Excerpt from A Sketch of the History of the Parish of Woodstock
The name of Admiral Vansittart will always be identified with that of Woodstock as practically the founder of the town and the donor of the Church.
He commissioned Captain Drew to make extensive purchases of land for him.
Very soon the want of a Church was felt by the incomers of this new settlement, and was made known to Admiral Vansittart in England.
He immediately collected small sums for the purpose, amounting to about 250, to which he and his sister, Mrs. East, added a like sum, and in this year, 1832, sent 500 for the erection of a simple edifice.
The land for the site of a church and churchyard was given by Captain Drew.
In the latter part of the year, the living was offered by Admiral Vansittart to the Rev. William Bettridge, with the generous pledge of an income of 100 and 100 acres of cleared land, until the government should make an equal allowance but as no convenient residence could be found for him, and the church was not yet built, his depar ture for Canada was deferred.
Meanwhile the church was in progress, being erected under the exclusive direction of Captain Drew.' The sum already received was augmented by local contrib, utions (including an additional 120 from Admiral Vansittart) to about 1000, which is stated to have been the full value of the building, though not its full cost.
The result was a plain brick church, without any architectural beauty to recommend it, capable of seating 400.
A small comfortable parsonage house was given by the Admiral, together with 60 acres of cleared land; the endowment of the rectory consisting of 80 acres of cleared land and 400 acres of wild land.
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