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John Knox Meredith
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John Knox Meredith was the Glen St. Mary minister, the father of Jerry, Faith, Una, Carl and Bruce and the husband of Cecilia Meredith and Rosemary West.


Early life

John was born somewhere in Prince Edward Island during the early 1870s to Mr. and Mrs. Meredith.

Marriage with Cecilia

In the late 1880s or early 1890s he met Cecilia and fell in love with her. They got married in 1893 and settled down at Maywater manse. A year later Cecilia gave birth to their first son who was named Gerald, but everyone called him Jerry.

In 1895, their first daughter Faith was born. One year later Cecilia gave birth to second daughter Una. Their last child, Thomas Carlyle, was born in autumn 1897.

John and his wife spent together nine beautiful years. In 1902, Cecilia became ill and the doctor couldn't help her. Before death, she told him her last words.

"Take good care of Una, John. She is so small - and sensitive. The others can fight their way - but the world will hurt her. Oh, John, I don't know what you and she are going to do. You both need me so much. But keep her close to you - keep her close to you."
Cecilia's last words to John.

Life in Glen St. Mary

In 1906, four years after Cecilia's death, John became a minister in Glen St. Mary. The whole family moved there in the spring. He would not have been hired if the Glen community knew how forgetful he was. Once a young couple came to the manse to be married and Mr. Meredith, with unbrushed hair, in carpet slippers and faded dressing gown, married them. To be sure, he began by reading the funeral service to them and got along as far as "ashes to ashes and dust to dust" before he vaguely suspected that something was wrong. The young couple felt that he had buried them and the bride never felt properly married.

Marriage with Rosemary West

World War I


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John is a male given name of Hebrew origin and means God is gracious.


Book appearances

Short story appearances

  • The Road to Yesterday
    • "A Dream Come True" (mentioned only)
    • "The Reconciliation" (mentioned only)
    • "Here Comes the Bride"
  • The Blythes Are Quoted
    • "The Woman" (mentioned only)
    • "A Dream Come True" (mentioned only)
    • "The Reconciliation" (mentioned only)
    • "Here Comes the Bride"

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