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Rev. Peter Cober[1]
Male 1853 - Yes, date unknown


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    Birth  7 May 1853  Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Rsrch. Note 
    • 7 May 1853-23 March 1941). Peter Cober was the son of Nicholas and Nancy (Holm) Cober. He was born on May 7, 1853, in Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., ON. On Sept. 28, 1875, he married Martha Steinacher, and together they had eight children, two of whom died in infancy.
      Cober was converted at the age of 21 and the following year he united with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church (now the Evangelical Missionary Church). A few years later Cober moved to Michigan, and in 1881 he began preaching at Brown City as the first pastor of the church there. He also served for a few years in the Indiana-Ohio Conference (at Bethel), being ordained by that conference in 1884. Soon afterward this ordination he returned to Ontario, where he spent most of his 42 years in the active ministry, serving pastorates at Markham, Kitchener, Kilsyth, New Dundee, Shrigley, Breslau, Maryboro, and Hespeler.
      Cober was presiding elder of the Ontario conference for 10 years, 1895-1901 and 1903-7, and chairperson of six conferences, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1905, and 1906. He also served at various times as conference evangelist and as a member of the several boards of the Ontario conference. He was a delegate to general conferences and chairperson of one (Coopersburg, PA, 1896).
      In a few respects Peter Cober's record was unique. He was the first subscriber to the Gospel Banner, opened the first city mission of the Ontario Conference (Collingwood, Sept. 17, 1897), and attended 60 consecutive annual conferences (1881 to 1940 inclusive).
      In 1923 he retired from pastoral work, residing at Kitchener, ON, from then until his death March 23, 1941. Interment was made in Woodlawn cemetery.
    Occupation  1875  Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    farmer 
    Occupation  1888  Markham Twp., York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    minister 
    Occupation  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Minister 
    Religion  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number  00025-1985 
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Buried  Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I12829  Generations
    Last Modified  15 Mar 2017 

    Father  Nicolaus Cober,   b. 4 Mar 1811, Vaughan Twp., York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1887, Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Nancy Holm,   b. 4 Nov 1813, Markham Twp., York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1878, , Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  3 Apr 1832 
    Family ID  F2292  Group Sheet

    Family  Magdalena Martha Steinacker,   b. 1 Mar 1860, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  28 Sep 1875  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Children 
     1. Child Cober,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Rosanna Elizabeth "Rosa" Cober,   b. 23 Nov 1876, , Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Addie Cober,   b. 1878, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Sarah Adelaide Cober,   b. 20 Sep 1878, Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Samantha Cober,   b. 27 Jan 1883, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Vernon Lloyd Cober,   b. 1 Mar 1888, Markham Twp., York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1976, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Wilfrid Allan Cober,   b. 10 Dec 1893, , , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Milton Stanley Cober,   b. 6 Dec 1894, Stayner, Simcoe Co. , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1981
    Family ID  F3160  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Rev. Peter Cober, "was born May 7th, 1853. (The writer heard him narrate the story of his conversion at the Breslau Camp meeting). When a young man he felt the influence of the Spirit striving with him, but for some time he resisted the Spirit and hence no regeneration was produced. Thus he lived for several years, until he was brought under conviction by a spiritual sermon to which he listened, and after a protracted struggle committed himself to God. He soon joined himself with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ. Some years ago he entered the ministry and has been stationed on different fields of labor under the Canada Conference and has so far proved himself to be an able minister and a useful instrument in the hands of God in winning souls for the Lord's kingdom. At the annual conference held at Breslau, Ontario, the last week in March 1895, Mr. Cober was elected presiding elder for the North District. He is married to Martha Steinacker and resides in Stayner, Ontario. Their family consists of six children"1a

      1aBiographical History of Waterloo Township by Ezra Eby

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      Cober was converted at the age of 21 and the following year he united with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church (now the Evangelical Missionary Church). A few years later Cober moved to Michigan, and in 1881 he began preaching at Brown City as the first pastor of the church there. He also served for a few years in the Indiana-Ohio Conference (at Bethel), being ordained by that conference in 1884. Soon afterward this ordination he returned to Ontario, where he spent most of his 42 years in the active ministry, serving pastorates at Markham, Kitchener, Kilsyth, New Dundee, Shrigley, Breslau, Maryboro, and Hespeler.

      Cober was presiding elder of the Ontario conference for 10 years, 1895-1901 and 1903-1907, and chairperson of six conferences, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1905, and 1906. He also served at various times as conference evangelist and as a member of the several boards of the Ontario conference. He was a delegate to general conferences and chairperson of one ( Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, 1896).

      In a few respects Peter Cober's record was unique. He was the first subscriber to the Gospel Banner, opened the first city mission of the Ontario Conference (Collingwood, 17 September 1897), and attended 60 consecutive annual conferences (1881 to 1940 inclusive).
      In 1923 he retired from pastoral work, residing at Kitchener, Ontario, from then until his death 23 March 1941. Interment was made in Woodlawn cemetery.2a

      2aStorms, Everek R. "Cober, Peter (1853-1941)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 25 February 2011. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/C634ME.html.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 810.

    2. [S223] Census - ON, York - 1901, Markham B-7 Page 8.

    3. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 009281-75.
      Peter COBER, 22, Puslinch Twp, same, b, farmer, s/o Nicholas & Nancy COBER, married Mary STEINACKER, 15, Wilmot Twp, same, s, d/o Peter & Margaret STEINACKER, witn; Mary CONNER, Giddy Ann ERB, both North Dumfries twp, married 28 September 1875, Waterloo twp (Mennonite)

    4. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Sec. 5 Page 24.

    5. [S655] Vit - ON - Birth Registration, birth certificate 40771 (1888), Vernon Lloyd Cober..
      Vernon Lloyd Cober Date of Birth: 1 Mar 1888, Markham Gender: Male Birth County: York Father's Name: Reverend Peter Cober (Mennonite minister) Mother's Name: Martha Steinacker

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 7 May 1853 - Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1875 - Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Sep 1875 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - minister - 1888 - Markham Twp., York Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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