Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Rev. Joseph Bechtel[1, 2, 3]

Male 1761 - 1838  (76 years)


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  • Name Joseph Bechtel 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 9 May 1761  , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - Beasley's Broken Front Lot 04S, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 168 Bechtel St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Location of his log house. 
    • The current building contains some original logs from the home.
    Eby ID Number 00007-0645 
    Grave Photograph - Find A Grave Joseph Bechtel 
    Died 11 Apr 1838  Near Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Buried Hagey Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I10355  Generations
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2019 

    Father Martin Bechtel,   b. 26 Jan 1710, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1785, New Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Family ID F2977  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Magdalena Allebach,   b. 21 Sep 1761, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1837, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 5 Mar 1786  [4
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Bechtel,   b. 5 Mar 1787, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1844  (Age 56 years)
     2. Maria "Mary" Bechtel,   b. 15 Nov 1788, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1850, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     3. Samuel Bechtel,   b. 24 Jan 1791, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1861  (Age 70 years)
     4. Veronica "Fanny" Bechtel,   b. 17 Feb 1794, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1879, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     5. Susannah Bechtel,   b. 16 Jun 1797, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1870, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     6. Daniel Bechtel,   b. 17 Jun 1800, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1859  (Age 58 years)
     7. Joseph Bechtel,   b. 5 Nov 1805, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1858, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F2980  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 May 1761 - , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Bef 1831 - Waterloo Township - Beasley's Broken Front Lot 04S, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Location of his log house. - - 168 Bechtel St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Apr 1838 - Near Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hagey Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Joseph Bechtel "son of Martin Bechtel, a minister of the Mennonites, was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, May 9, 1761. He was married March 5th, 1786, to Magdalena Allebach who was born September 21st, 1761, and died September 21st, 1837. They moved to Canada in 1802 and settled on the farm situated at the mouth of the Speed River where it meets with the Grand River. Here they resided many years. In 1804 he was ordained as a minister of the Mennonite body which position he held until his death which took place April 11th, 1838. They had a family of seven children"


      Eby, Ezra E. (1895). 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: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].

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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.

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

  • Sources 
    1. [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..., 395.

    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..., 77.

    3. [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..., 150.

    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..., 195.

    5. [S9] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Canada Museum und Allgemeine Zeitung (1835-1840), 19 Apr 1838:18.
      In the vicinity of Preston, Waterloo Twp, Joseph Bechtel died at the age of 76y 11m 2d. He was one of the oldest residents of this area, and served as a teacher to the Mennonite Church for about 34 years. (Funeral details follow) 11 Apr 1838

    6. [S146] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Hagey Mennonite CC#5431 Cemetery Internet Link .
      Hier Ruhen / die / Gebeine von / Joseph Bechtel / er wurde Geboren den 9 ten / Marz 1761, und lebte im Ehe / stand 52 Jahre Er diente als / Lehrer in der Mennonisten Ge- / meine 34 Jahre; und ist ent- / schlafen in dem Herrin den 11- / ten April 1838, und wurde Alt. / 76 Jahre, 11 Monate und 2 Tage

    7. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 11.