Waterloo Region Generations
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Israel Umbach

Male 1867 - 1949  (81 years)


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  • Name Israel Umbach 
    Born 3 Mar 1867  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Family Photograph Israel & Louisa Axt Umbach w/3 eldest children 
    Israel & Louisa Axt Umbach w/3 eldest children
    Israel & Louisa Axt Umbach w/3 eldest children
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    Interesting pioneer, Alberta 
    Residence 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Baptist 
    Ordained 1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1887  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-115369 
    Died 6 Jan 1949  Stony Plain, , Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Hope Christian Reformed Church Cemetery, Stony Plain, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I115369  Generations
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 

    Father Conrad Joshua Umbach,   b. 26 Apr 1824, Monzelfeld, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1906, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Maria Catherina Elisabetha "Mary Reichert,   b. 8 May 1825, Eschelbronn, , Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1893, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 28 May 1849  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F14550  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Louisa Axt,   b. 29 Nov 1868, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1962, Stony Plain, , Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 15 Nov 1887  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Sarah Ann Umbach,   b. 26 Sep 1889, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1980, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. Martha Ine Umbach,   b. 16 May 1891, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1984, Saskatoon, , Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     3. Conrad John Umbach,   b. 23 Jun 1891, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1894, Edmonton, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F15150  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • ISREAL UMBACH

      A former Elmira resident, Isreal Umbach, died in Edmonton hospital on January 2nd. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Umbach, and with three brothers, Phillip, John and Solomon, was among the first settlers in and around Edmonton, Alberta. He left this district about 50 years ago, and has been back to visit relatives in this locality only twice. He is survived by his wife and nine children, and one sister, Mrs. J. H. Shaefer, of William Street, Elmira, who is the last surviving member of the Conrad Umbach family. Mr. Umbach ;Alas in his 81st, year.

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      "Farmed in Woolwich Township, Ontarion for several years after his marriage, then moved to Edmonton Alberta. He took on the position of sheriff, in Stony Plain Alberta, and gained a real reputation as a person not to fool with. Also farmed stony plain area."

      Lorne Umbach

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      Israel and Louisa Umbach by Tiny (Umbach) Goebel

      Israel Umbach was born in Woolwich, County of Waterloo, Ontario on March 3, 1867. He was the youngest of eight children. Louisa (Axt) Umbach was born in Woolwich, County of Waterloo, Ontario on November 29, 1868. She was the youngest of 10 children.
      They came to Edmonton from Ontario in April, 1892, with three children, Martha, Sarah, and a son Conrad who passed away March, 1893. It took seven days and nights by train to come to Edmonton.

      While they lived in Edmonton, Dad worked for a cartage company, hauling supplies from the railroad station in South Edmonton over the river on a ferry to North Edmonton. He often was asked to translate for the German-speaking immigrants.

      Dad took a homestead (NW 12-53-28-W4) in the Glory Hills District just north of Stony Plain. Life on the homestead was very hard for them. There were only trails and they had only wagon and horses for transportation. Edmonton was the closest place to buy supplies. Eventually a store was built in Spruce Grove and Mother would walk with eggs and butter to sell, in order to buy food and clothing.

      Dad was a carpenter by trade so he spent a lot of time in Stony Plain working, and Mother was left to do the farm work. My older sisters and Mother did all the sewing by hand.

      Mother and Dad moved to Stony Plain in 1906. They lived in the old creamery while Dad built our house, which is still being lived in. The creamery was on the property where the hospital now stands.

      The first years they lived in Stony Plain, Dad was busy building. He helped build the first livery barn, the first bank, the school, the Methodist Church, the old fire hall, and a number of other buildings.

      Dad was named sheriff for the town, as well as overseer and tax collector. He was paid $100.00 a year and two and a half percent for collecting taxes. Once the railroad didn't pay their taxes. One day as he was working he heard the train whistle and he decided it was a good time to do something about collecting the taxes. He got a heavy logging chain and padlock from Oppertshauser's Hardware and chained the train to the tracks. After a few telegrams to the headquarters of the railroad, they decided they would pay the taxes owing the town.

      Mother and Dad were members of the United Church. Mother was a life member of the Women's Institute and a member of the Red Cross. She did knitting for the soldiers in the first World War. She attended concerts and dances in the old fire hall. Sometimes she worked as a midwife with Dr. Oatway.

      Mother and Dad had 13 children (two passing away as infants): Martha Peddie, Sarah Bishop, Lorinda Griffin, Pearl Adille, Harvey, Levi, Mabel King, Erven, Matilda Goebel, Cecil, and Eleanor Guennette. Of the 13, only four are still alive, Martha Peddie (92) Mabel King (79), Matilda (Tiny) Goebel (76) and Eleanor Guennette (72).

      Dad passed away on June 6, 1948, and is buried in the Glory Hills Reform Church Cemetery. Mother passed away on November 7, 1962, and is buried beside her husband.

      From the book: ALONG THE FIFTH A History of Stony Plain and District
      Compiled by Stony Plain and District Historical Society in 1982:

  • Sources 
    1. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div. 2 Page 61.

    2. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 2 Page 1.

    3. [S3231] Find A Grave, (2019). Findagrave.com. Retrieved 12 April 2019, from https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53263044/israel-umbach.

    4. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 24 Nov 1887.
      15 Nov 1887 Lousa Axt and Israel Umbach, both of Woolwich, were married by Preacher J. Fellmann, in Berlin.

    5. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      Conrad Umbach, 25, labourer of Woolwich, married 28 May 1849 Greenbush by banns to Maria Reichard, 24, of Woolwich, wit: Philip Reichard - turner of Woowich & Joseph Umbach - farmer of Woolwich

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Mar 1867 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Baptist - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrdained - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1887 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Nov 1887 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Jan 1949 - Stony Plain, , Alberta Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hope Christian Reformed Church Cemetery, Stony Plain, , Alberta, Canada Link to Google Earth
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