Week 23: Going to The Chapel/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I have spoken before about my great grandfather, Edward (Ted) Bate.  A Methodist church minister, he came out from Cannock, Staffordshire, England to answer this calling.

Earlier in the year I sat down with all my grandparents, and looked at each of their photo collections from their sides of the family…I listened to their stories and soaked it all in. On my Pa Bate’s side, photos of his father, the Rev. Ted Bate with numerous couples that he had married over the years featured in these collections. Naturally, not knowing many of the couples pictured, I am reluctant to share those here. But I love this one below, of him on his own:

From my grandfather’s personal collection, shared with permission. 

A quiet man and by all accounts one who displayed kindness to all he encountered, I would have loved to have met him. I like that he played such an important role in the major milestones in people’s lives…marriages, baptisms, etc.

I found the following article on Trove regarding the Methodist Synod in Grafton in 1953, featured in the Daily Examiner on the 10th of November. The photo is very dark, but Great Pa is on the far left.

methodistsynodatgraftondailyexaminer, 1953
Courtesy of Trove. 

How interesting it would have been to witness him lead a service! Pa Bate recalls his father’s efforts to ensure his sermons were time efficient, not too long and not too short. Sounds like a very Bate-like thing to me…a trait that my Pa, Mum, Auntys and even my cousins to a degree possess themselves!

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