From the old Register, already referred to, it appears that Mr. Morley was succeeded as minister of St. Paul's Church, Chatham, by the Reverend Thomas Brock Fuller.
The first entry in the Register in his handwriting states, "Charge was taken of this parish by Rev. Thos. Brock Fuller June 19th, 1836." Mr. Fuller was a native of Canada, being born in the
Garrison at Kingston, where his father, a Major in the 41st Regiment, was stationed. He belonged to a distinguished family and was called after General Brock, who was his godfather. Mr.
Fuller remained here until 1840, when he removed to Thorold. Afterwards he became Rector of St. George's Church, Toronto. And, later bishop of the Diocese of Niagara.
During Mr. Fuller's incumbency of the parish there are two interesting records in the old Register besides the ordinary entries of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials. One of these is in 1838 and tells of the visit of the Bishop of Montreal in whose Diocese Chatham then was.
"We were favoured by a visit from the Lord Bishop of Montreal on Saturday, the 22nd day of September, at Zone Mills, on Bear Creak ; and on Sunday and the two following days at
Chatham. His Lordship confirmed at Zone Mills and Chatham ; at the former place ten candidates, and at the latter fifteen presented themselves for that holy rite. His Lordship also
consecrated St. Paul's Church, and the adjoining church yard, on Monday the twenty-third. All expressed themselves highly delighted and I trust much benefited by his Lordship's visit;
and the only cause of regret was that, in all human probability, they should "see his face no more.''
The other item of interest among Mr. Fuller's records is the minutes of an old time vestry meeting held in 1839.
"At a vestry meeting held in St. Paul's Church April the 13th, at which were present Messrs. D. McGregor, I. P. Taylor, I. M. Taylor, John Waddell. E. Bereton, Jos. Woods, Dan'l
Forsythe, W. Eberts, H. Eberts, T. B. Fuller.
In 1840, on the removal of Mr. Fuller to Thorold, Rev. Charles Oliver Wiggins was appointed Missionary at Chatham. He remained only a little over a year. Not much is known about him but he is spoken of as a man of ability and a good scholar. The last entries in the old Register are made by him and by Duncan McGregor, Esq., who through all these years which we have reviewed, seems to have acted as a Lay Reader. Many burials are recorded by this devoted layman, who, apparently, acted in the absence of the Clergyman, or during a vacancy in the Parish, and any way in which he could serve the Church.
The next Incumbent was the Rev. William Henry Hobson, who came in 1842. Judge Woods says of him, "He was a refined and cultured gentleman, possessing a fine library''; and another Chronicler says, ''Those who remember him were impressed with his small but elegant physique, his scholarship and polished manners and his unvarying neatness of dress. This gentlemanly mind became unhinged, and he was found dead on the 12th of October, 1846, on the plains near Windsor whither he had wandered and perished through an aberration of the mind.
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