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Rev. Moses Erb[1, 2, 3]
Male 1821 - 1901


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  • Prefix  Rev. 
    Birth  6 Aug 1821  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    farmer 
    Occupation  1854  Bloomingdale Mennonite Church, Bloomingdale, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    minister 
    • Services began in 1824, and in 1826 a first meeting house, known as Schneider's or Snyder's, was built northwest of Bloomingdale, and east of the Grand River, on land (part Lot 7) donated by Jacob Schneider. Henry Weber was the first minister to this congregation, from 1824 until 1854. 1a

      1aAmbrose, Rosemary. Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide to Churches Established Before 1900. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: Waterloo-Wellington Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1993. [used the kind permission of Rosemary Ambrose 2011]
    Occupation  1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Farmer 
    Religion  1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Mennonite 
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Minister 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Mennonite 
    Occupation  1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Minister 
    Eby ID Number  00032-2949 
    Died  31 Jul 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Cause: dropsy & cardiac complications 
    Buried  First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID  I16505  Generations
    Last Modified  14 Aug 2017 

    Father  Peter Erb,   b. 13 Jan 1787, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1865, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Susannah Bomberger,   b. 17 Sep 1787, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1867, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Dec 1806 
    Family ID  F2367  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Susannah Rosenberger,   b. 14 Dec 1821, , Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1884, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  28 Dec 1841  [1, 4
    Children 
     1. Menno R. Erb,   b. 16 Oct 1842, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1906
     2. Aaron Erb,   b. 7 Jan 1849, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1916
     3. Moses Erb,   b. 5 Jan 1856, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1858, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F4190  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Salome Schmidt,   b. 27 Apr 1838, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1917, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  16 Jun 1885  [12
    Family ID  F1647  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Rev. Moses Erb, "was born in Waterloo County, Ontario, about two miles north of Bridgeport, August 6th, 1821. On December 28th, 1841, he was married to Susannah, daughter of Jacob and Polly (Detweiler) Rosenberger. She was born December 14th, 1821. Soon after their marriage they moved about two miles north of Bridgeport, on part of his father's old homestead. Their farm is still known as the old 'Erb Farm'. Here they resided until 1860 when they moved to Berlin on the old 'Bishop Benjamin Eby Farm' which he had purchased from the executors of the late Rev. Christian Eby. Here they resided for a number of years. Later on they left the farm and moved to Berlin where she died June 26th, 1884. On June 16th, 1885, he was again married to Salome, daughter of Rev. George Schmidt. She was first married to the late Joseph C. Hallman. On April 14th, 1854, he was ordained minister of the Mennonite Church for the Martin and Bloomingdale fields of labor. Since then he has been placed on the Berlin Circuit where he still assists in the ministry. Although now seventy-four years of age he is still engaged every Sabbath in his ministerial duties. His method of preaching is plain, practical and impressive, and in the delivery of his sermons he is earnest and always very serious. His style is clear and the various ideas brought forth during his discourses are always so arranged that they are easily understood by the congregation. He is greatly beloved by his own people and highly esteemed by all other parties. His family consisted of three children"1a

      1aThe Biographical History of Waterloo Township, by Ezra Eby


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      Bloomingdale (Schneider or Snyder) Mennonite Church

      Services began in 1824, and in 1826 a first meeting house, known as Schneider's or Snyder's, was built northwest of Bloomingdale, and east of the Grand River, on land (part Lot 7) donated by Jacob Schneider. Henry Weber was the first minister to this congregation, from 1824 until 1854. He was followed by Moses Erb who was ordained minister to the congregation on April 14, 1854. The church building was primarily used as a school in the beginning; the first teacher was John Bauman from Pennsylvania. Church services were held in homes. Dorothy Sauder, in her 1972 history of the church, states that "Prior to 1860, Schneider's was the only [Mennonite] place of worship on the Grand River and, until the 1889 Martin schism, it was one with the Martin congregation with ministers serving both groups" (Sauder 1972:8). Services were held on a two-week schedule, at one meeting house and then at the other.

      Snyder's was affected by division in the church in the early 1870s. The majority of the congregation joined the Reforming (or Reformed) Mennonites, a group organized by Solomon Eby on May 15, 1874, and from 1875-1879 the meeting house was used almost exclusively by them. It was here that the conference was held on March 23, 1875 in which the New Mennonites and the Reforming (or Reformed) Mennonites joined together as the United Mennonites. However, because the original deed to the church property had been lost or perhaps never duly executed, a new deed was drawn up on January 15, 1879, giving ownership of building and property to the group of more conservative Mennonites in the congregation.

      The present church was built in 1878 on approximately the same site as the first meeting house. Renovations to the church building were carried out in 1951. One main entrance, to replace the two separate entrances, was part of the changes made. Further improvements were made in 1985. The name of the church is now Bloomingdale Mennonite Church.2a

      2aWaterloo County Churches A Research Guide To Churches Established Before 1900 By Rosemary Ambrose

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      Rev. Moses Erb

      Rev. Moses Erb, one of the oldest inhabitants of Berlin, died Wednesday evening and was buried Saturday afternoon in the Mennonite churchyard, with an exceptionally large number attending. He was born August 6, 1821 near Bridgeport, and at the age of 20 years, married Hannah Rosenberger, who died in 1884. In 1885, he married Solome Schmidt, a daughter of Preacher George Schmidt, who survives him. In addition to her, he leaves two sons: Menno and Aaron Erb from his first marriage. His youngest son, Moses, died already in 1858. In the year 1860, he moved from the old Erb farm near Bridgeport, to the Eby place in the eastern part of town, later taken over by his son, Menno, and which now is the property of Mr. Moses Betzner. In 1854, he was chosen preacher of the Mennonite congregation, and retained this office until his death.
      Last winter, he took ill with flu, which gradually turned into dropsy. He was known favourably far and wide for his many cancer cures.3a

      3aBerliner Journal August 3, 1901 Page Column 2 Translated by: Patricia J. Kauk

  • 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..., 653-654.

    2. [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..., 203.

    3. [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..., 264.

    4. [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..., 653.

    5. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-7 Page 2.

    6. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration, 27667=1901 Moses Erb.

    7. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.
      Zum / Andenken an / Pre. Moses Erb. Geb.6 Aug. 1821 / gest. 31 Juli 1901 / Alt. 79 Jah. 11 Mo. 25 Tag / in memory of / Rev. Moses Erb / born Aug.6, 1821 / died July 31 , 1901 / aged 79 yrs. 11 mos. 25 dys . / we loved him, yes, no tongue can tell / how much we loved him and how well / God loved him too and He thought best / to take him home with Him to rest / H. Messell, Berlin

    8. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 3 pg 141.
      Moses ERBFarmerCanadaMN31MY 3 141 13 44
      Susan ERBWifeUSAMN31FY 3 141 13 45
      Menno ERBSonCanada F.MN10M 3 141 13 46
      Aron ERBSonCanada F.MN4M 3 141 13 47

    9. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 5.

    10. [S1943] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1861, Div. 9 Page 71.

    11. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 3 pg 141.

    12. [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..., 654.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 6 Aug 1821 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - minister - 1854 - Bloomingdale Mennonite Church, Bloomingdale, Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: dropsy & cardiac complications - 31 Jul 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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