August 16, 2022


Stonehaven New Bandon Union Church

Stonehaven New Bandon Union Church

Located on the Bay of Chaleur, the Parish of New Bandon (named after the town of Bandon in Ireland), Gloucester County encompasses the region from Teaques Brook to Maisonette. It was settled in 1819 by several families from Bandon, County Cork, Ireland. The area  consists of the area between Teaques Brook and Pokeshaw – including the communities of Janeville, Clifton, Stonehaven, New Bandon and Canobie and is approoximately 30km from Caraquet. 

Map of Stonhaven New Bandon Parish

In the early church, because there was no clergyman, members of the congregation would lead the service. Also, the session had the right to administer discipline to any member of the congregation and was often called to admonish members of the church who had strayed from the straight and narrow. If the occasion warranted, a person would be admonished from the pulpit on Sunday morning, and unsettled personal disagreements between members of the congregation resulted in immediate loss of membership. Long periods would pass without seeing any clergy. When a clergyman did visit, people of other denominations would come for the Sacrament. Some even changed religion for this purpose. 

Stonehaven New Bandon Union Church

The first church to be built in this “downshore” region was the Presbyterian Church in New Bandon. In 1830, Richard and Martha Dawson as well as Henry Smith deeded land to John Richie, Charles Bateman and others for a church, burying ground and a schoolhouse. This church building, built in 1830, served the community for a good many years. Although this church is no longer there, the cemetery is still there.

Stonehaven New Bandon Union Church

In 1884 a committee was appointed to build another church and it was decided that the new church would be constructed halfway between the communities of New Bandon and Clifton. William Jennings gave the land in Stonehaven. Work on the building began in 1884 and some of the volunteers were William Jennings, Howard Good, John Breckenridge, Telemachus Rodgers, Wallace Daley, Henry Scott, James Scott, Francis Robinson, Thomas Knowles, Francis Scott and John Daley. Work was completed in 1889.

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3 thoughts on “Stonehaven New Bandon Union Church

  1. Just a brief comment on this post. The pictures are beautiful but the information given is for a church building which no longer exists. The church depicted here was built by the Methodist congregation. I can get you the information for it if you wish. Sadly the Presbyterian church that is discussed in your post was torn down many years ago. The Methodist church in the picture was also built in the 1880’s.

  2. Dear Mr. Breckenridge:

    My Great, Great Grandfather John Dempsey and his wife Mary Ann are buried in the Stonehaven Cemetery and I have visited the beautiful church and cemetery and seen the “Dempsey Stone”. His father and mother, Thomas and Anne Dempsey (nee Sutton) are supposedly buried in the small New Bandon cemetery but I have never been able to confirm this. I wonder if you might have any idea who might have the records for this cemetery and/or who takes care of it? I am trying to trace back my roots to County Cork, Ireland.

    Many thanks for your assistance.

    Dan Dempsey
    Phone 250-661-0702

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