Altona Mennonite Church (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada)

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Altona Mennonite Meetinghouse
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The Altona Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church) is an extinct congregation of the Mennonite Conference of Ontario which met in the Altona Mennonite meetinghouse, situated on the Pickering-Uxbridge town line, Ontario County, three miles (five km.) east of the village of Stouffville. The Stouffers came to this village 1804. Barkeys, Hoovers, Nighswanders, Lehmans, and several other families spread into this area from Markham. Daniel Kreider was minister in 1825. In 1852 the present brick building was erected, although a schoolhouse on  this  site  was  used for preaching many years before. Altona is listed in the meeting calendar for 1854 for a meeting every four weeks. In 1858 the ministers' conference ordained a minister and a deacon for the district. Daniel Lehman became deacon in 1851, followed by Jacob R. Reesor, Samuel G. Reesor, and Isaiah Hoover, who became deacon in 1913. Samuel Hoover was ordained minister in 1873 and served 20 years. He was followed by John G. Hoover. In the spring of 1920 the work was relinquished to the Old Order Mennonite faction and the remaining members transferred to the Wideman Mennonite Church in Markham. The language of worship was English; the transition from German occurred in the 1870s.

The building is located on Lot 30, Concession 9 of Pickering Township, on the Pickering-Uxbridge Townline.

See also: Altona Mennonite Meetinghouse


Mennonite Reporter (24 December 1990): 13.

Author(s) Joseph C. Fretz
Marlene Epp
Date Published April 1986

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Fretz, Joseph C. and Marlene Epp. "Altona Mennonite Church (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 1986. Web. 23 Mar 2019.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=141948.

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Fretz, Joseph C. and Marlene Epp. (April 1986). Altona Mennonite Church (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 March 2019, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=141948.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 82. All rights reserved.

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