Call from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsburg to Hermanus Hayunga, September 1, 1827
Hayunga, Hermanus
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Official call from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Upper Canada to Mr. Hermanus Hayunga. Includes financial terms and signatures of congregation members.
Herman Hayunga (1799-1872) was a Lutheran pastor.

Hayunga was born in Charlotte Amalie in 1799 to Bernhard Hayunga and Mary Reuvenhagen, owners of a coffee plantation. Young Herman Hayunga attended school in St. Thomas and was fluent in Danish and French. He pursued studies in Halle, Germany and Oxford, England. In 1820 he accepted a position at Hartwick College in the United States. While teaching at Hartwick he began studying theology, graduating in 1825.

After graduation, Hayunga accepted a call to the parish in Williamsburg Township, Upper Canada. The congregation was without a leader, and without a church building. Their original St. George’s Church was taken over by the Church of England, and the Lutherans were forced to hold services in the homes of congregation members.

When he arrived in 1826, Herman Hayunga quickly formed two congregations in the area – St. John’s Church in Riverside, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. For several years he 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.

Herman Hayunga was married to Elizabeth Barkley, a member of his congregation. He died on April 15, 1872.

Transcribed by Shelby Campbell in 2015.
Date of Original
September 1, 1827
Width: 19.2 cm
Height: 31.2 cm
Local identifier
S2094 File 1
Herman Hayunga fonds
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Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.9668 Longitude: -75.24932
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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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In the Name of God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ : Amen!

The Undersigned, being the Wardens of the Evangelical Lutheran Congregation, now worshipping in St George's Church, at Williamsburg, County of Dundas, Province of Upper Canada, and the Members of said Congregation, having become acquainted with the Reverend Mr Hermanus Hayunga, who has preached among us, during the year past, & who has exhibited to us Satisfactory Testimonials of his having prepared himself for the Work of the Ministry at a Theological Seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and who has also produced to us his letter of License, granted him by the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of the State of New York and adjacent Parts, and we, being desirous of having a stated Minister of the Gospel, belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church among us, have agreed, and by these presents do agree to call the said Reverend Mr Hermanus Hayunga, as our Minister and Pastor.

We expect that he will preach Eighteen times yearly and every year, the Gospel of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ (agreeable to the Confession of Augsburgh & as the same is now adopted and interpreted by the most

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approved Divines of our Church); that he will baptise, instruct and confirm our Children; that he will administer to the Congregation the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper; that he will visit the Sick and perform all other Ministerial acts which a faithful Minister of the Gospel, according to the established usage of our Evangelical Lutheran Churches, ought to perform, And for all which services, We, the Undersigned, the Wardens and Members of the Congregation aforesaid - promise to pay unto the aforesaid Minister the Reverend Hermanus Hayunga the just and Lawful Sum of Twenty Seven Pounds Hallifax Currency - and Fourty Bushels of Wheat and Thirty Bushels of Oats - Yearly and every year so long as he shall be our Pastor.

And it is hereby understood that this Call is intended to be for the Term of Two Years from this date. It is likewise expressly agreed upon by the Parties aforesaid that Funeral Sermons & Marriages are not included in the above Services - but, that the Members who call on the said Minister for their performance will compensate him as follows : for every Funeral Sermon Two Dollars - & Marriage Two Dollars.

Williamsburg first day of September. 1827. -


Peter Witteker

Conrad Frymire

John Augustin [Schwardfager?]

£ 27.0.0

Wheat 40 Bushels

Oats 30 Bushels

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Call from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsburg to Hermanus Hayunga, September 1, 1827

Official call from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Upper Canada to Mr. Hermanus Hayunga. Includes financial terms and signatures of congregation members.