St. Paul's Anglican Church

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St. Paul's Anglican Church

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2003.010

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

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(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 photocopies from microfilm baptismal, burial, and marriage records from St Paul's Anglican Church. These records show the first ninety years of baptisms, including the records generated during the settlement of Halifax and its early history, the Revolutionary War period, the Loyalist emigration to Nova Scotia, and the post-Napoleonic years. Before the establishment of St. Stephen’s parish, many of the early birth, marriage, and death records for the Lake Charlotte area can be found at St. Paul’s. Records span the years 1753-1857.

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Open to researchers without restrictions.

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St. Paul's Anglican Church in Halifax is the oldest Anglican church in Canada. It was established by Royal proclamation of King George II in 1749 when the colony of Halifax was established. Construction began in 1750, with Governor Sir Wm. Cornwallis laying the cornerstone and the main components being built in Boston and shipped to Halifax to be assembled. The Diocese of Nova Scotia was created in 1787 following the end of the American Revolution and St Paul's became the cathedral for the Diocese and the first Anglican cathedral outside of Great Britain. It remained the cathedral for the Diocese until 1864, with the Bishop there bearing responsibility for all Anglican churches in the present day Atlantic provinces, Ontario, Quebec, and Bermuda. St. Paul's is located in the heart of the city and is still in operation today.

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St Paul's Anglican Church. Church History. Retrieved Feb. 4, 2017 from http://www.stpaulshalifax.org/history-of-st-pauls/

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