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John Ernst[1]
Male 1806 - 1886


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  • Birth  4 Dec 1806  Grandvillars, , Franche-Comté, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1841  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    hotel keeper and business man 
    Occupation  1841  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    storekeeper 
    Elected Office  1851  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve/Mayor 
    • Years Served: 1851-1852, 1857-1858
    Name  Johann Ernst  [11
    Occupation  Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    postmaster 
    Occupation  1852  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Merchant 
    Religion  1852  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Protestant 
    Occupation  1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Gentleman 
    Religion  1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Lutheran 
    Eby ID Number  00006-0958.222 
    Died  1 Feb 1886  New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6, 7
    Cause: heart disease and dropsy 
    Buried  Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6, 7
    Person ID  I687  Generations
    Last Modified  15 Mar 2017 

    Family 1  Maria Lugebiehl,   b. 7 Feb 1805, Grandvillars, , Franche-Comté, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1840, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Ernst, Jr.,   b. 14 Oct 1830, Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1877, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Christian Ernst,   b. CALC 19 Nov 1832, Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1898
     3. Marie Ernst,   b. 1834, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Peter Ernst,   b. 11 Sep 1836, Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1879, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F5398  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Juliana Zöger,   b. 10 Mar 1823, Sinsheim, Sinsheim, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1869, Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  8 Jun 1841  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Children 
     1. Catherine Ernst,   b. 1842, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Barbara Ernst,   b. 4 Sep 1844, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1918, Baden, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Henry Ernst,   b. 14 Sep 1846, Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1895, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co. Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Jacob Ernst,   b. CALC 9 Mar 1848,   d. 13 Aug 1848
     5. Charles Frederick Ernst,   b. 9 Sep 1853, Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1897, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F5399  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • The Late John Ernst

      John Ernst, Sr., who died at New Hamburg on the 1st inst., was born at Grand Village, near Belford, Lorraine, France, on the 4th of Dec., 1807. He emigrated to America in the year 1827, landing in New York in the same year, where he remained but one year, long enough to enable him to learn the English language somewhat. He came to Wilmot township in 1838 where he took up land, cleared his lot, and remained on the same for a long time. During his time there the cholera (1837) broke out, and while the sad epidemic lasted he helped to bury many of his neighbours, even making coffins from rough lumber and taking them to the burying ground with his ox team, and attending to the burial all by himself. After that he removed to Petersburg, where he engaged in the general store business and hotel keeping. Some time after that he owned and run the New Dundee mills, also the tannery at Petersburg. He was a man of good judgement, and a man on whose word you could rely. Any appointment he made he was sure to fulfill; he was a man of temperate habits although a hotel keeper for over 40 years. Some years ago he withdrew from actual business pursuits, but was always ready to enter into conversation on the topics of the day, as well as render any assistance where needed if at all in his power to do so. About six weeks ago he was attacked with bronchitis, then heart trouble set in from which he never rallied. Although far advanced in years he bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude and was prepared to meet his Maker. In years gone by he held different municipal offices, was Justice of the Peace and also issuer of marriage licences. He was postmaster at Petersburg for 44 years, and was one of the first postmasters in the County of Waterloo. In politics he was a staunch Conservative, and was ever ready to do a good turn for his party. He belonged to the Masonic fraternity and was an old member of that body. His remains were taken to Petersburg, for internment on Wednesday Feb. 3rd. He leaves one daughter and three sons to mourn his loss; his wife preceded him some fifteen years ago.1a


      1aNew Hamburg Independent, February 11, 1886

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Peter Ernst b. Wilmot Township res: Dundee Age: 25 born abt 1837 father: John married Elisabeth Schafer Age:: 20 born abt 1842 b. Germany Spouse res: Berlin father: Henry mother: Elisabeth Ebel married 24 May 1862 county: Waterloo

    2. [S2555] News - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - New Hamburg Independent (1917 -, February 11, 1886.
      Obituary of John Ernst

    3. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.

    4. [S182] Vit - France, Alsace Lorraine, Grandvillars.

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Feb.4, 1886.
      Feb.1, 1886 John Ernst died in New Hamburg, at age of 79 years, 1 month and 27 days.

    6. [S183] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - Emmanuel Evangelical Petersburg CC#4556 Cemetery Internet Link.
      Zum andenken an/ John Ernst Sr./ Geb. 4 Dec. 1806/ in Grandvillars Canton von (Delle ) Oder Elsasz/ Gest. 1 Feb. 1886/ in New Hamburg/ Alter 79 Jah. 1 Mo./ 27 Tage./ Weep not for me my friends most dear/ I am not dead but sleeping here/ till the last trump shall bid me rise/ and meet my Saviour in the skies/ ? Bros. Berlin

    7. [S184] Funeral Card - - Funeral Card Notices of Waterloo County from 1851 to 1980.
      Died./ In New Hamburg, on/ Monday, Feb'y 1st, '86/ at 1 o'clock a.m./ John Ernst sr.,/ Aged 79 years, 1 month & 27 days./ Funeral/ will leave the residence of/ Mrs. S. Ernst, Queens/ Hotel, on Wednesday,/ Feb'y 3rd at 11 o'clock/ a.m., for Petersburg Cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this invitation./ New Hamburg, February 1st, 1886

    8. [S140] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1881, Div. 2 Page 10.

    9. [S190] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1871, Div. 3 Page 29.

    10. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 3 Page 19.

    11. [S75] News - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo - Der Morgenstern (1839-1841), Marriage notice of Johann Ernst and Juliana Zoger - June 17, 1841.
      Johann Ernst, business man and hotel-keeper in Wilmot and widower of the late Maria Lugebiehl married Juliana Zöger, daughter of Leonard and Margareth (née Schmitt) Zöger, both of Wilmot were married by Rev. Bindeman. (long poem wishing couple well, follows)

    12. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Rev'd F. W. Bindemann, Minister of the German Evangelical Protestant Church at Greenbush Village, Waterloo Township, Halton County, Wellington District, 31 Aug. 1840 to 31 Aug. 1841.
      John Ernst, Storekeeper, To Juliana Zoeger, Both Of Wilmot. Rev. Bindemann. Wit. Conrad Shmitt, Blacksmith, Of Waterloo And John Haist, Yeom. , Of Wilmot.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 4 Dec 1806 - Grandvillars, , Franche-Comté, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - hotel keeper and business man - 1841 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - storekeeper - 1841 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Jun 1841 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve/Mayor - 1851 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - postmaster - - Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1852 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Protestant - 1852 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: heart disease and dropsy - 1 Feb 1886 - New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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