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Christian Boss
Male 1816 - 1903


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  • Birth  22 Nov 1816  , Mecklinburg Schwerin, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1861  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Laborer 
    Religion  1861  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Lutheran 
    Directory  1867  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Directory  1867  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Religion  1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Religion  1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    House of Industry and Refuge  1903  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    HouseofIndustryandRefugeca1869.JPG
    HouseofIndustryandRefugeca1869.JPG
    The House of Industry and Refuge. In 1868, 141 acres was purchased on Frederick Street in Berlin (now Kitchener) and the house opened on June 15, 1869. The original building housed 100 and operated as an industrial farm, which raised crops and livestock. The residents worked for their keep if possible, those most did not. The House eventually became a strictly a residence of the aged and later relocated and renamed Sunnyside.
    Name  Christian Baas 
    Name  Christian Bahs 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-133799 
    Died  25 Jun 1903  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Cause: paralysis 
    Buried  New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID  I133799  Generations
    Last Modified  16 Apr 2019 

    Family 1  Wilhelmine "Mena" Press,   b. 22 Dec 1832, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1925, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F258517  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Dorothy Sophia "Sophia" Papke,   b. 7 Apr 1814, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1879 
    Family ID  F228611  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • After 1850, mainly Lutherans would continue to come from the same German states as before, as well as from Bavaria, Saxe-Altenburg and Saxe-Meiningen.111 While many later emigrants gravitated to the industrializing towns, others continued to settle on in pockets of small lots all over the township, as the landless Mecklenburgers did in Pine Bush (BLB3-6).112 Some of the 30,000 mercenaries in the British army at the end of the American wars were men from Mecklenburg who chose to take up land in Upper Canada rather than return to their homelands. Messages home about opportunities in the New World attracted clusters of interrelated Mecklenburgers like those who settled on "Lot Six of the Third, the small tract informally subdivided by Michael Bergey in the late 1840s. Mecklenburg men usually laboured for a while in Preston or Hespeler before leasing and later perhaps buying small lots. As well as clearing their own land, most continued to work for Jacob Hespeler at New Hope, as recorded in his ledgers of the 1850s and 1860s.113 Some cleared land, chopped or sawed wood, or burned charcoal to supply Hespeler's distillery. Others worked as labourers building the Galt and Guelph Railway in 1854 or Hespeler's Upper Mill Dam in 1859. Men with special skills, such as the stonemasons Johann Baumgartner, George Krieg and Henry Knack, could command better pay. Some who worked for several years first in Preston, New Hope or Berlin were able to buy larger acreages in the Pine Bush area and in nearby Puslinch Township, across the townline.114


      114 Those who came from Mecklenburg-Schw'erin included the Bohn and Baas families in 1854; the Gillow brothers (John, Friedrich and Helmuth), Friedrich Krueger and Johann and Joachim Fink in the later 1850s; Johann Ernst Luhsow (Lisso, Lesser), Heinrich Spekin (later Speckeen), Friedrich Jonas and Christoph Prestien in the 1860s. Several smallholders from Mecklenburg are recorded in the Pine Bush area, according to the 1861 assessment rolls (their names often anglicized and spelled phonetically). Daniel Baetels, Henry Bucholes, John Fink, John Gelow, John Lesser are all noted as labourers with five acres each. Elizabeth Bloomfield, Linda Foster and L.W. Laliberte, Ihe Waterloo Township cadastre in 1861: "A system of the most regular irregularity" (Guelph: Department of Geography, University of Guelph, 1994), pp.43,93. Another cluster of migrants from Mecklenburg settled on the southern edge of Berlin

      Waterloo Township through Two Centuries Elizabeth Bloomfield

  • Sources 
    1. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 10.

    2. [S1837] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1861, Div. 1 Page 6.

    3. [S1848] House of Industry and Refuge Burial Register - Kitchener, Pg 14 No. 435 Reg. Number in Admittance Record Book: 1667.
      Christian Boss Died: 25 Jun 1903 Aged 86 Cause: Paralysis

    4. [S2575] aaaaWaterloo Township South 1891, Sect. 3 Page 36.

    5. [S237] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - New Hope CC#4498 Internet Link .
      [North] Hier Ruhet in Gott/ Wilhelmine BAHS/ geb.(PRESS) / den 22 Dec. 1832/ in Mecklenburg Schwerin/ gest. den Sept. 23, 1925 in Kitchener/ Alter 93 Jahre/ [eroded, 2017]
      [West] Hier Ruhet in Gott/ Christian BAHS/ geb. den 22 Nov. 1816/ in Mechlenburg Schwerin/ gest. den 25 Juni 1903/ in Berlin, Ont./ Alter 86 Jahre./ 7 Mo. und 4 Tage/ verse/ BAHS/
      [South] Hier Ruhet in Gott/ Sophia BAHS/ geb. PAP(TZA)/ geb. den 7 April 1814/ Gest. den 10 Juni 1879/ Alter 65 Jahre/ 2 Mo. and 3 Tage./

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 22 Nov 1816 - , Mecklinburg Schwerin, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Laborer - 1861 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1861 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDirectory - 1867 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDirectory - 1867 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHouse of Industry and Refuge - 1903 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: paralysis - 25 Jun 1903 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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