Biography of USBORNE, JOHN
Taken from the Blain Biographical Directory of Anglican clergy
in the Diocese of Honolulu 1862-1902
Born: 03 Feb 1842 Quebec, Ottawa, Canada.
Died: 23 Aug 1926 Honolulu Hawai'i.
Cousin to the Revd Henry USBORNE, entrepreneur and business man
(born 04 Mar 1811 England; died 29 Jun 1892)
Third of at least seven children of George William USBORNE
(1851) who was a merchant and a protestant, residing Quebec city, County Quebec,
and was born in England and died 01 Mar 1886 Belleville Ontario. Married 06 Sep 1835 New York
Mother: Mary SETON (1851) with her husband and family Episcopalian (not a protestant)
born 04 Oct 1808 New York USA; died 22 Apr 1862 Portage-du-Fort Quebec.
daughter of Charlotte SETON and
niece to Saint Elizabeth SETON, born 1774, died 1821
(14 Sep 1975); canonised, the first native-born USAn saint, born
Episcopalian, a Roman Catholic
Married 14 Dec 1871 Emmanuel church Arnprior Renfrew Ontario Canada
by EW BEAVEN MA, to Jessie Maria
(1871) residing Arnprior (1920) sculptor (with her husband, no
born c1852 Ottawa Canada died 1926 on train near Evansville Wyoming USA.
Sister to Claude McLACHLIN, died 1904; memorial altar cross Emmanuel
Arnprior, Ontario, Canada. Daughter of Daniel McLACHLIN.
Born Canada; and Maria born
(online information Jul 2006; Canadian census returns; marriage licence;
See ‘Guide to the Andrew Forest Muir papers, university of Texas’;
Wayne Kempton, diocesan archivist, New York)
Education: Trinity College Toronto
1887 deacon Toronto; 1887
priest Toronto (8)
Positions: Successful business man in Toronto, ordained to work among the poor
1869-1873 partnership with the Revd Henry USBORNE, sawmill Braeside.
1871 at marriage: a lumber merchant residing Arnprior (diocese Ottawa)
and manager Waba Creek vineyard.
gentleman with wife Jessie, and children Claude, Gordon, Bertha, and four servants,
residing Arnprior, Renfrew,
South Ontario, Canada.
1881 married, no occupation, boarder at 11 Holles Street, Cavendish
Square, Marylebone, Middlesex (249)
1889-1897 incumbent St Clement, Leslieville [Eglinton], diocese Toronto (8).
Early 1892 six months license to officiate on visit with wife to the
warmer climate of diocese Honolulu:
He commented on the confusion of the church.
Dec 1896 from Toronto offered to serve in Honolulu; offer accepted by
and he resigned rectory St Clement:
05 Apr 1897 licensed vice-dean and with title 'rector' diocese Honolulu -
but probably an honoraryposition.
05 Apr 1897 made canon of Iolani, cathedral St Andrew, Honolulu (410)
09 May 1897 inducted rector/vice-dean St Andrew, Honolulu -with the
intention of reuniting
the divided European congregations
08 Apr 1897-Dec 1897 commissary for A WILLIS overseas in Tonga,
and at the Lambeth conference of
bishops in London.
1897 raised money in North America to purchase land and build a chapel
at Punahou near Honolulu, where he
donated his services.
Easter 1898 opened chapel St Clement in suburb of Honolulu, with uneasy
relationship with the bishop
of Honolulu; the chapel could not be used at all for several months, and
was maintained on a title separate
from the bishopric (410).
31 Mar 1898 all licenses appointments and positions of USBORNE declared
null and void by the bishop.
1898- serious legal arguments with the Bishop of Honolulu.
1901 accused publicly by A WILLIS Bishop of Honolulu of founding a
"Episcopal church at large".
01 Apr 1902 on transfer of the
diocese to the new jurisdiction of the ECUSA:
restored by acting-bishop W NICHOLS to his cancelled appointments,
including the canonry,
and the parish St Clement. Given provisional status
by W Ford NICHOLS, the bishop-in-charge of the missionary district of
Honolulu. The first bishop of the
missionary district of Honolulu confirmed these restorations of USBORNE
which had been stripped by the second
bishop of Honolulu. (410)
1917 resigned as rector St Clement Honolulu, and retired to his own home
at Diamond Head, Hawai'i (410)
1920 John USBORNE head aged
78, naturalised 1897, born Canada; father born England; mother born New
York. No occupation; his wife Jessie, sculptor, aged 67, was born Canada of
With family members including son Gordon and Curzon; residing Honolulu, Hawai’i.
(1920 USA federal census).
1923 gone from Crockford.
Other: 19 Apr 1897 celebrant at marriage of the Revd Vincent KITCAT cathedral St
Andrew, Honolulu, Hawai’i (MSpapers-2368, ATL)
After 1904 carved an altar as a memorial to his brother-in-law