Benjamin Cronyn Benjamin Cronyn was the son of Thomas Cronyn, Esq., of Kilkenny, Ireland, and was born in that place on July 11th, 1802.   He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1822;   in 1824 he was divinity prizeman, and took his master's degree in 1825, in which year he was admitted to the diaconate by the Bishop of Raphoe.   He was priested by His Grace the Archbishop of Tuam on Trinity Sunday, 1827.   In 1832, at the age of thirty, he resolved to emigrate to Canada, and with his wife (the daughter of J. Bickerstaff, Esq., of Lislea, Longford, Ireland) and two small children he set sail.   He carried with him many good wishes, and among them those of Rev. Peter Roe, Rector of Kilkenny, who gave him a letter on his departure full of friendship and good wishes.

It was a long, tedious journey by sea and by land.   His destination was Adelaide, in the west of Upper Canada.   Through the woods in a rough "lumber wagon" - lumbering, indeed, over roads that did not deserve the name - for days he toiled on, till, his wife becoming tired and ill, he was obliged to stop.

The place where he halted was London, or "The Forks," as it was sometimes called.   It was only twenty-six miles from Adelaide, but the emigrants for the present could travel no further.

Though, twenty years before this, the Hon. and Rev. Dr. Stewart spoke of London as a place of size and wealth, his words must be understood in a comparative sense only, for in 1832 London was but a hamlet.   Yet it was growing, and there were many Church people in and about it.   When it was noised abroad that a clergyman was in their midst, there were many baptisms, and weddings, and services that kept Mr. Cronyn busy.   How great had been the neglect of the Church!   He officiated here on Sunday in a farm house which had served as a court house.

Here, then, Mr. Cronyn remained.   He had many hard experiences as a pioneer clergyman.   On one occasion, shortly after his arrival, he started on foot for Adelaide with his friend, Colonel Curran, the two carrying between them a quarter of beef for a needy settler.   They lost their way at night in the woods.   Wolves, attracted by the smell of the beef, hovered near them.   They were found in the morning by some people who, expecting them, had gone to look for them.   They were nearly exhausted by their adventure.

A good horseman, a bold swimmer, a practical farmer, architect, and engineer - sufficient for backwoods purposes - he proved himself of great use to the community, both in a temporal and spiritual way.   He taught the farmers how to improve their pigs and cattle, and how to enrich the soil of their farms;   and himself, more than once, accepted the position of pathmaster, that he might do something to improve the vile roads, in the mud of which he and his weary horse often had to pursue a monotonous and tardy way.