Stonehaven New Bandon Union Church

Stonehaven New Bandon Union Church

Stonehaven New Bandon Union Church

Situated on the Bay of Chaleur, the Parish of New Bandon in Gloucester County is named after the town of Bandon in Ireland. The region stretches from Teaques Brook to Maisonette and was settled in 1819 by several families from Bandon, County Cork, Ireland. The area encompasses the communities of Janeville, Clifton, Stonehaven, New Bandon, and Canobie and is approximately 30km from Caraquet.

Map of Stonhaven New Bandon Parish

In the early church, due to the absence of a clergyman, congregation members would lead services. The session held the authority to discipline any member who strayed from the right path, and if necessary, admonishment would occur publicly during Sunday service. Unresolved personal disputes between members led to the loss of membership. Extended periods passed without the presence of clergy, but when one visited, people from different denominations would gather for the Sacrament, sometimes even converting religions.

Stonehaven New Bandon Union Church

The first church constructed in this “downshore” region was the Presbyterian Church in New Bandon. In 1830, Richard and Martha Dawson, along with Henry Smith, deeded land to John Richie, Charles Bateman, and others for the establishment of a church, cemetery, and schoolhouse. This church, built in 1830, served the community for many years, and although it no longer exists, the cemetery remains.

Stonehaven New Bandon Union Church

In 1884, a committee was formed to build a new church, deciding to locate it halfway between New Bandon and Clifton. William Jennings donated land in Stonehaven for the construction. Work began in 1884, with volunteers including William Jennings, Howard Good, John Breckenridge, Telemachus Rodgers, Wallace Daley, Henry Scott, James Scott, Francis Robinson, Thomas Knowles, Francis Scott, and John Daley. The project was completed in 1889.

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3 thoughts on “Stonehaven New Bandon Union Church

  1. 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

  2. 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.

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