Cause And Effect Of Chippawa

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Chippawa's first Presbyterian congregation was not organized until 1831, although the Presbyterian missionary and founder of almost all Presbyterian churches in the Niagara Peninsula, the Reverend Daniel Ward Eastman, often preached here, as early as 1807. The 1831 congregation, being American oriented, was first suspended and later, due to the MacKenzie rebellion of 1837, was disbanded. In September, 1842, it was re-organized as a congregation of the United Secession church. A building fund was established. Mr. James Cummings, prominent landowner and merchant in the village, donated a half-acre of land for a church site. The first sod was turned in mid-December 1842 and the completed church, a plain wooden building, was opened and dedicated

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