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Elizabeth Kanmacher

Elizabeth Kanmacher[1]

Female 1821 - 1910  (89 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Kanmacher 
    Born 12 Feb 1821  Hohwiller, , Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Female 
    Interesting midwife - 2,700 deliveries 
    Immigration 1852  , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Name Elizabeth Gress 
    Retired 1901  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-112235 
    Died 15 Sep 1910  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8
    Cause: Cause: Senile Debility (years) - Heart Disease 
    Buried Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7
    Person ID I112235  Generations
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 

    Father Henry Kanmacher,   b. Abt 1801, of, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth Burghert,   b. Abt 1801, of, Hausperch, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F23569  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Henry Gress,   b. 12 Feb 1822, Trimbach, , Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1896, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 1849 
    Children 
     1. Alice Gress,   b. 1850, , France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Adelaide Gress,   b. 24 Sep 1850, Trimbach, , Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Caroline Gress,   b. 3 Jan 1852, , France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1942  (Age 89 years)
     4. George H. Gress,   b. 3 Oct 1854, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1911, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     5. Christian Gress,   b. 30 May 1858, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1921, Brantford, Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     6. Elizabeth Gress,   b. 1860, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Anna Magdalena Gress,   b. 2 May 1863, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1961  (Age 97 years)
     8. Henry Gress,   b. 1866, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F28409  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Elizabeth Kanmacher
    Elizabeth Kanmacher
    tmhull47 originally shared this to Ancestry Public Member Tree
    Mother Gress - Elizabeth Kanmacher
    Mother Gress - Elizabeth Kanmacher
    City of Cambridge Archives

  • Notes 
    • Elizabeth was born in Hohnweiler, Alsace, France 12 Feb 1821. She was a midwife by profession and was trained in Strasbourg. She received her degree in 1847 and delivered over 2,700 babies retiring in 1900. She married Henry Gress in 1849 and they came to Preston in 1853. She sometimes charged food, sometimes up to $5.00 and sometimes nothing depending on the financial condition of the family she was helping. In 1880 aged 59 she was required to take a certification test and passed and continued until 1900.

      Cambridge Mosaic , Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

      __________________________

      ELISABETH GRESS


      Several issues ago in Branch Notes, we told you about the Preston midwife "Mother" Gress, who helped babies into the world for 55 years (c1853-c1910). We speculated about her records...if only they could be found.


      Well, your genealogical detectives in the branch have found the surviving records of Elizabeth Gress, and the key word is "surviving".


      In 1962 the Galt Reporter ran a feature on Mrs Gress having borrowed the substance from the London Free Press. At the time, a reporter from the paper met with Mrs Gress' grandson and borrowed her meticulously kept record book of the babies she had brought into the world. The records were never returned, and the Reporter cannot now find them.


      What survives is her account book and her notebook of midwifery methods from her German college. The account book records what she was paid up to about 1883. These two records are in the hands of a descendant, and were found. We were graciously allowed to borrow the records and had them microfilmed. They will shortly be available for scrutiny at the Kitchener and Cambridge libraries; sharpen up your German handwriting analysis skills if you hope to read them!

      Branch Notes Volume 15 No 4.

      ________________________


      ... In 2006 or 2007? I donated to the Cambridge Archives several items belonging to my great-great grandmother. These items included the described accounts ledger listing the births and amounts received as well as a medical book written in German, a woollen shawl and a photo of Gramma Gress taken late in life. Due to the very fragile nature of the items (in particular the ledger and book), my brother, John Huggan and myself thought it important that these important family artifacts could be better preserved (and perhaps displayed) in an archival facility. We have long known of Elizabeth Kanamacher-Gress and her significant contribution to the births of many, many children in the Waterloo County Region and we are very proud to be her descendants.

      Jane Huggan email

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 9708-74.
      John BAUMGARTNER, 25, stone cutter, Gunzesshausen Bavaria, Preston, s/o John & Dorothea, married Adelheit GRESS, 23, Trimbach Elsass, Preston, d/o Henry & Elizabetha, witn: George GRESS & Peter BERNHARDT, both of Preston, 7 May 1874 at Preston

    2. [S204] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1901, Preston (Village) F-1 Page 13.

    3. [S105] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1871, Pg. 64.

    4. [S297] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1881, Page 13.

    5. [S239] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Preston CC#6335 Cemetery Internet Link .
      In / memory of/ Henry GRESS/ born in Frimbach/ Alsace/ Feb. 12, 1822/ died May 8, 1896/ ruhe sanft/ His wife/ Elizabeth/ KANMACHER/ born in Hohweiler/ Alsace/ Feb. 12, 1821/ died Sep. 15, 1910

    6. [S2441] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1891, Section 1 Page 71.

    7. [S239] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Preston CC#6335 Cemetery Internet Link .
      [Monument] In / Memory Of/ Henry Gress/ Born In Frimbach/ Alsace/ Feb. 12, 1822/ Died May 8, 1896/ Ruhe Sanft/ His Wife/ Elizabeth/ Kanmacher/ Born In Hohweiler/ Alsace/ Feb. 12, 1821/ Died Sep. 15, 1910/ Gress./ [Footstones] Mother/ Father.

    8. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Name:Elisabeth Gress Gender:Female Birth Year:abt 1821 Birth Place:Hohweiler, Alsace, Deu Age at Death:89 Death Date:15 Sep 1910 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Feb 1821 - Hohwiller, , Alsace, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1852 - , Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1901 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Senile Debility (years) - Heart Disease - 15 Sep 1910 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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