St. John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg

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St. John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg

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  • [ca. 1972-2002] (Creation)
    Stevens, Robert Kim, 1941-

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Robert Kim Stevens was born March 20, 1941 in Alexandria, Virginia, and lived near Fort Hunt, Virginia. He attended Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio from 1958 to 1962, and after graduating travelled by foot to the Panama Canal. Stevens lived in Washington, D.C. for a year before enrolling as a graduate student at the University of Barcelona, Spain for the 1963-1964 term. Later, he attended Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, also as a graduate student. In 1965, Stevens married Revalee Renick, with whom he had two children.

Around 1965, Stevens joined the United States Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer, which led him to move first to La Paz, Bolivia and then to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1972, Stevens returned to the Washington, D.C. area, and lived there until 1977, when he moved to Rome, Italy. In 1989, he returned again to Washington, and then lived again in Rome from 1992 to 1995 before retiring in 1996. In 2002, Stevens moved to San Pedro, California.

Stevens’ interest in the history and genealogy of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia began around 1972, when he began researching his ancestry, and learned that he had ancestors there. His paternal grandfather, Robert Nelson Stevens (1880-1944), was born in Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax County, Nova Scotia and immigrated to New England in 1904. Stevens began contacting and collaborating with other Stevens family researchers and in 1977 produced the book, The Stevens Families of Nova Scotia with C.J. Stevens (first published 1979). After moving to Rome, Stevens continued researching via correspondence and other means, and produced some local books under the general title North American Records in Italy. In the winter of 1985-1986, he began working on what would eventually become the Eastern Shore Families series of books (1998-). In 2002 Stevens began corresponding with the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society and in 2003 agreed the society’s archives would receive his archival and research material and also publish his Eastern Shore Families books, with all proceeds from the sales remaining with the society.

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Series includes typed transcripts documenting baptisms ca. 1752-1869.

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St John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg is built on a site that had accommodated open air services since the arrival of the first settlers in the area in 1753. In 1754 a grant of five hundred pounds was given by the Lords of Trade and Plantations for the construction of a church and building commenced, with the frame being shipped from Boston. The original structure was a New England style, two storey meeting house and the building was not entirely completed until 1763, seeing many alterations and additions over the years. It was the second Anglican church to be built in Canada after St Paul's in Halifax and thus played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Church of England in Nova Scotia. Much of its congregation was made up of German Foreign Protestants who were the founders of the town, however, Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, Roman Catholics and a number of Native Americans all worshipped in this first church in Lunenburg. The first minister, Rev. Jean Baptiste Moreau preached in English, German, and French. It is now a designated Provincial Heritage Property and National Historic Site. Devastated by fire in 2001, over fifty percent of the church was lost but was restored over a four year period and returned to its original appearance. The church continues to serve the Anglican community in Lunenburg and is a popular tourist site.

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Daniels, Frank W. (n.d.). Lunenburg County Churches: St John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Retrieved Feb. 5, 2017 from

Town of Lunenburg (2017). Heritage: St John's Anglican Church. Retrieved Feb. 5, 2017 from

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