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Benjamin B. Bemis
Male 1791 - 1870


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  • Birth  1791  Cornish, , New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Military  , New England, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    War of 1812 
    Occupation  1852  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    farmer 
    Occupation  1856  winterbourne, , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hotel Keeper - Bemis Hotel 
    • On April 2,1856 Dr. William Pipe card appeared in the Berlin Chronicle "Doctor Pipe,Physician,etc. Office at Bemis'Hotel,Winterbourne."
    Occupation  1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Tavern Keeper 
    Religion  episcopalian  [4
    Religion  1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    E. N. C. 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-69552 
    Died  15 Mar 1870  Winterbourne, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Cause: pneumonia 
    Buried  Winterbourne Pres. Cemetery, Winterbourne, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7
    Person ID  I69552  Generations
    Last Modified  24 Oct 2017 

    Family  Katherine Coon,   b. 1805, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1869, Winterbourne, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Aurilia Bemis,   b. 1820, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Benjamin Bowman Bemis,   b. 3 Oct 1823, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1900
     3. Mary Anne Bemis,   b. 30 Aug 1835, Winterbourne, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1929, Guelph Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Katherine "Katie" Bemis,   b. 23 Feb 1838, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1920, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Angeline Bemis,   b. 1841, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1865, Fergus, Nichol Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Thomas Asaph Bemis,   b. 14 May 1848, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1850, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F18231  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • In the questionaire sent by the Presbytery of Guelph concerning the history of the church, a question was asked as to when the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was first dispensed to the congregation. I applied to Mrs. Samuel Burnett, an old member of the congregation at the time, but since gone home, and was disappointed to receive the reply that she could not remember, but after talking about some other things, she said 'Mr. Gardiner, of Fergus, married us and remained'. I eagerly caught at the statement, and said 'that is just what I want, when were you married,' and after a little consideration she said in the fall of 1840.

      So the congregation must have been organized at that time. She told a rather interesting story concerning the same Mr. Gardiner. They were brought up in the same neighborhood and knew each other in Scotland, and when about to emigrate her father, Mr. Wm. Gerrie, chose a certain vessel to cross the ocean, but was told it was slow boat and so changed to another. When they reached Hamilton about the summer of 1836 they went to church on Sabbath and were astonished to find the preacher was Mr. Gardiner. He had taken the so-called slow boat and got there before them. He was the first minister of St. Andrew's Church, Fergus, but only lived a few years, and is buried behind that church under a flat stone. Mrs. Burnett also gave me another interesting item. The feeling ran very high between the two parties at the disruption. Previous to this the church building had been used by all denominations - the Methodist and English church had occasional services in it. But after the disruption the Free church party were excluded from the church.

      The preacher sent to preach and organize them was the Rev. Mr., afterwards Dr. Smellie, of Fergus, successor to Mr. Gardiner. When he came to the church the door was locked and an entrance refused. Mr. Bemis then kept hotel across the road from the church, and he kindly invited the congregation to occupy his lawn, and Mr. Smellie had as his pulpit the porch in front of the hotel, the people standing or sitting on the grass. His text was Ezek. 37:1-10, the passage about the 'dry bones.' I mentioned the matter to my good friend, Rev. J.A. Mullan, and thought he would be interested in it, but received the dry reply 'Yes he was always preaching about the dry bones.' I found I had touched a tender spot and said no more.....Benjamin Bowman Bemis came from New Hampshire, born in March 1792, had a remarkably eventful life in his early years, came to Woolwich in 1814, settled on the farm opposite the Presbyterian burying ground and kept hotel there for many years, afterwards built and kept the hotel in Winterbourne. He was noted for his hospitality and kindness to travellers.1a

      1aA Few Notes on the Early History of Chalmers' Church, Winterbourne" by Rev. A. M. Hamilton, M. A.

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      Benjamin Bowman Bemis was born at Cornish, New Hampshire, on March 14th, 1792. Many stories are told of his early life which had been a remarkably eventful one. As a young man living in a New England seaport town he took part in some stirring events during the War of 1812-14. Towards the close of the war he visited a brother, Asaph. S. Bemis, who was living in Buffalo, and was there in 1814, when Buffalo, then a village, was burned. Shortly after that he was in Woolwich. After trying other places, the farm on which he settled was on the east side of the road, opposite Woodward's, and north of and adjoining Zephaniah Sexton's. Later he built a hotel in Winterbourne and in this way was well known to all the first immigrants. From one and all comes the same story that his house was always open to them. Few had any money in the days of the Pilkington settlement but, that made no difference to Mr. Bemis ; he was hospitable and kind to every one.

      Benjamin Bowman Bemis married a widow whose maiden name was Mary Pollard. There were two in this family, - Aurelia, born in 1821, was married to David Chalmers; and Benjamin Bowman Bemis, jr.. born in 1823, was married in February 1850 to Christina McKay, and died December 13th, 1900 at the age of seventy-seven.

      In 1834 Mr. Bemis, sr., married the widow of William Singer, from the Township of Nichol, and the children by this second marriage were: Mary Ann, married Matthew Durrant ; Angeline, married Alex. McCloy ; Catharine, now living in Winterbourne ; and Thomas, who died quite young.

      Benjamin Bowman Bemis died on March 13th, 1870, at the age of 78, and his second wife, whose maiden name was Katharine Coon, died October 16th, 1869, in her sixty fourth year.2a

      2aThe Early History of Elora, Ontario, and Vicinity by John R. Connon














      Is said to be born at Cornis, New Hampshire and opened a hotel in Winterbourne.

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 24 Mar 1870.
      Benjamin B. Bemis died 15 Mar 1870 in Winterborn, 78 yrs, was oldest citizen in Woolwich Twp.

    2. [S417] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Winterbourne Presbyterian CC#4597.
      Bemis / In Memory Of / B. B. Bemis, Born 1792 - Died 1870 / Katherine, His Wife / Born 1806 - Died 1869 / Their Dau. Angeline, Wife Of / Alex Mccloy / Born 1841 - Died 1865 / Thomas, Born 1849 - Died 1850 / Katherine Bemis Mccloy / Born 1865 - Died 1892 /

    3. [S141] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1851, Div 1 Pg 2.
      Benjamin B. Bemis Farmer USA Church of England 60
      Kathrine Bemis Canada Church of England 46
      Mary Anne Bemis Canada Church of England 17
      Katerina Bemis Canada Church of England 14
      Angeline Bemis Canada Church of England 11

    4. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Benjamin B. Bemis d. 13 Mar 1870 Woolwich, b. New Hampshire, aged 78, occ. hotel keeper, cause: pnemonia, hotel keeper. Religion Episcopalian

    5. [S915] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1861, Township of Woolwich 1861 Div. 7 Page 62.

    6. [S141] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1851, Div 1 Pg 2.

    7. [S915] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1861.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1791 - Cornish, , New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - War of 1812 - - , New England, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1852 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Tavern Keeper - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - E. N. C. - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: pneumonia - 15 Mar 1870 - Winterbourne, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Winterbourne Pres. Cemetery, Winterbourne, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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