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

Jacob Buerge[1, 2]

Male 1785 - 1862  (77 years)


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  • Name Jacob Buerge 
    Born 14 Feb 1785  , Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-114511 
    Died 1 Apr 1862  New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Wilmot Centre (Geiger) Cemetery, Wilmot Township, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I114511  Generations
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 

    Father Buerge,   b. Abt 1755, Of, Berne, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F51183  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Grieser,   b. 1796, , Alsace Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1886, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Children 
     1. Catharina Berge,   b. 10 Mar 1826, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1920, Albany, Linn, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     2. Magdalena Buerge,   b. 16 Nov 1827, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1914, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     3. Christian Buerge,   b. 28 Feb 1829, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Jacob Buerge,   b. 19 Dec 1830, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. John Buerge,   b. 24 Mar 1832, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1920, Harrison, Clare, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     6. Elisabetha Bergey,   b. 1834, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Daniel Buerge,   b. 17 Feb 1836, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Veronica "Frany" Buerge,   b. 7 Jan 1838, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1923, , Gratiot Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F40139  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • A-2-141 Jacob Buerge The Last Will and Testament of Jacob Buerge, late of the Township of Wilmot, Yeoman, who died on or about the first day of April 1862 at the Township of Wilmot, and who at the time of his death [had] a fixed place of abode at the Township of Wilmot, was proved and registered in the Surrogate Court, a true copy of which said Last Will and Testament is hereunder written and that the Administration of all and singular the personal estate and effects, rights and credits of the said deceased, and any way concerning his Will was granted to[sic] [by] the aforesaid Court to Elizabeth Buerge of the Township of Wilmot, widow, the Executrix and Christian Eisher Boshart, and Nicolaus Lichti, both of the Township of Wilmot, Yeomen, the Executors named in the said Will…

      …I the undersigned Jacob Buerge, resident in Wilmot Township…Although I am old and weak in body, but have my good senses,, as also power of recollection, memory and discernment, which I yet enjoy and possess as long as it is the will of god for which I heartily thank the Almighty, but because I am a mortal person, and do not know how soon I must leave this world, therefore I do hereby make and declare these presents my Last Will and Testament as follows (Firstly) That my children left might at all times walk in the fear of God and first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and he to whom all belongs will grant what is necessary for the present. (Secondly) My son Christian Buerge has received his entire inheritance in land, which he has purchased of me for which I have notes in hand, when he has paid them all, then my Executors shall give him a Deed for his land. (Thirdly) My brother, Peter Buerge shall be maintained by my children of the whole estate, but should one alone maintain him then the others shall be helpful to him. (Fourthly) Shall and will my son Daniel Buerge leased my land or place and pay over the one third part as long as she[sic] can agree with my Executors if it is considered advisable to sell the land, then my Executors shall have full power to will the same and to give a deed. (Fifthly) I nominate and appoint as my Executors my wife Elizabeth Buerge, as also Christian E. Boshart and Nicolaus Lichti to take care of my estate and faithfully to divide the same among my children in equal portions and in a Christianly and just manner but my oldest son has his portion. (Sixthly) Should the place be sold and my son Daniel Beurge is willing and can purchase the place then he shall have the first right under the condition that he gets married and that in our congrations, by which he has been baptized, and also remains therein, and if my Executors should see that he cannot do it without to the injury of the other children and does not do as abover said, then he cannot purchase the place. (Seventhly) My wife shall have the third part of my estate for her support. (Eighthly) My Executors shall first commence paying to these children which, have received the least until they are equal to the others namely, first to my daughter Elizabeth, my son Daniel and my daughter Lena?. (Ninethly) And after my death all implements and household furniture, which my wife does not receive shall be sold among my children and the money paid to my relict as soon as they can.

      [Note in margin: "Document empowering Executor to sell filed with original Will."]

      Witnessed by Johannes Lüngus[?] and Christian E. Boshart
      Will dated 5th February 1859
      Proved 22nd April 1862
      Died 1st April 1862

      ______________________________

      Jacob Buerge was born in Bern, Switzerland (probably the canton of Bern, rather than the city) on Feb. 14, 1785. He and two of his brothers were orphaned. One brother remained in Switzerland. Jacob and his brother Peter came to America. On the trip Jacob met Elizabeth Grieser (or Greaser) from Alsace-Lorraine and married her about 1825. Jacob had lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for some time but must have joined the migration of Amish Mennonites who went to Canada in 1824 and the years following. Their oldest daughter Catherine was born in Canada in 1826. She was among the first white children to be born in the area. Jacob and Elizabeth settled on Lot 21 North Bleams Rd. This farm is now on the eastern side of the town of New Hamburg.

      Lorraine Roth Family Histories - originals at Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario. www.mhso.org

  • Sources 
    1. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Magdalena Boshart d. 4 May 1914 Wilmot, aged 86 years, b. Wilmot. d/o Jacob Bergey & Elizabeth Grener, cause: old age & heart disease (several years)

    2. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Jacob Kessfer Birth Place: Wilmot Township Residence: Wilmot Township Age: 29 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1832 Father Name: Jacob Mother Name: Mary Spouse Name: Franny Buergy Spouse's Age: 22 Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1839 Spouse Birth Place: Wilmot Township Spouse residence: Wilmot Township Spouse Father Name: Jacob Spouse Mother Name: Elizabeth Marriage Date: 22 Jan 1861 Marriage County: Waterloo

    3. [S2388] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - Wilmot Centre (Brenneman) CC#4574.
      Jacob BUERGE/ Geb Feb 14, 1785/ Gest April 1, 1862/ Alt 77 Jahre 1 Mo/ 17 Tage/ [verse]

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Feb 1785 - , Bern, Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Apr 1862 - New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Wilmot Centre (Geiger) Cemetery, Wilmot Township, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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