I'm writing some family history about my uncle Robert E. McKinley for his
children/grandchildren. He was very religious and was greatly influenced by
the Rev. Lefferd Haughwout of St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Great Kills. As a
young adult and up until his death he always taught the confirmation classes
in whatever Episcopal parish he was residing. My mother and her siblings
were parishioners of St. Ann's during the 30's, 40's, and early 50's, and
then St. Alban's Episcopal Church. I'm looking for information on the
parish and Rev. Haughwout. What year did St. Ann's become a parish? My
mother was always told it was a mission church of St.Andrew's, is this true?
Was St. Ann's always located on Nelson Ave? My family only remembers it
being located on Nelson at Grandview Terrace. The building is still
standing and is now a private home. St.Ann's merged with Holy Comforter
(Eltingville) in 1951 and became the parish of St.Alban's and used the
church building of Holy Comforter as the newly formed parish. I know St.
Alban's has the church records (baptism's/confirmation, etc.) of St. Ann's
but they don't seem to know the history of the parish or Rev. Haughwout. In
addition, Rev. Haughwout was once the rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church
on Staten Island. If anyone has any phone or Staten Island directories for
the early years I would be thrilled if you could do a lookup for the
existence of St. Ann's on Nelson Ave and also for the Rev. Haughwout.
There's also a book written about the history of St. Alban's that is due for
publication soon but they don't have additional info on St. Ann's. I left a
message at St. Andrew's and never heard back but they're probably busy with
current activities. Maybe someone on the list has some memories of the
church. Any information would be welcome.
Thanks to all,