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Barbara Heck Monument

Among the more prominent Loyalists to have settled in this area were Barbara and Paul Heck.

 

While living in New York City in 1766, Barbara Heck had a religious experience that resulted in her opening a Methodist chapel-the first in the city. When the American Revolutionary War broke out in 1766, Paul Heck took up arms for the British. His farm in Vermont was confiscated and he fled with his family to the Montreal area.

 

The family received a grant of land in the Third Concession of Augusta Township near what became the hamlet of Maynard. There they held the first Methodist class (service) in their tiny cabin in the forest. A number of other Methodist families received grants of land in the same vicinity and this tiny group was instrumental in establishing the first circuits of the Canadian Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Upper Canada.

 

Methodism was particularly well-suited to frontier conditions since its followers were quite happy to hold services in their houses or the outdoors, if necessary, whenever one of their circuit riders (itinerant preachers) visited them.

 

Paul died in 1795 and Barbara died in 1804. Both are buried in the Blue Church Cemetery.

 

In 1817, Paul and Barbara's son, Samuel, was ordained a deacon in the Methodist chapel at Elizabethtown at the first meeting of the Methodist Conference held in Upper Canada. The Methodist Episcopal Church became the United Church of Canada in 1925.

 

The inscription reads:

 

Born in 1735 – Died Aug 17, 1804

 

“Barbara Heck put her brave soul against the rugged possibilities of the future and under God, brought into existence American and Canadian Methodism, and between these her memory will ever form a most hallowed link.”

 

“In memory of one who laid foundations others have built upon

 

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Taken on July 26, 2007