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

Samuel Bechtel[1]

Male 1791 - 1861  (70 years)


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  • Name Samuel Bechtel 
    Born 24 Jan 1791  , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Historic Building constructed About 1815  168 Bechtel St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    squared timber (about 1815) & stone after 1840 
    Land 1831  Waterloo Township - Beasley's Lower Block Conc. 2 Lot 08, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1831  Waterloo Township - Beasley's Old Survey Lot 02, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Residence 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00007-0648 
    Died 21 Feb 1861  [2, 3
    Buried Wanner Mennonite Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Person ID I10608  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2020 

    Father Rev. Joseph Bechtel,   b. 9 May 1761, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1838, Near Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother 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  [6
    Family ID F2980  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Barbara Bauman,   b. 17 Jan 1799, Alleghany Valley, Berks Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1871  (Age 72 years) 
    Children 
     1. Benjamin B. Bechtel,   b. 29 Jan 1820, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1839, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     2. Maria B. Bechtel,   b. 14 Feb 1823, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1830, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 7 years)
     3. Joseph B. Bechtel,   b. 8 Jun 1824, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1895  (Age 70 years)
     4. Elizabeth Bechtel,   b. 25 Oct 1826, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1891, Freeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     5. Solomon Bechtel,   b. 29 Jun 1828, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1897, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     6. Lydia Bechtel,   b. 15 Nov 1830, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1886, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     7. Susannah Bechtel,   b. 16 Oct 1832, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F2020  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Samuel Bechtel "son of Joseph and Magdalena (Allenbach) Bechtel, was born January 24th, 1791, and died February 21st, 1861. He was married to Barbara, daughter of Wendel and Mary (Huber) Baumann. She was born January 17th, 1799. They resided on the farm now occupied by their son Solomon, situated in the township of Waterloo, near Hespeler. Their family consisted 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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      Wanner Mennonite Church
      Begun: 1829

      A small wooden meeting house was built in 1829 on a corner of the farm belonging to Samuel Bechtel which was located in the vicinity of the present-day regional headquarters of the Ministry of Natural Resources near the intersection of Highways 24 and 401. The site for this community meeting house, as well as a school and a burial ground, had been chosen on August 8, 1829. The land was donated by Samuel Bechtel and his wife Barbara (Baumann) on March 15, 1830. A new meeting house, of white brick, was built in 1837 on the east side of Henry Wanner's farm, somewhat north of the first meeting house. Meetings at first were held every eight weeks. The deed of land for the meeting house known as Wanner's was dated October 15, 1837. Early preachers were David Sherk, who had been ordained by Benjamin Eby in July 1837, Jacob Bretz, Jr., and Joseph Hagey.

      Joseph Hagey was ordained bishop in 1851. During his time divisions occurred in the church by a surge of enthusiasm for a Methodist form of revivalism. Solomon Eby of Port Elgin, who announced his own conversion in December 1869, was leader of a group which believed that members could be converted through participation in revival meetings. John Baer of Wanner's became associated with Solomon Eby, and was compelled to leave the church in the spring of 1874, as were Eby and his other followers. The new church movement resulted in organization conferences which culminated in the conference on March 23, 1875 at Bloomingdale where New Mennonites and Reforming (or Reformed) Mennonites joined together as United Mennonites. The United Mennonites favored revival meetings, Sunday Schools and prayer meetings, and were opposed to the use of alcohol and tobacco.

      The date of construction of the meeting house which replaced the one built in 1837 is somewhat in doubt. It is possible that a new building was erected in the early 1870s; it is also possible that the 1837 building only underwent extensive renovations at that time. There is no doubt, however, that a new brown brick church was built in 1938. An education wing was added in 1969.

      The earliest Mennonite Sunday School in North America was begun in 1842 and was held jointly by the Wanner and Hagey Meeting Houses. It was discontinued after a short time because of a division of opinion within the congregations. An attempt was made later, in the mid-1860s, to begin another Sunday School, but this, too, did not last long. Many years later, on June 10, 1896, a meeting was held to organize a Sunday School. Anson Groh was appointed superintendent..


      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..., 67.

    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..., 196.

    3. [S2588] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Wanner Cemetery Internet Link.
      Samuel BECHTEL/ Born Jan. 24, 1791/ Died/ Feb. 22, 1861/ Aged 70 years/ 23 days/

    4. [S2653] aaaaWaterloo Twp. 1861, Sect. 10 Page 71.

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

    6. [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.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Jan 1791 - , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - squared timber (about 1815) & stone after 1840 - constructed About 1815 - 168 Bechtel St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1831 - Waterloo Township - Beasley's Old Survey Lot 02, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, 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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