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Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) 1810

Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends Quakers 1810

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends Quakers 1810

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

Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends Quakers 1810

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

Plaque Location

The Region of York
The Town of Newmarket
In front of the Meeting House at 17030 Yonge Street
on the west side, just south of Eagle Street

Coordinates: N 44 02.559 W 79 28.682


Plaque Text

In 1800 an extensive grant of land in this vicinity was made to Timothy Rogers and Samuel Lundy who, with other members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), settled here in 1801-1803. Originally under the religious jurisdiction of the Philadelphia and New York Yearly Meetings, the settlers were organized in 1806 as the Yonge Street Monthly Meeting of Friends. In 1807 Asa Rogers deeded 1 ha of land for a burial ground and three years later William Doan made a similar grant for a meeting house. This simple frame building, begun in 1810, was the first permanent place of worship to be erected in the area north of Toronto. The Society of Friends still continues to worship here.

Related Ontario plaques
The Quakers of Adolphustown
Uxbridge Quaker Meeting House 1820
The Norwich Quaker Settlement
The Quaker Settlement at Sparta
Whitchurch Quaker Settlement

Related Toronto plaque
Friends' Meeting House



Newmarket Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted February 1, 2015
Hello. I'm interested in finding out any information about Henry Chantler who may have been a member in the 1830s to 1860's. He was a doctor. He came to the area as an orphan. His parents passed away on the voyage from England around 1832. Thank you, Alyson Hazlett alysonhazlett@gmail.com

> Posted April 1, 2014
I would like to know if there is a list of names of the ones buried at the Quaker cemetery in Newmarket. I am doing my family history and I know that my family came from the Quaker of Fishing Creek Pennsylvania. My line runs from Eves, Watson, Brown families.

> Posted July 23, 2008
This is a bi-lingual plaque. English/ French

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