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Rev John Agnew
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Birth: 1727, Scotland
Death: May 19, 1812
New Brunswick, Canada

The Rev. John Agnew, a Loyalist, was chosen as minister for Chuckatuck Church in 1754. During his ministry, the talk of independence and the fury toward England gradually increased. Agnew's loyalty to England drove him to give his famous sermon in 1775, "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesars."

It was Agnew's conviction that those who supported independence were sinners, and it was his duty to God to root out the ungrateful and ungodly. According to Hesperides (1907), "He proceeded to decry the sins of disloyalty and rebellion (p.236). Vestryman, William Cowper, approached the pulpit and ordered Agnew to leave. At Cowper's demand, Agnew exclaimed, "I am about my Master's business!" Cowper further roared, "Which Master, your Master in Heaven or your Master over the seas?" Agnew left the pulpit, refusing to show violence and cause a riot; however, the controversy continued, and he was later arrested.

John Agnew, b. 1727, in Wigtownshire, Scotland, son of Jacob Agnew of Kirmanock, Galloway, married Maria Theresa (aka Teresa) O'SHEAL, daughter of David O'SHEAL. She was born abt. 1727 in Virginia and d. 8 February 1795. John Agnew d. 19 May 1812 in Monckton, St. Mary's Parish, York County, New Brunswick, Canada 
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  Maria Theresa O'Sheal Agnew (1732 - 1795)*
  Stair Agnew (1757 - 1821)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Connie Stringer
Record added: Nov 30, 2012
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