TIME LINE for Rev. Edward WHITE (1822-1872)
11 Nov. 1822: Born in Bucks County, near Philadelphia, PA, 35 miles up the
1825: To Southwold Co., 7 miles from Talbotville (now St. Thomas), ON, with
07 March 1827: sister, Mary marries George HARVEY in St. Thomas.
June 1827: moved to Raleigh Twp. Kent Co., Canada West
-while a young man chalked Euclid problems on barn to solve while ploughing.
1848- became a probationer for Methodist Ministry, age 26.
1852 July 22: married in St. Thomas to (Sarah) Jane WOODMAN (1831-1913)
1853/54: on Sandwich and Windsor circuit, part of Chatham District.
: Son, Milton, was born and died as infant.
1855 March 24: son, James Henry born.
1857 June 04: daughter, Sophia (Sophy) Jane born.
1858: served on Smithville circuit.
1858: Pound changed to dollar for currency; both used for awhile.
1858 December 31: left Toronto, with 3 other Wesleyan missionaries (Robson,
Browning and Evans) and his wife, (Sarah) Jane, age 27, son, James Henry (almost
4) and daughter, Sophy Jane (1 1/2), and sister in law, twin, Emily WOODMAN, age
18 to go 7,000 miles to colony of British Columbia via train to New York; ship
ILLINOIS to Panama; train across Panama; ship JOHN L. STEVENS Jan. 14-29, 1859
to San Francisco, side-wheel steamship PACIFIC Feb. 3, 1859 to Portland; same
ship(?) to Victoria...
1859 February 10: arrive Victoria early AM
1859 Feb. 13: preached in unfinished courthouse in Victoria.
1859: Vancouver Island given to Hudson Bay Company to colonize. DALLAS gave
three city lots for a Methodist Church. Land cleared by Edward WHITE and small
son, James Henry with his little hatchet: Pandora St. Church.
1859 April 1, 8AM-5PM: Victoria to Queenborough (sic) on steamship Eliza
Anderson (built 1858). At the time there was not a house in New Westminster, so
he was invited to stay in the KENNEDY tent. One man did live above his store.
1859 April 3: first church service under large tree (on site of present City
Hall) to 50 people including 2 women (Mrs. James Kennedy): Romans XV:20,21
(source is personal diary); other sources say Deut.
1859 April 23: rest of family joined his in new Westminster.
1859 June 6: planted potatoes and vegetables. Planted first apple tree on
mainland (obtained from Portland).
1859 June 18: moved into new house he built for family.
1859 July 29: "Mrs. WHITE was delivered of a fine son, Newton Arthur", first
white child born in New Westminster...a black slave baby had been born before
him. Could have been one of the SULLIVAN family, their neighbours.
1859 Aug. 5: New Westminster given its name by Queen Victoria, who was asked by
HBC to choose between Queenborough (Moody's choice) or Queensborough (Douglas's
1859 August 4: Oxen trampled CABBAGE and vegetables. "Very disappointed"
1859 Aug. 11: James KENNEDY, second white baby born in New West'r. (of Kennedy
1859 Aug. 15: cornerstone laid by Governor DOUGLAS for first Methodist Church in
1859 Dec. 4: Temperature below 0 degrees.
1860 Jan.4: as he was an expert axman, started to build new church; cost $500;
20x36. This church at Mary St. and Provost, now 6th and Carnarvon: Mr. DREW's
property in 1924, now Elk's Club (1959)
1860 March 11: preached first service in new church.
1860 April 8: dedication of first Methodist church west of Ontario.
7 Aug. 1860: first election in colony of BC, for municipal council for New
1860: wrote to Canadian journal requesting men to come to BC, not for gold, but
to bring God to Indians: influenced Thomas Crosby.
12 Feb. 1861: ad for school run by Emily WOODMAN in Columbian Newspaper: 50
cents per week; more for piano lessons.
1861: William and Mary Ann WOODMAN and twin daughter Mary Ann came to new
1863- 1866/1867: to Nanaimo for 3 years (not happy); switched with Browning, who
was not liked in New Westminster.
1865 July 30: fellow missionary, ROBSON delivered first sermon in bunkhouse of
Edward STAMP, Vancouver.
1868 Jan 25: William WOODMAN dies; buried in Douglas Rd. Cemetery (now New West.
1868: Rev. Dr. EVANS left for Ontario; died
July 1869: first Camp meeting at Maple Bay, half-way between Victoria and
Nanaimo: conversion of son, James Henry. (old-fashioned revival meeting in
out-of-the way spot; many people came).
1865-1870: Chairman of Methodist Church, BC; traveled extensively in BC and
assisted many a settler to get started. Also Superintendent of Methodist
Missions in BC (not Vancouver Island; this was under EVANS)
1866-1869: sent back to New Westminster where there were now more women and
children than before he left.
1869: Took second pastorate in Nanaimo.
1870: Rev. A. Browning left BC.(with WHITE?)
1870/1871: returned to Ontario due to ill health. (Hamilton).
1872 Feb.- June; 4 month lecture tour in England to raise money for foreign
mission and attract new recruits; visited Edward HICKS family (wife's uncle) at
Park town, Oxford where he lectured at University.
16 June 1872: contracted smallpox on return trip and died few (3?) days later in
Bill Martin, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
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