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Henry Bernhardt 

Henry Bernhardt[1, 2]

Male 1825 - 1907

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  • Birth  10 Apr 1825  , Alsace Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender  Male 
    Business  Rock Brewery, 1580 Queenston Rd., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Immigration  1833  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Misfortune  1850  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    strike by lighting - blinded 
    Name  Heinrich Bernhardt  [10
    Residence  1850  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Occupation  1852  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Brewer 
    Occupation  1861  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Brewer 
    Religion  1861  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1871  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Brewer 
    Residence  1871  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation  1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gentleman 
    Religion  1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1901  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-35118 
    Died  26 Jan 1907  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Cause: Cause: Senile - Bronchitis - Intestinal Catarrah and a Weak Heart 
    Buried  Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID  I35118  Generations
    Last Modified  14 Mar 2017 

    Mother  Barbara Rupp,   b. 27 Mar 1791, Oberhofen, , Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1881, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F9382  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Among the early settlers may be named Mr. Isaac Salyerds, of Irish descent. Brought up among Pennsylvanians, he married a daughter of John Erb and with her obtained considerable landed property. Isaac was a man of energy. He built a tavern (now owned by Mr. Alfred Thomson,) owned two large farms near Preston and became the owner of a small tannery, near the Grand River, built by one Andrew Smith. Mr. Salyerds erected a large store, built a tannery on those premises and carried on the business of tanning for a number of years. Owing to sickness and other causes his business declined; he discontinued the tannery and died in embarrassed circumstances. (Having neglected to make a will, his property went into the Court of Chancery where it remained for a number of years, until the greater portion of it had been consumed by law costs. The tannery premises were purchased by Henry Bernhardt who converted them into a brewery and added a number of buildings as they now stand.1a

      1aFifth Annual Report Of The Waterloo Historical Society, 1917, pg 25

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      Dreadful Accident from Lightning at New Hope

      It falls this week to our lot as public journalists to record one of the most awful, sudden and frightful catastrophes, by which in the twinkling of an eye, unthinking mortals are occasionally hurried off the busy scene of human life, which we recollect as happening in our immediate neighbourhood. On Sunday last, about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, and when the heavy thunder storm which visited this quarter on that day, was raging at its height, just as three men, Frederick Long, Henry Barnhart and a German known as the "Little Waggoner" were in the act of leaving the stoop of the tavern in the Village of New Hope, kept by Mr. Adam Scott, a terrific flash of lightning struck the party and felled them all instantaneously to the earth.

      Melancholy to relate, Long was found to have been killed on the spot, his shirt and skin across the breast being most severely burned and singed and part of his clothes rent and torn into shreds by the fearful, yet incomprehensible violence of the electric shock. Barnhart was discovered to have been struck completely blind and has remained so ever since, besides being otherwise severely stunned, burned and injured. The other person, who seems only to be known by the cognomen of the "Little Waggoner" (being a wagon maker in New Hope), was only slightly affected in the foot, in which, however, he experienced a strange, yet painful sensation. Dr. Ebert and Mr. Klotz soon arrived from Preston, but all attempts at reviving Long were tried in vain. Barnhart, who is a brewer in Preston, has since been conveyed home, but notwithstanding every attention medical and otherwise, the poor fellow enjoys little hope of recovering his eyesight, if indeed, his life be spared as he now lies in a precarious condition. Long was 24 years of age, and son-in-law of old Mr. Barnhart and head cooper to Mr. Hespeler, of Preston and had lately been employed at Mr. H's Mills at New Hope. He leaves a wife and child to lament his untimely end, and the bereavement of a kind husband and fond father.

      At the time and place where the lightning struck, an extremely strong, sulphurous and suffocating smell pervaded the surrounding atmosphere and even clung to the bodies of the killed and injured, so much so that for some time there was great difficulty in breathing in the vicinity of the spot where the dire calamity occurred.

      The Niagara Chronicle of 8 Aug 1850
      Picked up and reprinted from The Dumfries Reformer, Galt Ont

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      Died at Preston, on Sunday, January 27th, 1907, at 7.50 o'clock a.m. Henry Bernhardt Aged 81 Years, 10 Months and 17 Days. Funeral Will take place from the residence of Peter Bernhardt, where Service will be held, on Tuesday Afternoon, 29th Jan., at 2 o'clock to the Preston Cemetery for Interment. No Flowers. Friends and acquaintances please accept this intimation. Preston, Jan. 28th, 1907.

      City of Cambridge Archives Funeral Card Collection

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] 23 Apr 1863.
      Valentin Bernhardt died 12 Apr 1863 in Preston, son of Heinrich, 3 yrs, 4 mths.

    2. [S7] 19 May 1881.
      26 Apr 1881 Carl Heinrich Bernhardt, son of H. Bernhardt, died in Preston of consumption of the lungs, at age of 18 years, 9 months and 15 days.

    3. [S270] Pg 4.

    4. [S204] Preston (Village) F-1 Page 3.

    5. [S105] Pg. 50.

    6. [S1473] Div. 2 Page 19.

    7. [S2441] Section 1 Page 66.

    8. [S239] [Front] Bernhardt/ Back] In/ Memory Of/ Henry C./ Died April 26, 1881/ Aged 18 Yrs. 9 Mos. & 15 Dys./ Rosaline/ Died Oct. 2, 1882/ Aged/ 16 Yrs. 8 Mos/ & 7 Dys./ Children Of/ Henry & Dorathe/ Bernhardt./ [Left Side] In/ Memory Of/ Henry Bernhardt/ Who Died/ Jan. 27, 1907/ Aged 81 Years/ 10 Mos. & 17 Dys./ Dorathe Rahn/ Beloved Wife Of/ Henry Bernhardt/ Who Died/ March 31, 1897/ Aged 70 Years/ 2 Weeks & 2 Dys. / [Flat Markers] Peter / Louis Bernhardt/ 1857 - 1936.

    9. [S2301]

    10. [S7] 12 Oct 1882.
      02 Oct 1882 Rosaline Bernhardt, only daughter of Heinrich Bernhardt, died in Preston of typhoid at age of 16 years, 8 months and 7 days (poem follows).

    11. [S13] Marriages By Rev'd Jacob Mailer, Minister of The Evangelical Lutheran Church At Preston report #177.
      Henry Bernhard, 25, to Dorolyea Rahn, 22, both of Waterloo. 1 Jan. 1850.

    12. [S2441]

    13. [S116] Name:Henry Bernhardt Gender:Male Birth Year:abt 1826 Birth Place:Els, Prov of Laoraine, Deu Age at Death:81 Death Date:27 Jan 1907 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 10 Apr 1825 - , Alsace Lorraine, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - - Rock Brewery, 1580 Queenston Rd., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1833 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - strike by lighting - blinded - 1850 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1850 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Brewer - 1852 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Brewer - 1861 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1861 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Brewer - 1871 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1891 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - ? - 1901 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Senile - Bronchitis - Intestinal Catarrah and a Weak Heart - 26 Jan 1907 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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