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

David Rife[1, 2]

Male 1820 - 1888  (67 years)


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  • Name David Rife 
    Born 28 Aug 1820  , Adams Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Elected Office 1859  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor of Hespeler 
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65200335 
    Honoured Rife St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Rife Street in old Hespeler name for David Rife. 
    Interesting politics, honoured, life story, 
    Occupation 1861  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Farmer 
    Residence 1861  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Methodist 
    Occupation 1871  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Occupation 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    farmer 
    Eby ID Number 00092-5294 
    Died 29 Apr 1888  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 8, 10, 11
    Buried New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8
    Person ID I10632  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 

    Father Samuel Rife,   b. 15 Apr 1788, , Adams Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1856, Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother 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) 
    Family ID F3033  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Pannabaker,   b. 16 Nov 1823, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1906, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Children 
     1. Abraham Samuel "Samuel" Rife,   b. 1844, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. George William Rife,   b. 24 Jan 1844, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1927, Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. David Rife,   b. 30 Apr 1848, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1913, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     4. Sarah Elizabeth Rife,   b. 1852, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Isaac "Ike" Rife,   b. Jan 1857, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1939, Dillon, Beaverhead, Montana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
     6. Mary Jane Rife,   b. 1860, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1936  (Age 76 years)
     7. Ephraim Edward Rife,   b. 15 May 1865, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. William B. Rife,   b. 1881, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F2854  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • David Rife, "the second son of Samuel Rife, was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, August 28th, 1820. When five years of age his parents moved to Canada and settled on the farm now in possession of his brother, Samuel Rife, Jr. Here he was raised. He was married to Mary, daughter of Abraham and Sarah (Clemens) Pannabecker. They resided on a farm now within the corporation of Hespeler, Ontario. Here he died April 29th, 1888. His widow is still living and is quite active for a person of her age. She resides in the village of 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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      St. Luke's United Church


      Meetings began in homes with the arrival of a Methodist New Connexion missionary in 1837. In 1844 New Hope (formerly Bergeytown) was on the Trafalgar Circuit and was ministered to by the Rev. W. Bothwell and two local preachers. Land was donated in 1849 by David Rife Sr. for a stone church called the New Hope Chapel which was located on Queen Street at Hungerford Road. This Chapel was constructed jointly by the New Connexion Methodists and the Evangelicals, who were to build their own church in 1863. In 1851 the congregation was on the Nassagaweya Circuit. Membership continued to grow with the resultant formation in 1858 of a new circuit, the New Hope Circuit. The name of New Hope was changed to Hespeler in the same year with the subsequent renaming of the circuit to the Hespeler Circuit. Early pastors were Revs. James Bell (1858), James Hall (1859-1860), James White (1861-1863), Elias Williams (1864-1866) and James Hill (1867-1870).

      In 1874 at the 46th Annual Conference of the Methodist New Connexion Church it was reported that the Hespeler Circuit, which was described as being a Mission of Galt, in the Guelph District, had 4 Chapels, 1 parsonage, 1 Circuit preacher, 2 local preachers, 2 Sunday Schools and a congregation totalling 580 individuals. In the same year, 1874, the Wesleyan Methodists and the New Connexion Methodists united to form the Methodist Church in Canada.

      Hespeler became a single charge c.1892 when the Rev. Dr. George H. Cornish was the minister, and from that date the church was considered to be self-supporting. Union with the Congregationals and some Presbyterian congregations resulted in the formation of the United Church of Canada on June 10, 1925; the Hespeler Methodist Church became known then as Hespeler United Church.

      The 1849 stone church was torn down in 1868 to make way for a newer, larger stone church which was to remain the place of worship until 1961 when a new church was built on Franklin Boulevard. The final service was conducted in the old stone Hespeler United Church on October 8, 1961, and dedication of the new St. Luke's United Church was held a week later on October 15, 1961. The congregation celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 1987.

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


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      In 1874 J. N. Goebel bought a car load of Red Herring on track at Guelph. A load some merchant had ordered, then refused. And he got them cheap. He disposed of part of the shipment off the car to local merchants and others and arranged with David Rife Sr. to haul the rest to Hespeler.

      It was the dead of winter, deep snow, roads badly drifted and only a single track to Guelph. Jack Limpert, then 16, who was working for Mr. Rife (and who, by the way, told me the story) was sent with a hay rack on a bob sleigh to do the hauling. The fish were cleaned and smoked, and packed, with heads and tails on, in flat wooden boxes containing about a dozen.

      Jack went to Guelph and got his fish loaded after some delay, and by noon was coming along through the hills near Squire Phin's when he saw another rig coming and turned off to give him half the road; which was the thing to do. His load upset and there he was. It happened that the approaching rig was a load of soft drinks. The driver, a decent chap about Jack's own age, anchored his team with the weight and pitched in to give Jack a hand to get going again.

      By the time they got back on the road and the fish reloaded both boys were warm and tired and they sat down on a hard snow bank to rest. The hour was something after one and both boys were hungry so Jack broke open a box of Herrings, the other boy a couple of bottles of pop and they sat there and had a lunch. Red Herring and Ginger Ale.

      And Jack said it tasted good.

      Le Rue De Commerce, Other Times Other Customs Other Days Other Ways, Winfield Brewster 1954

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      In Memory of David Rife, Sr., Born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, U.S., August 28th, 1820, Came with his Parents to Canada in 1825, settled in Hespeler, (then New Hope) County of Waterloo, Ontario, in 1842. Died, At his Residence, in that Village, on Sunday, April 29th, 1888, Aged 67 Years, 8 Months and 1 Day. Interred in Hespeler Cemetery, Tuesday, May 1st, 1888. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing."

      Funeral Card

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      Rife Avenue


      This street was named in honour of David Rife, Senior and his son David Rife, Junior. David Rife, Senior was born in Pennsylvania in 1822. His father Samuel had immigrated to the American Colonies aboard the ship "Richard & Mary" in 1753. Samuel served in the American Revolutionary War prior to moving his wife Elizabeth, and young family, to Canada in 1822. They moved to Preston the following year, before settling in Guelph Township in 1825. David Rife, Senior settled on a Waterloo Township farm near Hespeler (now Avondale, Gerard, and Elizabeth Street area) in 1844. In 1849, he donated land to build the Methodist Church and parsonage at the corner of Hungerford Rd. and Queen St. East (replaced by an apartment building). He often served as minister, and was a strong adherent of the Temperance Movement. In 1874 he became a preacher when the New Connection and Wesleyan Methodist Churches merged. He also served on the Hespeler Village Council from 1859 to 1867. He died on April 29, 1888. David Rife, Junior was born in 1848 on the family homestead (known as Sunnyhill Farm). For many years he operated a dairy, supplying milk and related products to many of Hespeler's residents. He also enjoyed a well earned reputation for breeding quality Holstein cattle. He followed his father into public life, serving on the Hespeler Village Council from 1877 to 1884 and again from 1901 to 1904. He was also Hespeler's reeve from 1885 to 1887. David Rife, Junior died April 13, 1913 and is buried, as is his father, in New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler.

      Lary Miller 15 May 2011 The Company of Neighbours

  • 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..., 183.

    2. [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..., 150.

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

    4. [S237] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - New Hope CC#4498 Internet Link .
      David Rife/ Born Adams County,Penn. U. S. Aug. 28, 1820/ Died Apr. 29,1888/ Mary Pannabaker/ His Wife/ Born Nov. 16,1823/ Died Sept. 12,1906/ They Have Fought The Good Fight, They Have/ Finished Their Course And Have Kept The Faith/ Rife

    5. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Div 2 Page 20 Family 88.
      David RIFE M M 61 German USA Farmer Evangelical
      Mary RIFE F M 57 German Ontario Evangelical
      Edward RIFE M 16 German Ontario Farmer'S Son Evangelical
      Mary J. RIFE F 21 German Ontario Evangelical
      John WALLACE M 11 German Ontario Evangelical
      Gilbert WALLACE M 8 German Ontario Evangelical

    6. [S508] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1871, Page 23.

    7. [S1837] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1861, Div. 1 Page 5.

    8. [S3231] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65200335/david-rife.

    9. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Div 2 Page 20 Family 88.

    10. [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..., 184.

    11. [S2208] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1891, Section 1 Page 50.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Aug 1820 - , Adams Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor of Hespeler - 1859 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHonoured - Rife Street in old Hespeler name for David Rife. - - Rife St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Methodist - 1861 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Apr 1888 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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