Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


One of the interesting churches of Monterey county is St. Mary's-by-the-Sea, at Pacific Grove, the inspiring leader of which is the Rev. W. H. G. Battershill, a native of picturesque Devon, England.

Rev. Mr. Battershill attended the Priory school at Torquay, Devon, afterward was a student at Cambridge University, and prepared for the ministry at St. John's Theological College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In England he was engaged in mission work in the parish of East Grinstead, Sussex, and was attached to the mission staffs of Truro and Exeter Cathedrals. Coming to Canada he worked in the dioceses of Ottawa and Algoma, moving to the diocese of New Westminster, to work under the bishop in the city of Vancouver, B. C. where he built two churches. He was a member of the education committee, and council of the Theological College of the University of British Columbia, a lecturer on the prayer book, and also lectured at tho Vancouver Institute of the same University. Despite these significant and flattering associations, Rev. Battershill was attracted to the United States, and especially to California, as perhaps a more hopeful field of labor, and in 1918 settled at Paso Robles, where he left a record of efficient work. In 1919 he came to St. Mary's-by-the-Sea, and is today in point of service the oldest minister at Pacific Grove, having also the honor to be the president of the Ministerial Association of this place.

Rev. Battershill was married to Miss Amy K. M. Burroughs, a native of Ottawa, in the year 1903. Mrs. Battershill is a gifted lady who has entered heartily and effectively into her husband's pastoral labors and studies. Two children have blessed their union; Ollis G. M. and William E. C. Rev. Battershill is a Mason, having joined that ancient order in Canada. Interested in all factors for good and in all agencies for the public welfare, he gives the major part of his time specifically to the upbuilding of his church and his dignity and earnestness in the pulpit, combined with his thoughtful and convincing address, have made his church not only a strong center of worship to his fellow townsmen but also to many of the tourists who visit the Pacific coast.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.