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Andrew C. (Campbell) Strachan

Andrew Campbell Strachan was born on November 28, 1871 in Ormstown, Quebec, Canada and died on March 17, 1937 at Rural Municipality of Woodworth, Manitoba at the age of 65. Ormstown is about 40 km southwest of Montreal. Andrew's parents were Charles Strachan (born Jun 1840 to Andrew S. Strachan and Margaret Bryson, Ormstown, Quebec) and Christina Campbell (born to Neil Campbell and Elizabeth Fisher of Ormstown). According to the family genealogy on Ancestry.com, Andrew appears in the 1891 census in the household of his parents at Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada. In this record, Andrew is listed as the second child and eldest son of Charles and Christina. Andrew has an older sister Lizzie (age 23), and three younger brothers: David (age 14), Charles (age 12), and Georges (age 9). Another female, Lottie Brooks (age 23) is also listed with the note Dom, probably to denote she was a domestic servant in the home.

Andrew Campbell Strachan's ancestry is traced back to Andrew S. Strachan who was born in Scotland in 1791 and immigrated to Montreal, Canada where he wed Margaret Bryson on March 17, 1828. Andrew S. was listed as a Carpenter and Margaret as a Spinster. A detailed family history can be found on Ancestry.com, which also lists their location of residence in 1852 as Ormstown, Quebec.

In 1896, according to a survey completed for the San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), Andrew C. Strachan graduated from the University of Manitoba. The family genealogy notes that he emigrated in 1897 to California where he attended San Francisco Theological Seminary. The Seminary survey states that he studied there 3 years and graduated in 1900, the year the quilt is dated! His ordination took place in October 1900. Andrew was a student pastor at the Jefferson Street Church in Dixon, California from 1898-1901. He boarded with Eugene and Lillian Ferguson on Jefferson Street and is listed in the 1900 Census in Dixon as single having immigrated in August 1897. His occupation is listed as Minister. An image of what is believed to have been the Presbyterian Church, where Andrew did his student pastorship, can be seen in this newspaper clipping. The church, which was constructed in 1878, was torn down in 1960.

By all Dixon Tribune accounts Andrew was a popular young minister with a “usual happy and characteristic manner.” The Tribune reported on January 25, 1901 that “Rev. A. C. Strachan is an admirer of athletic sports and believes in physical development. He has organized a juvenile athletic club among the pupils of the Presbyterian Sunday School and the youngsters are most enthusiastic over the innovation.” He also spoke under the auspices of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in favor of temperance reform.

In the summer of 1900, Andrew returned home to Manitoba for the first time since arriving in California for his theological studies. He returned to his pastoral duties in Dixon, but was called to be the pastor at the Presbyterian Church in Vacaville, California, another rural community about 12 miles southwest of Dixon. He began his new pastorate there in August 1901 and was warmly welcomed by the members of that congregation.

On June 13, 1902, the Dixon Tribune reported “authentically that Rev. A.C. Strachan will soon take his departure for Canada, where he will take unto himself a wife.” Andrew left on July 1st on a sixty day leave of absence from which he did not return. He married Margaret Ethel Glen (born to Andrew Glen and Ida Agnes Supple Rowan, Ontario, CA) December 25, 1902 at Morton, Souris, Manitoba.

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While Margaret Ethel Glen's mother was born in Ontario (October 15, 1854), her father Andrew Glen (born July 7, 1833) emigrated from Renfrewshire, Scotland. The Ancestry,com records trace the Glen line back to circa 1735 in Renfrewshire, Scotland. They probably moved soon after because Andrew's next appointment was in Arcola, Saskatchewan, Canada where he remained until 1909. He and Margaret Ethel appear in the Arcola census of 1906 with their daughter Lois (born Ethel Lois November 7, 1903), age 3. Andrew's next pastorship took him to Gladstone, Neepawa, Manitoba from 1909-1924. The 1911 census in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba introduces us to his second daughter Margaret-Evelyn who was born December 2, 1910. Her age in the 1911 census is listed as 5/12. Also within the home is a domestic servant, Doras Kemp, age 21. Doras is also of Scotch Canadian descent and Presbyterian. In 1921, Andrew and Margaret Ethel appear in the Gladstone, Neepawa, Manitoba census along with their daughters, now aged 17 and 10, and a 17 year old female servant Margaret Boyden.
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The Seminary survey that Andrew C. Strachan filled out and other correspondences between Andrew and the Seminary were graciously provided to Judy Coy, when she reached out to SFTS regarding the existence of the crazy quilt. She forwarded these documents to Donna Sciola and me. Andrew's relationship to San Francisco Theological Seminary continued well into the late 1920s. If you wish to read about more on the survey and the correspondences, please follow this link.

The next phase of this journey follows Ethel Lois Strachan from Canada to Kingston, Rhode Island.