Rev Featherstone Lake Osler

Rev Featherstone Lake Osler

Falmouth, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Death 16 Feb 1895 (aged 89)
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Plot All Saints Rd. (Monument)
Memorial ID 86838145 · View Source
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When the Reverend Featherstone Lake Osler and his wife, Ellen Free {Picton} Osler, left their home in Falmouth, England, in 1837 to live in the tiny crossroads settlement of Bond Head, Upper Canada, it was at the bequest of the Upper Canada Clergy Society, an organization that sought Anglican clergymen to minister to Canada's sparsely populated frontiers

Featherstone Osler, an Anglican minister, was given a large parish in Simcoe County, consisting of about two thousand settlers scattered over 240 square miles of mostly wild, forested land. When the Oslers arrived at Bond Head, about 65 kilometres (or 40 miles) north of Toronto, they thought the area quite uncivilized. By the time they moved to Dundas (near Hamilton, Wentworth County) in 1857, they left behind them six churches, two parsonages, a Sunday school program and several public schools
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His Funeral Held Yesterday From St. Luke's Church -- Many Clergy From the City and Outside Present

The funeral of one of the earliest missionaries of the Anglican Church in Upper Canada took place yesterday from St. Luke's Church. The service was conducted by the Bishop of Niagara and Ven. Archdeacon Boddy. Revs. Canon Worrell, E. J. Fessenden, E. A. Irving, Geo. Forneret, A. H. Baldwin and J. P. Lewis were the pallbearers. The coffin was carried into the chancel, the choir singing the hymns, "Thy will be done", "O what the joy and the glory must be" and "For all thy saints who from their labors rest." Many members of the clergy were present. Among those in attendance were Mr. Justice Osler, B. B. Osler, E. B. Osler, and Rev. Wm. Osler of Baltimore, sons of the deceased; Rev. Canon [Henry Bath] Osler of York Mills, brother; a number of grandsons and nephews of the late divine and Rev. Canon [John D'Arcy] Cayley, Rev. C. E. Inglis, Rev. T. Geoghegan of Hamilton, Rev. Canon [William] Belt of Burlington, Rev. Dean [Richard E] Jones, John Hoskin, Q.C., Elmes Henderson, W. H. Banks, Frank Darling, Henry O'Brien, H. C. Hoskin, Judge [John A] Ardagh of Barrie, James Henderson, Dr. E. A. Meredith, Horace Thorne, Robert H. Bethune, Dr. Oldfield Walker, T. H. Regue of Dundas, Rev. Dr. Scadding, Rev. C. E. Thomson, Rev. Geo. Forneret of Hamilton, Rev. Edwin Irwin of Dundas, Rev. E. J. Fessenden of Ancaster, Canon [John Bell] Worrell of Oakville, Right Rev. Bishop [Charles] Hamilton of Niagara, Rev. Principal Caven, Rev. Dr. Langtry, Rev. A. H. Baldwin, Archdeacon [Samuel Johnson] Boddy, Rev. J. P. Lewis, Rev. Prof. Clark, Rev. R. C. Caswall.

At the conclusion of the beautiful English Church burial service, which was performed in St. Luke's Church, the funeral cortege proceeded to St. James' Cemetery, where the remains of the late gentleman were interred.

This venerable clergyman was born in 1805 at Falmouth, Cornwall. He entered the royal navy and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He had long desired to take holy orders and in 1833 resigned his profession and studied at Cambridge, talking a high place in mathematics and his M.A. degree. In 1857 he was made Deacon by the Archbishop of Canterbury and sailed for Canada with his bride and with Dr. Scadding, then a divinity student. Bishop Mountain ordained him priest, and for nearly twenty years he labored devotedly in a missionary district which for much of that time extended over 2,000 square miles, Tecumseth being the home station. He gathered together and served 28 congregations and as many Sunday Schools with the help of a catechist and six young men whom he prepared for the ministry. In June, 1841, Canon Osler gave the first Sunday School treat ever known in Upper Canada. Eight churches were built under his direction.

In 1857 he became rector of Ancaster and Dundas, where he worked for 26 years, during twelve of which he took three full services every Sunday, driving alternatively six or fifteen miles in all weather to do so. He was Rural Dean of Wellington and Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Diocese of Niagara.

In 1882, failing health compelled him to retire from active duty, and after twelve years of brave and patient suffering, borne with never-failing cheerfulness, he entered into rest in the 90th year of his age.

[The Globe (newspaper), Wednesday, February 20, 1895, (page 8, column 5), Toronto, Ontario, Canada (In 1895, *St Luke's Church* was at the corner of Bay Street at Saint Joseph Street, in the core of Toronto)(Note: Names in square bracquets [--] were added after research conducted by the contributor]

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To the
Beloved Memory of
M. A. (Cantab)
Born at Falmouth, England
Dec 14th, 1805
Died at Toronto Feb 16th, 1895
Incumbent of Tecumseth,
Co Simcoe 1837 - 1857
Rector of Ancastor and Dundas
1857 - 1895
Formerly R.N. 1818 - 1832
H.M.S. Sappho, Victory, Alcerine
Faithful unto Death
and of ELLEN FREE PICKTON, his wife
Born Dec 14th, 1806
Died Mar 18th, 1907
in her 101st year


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