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

Samuel Rife[1]

Male 1788 - 1856  (67 years)


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  • Name Samuel Rife 
    Born 15 Apr 1788  , Adams Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Mar 1856  Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Death 7 Jun 1856  Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/180090719 
    Eby ID Number 00092-5277 
    Buried Wanner Mennonite Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Person ID I10561  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2024 

    Father Rev. David Rife,   b. 1751, Of, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F3029  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Hoke,   b. 7 Jan 1793, , Chester Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1873, Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Children 
     1. Nancy Rife,   b. 19 Sep 1810, , Adams Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1860  (Age 49 years)
     2. Elizabeth Rife,   b. 17 Aug 1812, , Adams Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1877  (Age 65 years)
     3. Mariah Rife,   b. 1817, , Adams Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1897  (Age 80 years)
     4. Samuel Rife,   b. 12 Oct 1818, , Adams Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1898, Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     5. David Rife,   b. 28 Aug 1820, , Adams Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1888, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     6. Joseph Rife,   b. 25 Feb 1823, , Adams Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1897, Vienna Junction, Montmorency, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     7. Sarah Rife,   b. 28 Aug 1826, Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1831, Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
     8. George Rife,   b. 12 Dec 1832, Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1905, Walkerton, Brant Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2024 
    Family ID F3033  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Samuel Rife, "fourth son of Rev. David Rife, was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, April 15th, 1788. He was married to Elizabeth Hoke who was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, January 7th, 1793. In 1825 they moved to Canada and located in Waterloo County for a short time, then moved to what was afterwards called Guelph Township, Wellington County where he squatted on a tract of land before the survey of the township was made. The old homestead is now in possession of their son, Samuel. Here and on the farm adjoining their homestead Mr. and Mrs. Rife resided until their deaths. He died June 7th, 1856, and she died August 21st, 1873. Their family consisted of eight children, the five eldest of whom were born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, and the three younger in Guelph Township, Wellington County, Ontario."


      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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      A-1-99 Samuel Rife Sr. Probate of the will of Samuel Rife Senior, Late of the Township of Waterloo, granted the 8th day of July 1856 on the petition of Samuel Rife, David Rife and George Rife the Executors named in said will.

      I Samuel Rife Senior of the Township of Waterloo…It is my wish and will that all my honest debts be paid. Secondly, It is my wish and will and do hereby give and bequeath unto my dear and beloved wife Elisabeth, the use of my small homestead which I bought of Jacob Bretz and Joseph Cook[?], with all its privileges and as much of the household furniture, mare harness buggy and spring wagon, two cows, chattels as she thinks proper to make use of during her natural life. I also bequeath unto my dear and beloved wife Elisabeth, fifteen pounds lawful money of Canada in each and every year during her natural life to be paid to her by my Executors out of my Estate of Lot number Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen and Sixteen in the Township of Guelph, an amount left in the farm aforesaid sufficient so that the interest will pay the aforesaid amount. Thirdly, my Executors shall have full power and authority at any time where they see proper to sell my farm lot number thirteen, fourteen, fifteen and sixteen in the south east side of the Waterloo road in the Township of Guelph and then equally divided among my six children namely Samuel, David, Joseph, George, Elizabeth, Maria, share and share alike until the six aforesaid children shall have one hundred and fifty pounds currency of this province each of them as their share, then my eldest daughter Nancy shall come in heir, equally, share and share alike with the rest of my six children. It is my wish and will that my daughter Maria's share aforesaid is collected and the aforesaid farm sold, the sum or share is to be let out on interest by my Executors for her support during her natural life and after her death to her children although if she become a widow and the Executors think or believe that she is in need of her share they can give it to her, all what I have charged in my Book. I also give and devise unto my eldest daughter Nancy, formerly the wife of Edward Vance all the farm Lot number two, south west half in the fourth concession of Division B, Guelph Township during her natural life but after her death my Executors shall have full power aned authority to sell the aforesaid farm to any person or persons, and sign seal and deliver a deed of conveyance and of the same, and the price of sasid farm to be equally divided among my daugher Nancey's children namely Mary,, John, Edward, which she had by her first husband Edward, but should my daughter Nancy choose to have the said farm sold before her death, my Executors shall have full power and authority to sell the same and to sign seal and deliver a deed of conveyance of the same and divide the price of the same between my daughter nancy and her three before mentioned children. The one third to be given to my daughter Nancy and the other two thirds is to be equally divided among her three children….I do hereby nominat, constitute and appoint Samuel, David and George, my three sons my sole Executors of this my last will and testament.

      Witnessed by, John Ellis, John McIntosh and William Henry.
      Will dated 10 March 1856
      Proved 8 July 1856
      Died 10 March 1856
      No inventory.

      Surrogate Court Records Copybook Register A 1853-1871 transcript to 1863. Frances Hoffman transcriber.

  • 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..., 181.

    2. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851.
      gives age and country of birth

    3. [S2588] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Wanner Cemetery Internet Link.
      Samuel RIFE/ Snr./ Died/ June 7, 1856/ Aged 68 y. 1 m./ & 22 d./ Native of Lancaster Co. Pa./ A painful illness did me seize/ All humans did was vain/ But death seize & Christ was pleas'd/ To ease me of my pain./ [pillow marker]

    4. [S1737] Probate - Wills of Waterloo Register A 1853-1871, Will of Samuel Rife S. - 1856 - A-1-99.

    5. [S163] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Wanner Mennonite CC#6479 (formerly Waterloo Township).

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Apr 1788 - , Adams Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Mar 1856 - Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 7 Jun 1856 - Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Wanner Mennonite Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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