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Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The Region of York
The City of Vaughan
In front of the church on the east side of Keele Street
(Road 6), half-way between Rutherford Road (Road 73)
and Langstaff Road (Road 72)


Coordinates: N 43 49.552 W 79 30.330

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Plaque Text

In December, 1806, a group of German settlers from Berlin, Pennsylvania, led by Jacob and Michael Keffer, arrived in Vaughan Township, where they formed one of Upper Canada's earliest Lutheran congregations. Their first services were conducted by the Keffers, who served as lay readers, and by pastors from the nearby German settlement in Markham Township. While the parish records date from 1807, it was not until 1819 that the congregation commenced its first log church under the direction of the first regular pastor, the Rev. Johan D. Petersen. It was replaced by the present building in 1860. The following year this was the site of the founding of the Canada Synod of the Lutheran Church.

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> Posted August 12, 2010
Could anyone tell me how I can get a copy of baptism's performed in this Church for Easter Sunday, 1820? My 4th great grandfather was confirmed in this church that day. I have not seen the records but someone posted it on Ancestry.ca and gave some names that were confirmed then. I would love to see the records for that date myself. Could you help me? I am interested in the surnames Baker & Hilts/Hiltz.
Thank you. Patricia Massey




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