During the 1840s and 1850s, many in Devon, particularly the less wealthy,
emigrated to Canada West (Ontario). The main attraction was the
availability of good inexpensive farmland. Many of the less wealthy were
also attracted to the Bible Christian church, so it is not surprising that
many Bible Christians emigrated to Canada West.
As far as I know there were not any organized immigration schemes sponsored
by the Bible Christians.
In Canada the Bible Christians had largely rejoined the Methodist Church by
the late 1800s. The Methodist Church became part of the United Church of
Canada in 1925.
For more information on emigration to Canada West in the 1800s take a look at:
I understand many Bible Christian members immigrated to Canada & other
destinations in the 1800's. Did the Bible Christians sponsor immigration
schemes? & if so, did they keep records - i.e. passenger lists & ships
their members travelled on? If so, are they available for research & who
would one contact?
My 2X gtgrandparents - THOMAS & BETSY (THORN) COLWELL of West Putford were
Bible Christians & immigrated in May 1857 to Darlington, Ontario, Canada.
They settled near Ebezener Church (Bible Christian) in that area.
To date I have been unable to find them on any passenger lists - in fact,
records for ships sailing in 1857 are skimpy.
Any help & information would be greatly appreciated.