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I was wondering if someone at the museum might know details about the church´s rebuilding in 1840. (originally built c. 1775 in Maugerville). There seems to be a dearth of solid info on questions like: why was it rebuilt ? How closely does it resemble the 1775 church ? Was the original structure simply remodeled, or was it built from scratch in 1840 ? How much of the original church, if anything, got re-used in the rebuild ??
Any details would be greatly appreciated.
One of my board members responded with the following:
“I was put in touch with someone who had the following information.
The original church was built in Maugerville in 1775. It could seat 500 people. It was decided to move the building to Sheffield in 1789 (100 oxen needed). The building deteriorated so they decided to rebuild in 1840, salvaging what they could use from the original building. It is not an exact replica but it does incorporate some of the original design. It was dedicated in 1842.”
Reply from Mark:
“I guess what I was really asking was whether the Sheffield church was essentially a 1775 building that was slightly remodelled, or, an 1840 structure that merely used some fragments from the previous church. The answer to that question is of great importance to NB b/c there are only two 18th c. churches in the whole province(as far as I am especially interested in any surviving pre-Loyalist heritage that still may exist. ”
I am looking for a photo of the Sheffield, NB United church manse where Rev, Harold Forbes lived years ago. His granddaughter is my daughter-in-law and she lived there with them during her late teen years. I would like to include a photo of the house in a project I am doing for her.