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Bishop Amos S. Cressman[1]
Male 1834 - 1909


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  • Prefix  Bishop 
    Birth  4 Sep 1834  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Minister 
    Religion  1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Mennonite 
    Occupation  1881  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Retired  1901  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Eby ID Number  00028-2186 
    Died  17 Jan 1909  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID  I154  Generations
    Last Modified  30 Apr 2017 

    Father  Abraham Cressman,   b. 13 Dec 1789, , Chester Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1871, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Schneider,   b. 9 Jun 1794, Franklin Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1864, Near Strasburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Jun 1814  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F4432  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Anna Martin,   b. 12 Mar 1836, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1914, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Mar 1856  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. Mary Cressman,   b. 5 Sep 1857, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Moses M. Cressman,   b. 19 Mar 1859, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1938
     3. Nancy Cressman,   b. 23 Feb 1862, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1943, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Enos M. Cressman,   b. 17 Sep 1864, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1935
     5. Osiah Cressman,   b. 30 Nov 1866, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Noah M. Cressman,   b. 9 Jul 1870, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1954
     7. Lydia Cressman,   b. 6 Sep 1872, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1959, Vineland Station, Welland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Lavina Cressman,   b. 28 Nov 1875, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1916, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F58  Group Sheet

    Children 
     1. Moses M. Cressman,   b. 19 Mar 1859, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1938
     2. Enos M. Cressman,   b. 17 Sep 1864, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1935
    Family ID  F20548  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Amos S, Cressman, "the eighth and youngest son of Abraham and Mary (Schneider) Cressman, was born September 4th, 1834. On March 25th, 1856, he was married to Anna, daughter of John and Anna (Weber) Martin who was born March 12, 1836. They reside in the township of Wilmot, south of New Hamburg, Ontario, where he followed farming for many years but now lives retired. When a young man he joined the church of his choice, "The Mennonite", and after being a member for some years he was, June 19th, 1864, ordained as deacon at the Blenheim Church by Bishop Henry Shantz. With the increase in the membership of the Mennonite body it was deemed expedient by the ministry to have a co-laborer appointed, so Mr. Cressman was ordained to the ministry, June 30th, 1867, at the Shantz Meeting House, Upper Road, Wilmot Township, by Bishop Henry Shantz. And after Bishop Henry Shantz's incapacity (He was a corpulent man and in his old age was very heavy, so much so that he could hardly help himself. This, connected with age and besides being troubled with asthma, caused his inability to attend to the duties of his diocese.) to attend to his large field of labour it became necessary to appoint a younger man to have charge over his diocese, to which Mr. Cressman was ordained as bishop, January 24th, 1875, at the Detweiler church, Dumfries, (being the old Bishop's home) by Bishops Shantz,* Hagey, and Martin, which position he still holds. Since his ordination as minister and bishop the church has had many and severe trials and difficulties and he has met with much opposition from some of his co-religionists, yet up to the present he has proved faithful, according to his views, to the doctrines of the church over which he is presiding as bishop. To him and his wife were born eight children" 1a

      1aBiographical History of Waterloo Township by Ezra Eby
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      Cressman - Bishop Amos Cressman died at his home near New Hamburg, Ont., on Sunday morning, Jan. 17, 1909; aged 74 y. 4 m. 13 d. He had been a patient sufferer from neuralgia in the face for several years, which gradually became worse, affecting other parts of the body and finally settled on his heart, causing death. He suffered great pain at times but was patient through it all, having a desire to depart and be with the Lord. The end came very peacefully. He passed away without a struggle. A few weeks before his death he assisted in the funeral services of Bro. John Cassel and also attended the funeral of Bro. Joshua Nahrgang at the home church. Bro. Cressman was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, uniting with the church when a young man. On June 19, 1864, he was ordained deacon at the Blenheim Church by Bish. Henry Shantz. He served the church as deacon for three years, and on June 30, 1867, he was ordained to the ministry at the Schantz M. H. by Bish. Henry Schantz.[sic] Seven years later, Jan. 24, 1875, he was ordained bishop, serving the church in this capacity for 34 years, holding the office up to the time of his death. As deacon, minister and bishop he was faithful in the discharge of his duties, having the welfare of the church at heart, faithfully upholding the doctrines according to his views of what the Bible teaches, warning much against pride and exhorting to humility. He is survived by a loving companion, four sons and four daughters, all being members of the same household of faith. One of the sons, Moses, is a deacon in the church, and another one, Osiah, is a minister. Funeral services were held at the Geiger Church, Jan. 20, where a large number of friends had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. Services at the house were conducted by Orphen Wismer and at the church by M. C. Bowman in English; text, Phil. 1:20, and in German by Bish. Jonas Snyder from Heb. 13:7. After the burial, many returned to the house for refreshments after which the brethren J. S. Gerig in English and D. J. Wyse in German, gave short exhortations. These brethren are from Ohio. M. C. C.2a

      2aGospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 45 - February 6, 1909, page 719

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Book - Vol II 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..., 42.

    2. [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..., 501.

    3. [S133] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1901, Wilmot H-4 Page 21.

    4. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851.

    5. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, February 6, 1909 - Obituary of Amos S. Cressman.

    6. [S140] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1881, Div. 4 Page 34.

    7. [S190] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1871, Wilmot Twp. 1871 Div. 2 Page 37.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 4 Sep 1834 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1901 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Jan 1909 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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