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Freeport United Church Moved to Doon Heritage Crossroads Cambridge

1861 - 1962

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    Birth  constructed 1861  Waterloo Township - Beasley's Broken Front Lot 13, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Unknown 
    Church  1861  Waterloo Township - Beasley's Broken Front Lot 13, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    constructed 
    Church  1925  Freeport United Church, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    renamed 
    Former Geographic Area  Freeport 
    Name  Freeport United Brethren in Christ Cambridge 
    Died  moved 1962  Doon Heritage Crossroads, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1070  Buildings and Organizations
    Last Modified  18 May 2012 

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    Freeport United Church
    Freeport United Church

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    • Freeport United Church Doon Heritage Crossroads

      Begun: 1861 Closed: 1961

      A church congregation, which was at first on the Waterloo Circuit of the United Brethren in Christ Church, was organized at Freeport in 1860 by Rev. S.L. Downey. A church was built, and dedicated in 1861 [on part Lot 13, Beasley's Broken Front (B.B.F.)]. The church was located not far from the south side of the bridge over the Grand River at Freeport, on the west side of what is now known as old Highway 8. Freeport was added to the Woolwich Circuit of the United Brethren in Christ in 1877. The Quarterly Conference of September 1, 1877 was held at Freeport; the Financial Report from that meeting lists Freeport for the first time.

      When a split occurred in the United Brethren in Christ Church in 1889, the Freeport church was part of the group which later joined with the Congregational Church in 1906. The Congregationals then joined with the Methodists and some Presbyterian congregations to form the United Church of Canada on June 10, 1925. In 1944 the coal oil lamps in the church were replaced by electricity at the same time that the church was redecorated.

      The Freeport church held its 100th Anniversary service on June 11, 1961 but disbanded in the Fall of the same year; members of the congregation who wished to do so became charter members of Christ the King United Church, Kitchener. In 1962 the church building was relocated to Doon Heritage Crossroads as a gift from the United Church of Canada. The hand on the steeple is from the old St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bridgeport which was built on Lancaster Street in 1889.

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

      The location of the church records is unknown but there are references to the church at the United Church Archives in the Circuit Register of the Waterloo Circuit of the United Brethren in Christ for 1878-1907. In addition, two Sunday School Record Books for 1903-1919 and 1919-1946 are at Doon Heritage Crossroads. The Waterloo Circuit Marriage Register 1898-1931, also at the United Church Archives, may contain references to Freeport. A transcription of the early records from St. Paul's United Church, Preston, by Dona Madill (1986a) contains references to Freeport residents.

      [ADDRESS/LOCATION: Doon Heritage Crossroads, R.R. 2, Kitchener, ON N2G 3W5 - on the Huron Road in east Kitchener, off Homer Watson Blvd., open May 1-Dec 31; 748-1914.]
      References: Getz 1964; Sherk, WHS 1924(12):105; R. Taylor 1986; United Brethren in Christ Church; WHS 1961(49):69-71; Waterloo Trust 1967; Zimmerman, WHS 1964(52):40.1a

      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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    Link to Google MapsBirth - constructed 1861 - Waterloo Township - Beasley's Broken Front Lot 13, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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