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Rev John Smithurst
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Birth: Sep. 10, 1807
Derbyshire, England
Death: Sep. 2, 1867
Elora
Ontario, Canada

"John Smithurst, Rector of St. John's (Anglican) Church, Elora (1852-1857), loved a girl who was his first cousin. Her name was Florence Nightingale, founder of one of the world's greatest professions, nursing. Because mid-Victorian prudery forbade the marriage of cousins, John and Florence renounced their love and dedicated themselves to service of humanity--John to the souls of men, Florence to their bodies. In 1839 John Smithurst came to Canada and went to the Red River Settlement as a missionary to the Indians. He returned to England twelve years later to try to win Florence once more but failed. He returned to Canada and came to Elora as Rector of St. John's (Anglican) Church. In 1852 Florence sent John a silver Communion Service--the same year she became a nurse and went to the Crimean War. John Smithurst died in 1867 and is buried in Elora Cemetery. Florence Nightingale became beloved as "The Lady of the Lamp". In 1946 an annual Nurses' Service was instituted at St. John's Church by Rev. C.J. Loat to recognize the nursing profession." [Mrs. Charles Broome, Tweedsmuir Historical Institute] 
 
Inscription:
(E)
John Smithurst
Clerk in Holy Orders
died Sept. 2, MDCCCLxvii, aged 59 yrs., 11 mos., 23 days
I know whom I have believed.
(S)
A native of Lea, Derbyshire, England
12 years
missionary to the Red River settlement.
(N)
Nearly six years
incumbent of Elora,
afterwards
resident at Leahurst,
Minto
and missionary to
that Township.
 
Burial:
Elora Cemetery
Elora
Wellington County
Ontario, Canada
Plot: B18-9
 
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Record added: Apr 18, 2012
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Rev John Smithurst
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