1734 - 1803The first Lutheran minister to settle in this province, Schwerdtfeger was born in Burgbernheim, Bavaria, and studied theology at the University of Erlangen. Emigrating to America in 1753, he served as pastor of congregations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York. Much persecuted for his allegiance to the Crown during the American Revolution, Schwerdtfeger moved to Canada in 1791. He settled here in Williamsburg Township and became pastor of a congregation of German Loyalists, which had been established in 1784, and by 1790 had constructed the first Lutheran church in what is now Ontario. Its site now lies beneath Lake St. Lawrence. Within a few years he had organized Lutheran congregations in neighbouring townships. He died in 1803 and was buried in the old church cemetery.
|Placed By||Archaeological and Historic Sites Board, Archives of Ontario|
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|Date Added||Monday, August 10th, 2015 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 489818 N 4975506|
|Decimal Degrees||44.93291667, -75.12903333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 55.975', W 75° 7.742'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 55' 58.5" N, 75° 7' 44.52" W|
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