William Trewin & St. James Methodist Church in Elizabeth, NJ

William Trewin, b. 21 March 1847; son of John & Mary Ann Trewin; year unknown.

St. James Methodist Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey, celebrated its 80-year anniversary in 1957, and a church program I recently came across commemorating the occasion indicated that my great-grandfather William Trewin was one of eight people who were on the committee that agreed to found the church, which was the result of two churches (Elizabeth Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church and St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church) coming together in a building that was acquired through an exchange with the Broad Street Baptist Church. The first service was held on April 15, 1877.

At the time of the committee meeting, October 23, 1876, my great-grandfather was 29 years old and married to his first wife Edith Fry with whom he was raising two sons, Bert and Clarence.  The commemorative program is included in this post for anyone curious about some of the history of the church during its first 80 years. Today, the building is occupied by the Haitian Bethany Baptist Church.

Image from City of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Illustrated, 1889

Categories: Elizabeth, Union Co., Methodist, New Jersey, Trewin | Tags: , , | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “William Trewin & St. James Methodist Church in Elizabeth, NJ

  1. This is wonderful! I grew up in the Methodist Church, but my husband — the Trewin descendant — is Catholic on account of his Italian ancestors. I can poke him a bit about his “latent” Methodism with this.

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  2. Hi! Thanks for this info about our Great Grandfather! We’ll be in N.J. this month after a trip to Israel. Maybe we can get over to Elizabeth. I noticed C.C. Woodruff was Pastor from 1912-1919. Any connections? Also William’s son, Albert, my Grandfather, helped to start a church in Mt. Lebanon, PA. This is the spiritual legacy they left to us. I’m grateful because I wouldn’t have gotten it in my family of origin!

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