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Bethesda was a small country corners on the 5th Concession of Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario. From its earliest records it has been connected with Mennonites. Christian Steckley, born in 1795, who came from Pennsylvania, homesteaded on 1,000 acres extending in a block one and one-fourth miles north and one and one-fourth miles east from this point. The Steckley family consisted of six sons and three daughters. Two of the sons married and joined the Tunker Church. The other sons later became members of the newly organized Mennonite Brethren in Christ group about 1875, John being one of the founders of that church. Church services were held in the Steckley home until the Mennonite church was built on the 5th Concession of Markham, west of Almira, 1860. The appointment was known as Stecklin.

Author(s) J. C Fretz
Date Published 1953

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Fretz, J. C. "Bethesda (York County, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 29 Mar 2015.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=75569.

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Fretz, J. C. (1953). Bethesda (York County, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 March 2015, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=75569.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 315. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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