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Rev. Jacob B. Gingrich 

Rev. Jacob B. Gingrich[1, 2, 3]

Male 1840 - 1920

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  • Prefix  Rev. 
    Birth  13 Jun 1840  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1863  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence  1866  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Religion  1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Mennonite 
    Occupation  1901  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Minister 
    Occupation  1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Income 
    Religion  1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Mennonite 
    Retired  1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Eby ID Number  00039-3178 
    Died  11 Oct 1920  [6, 7
    Buried  Hagey Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Person ID  I5952  Generations
    Last Modified  13 Apr 2017 

    Father  John Gingerich,   b. 26 Dec 1814, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1875 
    Mother  Anna Burkhard,   b. 1 Nov 1814, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1883 
    Married  7 Feb 1837  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1823  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Mary Sherk,   b. 4 Feb 1837, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1866, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Feb 1863  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Children 
     1. David Gingerich,   b. CALC 16 Mar 1865,   d. 6 Apr 1866
    Family ID  F1426  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Elizabeth Sherk,   b. 27 Jul 1845, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1934 
    Married  9 Dec 1866  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 12
    Children 
     1. Mary Ann Gingrich,   b. 2 Jan 1868, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1945, near, Biglerville, Adams, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John S. Gingrich,   b. 23 Oct 1869, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1859, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Enoch S. Gingrich,   b. 8 Mar 1871, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1961, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Norman S. Gingrich,   b. 1873, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1947, Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Dilman S. Gingrich,   b. 8 Oct 1875, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1957, Near Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Elizabeth Ann Gingrich,   b. 1876, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Nancy S. Gingrich,   b. 2 Dec 1878, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1954, Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Jacob S. Gingrich,   b. Abt 1881, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Samuel S. Gingrich,   b. 22 Aug 1883, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1904, Red Deer, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Barbara Elsina Gingrich,   b. 29 Oct 1885, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F1428  Group Sheet

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    Jacob B. Gingrich
    Jacob B. Gingrich
    image from Mennonite Archives of Ontario

  • Notes 
    • Jacob B. Gingerich, "was born June 13th, 1840. He was first married to Mary, daughter of Rev. David and Elizabeth (Betzner) Sherk. She was born February 4th, 1837. They resided on the old "Sherk Farm" on the east bank of the Grand River, opposite the village of Doon where she died May 3rd, 1866. After her decease he was married to Elizabeth Sherk, sister to his first wife. She was born July 27th, 1845. On July 1st, 1878, he was ordained as a minister of the Mennonite body for the Hagey and Wanner field of labor. He is a good man and a diligent worker for the Master, and is very liberal in his views in regard to the plan of salvation. As a minister he is very popular on his fields of labor. Of first wife there was one son named David (dead). Of second union there were ten children".1a

      1aThe Biographical History of Waterloo Township, by Ezra Eby

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      Preston (Bechtel or Hagey) Mennonite Church

      The second meeting house in Waterloo County was built, probably in 1814, by John Erb, a wealthy miller of Preston. This brick meeting house served as a community church and was located "near Jacob Hagey's", which was on the road running from the top of the Kress Hill west and "adjoining the Kitchener Highway" (Witmer 1967:26). Another meeting house, known as the Union Meeting House, was built in the area around 1824. A meeting was held in the Union church on November 20, 1824 to commence recording the accounts of the congregation in Hagey's Deacon Book. The deed of land for the Union Meeting House and burial ground, which was for one acre of part Lot 22, Beasley's Broken Front, was transacted in 1835.
      Hagey Meeting House was buiilt of red brick in 1842 on part Lot 23, just north of Preston on the west side of the Breslau Road, and slightly north of the Union Meeting House site. The deed, dated February 2, 1842, recorded the purchase of the land from John Hilborn and stressed that the property was to be for "the purpose of public worship by the Mennonist Society" (Witmer 1967:28). Joseph Bechtel was the first minister in the area, from 1804-1837; he was followed by David Sherk (1838-1843). Next came Joseph Hagey (1844-1877), who was ordained bishop in 1851, and then Jacob B. Gingrich from 1878 to 1901. Services were held every four weeks until 1890 when bi-weekly services were begun. A Sunday School was established in 1842 with the congregation of Wanner Meeting House near Hespeler, but it was discontinued because of a difference of opinion regarding the need for Sunday Schools. On April 26, 1891 a Sunday School was organized at Hagey's, with deacon Abraham Oberholtzer as superintendent. Five years later, on June 10, 1896, a Sunday School was organized at the Wanner church.
      Major changes were made to the church building in 1927-1928 when the basement was excavated, new windows were installed and the roof was raised two feet. Fire on January 15, 1950 caused extensive damage to the interior and furnishings of the church. The building was completely renovated and also enlarged at the same time; dedication was on July 2, 1950. Another fire, on Feburary 19, 1953, completely destroyed the church. A congregational decision was made to build a new church, on Concession Road in Preston, and the cornerstone was laid on Thanksgiving Day, October 12, 1953. Official dedication services in the new Preston Mennonite Church were held on May 16, 1954. The building was enlarged in the summer of 1989.2a

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

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      Gingrich - Pre. Jacob B. Gingrich was born in Waterloo Twp., Ont., June 13, 1840; died Oct. 11, 1920; aged 80 y. 3 m. 28 d. He was first married to Sister Mary Sherk, daughter of Pre. David Sherk. She preceded him in death. He was again married to Elizabeth Sherk, sister of his first wife, Dec. 2, 1866. July 2, 1878 he was ordained to the ministry and for thirty years served to the best of his ability in that capacity. He labored with the Wanner and Hagey congregations. Twelve years ago he received a paralytic stroke while in the pulpit from which he never fully recovered. The last four years he has been confined to his home. He was a devoted companion and a kind father, ever willing to help those in need. He was patient in his sufferings. He leaves a loving companion, 4 sons, 3 daughters, and 26 grandchildren. Two sons and 1 daughter preceded him. Funeral services were held at Hagey's Church by Brethren Ben Shantz, Abram Snider, and Jonas Snider. Many relatives and friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. Burial in cemetery nearby.3a

      3aObituary - Gospel Herald, November 25, 1920

  • 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..., 239.

    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..., 372.

    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..., 240.

    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..., 692.

    5. [S86] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1901, Waterloo (South/Sud) G-3 Page 4.

    6. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, November 25, 1920.
      Obituary of Jacob B. Gingerich

    7. [S146] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Hagey Mennonite CC#5431 Cemetery Internet Link .
      Gingrich/ Jacob B. Gingrich/ born June 13, 1840/ died Oct. 11, 1920/ aged 80 years/ was ordained Minister in 1878/ Elizabeth Sherk/ his wife/ born July 27, 1845/ died Nov. 12, 1934/ aged 89 years

    8. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 3 Pg 24.

    9. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Jacob Gingrich Birth Place: Woolwich Township RESIDENCE: Woolwich Township Age: 22 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841 Father Name: John Mother Name: Anna Spouse Name: Mary Sherk Spouse's Age: 21 Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1842 Spouse Birth Place: Waterloo Spouse Residence: Waterloo Spouse Father Name: David Spouse Mother Name: Elisabeth Marriage Date: 24 Feb 1863 Marriage County: Waterloo

    10. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 2 Page 27.

    11. [S272] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1911, Div. 7 Page 11.

    12. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Jacob Gingrich Birth Place: Waterloo RESIDENCE: Waterloo Age: 25 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841 Father Name: John Gingrich Mother Name: Anna Gingrich Spouse Name: Elizabeth Sherk Spouse's Age: 21 Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1845 Spouse Birth Place: Waterloo Spouse Residence: Waterloo Spouse Father Name: David Sherk Spouse Mother Name: Elizabeth Sherk Marriage Date: 9 Dec 1866 Marriage County: Waterloo

    13. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Gingrich Jacob, 22, Woolwich, Woolwich, s/o John & Anna, married 24 Feb 1863 Mary Sherk, 26, Waterloo, Waterloo, d/o David & Elizabeth

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 13 Jun 1840 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1863 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Feb 1863 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1866 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Dec 1866 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1901 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Income - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hagey Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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