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Whitchurch Quaker Settlement

Whitchurch Quaker Settlement

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

Whitchurch Quaker Settlement

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted November, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of York
The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
In front of the church
on the north side of Vivian Road (Road 74)
mid-way between Warden Avenue (Road 65)
and Woodbine Avenue (Road 8)

Coordinates: N 44 03.368 W 79 23.389


Plaque Text

Among the early settlers locating in this area were a number of Quakers, including Samuel Lundy who provided land for the construction of a Meeting House in 1814. Formerly part of the Yonge Street Meeting, the Whitchurch Quakers were granted the right to hold their own meetings two years later. A schism in the Society of Friends occurred in 1828 and this building, completed in 1830, was used by the Hicksite faction of the Society. By 1900 the various Whitchurch Quaker groups had come together to form the Pine Orchard Union Church. Both buildings continued in use until the earlier Meeting House was moved to Aurora in 1944. A year later the Society of Friends sold this building to the Pine Orchard Union Church.

Related Ontario plaques
The Quakers of Adolphustown
Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Uxbridge Quaker Meeting House 1820
The Norwich Quaker Settlement
The Quaker Settlement at Sparta



Whitchurch-Stouffville Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted November 8, 2013
I'm trying to connect siblings and ancestors of Sarah Jane Coates,b. about 1848, dau of Thomas and Lydia Dixson (Dickson) married to Charles Christopher Richardso b 1846, son of David Richardson and Ann Stamper, Whitchurch Twp. I know the Coates were Quakers and suspect an Isaac Coates from Pennsylvania, who travelled into Upper Canada in the early 1800's, could be a distant relative. He remained in Pennsylvania.

> Posted April 28, 2011
I am searching for any information on William Wallis to who married Esther Wasley .William Wallis was born around 1806 in England and settled at Whitchurch Ontario.

> Posted November 27, 2010
I am trying to find information on my grandmother's family who were Pennsylvania Dutch. Her parents were Benjamin and Emma Gower and he later married Sarah. My grandmother's name was Agnes Minerva Gower who married George Henry Atkinson in 1896 and moved west to Innifail, Alberta.
Cheers, Carrol Atkinson

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