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Doon United Church - red brick 1 storey Kitchener
1864 - 1983


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  • Birth  congregation begun 1864  19 Durham St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  Doon United Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Unknown 
    Church  1864  Doon Wesleyan Methodist Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    congregation begun 
    Former Geographic Area  Doon 
    Name  Doon Wesleyan Methodist Church Kitchener 
    Died  closed 1983 
    Person ID  I1064  Buildings and Organizations
    Last Modified  17 May 2012 

  • Notes 
    • Doon United Church

      Begun: 1864 Closed: 1983

      At first, the congregation worshipped in the nearby Wesleyan Methodist Mission which had been built in 1864. The first minister was the Rev. Charles Freshman D.D. of the Preston Mission, Hamilton District, who ministered to the German Wesleyan Methodist congregation in Preston and area until c.1869. Rev. Freshman soon reported that English services were needed in Doon, and Doon was therefore attached to the Preston English mission along with Kirkland's and Ellis's. In 1868 the present red brick church was built on Durham Street just a short distance northeast of the Mission building. (The marker stone above the front door of the church reads: "WESLEYAN Methodist Church, A.D. 1868".) In 1888 the whitewashed interior of the church was painted for the first time. Further improvements were made, including gas lighting to replace the oil lamps in 1929 and electricity in 1949.

      In 1897 the church was placed on a Circuit with Preston; in 1925 it became a United Church. Regular services were discontinued in 1960 after the minister, Rev. Arthur Lewis, was called to Lincoln Avenue United Church in Galt. Few services were held after that, sometimes only two in a year. Presbytery decided to sell the building in 1983, a sale which was completed the next year, 1984. [When a photograph was taken on May 24, 1991 the church was found to be not in use, with some windows broken.]

      Records:
      Baptism dates: unknown Location of records: unknown
      Marriage dates: unknown Location of records: unknown
      Burial dates: unknown Location of records: unknown

      Wesleyan Methodist Baptisms for Waterloo County c.1830-c.1874 are in an indexed card file at the Kitchener Public Library.

      [ADDRESS/LOCATION: Durham Street (dead-end) on the east side of Doon (not far from Conestoga College).]
      References: Bean, WHS 1941(29):172; Doon & Blair W.I.; Methodist Church; Wesleyan Methodist Church; Eby, WHS 1966(54):50.1a

      1aAmbrose, Rosemary. Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide to Churches Established Before 1900. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: Waterloo-Wellington Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1993. [used the kind permission of Rosemary Ambrose 2011]

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