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Bishop Hibbert Binney

  • Canada
  • Person
  • 1819-1887

The following is adapted from the Wikipedia entry for Herbert Binney, which is an abbreviated version of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography entry. Hibbert Binney (12 August 1819 – 30 April 1887) was a Canadian Church of England bishop. He was the fourth Bishop of Nova Scotia from 1851 to 1887. Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the son of the Reverend Hibbert Binney and Henrietta Amelia Stout, Hibbert Binney Sr. was the rector of St George’s Church in Sydney. In 1823, Binney Sr. returned to England with his family to become rector of Newbury, Berkshire. Binney Jr. was educated at King's College London, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Worcester College, Oxford, in 1842. He was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Oxford Richard Bagot in 1842 and was appointed a fellow of Worcester College. In 1844, he received his Master of Arts and was appointed tutor in 1846. In 1848, he became bursar of Worcester College.In 1851, Binney was named Bishop of Nova Scotia and was consecrated in London by Archbishop John Bird Sumner of Canterbury and assisted by Bishops Blomfield of London, Wilberforce of Oxford, and Gilbert of Chichester. He was married to Mary Bliss (1829–1903), the daughter of William Blowers Bliss and Sarah Ann Anderson. Binney lived for years in what is now known as the Black-Binney House, which is now a national historic site.

Daniel Hodgson

  • Canada
  • Person
  • 1803-1883

Daniel Hodgson was the father of Reverend George Wright Hodgson, the first rector of St. Peter's Cathedral Church.

According to biographical information on the Memory P.E.I. website, Daniel Hodgson was born on 4 October 1803, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, to Robert Hodgson and Rebecca Robinson, formerly of Surrey, England. Daniel married three times. His first wife was Lydia Cambridge MacGowan, who he married on 22 November 1832. Lydia died three years later, on 18 May 1835, at the age of twenty five. On 31 January 1839, Daniel married Mary Wright. They had two sons, Edward Jarvis, born on 29 July 1840 and George Wright, born on 15 January 1842. Mary died less then a month after the birth of George, on 3 February 1842, at the age of twenty seven. Daniel married for the third time to Margaret Leah De St. Croix on the 20 April 1852. She died on 18 January 1878 at age seventy two.

In 1830, Daniel became the chief coroner for Prince Edward Island. Throughout his life he served in several government and public service positions, including: Lloyd's agent for Prince Edward Island in 1831; Prothonotary and Clerk of the Crown in 1839; Judge of Probate in 1853; Commissioner for issuing treasury notes, Commissioner for affidavits in the Supreme Court, and Clerk of the Crown for Justices of the Peace throughout Prince Edward Island in 1864. Outside of his professional duties, Daniel also belonged to the Library Society as of 1832, and is recorded as a church warden for St. Peter's Anglican Church as of 1845. Daniel Hodgson died on 21 July 1883 at age eighty.

Edward Jarvis Hodgson

  • Canada PEI SPCA
  • Person
  • 29 July 1840-1911

Edward Jarvis Hodgson was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 29 July 1840. After studying law, he became a barrister in 1862 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1879. He completed work for the Prince Edward Island railway and other federal government departments between 1882 and approximately 1889. From 1891 until 1910, he was Master of the Rolls and an Assistant Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Prince Edward Island, and from 1896 until his death in 1911, Chancellor of King's College University.

E.M. Malone

  • Canada
  • Person
  • 1881-22 November 1975

Elwin Mortimer Malone served as priest incumbent of St. Peter's Cathedral from 1921 to 1952. He was born in 1881 in Antigua and immigrated to Canada from Barbados to take up the post at St. Peter's in 1921. His first wife was Lucille LaBeet. She apparently died before Canon Malone came to Prince Edward Island. on 20 July 1936, Malone married Margaret Hegan in Charlottetown at St. Peter's Church. Malone died on 22 November 1975 and was buried at St. Peter's Cathedral graveyard on 24 November 1975.
Elwin Mortimer Malone served as priest incumbent of St. Peter's Cathedral from 1921 to 1952. He was born in 1881 in Antigua and immigrated to Canada from Barbados to take up Records suggest that Malone's son from his first marriage, Edward Mortimer Malone, married Rita Ann Larkin in Sussex, New Brunswick, on 17 April 1938.

George Filliter

  • Canada
  • Person
  • 1912-2007

The following biographical information comes from the obituary for George Richard Forsyth Filliter (known as Dick), published in the Telegraph Journal in 2007. (See

FILLITER, GEORGE RICHARD FORSYTH (DICK), M.B.E. - Passed away peacefully at Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax on April 7th, 2007. Dick was born September 10th, 1912, the eldest son of George and Julia Blanche (Hall) Filliter. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers John and David and is survived by his wife Helen (Baldwin), sons John (Clevie Wall), Bruce (Yvonne Raczkowski) and Jim (Paula MacDonald), grandchildren Jillian (Anthony Bell), Jennifer, Daniel, Carolyn and Christopher, and his brother Brian (Barbara). Dick attended public schools in Woodstock, N.B. and Charlottetown, P.E.I. He was involved in the Boy Scout movement from an early age, became a King Scout, represented P.E.I. at the 1929 World Jamboree, and served as a Cubmaster and Boy Scout Leader for over 25 years. After completing high school, he joined the Bank of Montreal and took courses through Queen's University to become a Fellow of the Canadian Banker's Association. In April 1940 Dick enlisted with the Prince Edward Island Highlanders; he served on coastal defence duty in the Halifax area, trained at infantry headquarters in England, served in the liberation of Holland, was promoted to the rank of major, mentioned in despatches and awarded an M.B.E. Except for his service with the Canadian Army from 1940 to 1945, Dick was employed all his working life by the Bank of Montreal; he was manager of the last two branches where he worked, at Yarmouth, N.S. and 226 Union Street, Saint John, N.B. Following his retirement in 1974, he did some auditing for the bank and also served as Director of Anglicans in Mission for the Diocese of Fredericton from 1981 to 1987. Dick served as a Vestryman and Warden of St. Paul's Church in Rothesay, N.B., was made an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Cancer Society and a Life Member of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. He was a regular blood donor and a Dominion Marksman. Dick was an avid sportsman, winning a Gorsebrook Golf Club Tournament, skipping an 8-end while curling in Yarmouth, and winning a Maritime Badminton Championship in men's doubles with Stan Goodwin in 1936 and a senior men's doubles title with Phil Ritcey in 1971. He organized badminton and tennis clubs, enjoyed competing at cards (especially duplicate bridge), and took a keen interest in photography and wildflowers. While in Saint John, Dick belonged to the Union Club, the Kiwanis Club, the Thistle Curling Club and East Riverside Golf and Country Club. A Memorial Service for Dick was held at St. Luke's Anglican Church, Dartmouth on April 11th.

George W. Hodgson

  • Canada PEI SPCA
  • Person
  • 15 January 1842 - 20 July 1885

George Wright Hodgson was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on 15 January 1842, the son of Daniel Hodgson and Mary Cambridge Wright and younger brother of Edward Jarvis Hodgson. George was baptized on 24 August 1842 in St. Paul's Anglican Church in Charlottetown.

George studied at King's College in Windsor, Nova Scotia, becoming a firm supporter of the Anglo-Catholic Oxford Movement. He was the first Reverend of St. Peter's Cathedral, in Charlottetown, in 1869; the church had been built in 1867 and held its first service, under his direction, in 1869.

George married Gertrude Magdalene DesBrisay on 4 March 1884. He died on 20 July 1885 at the age of 43 and is buried at the St. Peter's churchyard in Charlottetown.

James Simpson

  • Canada PEI SPCA
  • Person
  • 11 May 1853-29 November 1920

As outlined in Robert Tuck's entry for Simpson in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, James Simpson was born on 11 May 1853 in Maidstone, England, the son of James Simpson, a surgeon and dentist, and Marion Campbell. Simpson married Alice Maude DesBrisay in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on 29 June 1891 and had three sons and one daughter. Simpson died in Charlottetown on 29 November 1920. He was educated at Southsea Diocesan Grammar School in England and emigrated to Quebec in 1872. He studied for holy orders at Bishop’s College, Lennoxville, graduating in arts in 1876 (ma 1879) and then worked as a government surveyor. In 1882 he was engaged as assistant master at Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario, and was then ordered deacon in 1882 and priest in 1883.

In December 1886, Simpson went to Charlottetown to take temporary charge of St Peter’s Cathedral, being inducted as "priest-incumbent" on 13 February 1887. He was made the first canon of his cathedral in 1907 and an honorary canon of All Saints’ Cathedral, Halifax, in 1915. He was a member of both provincial and general synods, a governor of King’s College, Windsor, Nova Scotia, and a delegate to the Pan-Anglican Congress held in 1908. In 1914 Bishop’s College made him an honorary doctor of canon law. Simpson also served on the committee that produced the first Canadian revision of the Book of Common Prayer in 1918.

Lawrence W. Watson

  • Canada
  • Person
  • 2 May 1860-17 July 1925

Lawrence Watson was born Laurence White Watson on 2 May 1860 on Queen Street, Charlottetown, and baptised at St. James Church in Charlottetown on 11 July 1860. His father was William R. Watson and his mother Sarah Ann Watson (nee Sarah Ann Croskill). (The official baptismal record shows his name as Laurence but the spelling changed from Laurence to Lawrence at some point.) Watson dies in Charlottetown on 17 July 1925, age 65. According to the obituary in The Charlottetown Guardian newspaper on 29 July 1925, Watson received his B.A. at King's College, Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1879, and then studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1880-1882). He ended his medical studies on the death of his father and returned to Prince Edward Island to continue his father's business.

In 1884, Watson became the organist at St. Peter's Cathedral Church, directed musical services for many years, and carried out numerous other duties for the church. He was a founding member, officer and official historian of the National Historic Society and wrote many articles on natural history.

Watson composed the music for The Island Hymn, with lyrics by Lucy M. Montgomery.

Watson was married to Eleanor Massey Desbrisay. According to census records he had two children, Ruth (born ca. 1893) and Norman (born ca. 1899), but The Charlottetown Guardian newspaper indicates he had a daughter and two sons.

Peter Westin

  • Canada
  • Person
  • [1900?-2020?]

H. M. Peter Westin is the second born son of the Reverend Canon H. M. D. Westin, who served as Rector of St. Peter's Cathedral from 1974-1990, and his wife Margaret. Peter completed high school in Amherst, Nova Scotia and received a B.A. in history and B. Ed degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. He later earned an M.A. in history and an M.Ed degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and worked as a school teacher for many years, including in Manitoba and Zimbabwe.

Peter Westin is the author of An Act of Faith: The First Fifty Years of St. Peter's Cathedral (Charlottetown: St. Peter Publications, 1994). Westin and St. Peter's Cathedral received federal funding to support the research and writing of this book in 1984 and again in 1985.

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