Weldford Parish, New Brunswick
Location within Kent County, New Brunswick.
|• Land||611.61 km2 (236.14 sq mi)|
|• Density||2.2/km2 (6/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||7.6%|
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||ADT (UTC-3)|
Weldford is a Canadian parish found in Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada that was established in 1835 with a local Agricultural Association and named for John W Weldon and John P. Ford, who were Members of the Legislative Assembly for Kent County in 1835.
A 1920s newspaper article states "The first Representative for the County of Kent was Judge Weldon who returned in 1828 and continued as sole member until representation was increased and Mr. J. P. Ford, formerly of Halifax, who built the Fords Mills in the Richibucto River returned with him. Colonel David McAlmon subsequently took Mr. Ford’s place and he and Judge Weldon were returned for four years. McAlmon was later substituted for Senator Wark and he and Weldon were members until 1850."
In the 2011 Census Weldford had a population of 1,318.
The entire parish forms the local service district of the parish of Waterford, established in 1966 to assess for fire protection. Non-fire related rescue was added in 2012. First aid and ambulance services (1982–2012) were formerly included.
Weldford Parish is defined in the Territorial Division Act as being bounded:
- South by Saint-Paul and Sainte-Marie Parishes; west by the prolongation of a line running north twenty-two degrees west by the magnet of the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven, from a point on the County line between Westmorland and Kent Counties, distant twenty miles from the north point of Shediac Island; east and north by a line beginning at a point on the westerly prolongation of the northern line of Wellington Parish, at the intersection of a line running south from the mouth of Black Brook; thence northerly along said line to the mouth of Black Brook; thence down the East Branch of and the main Saint Nicholas River to the Richibucto River, thence up said river to the west line of lot number 9, granted to William Harley; thence northerly along said line and its northerly prolongation to the rear line of the Richibucto River Indian Reserve number 15; thence by a line running true west to the western boundary of the parish.
Mother tongue language (2006)
There are several Catholic churches in Weldford Parish, all belonging to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Moncton:
- St. Bartholomew mission in Bass River,
- Saint-Norbert in Saint-Norbert, and
- St. Peter in South Branch.
- St. Marks Presbyterian Church in Bass River,
- St. James Presbyterian Church in Beersville,
- St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Clairville, and
- Zion Presbyterian Church in West Branch.
The United Church of Canada has two congregations, belonging to Rexton Pastoral Charge, Chignecto Presbytery, Maritime Conference:
And there is one Anglican church, belonging to the Parish of Kent, Archdeaconry of Moncton, Diocese of Fredericton.
- St. Paul's Church in Browns Yard.
- New Brunswick Provincial Archives - Weldford Parish
- Softball New Brunswick Championship Results
- Richibucto River Association
- Kent County Gen web
- West Branch Days featured on Ruby Cusack
- Eleanor Wilson Graham Middle School
- The Green Festival
- Biography Willi Nolan
- Krista Betts receives Award
- Wild Heart of Kent
- 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Weldford Parish, New Brunswick
- "Territorial Division Act (R.S.N.B. 1973, c. T-3)". Government of New Brunswick website. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
- 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Weldford Parish, New Brunswick
- St-Norbert - St-Norbert
- St. Peter's - South Branch
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