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6. Rt.Rev. Lord Bishop John MEDLEY D.D. L.L.D. [10468] (George3, Henry1) was born on 19 Dec 1804 in Chelsea Middlesex England, was baptised on 17 Jan 1805 in St George's Hanover Square London England, died on 9 Sep 1892 in Fredericton York Co. New Brunswick Canada at age 87, and was buried on 13 Sep 1892 under the Eastern Window of Christ Church Cathedral Fredericton New Brunswick Canada.

General Notes: In an eMail, dated December 18, 2006. Marcus Whitaker included a File with the following Information on John Medley:
Aka: John Fredericton; Most Rev. John Medley, Lord Bishop of Fredericton, ref to as: His Lordship.
03 Apr 1808 John began to learn the Psalms (aged 3 years, 3 months).
28 Jun 1818 Confirmed at Chertsey by the Bishop of Lincoln.
15 Nov 1822 Entered at Wadham College, Oxford.
1826 B.A. Oxford (in the second class in Literis Humanioribus).
21 Jun 1828 Ordained Deacon.
1828 - Apr 1831 Curate of Southleigh, Devonshire.
14 Jun 1829 Ordained Priest by the Bishop of Exeter.
1830 M.A. Oxford.
In his youth he was a great friend of John Keble (1792-1866) the Anglican clergyman and poet who began the Oxford Movement, encouraging a return to High Church Ideals.
He was a prominent member of the Tractarians (Tractarianism: Oxford Movement), and also corresponded with Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890), Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), and William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British statesman and future Prime Minister (1868-74, 1880-5, 1886, 1892-4). It was the last named who is credited with the remark that John Medley had "the wisest head that ever wore a mitre".
He held livings at Truro (1831-8) and St Thomas's, Exeter (1838-45)
Apr 1831 Became incumbent Vicar of St John's parish, Truro, Cornwall (until 1838).
30 Jan 1838 He was inducted and transferred to the vicarage of St Thomas's Church, Exeter (until 1845).
1841 After the death of his wife from consumption, John's widowed mother broke up her own home and came to live with him in Exeter.
1842 Became a Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral.
09 Apr 1843 Installed as Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral.
Before going to Canada, John had some training in Architecture and had founded the Exeter Diocesan Architectural Society, of which he was the secretary. He was involved in rebuilding, refurbishing and erecting a number of churches. This background greatly helped him in the planning and building of Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton, for which he was largely responsible.
14 Sep 1844 His mother was killed in an open carriage accident, in Exeter, in which he was very badly injured.
1845 B.D.
15 Mar 1845 D.D. (Oxford)
04 May 1845 Consecrated First Lord Bishop of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, in Lambeth Palace Chapel, by the Archbishop of Canterbury (he remained Bishop for over 47 years until his death in 1892).
10 Jun 1845 Arrived in Fredericton with his 5 children: John, Charles, Spencer, Edward and Christiana Medley. He was greeted by the Governor Sir William Colebrooke.
11 Jun 1845 Installed in the partly built Cathedral of Fredericton. He had come to a diocese full of dissention and strife, and he met his difficulties with vigour.
Summer 1848 He returned to England to raise funds for the completion of his Cathedral. In subsequent years he only occasionally left his diocese to attend meetings of the bishops in neighbouring dioceses.
1863 After a trip to England he brought home 42-year-old Margaret Hudson, of Devonshire, to marry, she had been a friend to the Medleys when his first wife was alive, and they had remained friends after her death.
May 1864 The Bishop purchased Bishopscote on Church Street, where he and his 2nd wife resided until their deaths (in 1892 and 1905 respectively).
27 Jan 1879 As oldest bishop in the dominion, he was elected by the bishops of Canada to be their Metropolitan Bishop of Canada, agreeably to the provisions of the 1st Canon of the Diocese and Synod.
11 Jun 1879 He became Metropolitan Bishop of Canada, in succession to Bishop Oxenden (he remained so until his death in 1892). Jurisdiction, Province of New Brunswick; Square Miles, 27,037; Clergy, 67; Population, 381,000; Income of See 1000/ (half assigned to Coadjutor, a bishop assisting a diocesan bishop and often having the right of succession). Dedic. of Cathedral Christ Church. 1 Dean, 1 Sub-Dean, 6 Hon. Canonries, 1 Org., 1 Verger, 57 Charges, 115 Churches, 43 Miss. Stations, 94 Church Schools, 7 R.D. (Rural Deans), 41 Parsonages.
1885 Mentioned in Crockford's Clerical Dictionary.
Summer 1889 He attended the Lambeth Pan-Anglican Conference, and was made an Honorary L.L.D. of Cambridge and D.D. of Durham.
He wrote a number of devotional works. Author of the 'Episcopal Form of Church Government' 1835; of two volumes of 'Sermons' (published by request of many of his late parishioners) 2 eds. 1845; and of ' A Commentary and Translation of the Book of Job' 1860; with the Rev. H. J. Cornish he translated 'The Homilies of St. John Chrysostom on the Corinthians' (vol. iv. of the 'Library of the Fathers,' Oxford, 1838); he also composed a few anthems.
He possessed one of the most important private libraries of 19th century New Brunswick. His collection of about 3,000 books included books on theology, literature, travel, music and architecture, in several languages. It was one of the most extensive collections of the time for the area. In 1904 his widow distributed most of the books to the six deaneries that then made up the diocese. She attached bookplates that read "From the library of the late Most Rev. John Medley, D.D., Bishop of Fredericton and Metropolitan of Canada. Presented to [the recipient] by Mrs. Medley."
died Fri 09 Sep 1892 (at 8.30am in his 88th year) Bishopscote, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
buried Tue 13 Sep 1892 Under the Eastern Window of Christ Church Cathedral (that he himself built), Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. There was also a memorial tomb erected to him, surmounted by a recumbent statue in full Episcopal robes.

In a Medley Pedigree, received from Marcus Whittaker in September 2011, he included the following:
The years immediately preceding the Bishop's appointment to the See of Fredericton were marked by unusual domestic sorrow and trial. In 1839, his second son, Thomas Fisher, died. In 1841, "his young and beautiful wife faded away from his side in consumption, leaving six children, one an infant of a year old". In 1843, his eldest daughter, Emma, who had taken charge of the household, was suddenly snatched away by scarlet fever. Medley's mother, Henrietta, then broke up her own household and went to the Vicarage to take charge of the family.
14 Sep 1844 In autumn, Henrietta Lockhart Medley was killed in an open carriage accident whilst by his side, in Exeter, in which he was also very badly injured. "She had not been in an open carriage for some years, but wishing to see a church in the Parish, at the hamlet of Oldridge, which she had assisted her son to restore, she determined to take the drive of about six miles. In returning, the horses ran away down a steep, newly-stoned hill, and near the bottom the double-seated carriage broke in two, and all were thrown out. The bishop was badly cut, bruised and stunned; his mother was instantly killed. When consciousness returned, he asked for her, the doctor answered "she is in no pain", and he did not inquire further. His left arm was so seriously injured that the doctor decided it must come off, but the Bishop was so opposed to this, that other means were tried, and in time circulation was restored and it became useful, though it always remained weak.

John married Christiana BACON [10469] [MRIN: 4765], daughter of John BACON Jr. [15974] and Susannah Sophia TAYLOR [15975], on 10 Jul 1826 in Salcombe Regis Devon England. Christiana was born on 25 Dec 1806 in Oxford Street London England, was baptised on 17 Jan 1807 in The Bacon Residence Oxford Street London England, died on 30 Apr 1841 in St Thomas Vicarage Exeter Devon England at age 34, and was buried on 1 May 1841 in St Thomas Churchyard Exeter Devon England.

General Notes: Christiana was described as being "beautiful, but short-lived". She had eight of John Medley's children, of whom five (four sons and one daughter) lived to adulthood. Her effigy, "wrought by the hand of her father" adorns the chancel of St. Thomas Church, Exeter.


Children from this marriage were:

   11 F    i. Emma Simcoe MEDLEY [45480] was born on 1 Aug 1828 in Honiton Devon England, was baptised in 1828 in Southleigh Devon England, died on 14 Feb 1843 in St Thomas Vicarage Exeter Devon England at age 14, and was buried in Feb 1843 in St Thomas Churchyard Exeter Devon England.

General Notes: She was named Emma after her deceased aunt Emma Bacon (1812-1822); Simcoe after her godfather. The Reverend H. A. Simcoe.
Sponsors for her Christening were: The Reverend H. A. Simcoe, her paternal grandmother Mrs Henrietta Lockhart Medley (1774-1844), her maternal grandmother Mrs Susanna Sophia Taylor Bacon (1782-aft1831).
In May 1841 after her mother died, 12-year-old Emma took over the running of the household, but she succumbed to scarlet fever 22 months later.
This was a severe blow to her father "as she had shown quite a womanly power of managing the household and a devoted care of her father".

   12 M    ii. Rev. John Bacon MEDLEY B.A. [15976] was born on 9 Mar 1831 in Southleigh Devon England, was baptised in 1831 in Southleigh Devon England, died on 19 Apr 1907 in Wraxall Somerset England at age 76, and was buried on 24 Apr 1907 in All Saints Wraxall Somerset England.

General Notes: Sponsors at his Chrstening were: his grandfather John Bacon, Jnr. (1777-1859); his uncle, later Reverend John Bacon, Esq. (1809-1871); and his grandmother Mrs Susanna Sophia Taylor Bacon (1782-aft1831).
10 Jun 1845 Arrived in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with his father the Bishop.
Educated: Exeter College, Oxford.
1854 B.A. Oxford.
1855 Ordained Deacon.
1855-6 Curate of Shepton-Beauchamp.
1856 Ordained Priest.
1856-61 Minister of Fredericton Cathedral.
pres 1861-6 Chaplain to his father at Fredericton, Brunswick, Canada.
c1866 Returned to England.
1866-72 Curate of Tormarton, Gloucestershire.
1872-3 Curate of St George's, Brandon-hill, Bristol.
1873-5 Served as Curate at Mells, Somerset.
1875-90 B. and W. Rector of Orchardleigh-with-Lullington (Frome, Somerset), Diocese B. and W. (D. Rev. W. A. Duckworth; Gl. 39 a let for 59/; T.R.C. 144?; two Pensions 40/ and 20/; Q.A.B. 25/; Gross Inc. 288/, Net 253/; T. A. 230; Pop. 169).
1876 Assistant Diocese Inspector of Schools.
1885 Mentioned in Crockford's Clerical Dictionary.
1890-1907 Domestic Chaplain to Antony Gibbs (1841-1907) of Tyntesfield House, Wraxall, near Bristol, North Somerset, England.
His Gravestone reads:
"Here Rests the Body of the Reverend John Bacon Medley, B.A. Chaplain at
Tyntesfield 1890-1907. He Departed This Life April 19th, 1907, Aged 76 Years."

   13 F    iii. Christiana Elizabeth MEDLEY [15977] was born on 23 Jun 1832 in Kenwyn Cornwall England, was baptised on 17 Jul 1832 in Kenwyn Cornwall England, died on 4 Oct 1836 in Truro Cornwall England at age 4, and was buried on 7 Oct 1836 in Truro Cornwall England.

   14 M    iv. Thomas Fisher MEDLEY [15978] was born on 3 Jan 1834 in Kenwyn Cornwall England, was baptised on 4 Feb 1834 in Kenwyn Cornwall England, died on 30 Apr 1839 in St Thomas Vicarage Exeter Devon England at age 5, and was buried on 3 May 1839 in St Thomas Churchyard Exeter Devon England.

   15 M    v. Rev. Canon Charles Steinkoff MEDLEY B.A. [15979] was born on 16 Sep 1835 in Kenwyn Cornwall England, was baptised on 24 Oct 1835 in Kenwyn Cornwall England, died on 25 Aug 1889 in Sussex New Brunswick Canada at age 53, and was buried in Aug 1889 in Sussex New Brunswick Canada.

General Notes: Sponsors at his Christening were: Dr. Steinkoff; his aunt Mrs Mary Ann Bacon Thornton (1804-aft1835); and the Rev. S. T. Trist, Vicar of Veryan.
10 Jun 1845 Arrived in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with his father the Bishop.
Educated: King's College, Fredericton, Canada.
Check B.A. or M.A. King's College.
1859 Ordained Deacon.
1860 Ordained Priest by his father the Bishop of Fredericton.
Formerly, Curate of Douglas. He had parishes in New Brunswick, Canada, and was sometime Sub-Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton. He was his father's Chaplain; and for several years secretary of the Diocesan Synod.
1881 Sussex New Brunswick Census, Clergyman, Church of England (aged 45).
1885 Incumbent of St Mary St John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
1885 Rector of Holy Trinity, Sussex, Canada. He returned from Newfoundland to the large parishes of Sussex (where he died) and Studholm, New Brunswick, Canada.
1885 Mentioned in Crockford's Clerical Dictionary.
He was the Rural Dean (R.D.) for the Diocese of Fredericton.
Sometime before he died, he accompanied his father on his last visit to England.

Charles married Charlotte BIRD [45481] [MRIN: 16293], daughter of Robert BIRD [95415] and Charlotte PUGH [95416], on 21 Apr 1864 in New Maryland Church Fredericton New Brunswick Canada. Charlotte was born in 1837 in Ireland and died after 1889 in Canada.

+ 16 M    vi. Capt. Spencer Mansel MEDLEY RN [10467] was born on 26 Jan 1837 in Kenwyn Cornwall England, was baptised on 18 Apr 1837 in Kenwyn Cornwall England, died on 28 Jan 1893 in Mount View Asylum Wellington Wellington New Zealand at age 56, and was buried on 31 Jan 1893 in Karori Cemetery Wellington New Zealand.

   17 M    vii. Rev. Edward Shuttleworth MEDLEY B.A. [45482] was born on 27 Aug 1838 in St Thomas Vicarage Exeter Devon England, was baptised on 30 Sep 1838 in St Thomas Church Exeter Devon England, died on 29 May 1910 in Postwick Norfolk England at age 71, and was buried in Postwick Norfolk England.

General Notes: Sponsors at his Christening were: The Rev. E. Shuttleworth; his grandfather John Bacon, Esq.; and a Miss Emily Jerkins.
10 Jun 1845 Arrived in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with his father the Bishop.
Educated: King's College, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
He was an artist and a sketchbook artist of architectural studies. Born in Devonshire, but mostly raised in Canada. He travelled as a child during the 1850s [1854-8] around England, then returned to Fredericton, New Brunswick,
17 Jul 1854 It seems he was back in New Brunswick briefly, as he sketched Capt Robinson's house at Campobello on this date.
1862 B.A. King's College, Fredericton.
1863 Ordained Deacon.
He held livings in New Brunswick, then returned to England.
1872-7 Canon of Norwich Cathedral.
1877-86 Senior Canon and Precentor of St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness.
Returned to Norfolk.
1886-90 Vicar of St Gregory's, Norwich.
1891-4 Vicar of Hopton-by-Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, Norwich.
1894-1910 Rector of Postwick, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

Edward married Alice COSTER [45483] [MRIN: 16294], daughter of Archdeacon George COSTER [45484] and Eleanor HANDSARD [45485], on 15 Aug 1863 in Christ Church Cathedral Fredericton York Co. New Brunswick Canada. Alice was born about 1840 in Fredericton York Co. New Brunswick Canada, died on 22 Mar 1873 in Norwich Norfolk England aged about 33, and was buried in Norwich Norfolk England.

Edward next married Katharine Maria HANSELL [45486] [MRIN: 16296] on 23 Jan 1879 in Norwich Norfolk England. Katharine was born in 1836 in Eaton Norwich Norfolk England, died on 20 Dec 1913 in Postwick Norfolk England at age 77, and was buried on 23 Dec 1913 in Cathedral Close Norwich Norfolk England.

+ 18 F    viii. Christiana Elizabeth MEDLEY [45487] was born on 28 Mar 1840 in St Thomas Vicarage Exeter Devon England, was baptised on 10 May 1840 in St Thomas Church Exeter Devon England, died on 24 Aug 1870 in Bath Somerset England at age 30, and was buried in Bath Somerset England.

John next married Margaret HUDSON [45495] [MRIN: 16299], daughter of Comm. Edward Charles HUDSON R.N. [45496] and Mary [95414], on 16 Jun 1863 in St Anne's New Brunswick Canada. Margaret was born circa 1819 in Carlisle Cumberland England, was baptised on 19 May 1819 in Wigton Cimberland England, died on 26 Feb 1905 in Fredericton York Co. New Brunswick Canada at age 86, and was buried under the Eastern Window of Christ Church Fredericton Cathedral New Brunswick Canada.

General Notes: She was at one time engaged to a well-pedigreed youth of 23 either an officer in the army or the son of a member of parliament. However, he died after breaking a blood vessel at the graveside of his sister's funeral.
She then became a nurse. There is a Medley family legend that she trained and nursed with Florence Nightingale.
Towards the end of the Bishop's long life, when he refused to retire despite failing powers, she was said to have been the true Administrator of the Bishop's office.

7. George MEDLEY [95389] (Richard5, Henry1) was born circa 1770 in London England and died circa 1800 in London England at age 30.

George married Mary [95393] [MRIN: 31853] in London England. Mary was born circa 1770 in London England and died after 1809 in London England.

Children from this marriage were:

   19 F    i. Mary Ann MEDLEY [95394] was born in 1790 in Westminster Middlesex England and died on 13 Apr 1874 in Colchester Essex England at age 84.

   20 M    ii. Samuel MEDLEY [95395] was born in London England and died in England.

   21 F    iii. Charlotte MEDLEY [95396] was born in London England and died in England.

   22 M    iv. Lucy MEDLEY [95397] was born in London England and died in England.

   23 F    v. Frances Henrietta MEDLEY [95398] was born in 1800 in Lambeth Surrey England, was baptised on 26 Feb 1800 in St Mary's Lambeth Surrey England, and died in 1880 in Colchester Essex England at age 80.

   24 M    vi. Rev. George Rowland MEDLEY B.A. [95399] was born on 18 Apr 1804 in Blackfriars London England, was baptised on 18 May 1804 in Surrey Chapel Blackfriars Road Southwark Surrey England, and died after 1871 in Colchester Essex England.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Rector of St Nicholas Church, 1851-1871, Colchester Essex England.

George married Catherine HOLLIS [95402] [MRIN: 31854], daughter of HOLLIS [95403] and Unknown, before 1851. Catherine was born circa 1805 in Winchester Hampshire England and died after 1871 in Colchester Essex England.

   25 F    vii. Ann Watson MEDLEY [95400] was born on 13 Jan 1807 in Surrey England, was baptised on 23 Mar 1807 in Surrey Chapel Blackfriars Road Southwark Surrey England, and died in 1813 in London England at age 6.

   26 F    viii. Caroline MEDLEY [95401] was born in 1809 in Surrey England and was baptised on 21 Apr 1809 in Surrey Chapel Blackfriars Road Southwark Surrey England.


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