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Jacob Hespeler, Esq.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Male 1811 - 1881

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  • Suffix  Esq. 
    Birth  28 Jan 1811  Eningen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Occupation  1852  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Merchant 
    Elected Office  1856  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden 
    Elected Office  1859  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve of Hespeler 
    Residence  1860  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Occupation  1861  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Miller 
    Religion  1861  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Christian 
    Occupation  1871  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Farmer and Manufacturer 
    Christened  29 Jan 1881  Eningen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Gender  Male 
    Business  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Distillery 
    • Jacob Hespeler's distillery, later became the Brodie Shoddy Mill, and home to the Hespeler Scouts during the late 1940s -50s.. Image from: Hespeler, Canada : a souvenir of the factory town 1901
    Died  22 Mar 1881  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 9
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Historic Building  152 Guelph Ave., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    2 story large stone house 
    • Large 2 story stone house built by Jacob Hespeler. Sold to his daughter Lissie Bowlby in 1870 for $1. Sold to Andrew Simpson post master in 1877. Sold to Robert and Henry Swan merchants in 1877 who sold in 1888.
    Name  Jakob Hespeler 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-27047P 
    Buried  New Hope Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Person ID  I27047  Generations
    Last Modified  10 Jul 2017 

    Father  Johann Georg "George" Hespeler,   b. 8 Nov 1784, , Wuerttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1881, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Anna Barbara Wick,   b. 26 Nov 1791, Ehningen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1881, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  27 Jul 1809  Eningen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F22526  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Elisabeth "Lissie" "Lizzie" "Elise" Knoth,   b. 28 Oct 1817, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1881, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Col. John George Hespeler,   b. 8 Apr 1837, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1910, Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Lissie Hespeler,   b. 5 Nov 1839, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1920, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Anna Hespeler,   b. 1842, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Ellonora "Laura" Hespeler,   b. 1844, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mina Hespeler,   b. 1845, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1938
     6. Jacob Hespeler, I,   b. 8 May 1851, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1852, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Jacob Hespeler, II,   b. 10 Sep 1853, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1927, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Charles Hespeler,   b. CALC 1855, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1886, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Rose Hespeler,   b. CALC 18 Jul 1860,   d. 18 Nov 1874, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F9290  Group Sheet

    Children 
     1. Lissie Hespeler,   b. 5 Nov 1839, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1920, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Rose Hespeler,   b. CALC 18 Jul 1860,   d. 18 Nov 1874, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F254941  Group Sheet

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    Jacob Hespeler
    Jacob Hespeler
    Waterloo Region Hall of Fame
    Jacob Hespeler
    Jacob Hespeler

  • Notes 
    • Jacob Hespeler

      Cambridge Hall of Fame
      Inducted 1995

      Jacob Hespeler was born in Ehningen Germany in 1811, the eldest son of John George Hespeler and Anna Barbara Wick. His mother's grandfather was Count Andrassy, an Hungarian nobleman. The evidence suggests that he was twice married, first to Eliza "Lissie" Knoth (c.1835) and sometime later to Elise Diehl. He had nine children, seven of whom survived to adulthood. Little is known of Mr Hespeler's early years others than that he was educated in Nancy, France and emigrated to Canada with all but one of his nine brothers and sisters. Mr Hespeler spent a number of years working in the fur trade first in association with John Jacob Astor and then with the Hudson Bay Co. In about 1835 he decided to settle down and moved to the German community of Preston. There he opened a store with a man named Yoeste (Yost). It appears that Mr Yoeste had some difficulty with the authorities in the United States and before long Mr Hespeler was the sole owner of the business. This single store was not sufficient to satisfy Mr Hespeler's boundless energies and he soon turned his sights on some land upon which he could build a grist mill, a mill that would run in opposition to one already operated by Preston's leading family, the Erbs. Mr Hespeler located a suitable site along the Grand River near its confluence with the Speed River. The evidence suggests that Mr Hespeler neglected to purchase water rights when he obtained the mill site and after beginning to dig the race needed to bring in the water that would power the mill was forced to abandon the site. He then turned to a site on King Street where he proceeded to erect a grist mill, a stone store and a distillery. Mr Hespeler became a fairly prominent businessman in Preston and served as the Captain of the Preston Hook and Ladder Co. when it was organized in 1844. It was at about this time that Mr Hespeler decided to broaden his business activities. Beginning on 6 Feb 1845 he purchased a total of 145 acres fronting on the Speed River in the settlement of New Hope. Mr Hespeler replaced the existing dam on his new property with a much bigger one in keeping with his ambitious plans for the site. He began with the building of a grist mill in 1847 followed shortly thereafter by a sawmill and a cooperage. These were followed by a gas house, a distillery and, in 1861, a stone woollen mill. He also built a stone housing block known as the "Riverside Terraces" which was built to house unmarried men working in his factories. He was also a major benefactor of both the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches in the village, assisting in the construction of each. Although Mr Hespeler was increasingly involved with his growing business concerns in New Hope, he continued to maintain close ties to Preston. He continued operating his store, mill and distillery in Preston and in 1850 started a factory that was among the first in Canada to use the new "German" or "quick" method of vinegar production. Traditionally vinegar was made by a two stage process of natural fermentation which required several months to produce a complete vinegar. The new "German" process produced vinegar in a much shorter period. Mr Hespeler's vinegar was sent to the Great Exhibition at Hyde Park in London in 1851 and met with such acceptance that he began exporting his vinegar to the English market the following year. Mr Hespeler's activities extended beyond his business concerns. He was Preston's second postmaster serving in the position from 1851 to 1859. He served on Preston's council both in 1852, when he was elected as the newly incorporated village's first Reeve, and from 1854 to 1858, the last three years of which he was once again named Reeve. In 1852 he also served as Preston's representative on the first Waterloo County provisional council. Following his service on Preston's Council, Mr Hespeler was elected to serve as the first reeve of the newly incorporated and newly named Village of Hespeler, holding the office from 1859 to 1862. The incorporation of the settlement of New Hope as the village of Hespeler was due in no small part to the efforts of Jacob Hespeler and was, in part, based on the coming of the Great Western Railway to New Hope on its route from Galt to Guelph. The presence of the railway construction crews in the vicinity of New Hope encouraged Mr Hespeler to call for a census of the settlement in 1857 hoping to find enough "residents" to qualify for incorporation under the terms of the Ontario Municipal Act of 1849. Incorporation was essential to Mr Hespeler's plans for the settlement which could then separate from the county and elect its own Council with jurisdiction over all aspects of roads and bridges and a variety of other issues, the most important being the location of industries and the ability to make provision for fire protection and public health. The census was duly taken and on 31 July 1858 the government of her majesty Queen Victoria proclaimed that the settlement of New Hope would become the incorporated Village of Hespeler effective 1 Jan 1859. In 1861, Mr Hespeler ran as a Conservative candidate for the Legislative Assembly but was defeated by the Liberal James Cowan. He was never again a candidate for parliament but he maintained an involvement in later campaigns by providing advice and assistance. It was said that few people in the riding had as much influence with the electorate as Mr Hespeler. At about the same time Mr Hespeler sold his businesses in Preston and, in 1861, built a large stone woollen mill close to his other factories on the Speed River in Hespeler. This mill was severely damaged by fire in 1869 and shortly there after Mr Hespeler moved to California. He lived there for a number of years and then returned to Hespeler where he died on 22 Mar 1881. He is buried in New Hope Cemetery.1a

      1ahttp://www.city.cambridge.on.ca/cs_pubaccess/hall_of_fame.php?aid=22

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      Wesleyan Methodist and Methodist New Connexion St. Paul's United Church

      The earliest Methodist services were said to have begun in 1861 when the Rev. E.W. Frazee arrived in Preston. He organized a congregation which met at first in the upper room of a woolen mill on Eagle Street and then in the frame Lutheran church on King Street; members of the New Connexion Methodists began to meet in the Town Hall at about the same time. Rev. Charles Freshman, the German Wesleyan Methodist missionary, began preaching to English- and German-speaking congregations on May 3, 1862. In his autobiography Rev. Dr. Freshman is quoted: "I preached at St. George in the morning, Paris in the afternoon and at Preston in the evening. Our other regular appointments were Strasburg, Roseville, Conestoga [sic], New Dundee, Doon and occasionally in Princeton" (Freshman 1868:214).

      A stone church was built at the corner of Duke and Argyle Streets in 1864 on property which had been donated by Jacob Hespeler; the church was opened on September 25, 1864. Dedicatory services were held in English by Mr. Rice and Mr. Carrol and in German by Rev. Freshman. Four acres of land between King and Queen (now Queenston Road) Streets were purchased from Jacob Hespeler on July 15, 1868 by the trustees of the Wesleyan Methodist and New Connexion churches. A newer, larger church was built on this property and completed on October 18, 1868. Although union of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada and the Methodist New Connexion Church did not occur until 1874 it is quite possible that the two congregations in Preston had already formed their own union with the building of the church in 1868. For some years it was a community church where other denominations also worshipped.

      In 1871 the church was enlarged; the tower and spire were added at the same time. A Sunday School was built in 1875-1879 during the ministry of Rev. James McAllister. In 1877 the congregation was given permission to sell the old New Connexion Church and to apply the proceeds towards improvements on the new church. The Circuit was divided in 1883 when Preston, Zion and Doon were separated from Hespeler. In 1887 Preston was by itself, but at the Annual Conference in 1897 of the Methodist Church, Guelph Conference, Galt District, Preston was divided into a circuit consisting of Preston and Doon. The church became self-supporting at that time. Preston later was with Hespeler until 1909 when each became an independent charge. The congregation of Preston Methodist Church became Preston United Church in 1925 and later, in 1933, St. Paul's United Church. The cornerstone for a new Sunday School was laid in 1921; the addition was completed in 1922. Further additions were constructed in 1955 and 1967.2a

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

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      Shortly after Ferrie and Liebschuetz had opened stores in Preston, two young Germans who had been living in the United States, came to Preston and opened a store, in the premises first occupied by Liebschuetz. These two Germans were a Jew named Yost and Jacob Hespeler. They did a good business, but it appeared that Mr. Yost had committed some fraud in Philadelphia, was pursued, captured and taken to Hamilton jail to await his trial. Hespeler managed to make a compromise with Yost's creditors, upon receiving an assignment of all Yost's interests in the store. A short time afterwards Hespeler built a large store and extended his business to a considerable extent; he had also built a distillery some time before.3a

      3aFifth Annual Report Of The Waterloo Historical Society, 1917 pg 27

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library, #20, p 162.
      Jacob Hespeler, son of Jacob Hespeler and Elisabeth Knoth of Preston, died 23 Apr 1852, Age 11 m 15 d

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 2 Dec 1886.
      Oct. 29, 1886 Chas. Hespeler, youngest son of the late Jakob Hespeler, died in Memphis, Tenn. at age of 31 years.

    3. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 20 Oct 1881.
      14 Oct 1881 Elise Hespeler, widow of Jakob Hespeler, died in Preston at age of 65 years.

    4. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 19 Nov 1874.
      Died 18 Nov 1874 In Berlin, Rosa, daughter of Jakob Hespeler, Esq., died at the age of 14 years, 4 months. (Funeral details follow.)

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 11 Apr 1861.
      Married 10 Apr 1861 In Hespeler, at the home of the bride's father, by Rev. E.R. Stimson, Ward Hamilton Bowlby Esq., holds a M.A. and is advocate of this paper, was married to Lissie Hespeler, oldest daughter of Jakob Hespeler, Esq.

    6. [S1338] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Galt Reporter (1846-1973), Obituary of Elizabeth (Lissie) Knoth - Hespeler - Oct 21 1881 pg 8.

    7. [S270] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1852, Pg 3.

    8. [S508] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1871, Page 37.

    9. [S237] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - New Hope CC#4498 Internet Link .
      Jacob Hespeler/ Founder Of The Village Of Hespeler/ Died 22nd March, 1881/ In The 71st Year Of His Age/ Requiescat In Pace/ Lissie/ Wife Of/ Jacob Hespeler/ Born 28th October 1817/ Died 14th October, 1881/ Hespeler

    10. [S1837] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1861, Div. 1 Page 9.

    11. [S2303] Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 - Ancestry.com, FHL Film Number: 1569112 Pg 63 22.
      Jacob Hespeler Birth Date: 28 Jan 1811 Baptism Date: 29 Jan 1811 Baptism Place: Eningen, Württemberg, Germany Father: Joh. Georg Hespeler Mother: Anna Barb. Wikin

    12. [S20] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Telegraph (title varies: Berlin Telegraph, Berlin Daily Telegraph) (1853-1922), 7 Sep 1860.
      Hespeler: At Hespeler, on the 30th ult., the wife of Jacob Hespeler, Esq., of a daughter.

    13. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 28 Jan 1811 - Eningen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1852 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden - 1856 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve of Hespeler - 1859 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Miller - 1861 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Christian - 1861 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer and Manufacturer - 1871 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 29 Jan 1881 - Eningen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Distillery - - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Mar 1881 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 2 story large stone house - - 152 Guelph Ave., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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