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|Size||3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 600 items)|
|Abstract||Matthew George Henry (1839-1920) was a Presbyterian minister in Nova Scotia, Canada, as well as several churches in western New York. He also lived in Chapel Hill, N.C., 1919-1920, with his son, George Kenneth Grant Henry, professor at the University of North Carolina. This collection contains the correspondence, sermons, and other papers of Matthew George Henry. The correspondence includes letters written by Henry to other Presbyterian ministers, his family and friends in Canada, and his children in the United States, and are primarily concerned with church matters, the daily lives of several individuals in Canada and the United States, along with local, personal, and family news. Volumes contain notes on reading, miscellaneous memoranda, business accounts, church records, and a diary kept by Henry while preaching in southern Nova Scotia, 1865-1867. Also included are about 400 sermons, speeches, and writings by Henry.|
|Creator||Henry, Matthew George, 1839-1920.|
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Matthew George Henry (1839-1920) was a Presbyterian minister in Nova Scotia, Canada, as well as several churches in western New York. He was the son of Samuel L. and Eleanor D. Henry of Upper Musquodoboit, Halifax County, Nova Scotia. Henry graduated college in 1863, was ordained in 1864, and married Mary Parker of Middle Musquodoboit in 1865. His brothers were Fred W., Sydney, and Edmund Henry. He may also have had a sister named Mary. His children were Miss Eleanor Dunlap Henry, George Kenneth Grant Henry, Joseph Kaye Henry, John Geddie Henry, Lavinia Parker Henry (Mrs. Ralph M. Cooke of Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Lilian Elizabeth Henry (Mrs. Frank W. Burnett of Southampton, N.Y.) He lived in Chapel Hill, N.C., 1919-1920, with his son, George Kenneth Grant Henry, professor at the University of North Carolina.
Henry's papers indicate that he lived in the following places in Canada and the United States: 1839, Upper Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, Canada, born 15 March; 1858-1863, Glenelg, Truro, Cornwallis, and Halifax, as a student; October 1863, West St. Peters, Cape Breton Island, on a temporary assignment; 1863-1869, Clyde and Barrington and neighboring places in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia; October 1869, call received from the Board of Foreign Missions to go to the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu); 1876, Clyde; August 1877, call received to serve the congregations at Shubenacadie and Lower Stewaicke, Nova Scotia, likely served there until 1887; 1892, Genoa, N.Y.; 1894, Palmyra, N.Y.; 1896, St. Croix and Ellershouse, Nova Scotia; 1914, Jubilee held in July at Upper Canard church near Kentville, Nova Scotia, celebrating Henry's 50 years in the ministry; 1915, Geneva, N.Y.; 1919-1920, Chapel Hill, N.C.Back to Top
This collection contains the correspondence, sermons, and other papers of Matthew George Henry (1839-1920). The correspondence includes letters written by Henry to other Presbyterian ministers, his family and friends in Canada, and his children in the United States, and are primarily concerned with church matters, the daily lives of several individuals in Canada and the United States, along with local, personal, and family news. Volumes contain notes on reading, miscellaneous memoranda, business accounts, church records, and a diary kept by Henry while preaching in southern Nova Scotia, 1865-1867. Also included are about 400 sermons, speeches, and writings by Henry.Back to Top
This series contains correspondence and letters of Matthew George Henry regarding his work as a Presbyterian minister in Nova Scotia, Canada and several churches in western New York. Correspondents include his family, friends, and other Presbyterian ministers. Topics include church activities, calls from congregations asking Henry to become their minister, family matters, weather, farming and crops, business matters, and community information and statisics. There are business papers regarding the settling of the estates of his parents, Samuel L. and Eleanor D. Henry in 1887 and 1893, and miscellaneous financial papers and items concerning stocks and bonds. Correspondence from 1918-1920 includes letters from from Henry's family in Chapel Hill, N.C. Folder 11 contains clippings of letters to the editor of the Guardian, probably from Halifax, written by Henry in 1879 regarding systematic beneficence and church finance; a leaflet on systematic beneficence; clippings about the Jubilee, 7 July 1914; and clippings of obituaries.
This series contains commonplace books, a diary, and notebooks kept by Matthew George Henry for his writings, theological studies, and church-related administrative matters.
1854-1863, Commonplace book containing poems copied from various sources; 1869-1870, accounts and day book of family and household expenses listed as light fuel, horse and cow, books and stationary, wages, and clothing; also includes miscellaneous writings on Matthew George Henry's reading and studies, probably in the 1860s.
Volume 2: 1 October 1865-15 April 1867 #03858, Series: "2. Volumes, 1839-1898 and undated." Folder 14
Diary of Matthew George Henry at Clyde, Barrington, and the surrounding communities at the southern end of Nova Scotia, Canada. The entries describe where he preached and dined, persons visited, weather, study and reading, household, garden, and other activities; his resolutions about work and prayer and writing in his diary; frequent mention of his wife and younger brother, Sydney. Also included are records of which sermons were preached where from October 1865-December 1866; expenditures; a day book, 1865-1867; and miscellaneous writings about individuals including dates of death.
Four small volumes. Volume 3(a), 1873-1876, includes a list of individuals who have paid Church subscriptions, costs paid on building for carpentry and stonecutting, and miscellaneous notes; volume 3(b), January 1891 and undated, includes lists of names under heading of "visits"; volume 3(c), February-December 1894, contains a list of petty expenditures such as meat, butter, etc.; and volume 3(d), 1897-1897, "Collections for Schemes of the Church--St. Croix and Ellershouse, 1897-1898."
Copies of records of nine marriages performed at Genoa and Palmyra, N.Y.; a booklet of printed forms filled in by the performing minister.
Volume 5: "A General Review of the World's History During My Lifetime, 1839--," undated #03858, Series: "2. Volumes, 1839-1898 and undated." Folder 17
Notebook with loose pages is not organized, but contains notes on reading and study of history of the world. This notebook dates from Matthew George Henry's later years, following his retirement.
This series contains sermons, talks, speeches, and other writings of Matthew George Henry. The bulk of the sermons are dated, and were used more than once, with some rewritten. They have been arranged topically by the books of the Bible. Other papers include "charges" to specific clergymen on their induction, and materials related to funerals and prayer meetings. Texts include the lives of missionaries and local events along with Biblical texts. The materials in folder 18 appear to be theological student compositions, essays, and sermons.
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Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, December 2010
This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.Back to Top