Power of Attorney, Williamsburg County Parish, 1818
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Document signed by wardens of the church naming Henry Merkley power of attorney in their attempt to obtain the deed to the church in Williamsburg. Signed by John A. Merkley, Martin Casselman, Phillip Frymire, Joacam Barkley, and Peter Witteker.
Paper has a watermark and chain lines. The chain lines are 2.4cm apart.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverside Heights, Ontario is a member of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. It began in the late 1700s as a congregation of settlers in Williamsburg Township, Upper Canada. In 1789 a church building was erected on the Center Commons Lot in the first Concession of Williamsburg Township. The church was originally named Zion Lutheran Church, but the name was quickly changed to St. George’s Church. The first pastor was Reverend Samuel Schwerdtfeger.

In 1814, St. George’s Church was taken over by the Church of England under the direction of Rev. John Gunther Weagant, a previous pastor of the Lutheran Church. The Lutherans were barred from St. George’s Church and were forced to hold services in the homes of congregation members. In 1826, Rev. Herman Hayunga accepted the call as pastor to the Lutherans in Williamsburg Township. He quickly formed two congregations in the area – St. John’s Church in Riverside, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg.

For several years Hayunga petitioned the government to deed St. George’s Church to the Lutheran congregation. When the government denied his request Hayunga demanded that the congregation receive financial compensation for the loss of property. In 1846 the government granted the Lutheran church the sum of 500 Canadian pounds.

In 1833 the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John was consecrated by Rev. Hayunga. The new wooden frame building stood on a lot donated by church member Conrad Frymire. In 1863 a larger, brick church was built on the same lot. In 1956 the St. Lawrence Seaway Project forced the relocation of the Church. On December 7, 1958, the new St. John’s Lutheran Church was completed at Riverside Heights.

Transcribed by Shelby Campbell in 2015.
Date of Original
Oct. 7, 1818
Width: 40 cm
Height: 25 cm
Local identifier
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Riverside Heights ON fonds
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Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.9668 Longitude: -75.24932
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
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Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
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Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

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Power of Attorney

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Know all men by these presents that we Martin Casselman Philip Freemire Joacam Barkley and Peter Witticker of the twnship of Williamsburg County Dundas Eastern District and province of Uper Canada Church wardins lawfully appointed by the Revd Mr Myers Clargyman for the Lutheren Congregation of this parish in the name of the said congregation and behalf of our successors for [illegible] Conciderations and good causes us hereunto moving having made ordained constituted and appointed and by these presents do make ordain constitute and appoint Henry Merkley of Williamsburg County District and province afoursaid Esq our true and lawful Attorney for us and in our names to ask Demand recover or receive [illegible] of the secretarys Office at York a patent Deed of the Clargy Land granted to the Luthern Chuch lying and being a reserve between Lots number Eighteen, and nineteen first Concession of said township of Williamsburg granting to our said Attorney our full power and Authority to take pursue and follow such legal courses for the recovery receiving and obtaining as we ourselves could do ware we personally present and upon the receipt of the same acquitances and other sufficient discharges to make sign seal and deliver as also one or more Attorney or Attorneys under him to substitute or appoint rattifying and confirming whatsoeved our said Attorney shall lawfully do or cause to be done in and about the execution of the premises by Virtue of these presents in witness whereof we have hereuto set our hands and seals this Seventh Day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen


John A Merkley

Marthin Casselmen

Phillip Frymire

Joacam Barkley {his x mark}

Peter Witteker

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Power of Attorney, Williamsburg County Parish, 1818

Document signed by wardens of the church naming Henry Merkley power of attorney in their attempt to obtain the deed to the church in Williamsburg. Signed by John A. Merkley, Martin Casselman, Phillip Frymire, Joacam Barkley, and Peter Witteker.