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Henry James Nott

Henry James NOTT was born in Gorran, Cornwall on April 30, 1839. He was the first born of Nicholas NOTT and Hannah WILLS. Nicholas and Hannah were Wesleyan Methodist. Nicholas died when Henry James was only eleven years of age. He was originally trained as a blacksmith and converted to the Bible Chirstian Church at Tywardreath when he was 16. Henry James came to Canada in the fall of 1858 and became a probationary minister in June of the following year.

He became a minister shortly after that and first worked at Mitchell, under the guidance of Paul ROBINS. After working briefly in Clinton, he then was sent to open a mission on Lake Superior. In 1863 he became a full fledged minister and shortly thereafter married Barbara HARPER of Columbus. After working in Canada West till 1866, due to ill health he was forced to retire for 2 years.

Henry James then worked briefly in Prince Edward Island, but was forced to return to Upper Canada due to ill health, and retired again. In 1875 Henry James reentered the ministry and was appointed to St. Thomas. Two years later he was relocated to Cleveland.

In 1880 Henry James was elected to the position of Editor of "The Observer", succeeding Cephas Barker. He continued to edit the paper until his sudden death in Bowmanville August 5, 1883.

Year

Location

1859

Mitchell

1860?

Clinton

1861?

Rosendale

1861

Cobourg

1862

Pickering

1866

Columbus (Supernumerary)

1868

Murray Harbour

1869

Resign due to health

1875

St. Thomas

1877

Clevland

1880

Bowmanville (editor of the Observer)

"The Observer", Bowmanville, 15 Aug 1883

Contacts:
Sher Leetooze
Robin Potter.