|Trinity Episcopal Church
215 St. George Street
(Old Entrance King Street)
St. Augustine Florida
|Episcopal Church, St. Augustine
Related Names: Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher
Date Created/Published: [ca. 1900]
|Trinity Episcopal Church
Interior Floor Plan
Library of Congress
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Made by Franz Mayer & Sons, Munich,
Germany, The window was dedicated in
May 1972 in memory of Naomi Clark
Jesus in Eucharistic vestments with chalice and
host. Sheaves of wheat and grapes are symbols
of the bread and wine of Holy Communion. The
pulpit at the top of the window represents the
Church of England.
Made by the Jacoby Stained Glass Co., St.
In Memory of John Thompson Dismukes
and Elizabeth Gibbs Dismukes
Evangelists Matthew on the left, and Mark on the right. The windows were made by
Franz Mayer & Sons in the 1950s, and dedicated August 27, 1961. In the lower panel
of the windows are the Christian symbols for each saint including: Matthew as a winged
man, Mark as a winged lion. (Ezekiel 1: 10)
St. Matthews is in memory of Memory of Stanley S. Masters. St. Mark is in memory
of Bessie M. Masters
St. John on the far right and St. Luke left, made by Franz Mayer & Sons in the 1950s,
and dedicated August 27, 1961. The St. John window given in memory of John
Buchanan Floyd. The St. Luke window was given in memory of Mary Lewis Floyd
Featuring a woman, probably Sarah Fairbanks, holding a cross against her left arm
and a chalice in her right hand. The anchor above is the symbol of hope. Dedicated on
Easter Sunday, 1859.
"Even so in Christ shall all be made Alive," is taken from I Corinthians 15:22.
In Memory of Sarah C. Fairbanks, died March 22, 1858
Jesus at the edge of a stream with a
shepherd's crook and lamb in his arms.
The crook and sheep are symbols of the
Good Shepherd. This window was made
by the Colgate Art Glass Co., New York,
and installed on May I, 1890. In Memory
of Charles Burt January 4th, 1877 - aged
Jesus is seen in red vestments holding a
lamb with two sheep below.
Made in 1930. Memory of Edward I.
Leighton 1850 - 1916
Jesus is shown ascending into heaven on a
white cloud, watched by four disciples.
Benjamin Wright was rector of Trinity
Parish from 1848 until his death in 1852.
The window was dedicated on Easter
Sunday, 1859. Memory of Rev. Benjamin
died December 22, 1852
Christ is pictured in peasant clothing
carrying a lost sheep. The chalice above
symbolizes the Eucharist.
Memory of William White Miller, died Dec.
3, 1858. His associates of St. Timothy's Hall
and Trinity Parish School, St. Augustine.
St. Augustine of Hippo is depicted wearing
Bishop's vestments with a staff, mitre and
Bible. "Veritas," (truth) is written on the
"Te Deum Laudamus," (God we Praise), is
written on the top panel with a broken
heart pierced by arrows. The glass was
signed by Wilbur Herbert Burnham of
Boston, MA in 1938.
In Memory of 1876 Nancy Sprague
A signed Tiffany window, made in the early 1900s showing Cornelius and an angel.
Cornelius was a Roman Centurion of Caesarea who was instructed in a vision to have Peter
brought to the city. When Peter arrived he found a gathering of Gentiles, who were later converted
and baptized, the first Gentiles converted through Peter's efforts. (Acts X:IV).
This window was given as a general thank offering by J. H. Hewson in 1905.
Christ is seen ascending into heaven watched from below by two Roman
soldiers. The sheaf of wheat and grapes symbolize Holy Communion. The
banner in Jesus' hand signifies his triumph over death. The window was
made by Franz Mayer & Sons in the mid 1800s.
In Memory of George Gibbs, first Warden of this Church died Feb. 3,
1848 and of Isabella Gibbs his Wife died January 21, 1838
Trinity Episcopal Church - Built 1825-37, Rebuilt 1902 (Snelling and Potter, Architects)
In the Beginning
The leadership of the Presbyterian and the Episcopal Church would be the establishment. Mayors,
Councilmen, news editors, military leaders and school leaders would be a part of these two churches.
In l821 citzens of St. Augustine petitioned the Young Men's Missionary Society of Charleston, S. C., to
send someone to "organize a congregation."
In October 1821 Rev. Andrew Fowler arrived in St. Augustine as a missionary from the South Carolina
Diocese, to begin his ministry. He conducted regular services in the Government House. When he
departed in 1823 there was no church building but the parish was founded. The second pastor was Rev.
M. J. Mott appointed in May, 1823.
The church was incorporated by the Legislative Council on July 2, 1823. On June 23, 1825 Trinity
Episcopal Church is born with the laying of the cornerstone. (Pictures of Church past and today)The
Anglican Church was here in the form of St. Peter's during the British period but had disappeared during
the 2nd Spanish period. It was located down St. George Street. The windows of this Church reflect the
history of the 19th century.
In 1828 the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of Philadelphia assigned the Rev. Raymond
Henderson as missionary to Trinity Parish. He arrived in January 1829.
In 1828 the vestry records showed that the building fund was only $3,000 and not enough to raise the
church. The church looked for help from points north. The Church was consecrated in 1833 by Bishop
Nathaniel Bowen of South Carolina: Be it enacted by the governor and Legislative Council of the
territory of Florida that George Gibbs and Waters Smith, Church Wardens, and Joseph L. Smith,
Thomas H. Penn, Edward R. Gibson, James R. Hanham and Abraham Eustis, vestrymen, and their
successors in office shall be, and they are hereby declared to be a body corporate, by the name and
style of the Church Wardens and Vestrymen of the Episcopal Church in St. Augustine, called Trinity
The original church was 36 feet wide by 50 feet long. By May 1832 the interior was plastered and by
1835 all the windows and heads for the door were made.
The first baptised child would be Edmund Kirby-Smith the future Confederate general.
The Land Issue
The land where Trinity Episcopal church sits was the Bishop's house lot. This dated back to the first
Spanish period. In the British period the building was used and rebuilt as a statehouse. In the 2nd
Spanish period the Catholic church used the property again as the Cathedral was being built. In the
American period some confusion over the Anglican church property (which was the rebuilt Catholic
parish church further down St. George Street made the U. S. Congress award the current church
location to Trinity Episcopal. This argument with the Catholic Church would go on through 1848. (See
St. Augustine Cathedral) This fiction was carried through at least 1885 histories. (Undoubtedly will be
revising this forever....1937 St. Augustine Record: "Florida was in the possession of Great Britain (1763-
1783) the services of the Church of England were regularly held in a building, if not a church, which it
has been said undoubtedly stood upon the actual spot where Trinity Church now stands. This building
was called the English Constitution House." The article goes on to say that in 1821 the Young Men's
Missionary Society of Charleston, S. C., sent a minister here to organize a parish, and in 1826 we find
the vestry applying to the city for a lease of the lot upon which to erect a church. The lot had been put
into the possession of the city by the United States government with authority to rent it out and use the
rent for city purposes, and they released their title for $100.)
Rev. R. A. Henderson
1837 Lucien Webster was the commanding officer of Fort Marion. Dec 21, 1837 Frances Smith was
married to Lucien Webster in Joseph Lee Smith's home by the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, the
Rev. R. A. Henderson.
Francis H. Rutledge
Rector, Trinity Church served Trinity Episcopal Parish in 1840-45.
Miss Julia Hutchinson married Lieut. L. B. Graham (from The Washington Times, May 25, 1902)
Miss Julia Hutchinson became the wife of Lieut L. B. Gram, one of the brightest and most popular young
officers in the United States army.
Champeroned by her sister, Miss Hutchinson had left her home in Watertown, Jefferson county, New
York, for the beautiful Florida city in search of health and strength of which she had been deprived
through a severe illness. In her far-off-Northern home Miss Hutchinson had been the belle of the county.
With supreme and charming indifference she had refused her hand in marriage to the most eligible young
men within miles of Watertown, and though she never gained the sobriquet of coquette, she was
regarded as the most capricious and thoroughly tantalizing young woman thereabouts.
To St. Augustine one of the oldest towns in the United States, famed for its palmetto, beautiful women
and picturesque breakwater, Miss Hutchinson went, and there met Lieutenant Graham.
It was not long before the young army officer had taken the fort which his Northern brothers had
stormed in vain and the blushing maid not only found health and strength but happiness, too, in the
ancient little town.
The wedding was queit but one tinged with romance and heightened by the beauty and color of a perfect
day. In the quaint, old-fashioned gown of the style of sixty years ago the bride might have been a rare
old picture released from its canvas background. In a gown of purest white, long wide skirt that stood
about her in great, creamy clouds, and bonnet of the most irresistible piquant fashion, she leaned on the
arm of the stalwart young army officer whose face bore the look of a veritable conquering hero.
Shortly after the wedding Lieutenant Graham was promoted to a captaincy and at the outbreak of the
Mexican war his regiment was given active duty. From that time until four years later husband and wife
saw nothing of each other and frequently six months would elapse before a letter from one to the other
would reach its destination. He would later serve in the Civil War.
East Florida Bible Society
Bible Society - The annual meeting of the East Florida Bible Society, will be held at the Episcopal
Church in this city, on Tuesday evening next, the 3th inst. at 7 o'clock' when addresses suited to the
occasion may be expected. After which a collection will be taken up for the bennefit of the Bible cause...
Thos Douglas, President, St. Augustine Feb 5, 1842
Bishop Elliott of Georgia Comes to Town
In 1844 Bishop Elliott of Georgia visited St. Augustine. One of the things that he did was to bring
George Fairbanks into communion with the Episcopal Church.
Rev. Charles C. Adams
Minister of the Gospel, officiating in Trinity Church served Trinity Episcopal Parish in 1845-1846.
Rev. Bethel Judd
Rector of the P. E. Church served Trinity Episcopal Parish in 1847-48.
Benjamin Wright, Jr.
Minister, Trinity Church served Trinity Episcopal Parish in 1848-52.
Bishop Francis Huger Rutledge, D. D.
On October 15, 1851 Rev. Francis Huger Rutledge serving as Rector of Trinity Church was
consecrated as the first Bishop of the Florida Diocese.
Around 1850 the chancel was built out and a vestry room added at the side. A new lectern, clergy stalls
and furniture were provided.
Bishop Henry Whipple
In the winter of 1854 the future Bishop Henry B. Whipple served as a temporary rector of Trinity. He
would be an advocate for the Sioux. Chippewa and other native American people. In later years he
would return to St. Augustine visitor in the Flagler years.
From Light and Shadows A Long Episcopate by Whipple: In 1853 Mrs. Whipple was very ill, and the
physician said that she must go to a warm climate. My brother-in-law, Hon. George R. Fairbanks,
invited her to spend the winter at his home in St. Augustine, and on the way we stopped in New York,
where the General Convention was in session. There I met Bishop Rutledge, who said to me: "I have no
clergyman in East Florida. Do come and help me this winter." Bishop de Lancey offered to supply my
parish, my vestry gave me a leave of absence, and I accepted the temporary cure of Trinity Church, St.
Augustine, where my brother-in-law, the Rev. Benjamin Wright, had a short but blessed ministry,
entering into rest in 1852...
All through that part of the country I held services at the old plantation homes---often truly patriarchal---
where master and slave were united in bonds of affection, and where black and white children were
baptized at the same font. After one of these services at Mr. DuPont's plantation, an old slave woman
brought me a large basket of eggs, which were then selling for fifty cents a dozen. Turning to my old
sexton, David, I said, "David, you have done wrong to beg these eggs of these poor people." "Massa,"
broke in one of the women, "David done ask fur no eggs. We done ask him down ter de quarters what
youse doin' fur de Lord at St. Augustine. David say youse done fixin' de church bigger. We says, we'se
guine ter have somefing in dat us selfs. So I done gives ten eggs, an' Clarissey, five eggs, an' Sally, fifteen
eggs, and Cloey, two eggs, an' so along; an' Massa, please takes um; dey's fur de Lord."
Old David was a devout man who believed in Jesus Christ as if he had put his finger in the prints of the
nails. Jesus walked with him, was in his home and heard his prayers. He believed implicitly in "Apostolic
Secession," as he called it. In those days black and white were members of one household of faith and
knelt beside one altar. I had a large class of black servants preparing for confirmation, and David always
stood at the door listening to the lessons, which he afterward repeated to others. At the close of my last
instruction, I said, "I am glad to hear from your masters that you are trying to live Christian lives, and next
Sunday I will present you to the bishop for confirmation." David stepped forward and said respectfully,
"Massa, tell dem ef dey done comes in ter dis yere church, deys got ter stick. Dis yere church don' take
in nobody ter go off ter Mefodist an' Presbyterian; here deys got ter stick, shu!" ...
When David died, Bishop Whittingham and Bishop Alonzo Potter officiated at his burial.
Bishop Henry Whipple (former rector of Trinity Episcopal) of Minnesota, who arrived to spend the
winter in St. Augustine, became a regular visitor to the fort and Pratt welcomed his presence and
support. Nevertheless, he considered Whipple’s contribution to be aiding, not driving, his “system of
instruction.” Convinced his own style of management was very different from that practiced by the
Bishop, he self-assuredly explained to General Sheridan, “Bishop Whipple has given much good help
and is converted to Army management of the Indians.” Bishop Whipple preached Sunday's at the Fort
Alfred A. Miller
Rector, Trinity Church served from 1854 - 1857. Reverend Miller reported at the seventeenth annual
convention in 1855 to describe the effort of the Episcopal church among African Americans: "It is proper
to remark that the number of colored persons confirmed and added to communion, arises from the fact
of occasional services having been held on the plantation of one of our Church Wardens for the special
benefit of his servants who were too far from the Parish Church to attend its worship. The Bishop kindly
visited them when on a visitation to the Parish, preached, confirmed the above number and administered
the Holy Communion." This may have been the result of Bishop Rutledge's May 11, 1855 visit to
Abraham Dupont's plantation on the Matanzas River where he "preached and confirmed twenty-two
"colored people" and administered the Communion, in which both the Master and the Slave together
devoutly participated." Rutledge felt that "so large a number of Africa's sons were prepared for
admission to this solemn rite" because of the tireless labors of the Reverend Mr. Whipple.
Parish School Built
In 1857 the church started building a parish school on a lot to the rear of the church.
The War of the Rebellion was a difficult time for St. Augustine. First was the collapse of the economy
under the Confederates then martial law under the United States army. Caught in the middle was the
rector of Trinity. During the Confederate period prayers were given for the President of the Confederacy
- Jeff Davis. After the arrival of the United States Army the rector was ordered to pay for the President
of the United States - Abraham Lincoln. Mrs. Smith the mother of Confederate General Kirby Smith got
a petition against Rev. Staudenmyer because of his change. It did him no good, he was still suspected of
disloyalty to the Union. The Episcopal clergyman was conducted beyond the pickets with order not to
Rev. Mr. Quinby, in 1867 officiated as the Pastor of Trinity Church in this City, he had a call to the
Episcopal Church in Monticello. His replacement was Rev. W. F. Neilds of Freehold, N. J. who had
been invited to take charge of Trinity church. The interior of Trinity church was renovated; the wood
work was very prettily grained; and the seats were re-cushioned and the floors carpeted; the organ, was
sent to Charleston for repairs.
Saturday March 17, 1867
Among the events of the past week we regret to have to record the death of Rev Wilbur F. Nields in
this city, on Saturday morning last.
Mr Nields was a native of West Chester Pa and was aged about 27 years. His collegiate education was
completed when he was yet too young by two years to enter the ministry, allowing the usual number of
years for ecclesiastical study. He therefore, as his taste led him to literature, engaged in the study of
medicine for these two years. He then commenced his studies for the ministry in the Episcopal Church
these completed, he was called to the Rectorship of St Peters Church, at Freehold, NJ This position he
accepted, and retained with great honor to himself and gratification to his congregation until January last.
In January 1866, he found his health began to fail under the arduous labors he imposed upon himself,
and his Physician advised his visiting St. Augustine for the purpose of rest and recuperation. In company
with some friends he came here in Feb 1866, and remained here until the following May. He then
returned to his parish at the North, and in a measure resumed the charge thereof. His health did not
materially improve during the summer. During the last fall or early winter, he received a call from Trinity
Church St. Augustine, to which congregation he had greatly endeared himself, during the preceding
winter, by his pleasant manners and warm Christian earnestness. the call was accepted by him as he had
then fully persuaded himself that he could not possibly survive the rigorous winters at the North. This was
in December last. Having passed the festive season of the Holidays with his old congregation, he set out,
on the 7th of January following for his new home in our city. The exposures of the journey were too
great for him. And by the time he reached Savannah he was so ill that his family were telegraphed to, that
he required their immediate attention. After a few days, however spent in Savannah he felt well enough
to resume his journey hitherward. Before he reached here, he was so ill that it was best for him not to
risk the long and fatiguing ride over from Picolata, and advised his going ashore for a few days at Green
Cove Spring, on St. John's river. This proposition was acceded to. But he failed to improve while there,
and at the suggestion of some friends he was removed to our city arriving here on the 3d day of
February. He went at once to the Magnolia House, where through the immeasurable kindness of the
family of his former friend "Col. Saml Buffington (now "deceased) he had the offer of a "Home." A
"home" indeed, it proved to him too: Had he been in the midst of his own family, Mr. Nields could not
have received kinder or more devoted attention and care, then he received at the hands of Mrs.
Buffington, and other eager friends both in and out of the congregation. Once or twice after his arrival
here, he was able to take a short walk; but the most of the days he was obliged to be satisfied with
sitting on the warm plaza at the 'Hotel. It was evident that he was failing rapidly. Day by day he grew
weaker. On Thursday, Feb 28th he sat out on the piazza all day, but complained of great weakness.
That night he rested badly. He never left his bed again alive. During the whole of the day and night of
Friday it was easy to be seen that he could not possibly last much longer. His cough which had been
very troublesome had almost ceased from sheer weakness. Saturday morning he seemed to be free from
suffering. His cough which had been very troublesome had almost ceased from sheer weakness.
Saturday morning he seemed to be free from suffering. His cough had ceased entirely. His strength was
simply exhausted; and, at a few minutes before eleven o'clock in the morning, surrounded by numerous
sorrowing friends, he breathed no more. His death was as calm and gentle as the breathing of a sleeping
infant. And so he went to heaven.
Shortly after his death, the vestry of Trinity Church, in a body, visited the Hotel, and made arrangements
for the funeral; to take place next day (Sunday) at four o clock P. M. At that hour, the procession
moved from the Hotel to the Church. It was sad to see there, the festive Christmas greens removed, and
the dark drapery of mourning in their stead. Rev Dr Morton of Philadelphia and Rev Dr Hull of N. Y.
conducted the funeral services. The former, in his subsequent address, spoke of the deceased his life and
death in the most beautiful and touching manner. The services over at the Church, the procession again
moved to the Cemetery outside the city gates. It was pleasing on this occasion to see how great an
interest was felt in our young friend; for at least a hundred yards, the whole street was filled with people,
following him to his last resting place. The services, by Dr. Morton, at the grave were very solemn and
Mr. Nields loss will be deeply felt, not only among his friends at the North, but by the people of St.
Augustine; for he had endeared himself to everybody.
Dr. Morton very truthfully remarked, "None knew him but to love him;" "None named him but to praise."
Rev. Mr. Evans to Leave (pre 1876 unknown newspaper clipping)
The Rev. E. V. Evans, rector of Trinity P. E. church, and his wife, are about to take a vacation and visit
their England home for three months, perhaps longer. The reverend gentleman and his estimable wife,
since coming here from Jacksonville, Fla., last fall, have gained the esteem of many of the community,
regardless of religious belief, and should they not return at the end of their leave, many will feel very
much disappointed. Rev. Mr. Evans last night lectured on the "Prayers of a Book," showing the
difference of the prayers of form and prayers of simplicity. His remarks were interesting and whenhe
preaches, were to the point. It is understood the lecture last night was to be his last in the city.
David Pendleton Oakerhater
He was a prisoner at Ft. Marion (Castillo) during the Plains Indian removal to here in the 1870s.
Prisoners were allowed to attend church services in town at the Cathedral, Trinity, and other churches.
Mary Douglass Burnham in April 1878 arranged funding from Alice Key Pendleton and her husband, a
Senator from Ohio, to bring Oakerhater, as well as his wife Nomee, to St. Paul's Church in Paris Hill,
New York, along with three other prisoners. In 1995 the Episcopal church designated him as a Saint.
Trinity Episcopal Gets a New Rector
Eleazer Roote, the Wisconsin educator and founder of Carrol University and Superintendent of
Education for Wisconsin moved to St. Augustine for his health. He served as rector through the
Reconstruction period from 1874 -1884. He retired from Trinity as rector emeritus and died in 1887.
Rev. Roote was born near Hudson N. Y. March 6, 1802 and was educated at Williams College,
Berkshire County, Mass, where President Garfield received his education many years later. He came to
Florida in 1875 on account of his health, and has remained.
A Building To Early
January 3, 1888 Florida Times Union
This morning we called upon Mr. E. L. Dunn, rector of the Episcopal church, and were shown plans of
the new church and the parsonage to be built upon the site of the old church. The old church was built
about fifty years ago and is noted for the beauty and taste of its front. This front is to be entirely
preserved. The new church to be joined to this will be in the shape of a Greek cross, with the arms of
the cross even. The new church will have a seating capacity twice as great as the old building, and will
be lighted from an open latern roof. The probable cost will be in the neighborhood of $25,000. The
plans were drawn by Messrs. Carrere and Hastings of the Ponce de Leon. The beautiful garden on the
corner of St. George and King streets, in which flourish so luxuriantly the tropical date palms, will be
preserved intact. The rectory is to be on St. George street back from King Street, and will contain ten
rooms. The old rectory will probably be used as chambers for the heating apparatus to be introduced
for the heating of the new church. The estimate given does not include the furnishings, which are to be
of a beautiful and massive character appropriate to the architecture of the building. Concrete is the
material to be used in the construction of both the church and rectory. Mr. Flagler, when he saw the
plans, said the building would be one of the handsomest in the old city. The church, rectory and
furnishings will cost in the neighborhood of $50,000. A steeple of impressive design, tall and beautiful;
will surmount the whole. Much credit is due to the indefatigable energy of Mr. Dunn for the raising of
the necessary funds for this building.
Dec 20, 1889 Florida Times Union
The extension of Trinity P. E. Church is of a nature that will make the congregation comfortable and also
add to the general appearance of the church and the grounds. The addition became a necessity, owing to
the increased numbers who attend the services in the winter, and will suffice until the funds to build an
edifice is keeping with the rapid progress of the city are forthcoming. The cruciform architecture,
observed by the Episcopal church, has not been adhered to, from the fact that the shape and size of the
lot does not admit of it, and from a bird's eye view its new proportions assume the quadrant, yet bears a
church-like appearance. The members of the vestry by the guidance of Bishop Edwin G. Weed, who
does all from the heart and the head and the pastor, W. L. Githens have done their work well. The
worshippers of this historical church will again assemble beneath its roof and unite in the Christmas
services at which Bishop Weed will assist. The ladies of the St. Valentine's fair, last February, Mrs.
Edgar whose beautiful home fronts the bay, Mrs. John D. Jones of New York and Miss Lowe and the
Ladies Aid society deserve the credit, together with furnishing the ways and means for the extension. A
decent sidewalk is an actual necessity. Mr. J. B. Canfield worked out the plans and has superintended
the work throughout and proves himself settled in his calling.
Black Episcopalians - St. Cyprian Protestant Episcopal Mission
St. Cyprian's was formed in 1891. The African-American Episcopal church replaced most of the African
American members going to Trinity Episcopal. Services were first held in a private home on Washington
Street that was rented for the purpose of holding services from 1891 to 1901. In 1896 the church met at
Witsell's Hall on Spanish Street. In 1897 the group moved to Treasury Street with Rev. Emmanuel. Rev.
Syracuse took the church to Washington Street next to the Odd Fellows Hall. The current location was
reached in 1899 by the donation of a lot on Central Avenue (Dr. Martin Luther King Street) and Lovett
Streets by Emma White.
These services were conducted under the leadership of Julia Jackson, from Nassau, who came to St.
Augustine during the latter part of 1890 who saw that there was no place for African American
Episcopalians to have worship or Sunday School. The church building was constructed on the corner of
Lovet St. and Martin Luther King Ave. in 1901 with the first service held in November. The church is a
wooden structure oblong in shape and covered with cypress shingles. The church and the bell were given
by Miss Emma White of New York who had the plans drawn, bought the lot and paid for the building of
the church. The Archdeacon of the church was C. W. Cassey who served from 1901-1917. In the
1920s and 30s the Archdeacon was W. T. Wood who was a graduate of the Right Reverend Bishop
Payne's Divinity School in Petersburg, Virginia.
In 1893 an L shape addition was made but it placed the rector out of sight of half the congregation.
Dr. Andrew Anderson
Dr. Anderson married on January 29, 1895 Mary Elizabeth Smethurst who was 24 years younger
than Dr. Anderson. They were married in the Trinity Episcopal Church. The ceremony was presided
over by Bishop Edwin G. Weed. William Harriman, Anderson's cousin, was the best man. The
wedding was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Flagler and many African-Americans. They honeymooned in
South Florida. Dr. Anderson was one of the vestry of the parish. Yet it was a long time before he
became a member.
The Rebuilding of Trinity Episcopal
In 1895 Rev. C. M. Sturges became rector of the church. Although talked about since the 1880s the
rebuilding of the Trinity Episcopal Church begun in 1900 was completed in 1902. The architects were
Snelling and Potter, New York architects.. The entrance to the church was now oriented toward St.
George Street. Work began in early 1902 and on January 17, 1903 the first services were held in the
remodeled church. The church could now seat 500 worshipers. On April 7, 1905 the building was
consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Edwin G. Weed, D. D. Bishop of Florida.
The Reverend L. Fitz-James Hindry served as Rector from 1904 until 1936. The Altar Guild, Daughters
of the King, St. Catherine’s Guild, St. Monica’s Guild were formed during his ministry.
Splendid Memorial Pipe Organ in Trinity Completed (St. Augustine Evening Record, July 24,
After many weeks of laborious and painstaking effort the beautiful new pipe organ that has been placed
in Trinity Episcopal church by Mrs. Junius T. Smith, as a memorial to her deceased husband, has just
been completed by the builders and makers, the Austin Organ Company, of Hartford, Conn. The actual
work of instillation has been done by J. E. Varnum, whose home is in Los Angeles, Cal., but whose
headquarters are in Atlanta, where the Austin Company has its southern branch. Mr. Varnum's assistant
has been E. B. Cass, also of the Atlanta office.
As the donor of this beautiful instrument will not return to St. Augustine until some time in November. It
has been decided to postpone the dedication until that month, when Bishop Weed will come over from
Jacksonville to officiate at the ceremony. In the meantime the organ will be in use at all services with T.
Morley Harvey as organist and choir director.
An official test of the new instrument which is operated by electricity was made yesterday afternoon,
when Mr. Harvey played several selections, trying out the various stops and combinations and giving the
entire instrument a thorough trial. It was not until yesterday morning that Mr. Varnum completed the
tuning of the hundreds of pipes, but by early afternoon the instrument was entirely completed and ready
for use. There are twenty five stops, and about sixteen hundred pipes; the magnitude of the work of
installation may therefore be better comprehended. Mr. Harvey played a variety of organ numbers for
the purpose of demonstrating the wonderful versatility of this instrument; the performance was very
pleasing to the rector of the parish, the members of the organ committee, and those who happened to
drop into the church to hear the program.
A meeting of the special organ committee, which is composed of the rector, Rev. L. Fitz-James Hindry,
and the senior wardens of the parish, Edwin J. Forward, E. E. Boyce, David R. Dunham and Harry I.
Brown, will be held early next week when official action will be taken with regard to the acceptance of
the instrument from the Austin Company.
Brilliant Program Given at Trinity Organ Recital (St. Augustine Evening Record Feb 18, 1915)
Another of the series of organ recitals arranged for this season in trinity Episcopal Church by T. Morley
Harvey, I. T. C. I., organist of the church was given Wednesday night. Mr. Harvey's program varied just
a little from the usual, taking on a more subdued tone, because of it being Ash Wednesday. The program
consisted of four groups from the works of the famous composers Bach, Schumann, Greig and Chopin.
A very delightful feature of the program, and one that was most thoroughly enjoyed was the violin
playing of Miss Amory St. Amory. Her first number was the "slow Movement" from Mendelssohn's "E
Minor Concerto." The beauty of the selection was enhanced by an impressive organ accompaniment,
both organist and violinist doing brilliant work. The second violin solo was "Priere," by A Saint Amory, a
brother of the talented artist. It is a glorious composition, and was last night faultlessly rendered.
Services March 17, 1918
Services for Sunday March 17
7:30 a.m. Holy Communion
11:00 a.m. Morning prayer and sermon
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Fitz-James Hindry, Rector
The Rev. Canon MacLulich assistant
Vested choir under the direction of Fred A. Henderich, Mrs. F. A. Henderich, organist. Miss Mae H.
Mills, Arthur J. Prosser, Elmer E. Byrd, F. A. Henderich, soloists.
For week-day Lenten services see separate notice or cards at the church doors. The Woman's Guild
will meet as usual in the auditorium of the parish house on Monday afternoon at 8 o'clock.
James Ingraham one of Flagler's main lieutenants died on October 25, 1924 in Georgia. His body was
returned to St. Augustine on October 24, 1924. His funeral service was held
at Trinity Episcopal Church. The pallbearers were F. E. Davies, S. C. McDaniel, Lloyd Clark, H. S.
McLendon, T. B. Bennett, Merrill Wolfe, Charles, Brumley and Frank Pepper. Included in the honorary
pallbearers were W. R. Kenan, W. H. Beardsley, L. C. Haines, Scott M. Loftin, John T.
Dismukes, Dr. Andrew Anderson, W. W. Dewhurst, Eugene Masters, S.O. Chase, J. C. Chase, and
Judge Couper Gibbs.
In 1937 Rev. Armand T. Eyler was Rector. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and the
Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1943 Rev. Frederic W. Golden-Howes was
On March 30, 1964 Mrs. Peabody lead a group of African Americans to integrate the 10:00 service of
Trinity Episcopal Church. The vestry locked the exterior doors to prevent Mrs. Peabody from entering.
(This started other groups to attempt to integrate Trinity including Julian Brown and were asked to leave
by the ushers.
April 14 Trinity Episcopal Church integrated by five local black Episcopalians on orders of the Episcopal
bishop, Bishop West who had ordered all churches in the Diocese of Florida to open church doors to
anyone who wished to attend services. On April 26 the vestry met and drafted a resolution to the bishop
censuring the National Council of the Episcopal Church for its position on civil rights. The conservative
forces of Trinity included A. H. Tebeault, Dr. Hardgvoe Norris, E. W. Trice, Clayton Stratton and
May 19 Trinity vestry voted to withhold money from the Episcopal diocese and sent a three page letter
blaming "racial agitators". This letter was published in the church bulletin.
June 21 Demonstrators attempted to attend 11:00 services at churches. 6 blacks including an Episcopal
minister were taken into the Trinity Episcopal Church by the minister Charles Seymour after a
confrontation outside with members of the vestry.
October 1 Rev. Seymour resigns from Trinity Episcopal and accepts a position at Trinity Episcopal
Church in New Orleans. Rev. Stanley Bullock took over as priest at Trinity Episcopal in St. Augustine.
Trinity Episcopal Continues Growth
The Rev. Canon Walter T. Saffran served as rector during the 1980s and into the 1990s and
membership continued to increase. St. Monica Chapter of the Daughters of the King was
established February 18, 1996. Father Saffran retired in 1997
|Trinity Episcopal church, St. Augustine, Fla.
Related Names: Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher
Date Created/Published: c1906.
|St. David Pendleton Oakerhater
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