Patterson Died Aug 13, 1887 aged 33 years and 11 months. I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness. Violet Patterson relict of the late F.W. Patterson died in Wiarton March 12, 1906. She sleeps in peace."

"Side Four: Sacred to the memory of Wilhelmina A. Patterson. Died in Stratford April 2, 1910. Thy Will be done."

When Ephraim Patterson died, he was given a wonderful funeral by his parishioners and family. The complete transcript is shown below, except for the portion of the obituary already transcribed above.

The Stratford Evening Beacon

Death of Canon Patterson

The Rector of St. James Passes Peacefully Away This Morning

Rev. Canon Patterson, rector of St. James Church, died this morning at about 5:30 o'clock. So peaceful was the end that the attendants were not aware that the change had come until some minutes after the spirit had departed. Deceased had been in failing health for some years past and about seven months ago was granted a year's leave of absence. It was hoped that the rest so much needed and change of scene might serve to recruit the waning vigor, but after six months had passed Mr. Patterson felt himself that these hopes were not to be realized. Accordingly, he wrote the following letter, which was submitted at the Easter Vestry meeting:

St. James' Rectory

Stratford, April 18, 1892

To the Congregation of St. James' Church in vestry meeting assembled:

My Dear Parishioners:

Through your kindness, and with the permission of the Bishop of the Diocese, I have now had nearly six months rest from parochial work, but I do not feel that the rest has resulted in any improvement in my health and strength. Under these circumstances, I entertain but little hope of ever being able to resume active services.As I cannot brook the idea of the church suffering in any way on my account, I now beg to inform you that I intend applying for superannuation at the next meeting of the Executive Committee of the Synod in June. After obtaining superannuation under Canon XXI, I shall be prepared formally to resign as Rector of the parish.Thanking you most heartily for many favors and kindnesses in the past, and praying that, through the merits and intercession of the Great Head of the Church, the choicest blessings of Heaven may descend upon you and yours, I remain,

Your affectionate Rector,

E. Patterson

The Vestry replied as follows:

Dear Canon Patterson:

Your parishioners have received with sincere sorrow the intimation conveyed in your letter of this day's date of your intention at an early date to seek superannuation and to resign as our rector. The tender tie which has existed in this case from generation to generation for over 40 years cannot be severed without occasioning on both sides very tender feelings, so intimate has been our relationship that as we have reason to believe today for the first time during that lengthened period the chair at our Easter meeting is being filled by a layman.

The cause of your retirement from active service is also especially painful to the members of your congregation. We have witnessed with growing anxiety evidence of the abatement of your strength but had hoped that with assistance in your parochial work and the consequent possibility of bodily and mental rest a fair measure of health and vigor might be continued to you. We deeply regret that these hopes have not been realized and that you now find it necessary to take the steps you indicate. Trusting that you may long be spared in your contemplated retirement and that you and your family may be abundant sharers in the blessings you invoke upon ourselves we desire to subscribe ourselves. Dear Canon Patterson, on behalf of your parishioners, your faithful friends,

A. Monteith, S.R. Hesson, James Street, William Buckingham

Reverend Patterson was not destined to live until the meeting of the Synod at which application was to be made for superannuation. About three weeks ago his illness took a serious turn and since then he has never given any very encouraging evidence of being able to rally. He passed away in what seemed to be a refreshing sleep but one which had no awakening in this life.

The obituary continues to detail the life of Canon Patterson, and his wife and children, which was quoted in an above paragraph. It then continues:

The history of Canon Patterson's work in this parish if it could be written would be full of interest. He ministered to his parishioners at one time in a building nearly opposite where St. James Church stands and now used as a dwelling house; then in the old red brick church which preceded the present structure. About 25 years ago the old building gave place to the more beautiful, more commodious, and more modern one which now graces the picturesque hillside. About 15 years ago the Rectory was built. Another of Mr. Patterson's works was the Sunday School building. It was his ambition to see this formally opened, but death interfered. The church site, by the way, was the gift of Mr. W. F. McCullough, from the property known as the Mill Reserve.

Canon Patterson was a gentleman of fine culture and profound erudition. His style was singularly pure and his sermons were models of perfect English. He was a graceful and impressive speaker and an earnest Christian worker. He was always deeply interested in educational matters and was for many years chairman of the old Grammar School Board and was a member of the County Board of Public Instruction for granting teachers' certificates. He was also public school inspector for Stratford up till 1872, when he resigned. As a man he was greatly beloved by his congregation and highly esteemed by the members of all the other denominations with whom he was acquainted. He was a student all his life and maintained the industrious habits of a student.

The funeral will take place on Friday afternoon at 4:00 from the Rectory to the church. His Lordship the Bishop of Huron and a large number of clergymen from various parts of the country will be in attendance. As will be seen by a notice in another column, a meeting of the congregation will be held on Thursday evening at 8:00 for the purpose of passing resolutions of condolences.

Stratford Beacon, Friday, June 10, 1892

Ephraim Patterson


The Remains of Canon Patterson Lying in State

Funeral Services at the Rectory--Communion Services at St. James' -- Beautiful Floral Tributes

The funeral obsequies of the late Canon Patterson commenced this morning at the Rectory at 10:00. A private service was held there for the family and near relatives, all of whom were present except Mrs. Carver, of Colpoy's Bay, a daughter of the deceased who was unable to get here. At 11:00 a procession was formed, headed by Rev. Mr. Beamish, curate of St. James Church; Rev. Mr. Hodges of Seaforth; Rev. Mr. Taylor of St. Marys; and Rev. Mr. Deacon of the Home Memorial Church, Stratford. Following after the clergy were the following pall bearers bearing the casket: Judge Woods, Wm. Buckingham, S.S. Fuller, S.R. Hesson, James Street, Andrew Monteith, John Pearson, P.R. Jarvis, John Thistle, John Corrie, Peter Watson, and G.W. Lawrence. The procession having entered the church and the casket having been placed on a dais, the Communion service was commenced. There was a fairly large congregation present the majority of whom partook of the Holy Communion which was administered by the clergy named.

Lying In State

The church chancel was heavily draped in mourning as were also the reading desk and pulpit, and the white flowers symbolic of the purity of the life of the deceased pastor were in great profusion. After the service the coffin face was opened and the members of the congregation and public generally were permitted to gaze for the last time on the well known and beloved features. The remains were enclosed in a handsome broadcloth casket with massive carved corners and heavy oxidized silver handles. The lining was of white satin. The name plate bore this inscription:


Tuesday, June 7th, 1892

Ephraim Patterson

Rector of St. James' Church


Aged 66 Years

The casket might be said to be embedded in flowers. At the foot rested a large St. Andrew's cross, made of geraniums sent by the St. Andrew's Brotherhood. Three other crosses occupied different positions, which were the tributes of the choir, the Women's Chapter and the church wardens, while several beautiful wreaths were contributed by personal friends of the deceased and members of the congregation.

The remains, which were under the charge of Undertaker Bradshaw, lay in state all afternoon and were viewed by hundreds of citizens. The bell was solemnly tolled every few minutes and flags were at half mast all over the city. The funeral services are proceeding as The Beacon goes to press.


Adopted by the Congregation of St. James--A Proposed Testimonial to Mrs. Patterson

A congregational meeting was held in St. James' Church last night for the purpose of passing a resolution of condolence and for other business arising out of the death of the late Rector. Rev. Mr. Beamish opened with a prayer and presided over the meeting. Mr. William Buckingham presented the following resolution and in doing so paid a hearty tribute to the character, work and attainments of the deceased:

The parishioners of St. James Church, Stratford, have heard with feelings of profound sorrow of the death of the Rector, Rev. Canon Patterson, M.A., whereby the tie has been severed which has existed unbroken between pastor and people for the considerable period of nearly 42 years. The Vestry declare to bear witness to the fidelity and devotion of the incumbent to the duties of his sacred office, to his unaffected simplicity of manner, to his genuine kindness of heart, and his love for all his congregation, and to the sound scholarship and deep piety of all his discourses, leading alike to the education and edification of his hearers. During his ministry the congregation has grown from a few to a very grand number and to meet this constantly increasing requirements of the parish there have been erected in succession two churches, a rectory and a large building for parochial purposes. It was the earnest desire of the Rector to see the Sunday School edifice completed and his wish was gratified, in that all he had lived for in connection with his mission were at last accomplished and he passed happily and contentedly away. He had resided among us from the times of the earliest recollection of those who have now passed the meridian of life and his departure leaves a gap which will not be filled in this generation.

Mr. S.S. Fuller seconded the motion, emphasizing the remarks of Mr. Buckingham. The following resolution, seconded by Mr.Maynard, was also adopted: Resolved, that the foregoing resolution be recorded on the missions of the Vestry and that a copy and that a copy of the same be forwarded to Mrs. Patterson and her family with an expression of the heartfelt sympathy of the congregation in the great loss they have sustained by the removal of the devoted head of their household.

On motion of Mr. E. Sydney Smith, seconded by Mr. Macoun, it was decided that the congregation should take charge of the funeral and bear all expenses connected therewith. His Honor Judge Woods then moved that a suitable testimonial be presented to Mrs. Patterson from the congregation. Speaking to his resolution he bore testimony to the eminent abilities of the late Rector. He was, he said, a many-sided man. He was not only an able preacher, he was a thorough scholar. His readings in preparation for his sermons was very great. He was not bound by any narrow rules but but went a-field and was equally conversant with the theories of Darwin and with the "Natural Law in the Spiritual World". He was a man who in any profession could have made himself rich, yet, when we consider the miserable pittance we have given him during the last 40 years, we cannot have a very lofty opinion of one side of our Christian life.

The resolution was seconded by Mr. Lawrence and adopted. The Warden and His Honor Judge Woods were appointed a committee to carry out proposal of the resolution. The meeting closed with the Benediction.

Stratford Beacon, Saturday, June 11, 1892


Canon Patterson Laid to Rest in Avondale Cemetery--A Large Concourse and Impressive Rites

St. James' Church was crowded to the doors yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock when the funeral services of the late rector, Canon Patterson, were resumed, and hundreds of citizens, unable to gain admittance, lined the sidewalk and lawn in front of the edifice. The services were delayed on account of the train containing the bishop and clergy from London not having arrived and it was about half past four when the opening psalm was sung. During the interval, many of the people viewed the features of the dead rector as they lay in state within the church.

The musical part of the opening ceremonies were impressively rendered by choir, the lady members of which were dressed in mourning as a special tribute of respect. His Lordship Bishop Baldwin occupied a seat within the communion rail and was supported by Ven. Archdeacon Marsh, Canon Davis, Rural Dean Downie of Waterloo, Rural Dean Wade of Oxford, Rev. John Ridley of Galt, Rev. J. W. Hodgins of Seaforth, Rev. W. J. Taylor of St. Marys, Rev. L. S. De Brissy of Strathroy, and Revs. Deacon and Beamish of Stratford. In the audience were nearly all the clergymen of the city. The pulpit, which was heavily draped in mourning, remained vacant during the service, the Bishop delivering his address from the reading desk. The service was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Beamish, and Ven. Archdeacon Marsh read the lesson.

His Lordship, in the course of a most affectionate and eloquent address referred to the long period of faithful service given the church by the deceased pastor, during which time many of the now middle-aged members of the congregation had received from him the rite of baptism, and all had for many years received words of encouragement and solace in their joys and sorrows--while ever pointing them the way to Christ. The argument of the address was founded in three features of death: 1.)Death is only temporary. 2.) The sympathy of the living Christ. 3.) Triumph after death, and from these he drew the lesson that the death of the godly was not a thing to be mourned over but was rather the joyful entrance of the soul to a happier eternal life. In closing he said that in the death of Canon Patterson the parish of Stratford had lost a faithful and beloved pastor, the diocese an old friend, and the church militant one of its tried members. But the church triumphant welcomes him around the Throne above and he is rewarded for the life well spent here below in the service of the Saviour. Referring to the family of the deceased, His Lordship commended them to Him who sustained Martha and Mary and who would give them strong manifestations of His love as He tells them of the brighter home, the purer life and the endless joy of that other land into which the deceased had gone and if they will build as he had built and trust as he had trusted they will join him there.

The address was listened to with deep attention by the vast congregation and many were moved to tears.

The procession was then formed and proceeded to Avondale Cemetery in the following order: Three carriages containing the Bishop and the clergy, The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, Pall---Hearse---Bearers, The Churchwardens, The mourners, Citizens in carriages, Citizens on foot

The funeral service was read at the grave by the Bishop, after which all that was mortal of the revered pastor of St. James was lowered into the grave.

Reverend Ephraim Patterson and Jane Wauchope Mckenzie Patterson had the following children:

Frederick William Patterson

Son of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

Frederick William, born September 21, 1853 who married Violet and died Aug 13, 1887 aged 33 years and 11 months. Violet Patterson died in Wiarton March 12, 1906. Both are buried in the family plot at Avondale Cemetery, Stratford, Ontario.

Jane Patterson

Daughter of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

Jane, born October 28,1854 and died October 29, 1854.

Anna Maria Patterson

Daughter of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

Anna Maria, born September 23, 1855 who married Earnest A. Carver of Colpoy's Bay, Ontario.

George Patterson

Son of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

George, born June 26, 1857 and died July 24, 1857.

Wilhelmina Ashley Patterson

Daughter of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

Wilhelmina Ashley, born February 20, 1859; who was known as Mina and died in Stratford April 2, 1910. she is buried in the family plot at Avondale Cemetery, Stratford, Ontario.

Margaret Winifred Patterson

Daughter of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

Margaret Winifred Patterson was born 1860. She married John Robert Boag, born March 25, 1863 in England, son of Robert Boag and Jane Allen. Their children were Marion Boag, born 1891; Dorothy Boag, born 1890; Elsie Boag, born 1893; John Boag, born 1896; Lucy Boag, born 1898. Steven Stapor, of Florida, has contributed the following information concerning one of the children of Margaret Winifred Patterson and John Robert Boag. John Robert Boag, born April 29, 1896 in Waterloo, Ontario, married Beatrice Evangeline Weiss, daughter of Paul Weiss and Frances Kowalik. One of the children of John and Beatrice was John Robert Boag, born in June of 1925 in Atlanta, Georgia and married Clara Cotton Copeland, daughter of Walter Copeland and Johnye Lee Lester. One of the children of John and Clara was Frances Lee Boag, born in September of 1964, and who married Stephen Anderson Stapor, son of Francis Stapor and Marjorie Ann Wood. Margaret Winifred Patterson Boag died February 9, 1941 in Fort Erie, Ontario.

Edith Beatrice Patterson

Daughter of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

Edith Beatrice born April 29, 1864; married William Henry Battersby of Delhi, and later of Walkerville. Their children were Jean who was born 1892, and a son, Dorsett born 1894. The 1901 Census reveals that after the death of her husband, Edith's mother, Jane Patterson went to live with her daughter and her daughter's family in Walkerville, Ontario. William H. Battersby, a clergyman born September 29, 1859 is the head of the household. His wife, the former Edith B. Patterson was born April 29, 1864. The household also consists of a son, Dorsett M., born March 24, 1894, aged 7, and a daughter, Jean M., born August 8, 1892, aged 8. The 1911 census reveals that Rev. William Battersby and his family was living at St. Mary's Gate, Walkerville. He was aged 51, born in September, 1859 on the Isle of Man. He came to Canada in 1889, and served as Rector of St. Mary's Anglican Church. His wife, Edith B. was aged 47, born April, 1864. A daughter Jean S. was aged 18, born August 1892. She was a student and also a music teacher. A son, A. Dorset was aged 17, born March 1894. He worked as a bookkeeper for the Bank of Commerce. Also living with the family at that time, was Edith's widowed mother, Jane Wauchope McKenzie Patterson, aged 76.

The children of Edith Beatrice Patterson and her husband William Henry Battersby were:

Jean S. Battersby

Jean Schofield Battersby was born August, 1892. On April 11, 1917, at the age of 24, Jean married Charles Hall Whicher, also age 24. Charles was the son of Charles Edmund Whicher and Phebe Jane Brown Whicher. Reverend Hardy presided at the ceremony and the witnesses were Randall Stephens of Windam, Ontario and Rosa Davis of Hamilton, Ontario.

Archibald Dorsett M. Battersby

Archibald Dorsett M. Battersby was born March, 1894 at Walkerville, Ontario. On May 5, 1920, at the age of 26, he married Inez Vera Jennings, aged 24, of Hanover, Ontario. Inez was the daughter of Edgar Charles Jennings and Ellen Jane Boyce Jennings.At the time of the wedding Dorsett was a clerk in Sudbury, Ontario. The marriage took place at Brant County.

Maud Mary Patterson

Daughter of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

Maud Mary born 1866, who married R. B. Davis, a banker of Hamilton. They had a daughter, R. B. Davis, born 1894. the 1911 census reveals that the Robert B. Davis household lived at 305 James Street, Hamilton. Robert B. Davis was aged 51, born march 1860 in India. He came to Canada in 1883, and was a bank manager. His wife, Maud was aged 45, born March, 1866. Their daughter Rosa was aged 17, born September, 1894. A daughter Constance was aged 10, born September, 1901. A domestic named Sarah Brown lived in the household.

Henry Strachan Patterson

Son of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

Henry Strachan was born 1868. He was known as Harry and was of Hamilton. The 1911 census reveals that Henry S. Patterson was aged 42, born August, 1868. He and his family lived at 22 Emerald Street, Hamilton, Ontario. He was a traveller for a tobacco company. His wife, Lotta was aged 34, born July 1876. A son Lawrence is six months old, born December, 1910. Also living with the family is Fanny Chapman, Lotta's mother. Fanny is aged 63, born October, 1847 in England and came to Canada in 1849.

Charles Herbert Patterson

Son of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

Charles Herbert Patterson was born August 6, 1869 and died 25 days later on September 1, 1869.

Violette Patterson

Daughter of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

Violette, born August 20, 1870.

Edward Ashley Patterson

Son of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

Edward Ashley Patterson was born January 9, 1873.

George McKenzie Patterson

Son of Ephraim Patterson and Jane McKenzie Patterson

George McKenzie was born April 19, 1878. He was a manager of the Bank of Commerce at Winnipeg. At the time of the 1911 census, he was living at 142 Mayfair Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, as a lodger. George was aged 33, born April, 1878, single, and working as a banker. George was active with the Winnipeg Skating Club in its early days during WW1, and served two terms as the President of the Canadian Figure Skating Association during WWII. He was later involved with the Montreal Winter Club and was a judge at the Canadian Championships many times in the 30's & 40's. This information courtesy of Ryan Stevens who has an interesting blog on Figure Skating, called Skate Guard. http://skateguard1.blogspot.com/

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