Gaff Linkum - A Tale of Talbotville "Old Time Religion"

"Gaff Linkum - A Tale of Talbotville" was an early 20th century novel by Archie P. McKishnie, set in deep Southwestern Ontario. The "Talbotville" of the title was in fact a thinly disguised Morpeth - a village in Chatham-Kent. The novel was created from recollections of the author's life in mid-19th century Morpeth. In one chapter of the book he recalls the "Old Time Religion" of a Gospel Revival

In about 1990 two museum colleagues of mine purchased an old home in Morpeth which was reputed to be one of the houses which appeared in the story line of "Gaff Linkum". When they were cleaning up in the basement they found most of a 19th century singing school book, which suggested that perhaps the home's former owners may have been part of the singing school that provided inspiration for Mr. McKishnie's chapter on that subject. The book was without a cover or title page, but seems to have been called "The Keynote". It looks to me like it might be from about 1860 or so.

Excerpts from both the novel and the singing school book are provided below. These are two "Gospel" type hymns of the sort one might have heard at the revival.


Title Gaff Linkum - A Tale of Talbotville "Old Time Religion"
Subject Choral Music Reference Material
Year 1907
Locale Southwestern
Keywords Camp Meeting Gospel Religion Revival


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