Waterloo Region Generations
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John Lehman Wideman

John Lehman Wideman

Male 1833 - 1917  (83 years)

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  • Name John Lehman Wideman 
    Born 27 Dec 1833  Markham Twp., York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Gentleman 
    Occupation 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Merchant 
    Occupation 1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Postmaster 
    Occupation 1891  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Postmaster 
    Residence 1891  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Methodist 
    Occupation 1901  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Postmaster 
    Elected Office 1903  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    clerk - Woolwich 
    Occupation 1911  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Drug Store 
    John L. Wideman's trade card for St. Jacob's Oi;
    John L. Wideman's trade card for St. Jacob's Oi;
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    St.Jacobs-JohnL.Wideman-TradeCard-Ayer'sSarsaparilla-front.JPG
    Residence 1911  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Evangelical Association 
    Died 6 Dec 1917  St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 9
    Cause: Cancer on his Jaw 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Interesting life story, post, public service 
    Eby ID Number 00129-8034 
    Buried Calvary United Brethern Cemetery, St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I13196  Generations
    Last Modified 10 May 2022 

    Father Andrew Wideman,   b. 16 Mar 1805, , Bucks Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1868, Markham Twp., York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Anna Lehman,   b. 5 Jun 1805, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1848, Markham Twp., York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Family ID F3638  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Margaretha "Margaret" Winkler,   b. CALC 29 Mar 1829, , Baden, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1896  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 12 Mar 1854  [8, 10
    Children 
     1. Mary Ann Wideman,   b. 27 Nov 1854, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1915, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 10 May 2022 
    Family ID F3641  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Winkler,   b. CALC 9 Apr 1840, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1911  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 31 Oct 1901  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 10 May 2022 
    Family ID F168087  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Wideman, John Lehman 1833-1917.jpg
    Wideman, John Lehman 1833-1917.jpg
    John Lehman Wideman
    John Lehman Wideman
    From Enterprising Elmira, An historical, discriptive, and illustrated book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, published by George Klinck 1903

  • Notes 
    • John L. Wideman, "the only son of Andrew and Anna (Lehman) Wideman, was born December 22nd, 1833. When a boy he attended the schools of the neighborhood where he obtained such an education as the public schools then afforded. When old enough to give a helping hand on the farm he was obliged to put by his books and perform such duties generally falling to the lot of the 'Farm Boy'. Not having any inclinations to the agricultural pursuits of life, the subject of our sketch chose that of the mercantile which seemed to be more natural and acceptable to his inclinations. In 1852 when only nineteen years of age, he left his parental home and came to Berlin, Waterloo County, where he was engaged as clerk in John W. Eby's store. Here he remained four months then went to St. Jacobs where he was clerking for George W. Eby who was then doing an extensive business in general merchandise. Here Mr. Wideman remained for nearly two years. In fall of 1854 he entered into partnership with Messrs. Tobias Yost and Rev. Philip Winkler under the name of Yost, Winkler & Wideman, as general merchants. This partnership was dissolved soon after the decease of Mr. Yost in 1856. In June, 1865, he received the appointment as post master for St. Jacobs, Ontario, and in 1866 he was elected as councillor for the township of Woolwich. In the year following he was elected as deputy reeve which position he still holds. Some twenty years ago he was appointed a justice of the peace for the county of Waterloo by the Ontario government. In June, 1874 he was also appointed issuer of marriage licenses. Mr. Wideman has, by his great perseverance and well directed energy combined with honorable and upright dealings, established a record and name for himself that shall not pass away for generations to come. He is a citizen worthy of imitation, and is genial and bland, always in good humor, and wears a smiling face for all. He is very affable and talkative, and I dare say no man ever saw him moody or morose. To all he is kind and courteous, charitable and humane, and always ready to extend a favor to any worthy object. On March 12th, 1854, he was married to Margaret, daughter of Jacob and Regina Dorothea (Schneider) Winkler. To them was born one child"


      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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      John L. Wideman was the postmaster at St. Jacobs for forty-four years from 1865 to 1909.

      At sixteen he left the family farm in York County to become a carpenter and at nineteen clerked in the John W. Eby dry goods and drug store in Berlin and later in the George W. Eby general store in St. Jacobs. In 1854 he became a member of the firm of Yost, Winkler and Wideman, general merchants.

      An ardent Liberal, Wideman was a member of the Woolwich Township Council 1866-1873; township clerk 1873-1905; clerk of the Seventh Division Court 1867-1893; a notary public from 1879; chairman of the License Board of North Waterloo for ten years; a director of the Waterloo Mutual Fire Insurance Company and a member of the Waterloo Historical Society from its beginning.

      He was a very prominent member of the Evangelical Church


      Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Website

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      JOHN LEHMAN WIDEMAN

      John Lehman Wideman was born in the Township of Markham, in York County, Province of Ontario, on December 27th., 1833, and died in St. Jacobs on December 6th., 1917. His father was Andrew Wideman who was born in Pennsylvania in 1805, and in 1828 had married Anna Lehman, who was born in 1805 and died in 1848. Andrew Wideman died in 1868. To him and his first wife were born a family of one son and two daughters.

      John L. Wideman, the son, remained on the farm with his father until the age of sixteen. He attended the common schools of the day and later worked at the carpenter trade for about two years.

      In August, 1852, he came to Berlin, now Kitchener, and engaged with John W. Eby as clerk in his dry goods and drug store. In November of the same year he went to St. Jacobs as clerk in the general store of George W. Eby. In the fall of 1854 he became a member of the firm of Yost, Winkler and Wideman, general merchants. For many years after, the subject of this sketch held many positions of trust and responsibility.

      He was a member of the Woolwich Township Council from 1866 till 1873 and became township clerk in 1873, holding the position for thirty-two years. In 1867 he was appointed clerk of the Seventh Division Court, resigning in 1893. Mr. Wideman was postmaster of St. Jacobs for forty-four years, having been appointed in 1865. He was a notary public since 1879, chairman of the License Board of North Waterloo for ten years, and at the time of his death a director of the Waterloo Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

      In religion he was a devoted member of the Evangelical Association, holding many offices in the gift of the church, and always actively engaged in its interests. For many years he was principal agent in Canada for the publishing house, in Cleveland, O., of the Evangelical Association. In the replacement of the old church building of this denomination, in St. Jacobs, with a new one he was particularly active during the last years of his life.

      Politically he was an ardent Liberal, having, as he often said, received his first lessons in politics from the Hon. Wm. McDougall.

      Mr. Wideman was a member of the Waterloo Historical Society from its beginning, was for two years Vice-President for St. Jacobs, made valuable donations to its collection and was always greatly interested in its progress. He married Margaret Winkler on March 12th., 1854. Mrs. Wideman died in 1896. To them was born one daughter who died some years ago.

      Fifth Annual Report Of The Waterloo Historical Society, 1917 pg 61

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      J. L. WIDEMAN, the veteran Clerk of Woolwich Township, was born in the Township of Markham, York County, Ontario, Dec. 27th 1833. He served the first sixteen years of his life on a farm, after which he was a carpenter for two years. In 1852 he was engaged in John W. Eby's drug store in Berlin as clerk, but in the fall of the same year he came to St. Jacobs and engaged as clerk in the general store of Geo. W. Eby. In the fall of 1854 he became a member of the firm afterwards known as Yost, Winkler & Wideman, general merchants, and which continued for several years. He collected the taxes of Woolwich Township for three years in succession, from 1861 to 1863. In later years he carried on a general mercantile business in St. Jacobs, and for about 18 years he had the wholesale agency of the publishing house of the Evangelical Association, of Cleveland, Ohio, for Canada, and supplied the Canada Conference of that denomination with books. He has a well stocked book and drug store in St. Jacobs at present. In 1866 he was elected a member of the Woolwich Township Council, and the following year became deputy-reeve, holding that office five years in succession, from 1867 to 1871. In 1873 he was appointed clerk of the township. In 1865 he was appointed postmaster at St. Jacobs, and holds the office at present. In 1867 he was appointed Clerk of the Seventh Division Court in the County of Waterloo, and after holding the office for twenty-six years, he resigned, W. H. Winkler being appointed his successor. In 1871 he received a commission for taking affidavits, etc., and in 1879 he was appointed a notary public. He is also justice of the peace and issuer of marriage licenses. In 1876, when the Crook's Act came into force, he was one of the first commissioners, and was chairman of the license board of North 'Waterloo for ten years. He is at present, and has been for a number of years, a director of the Waterloo Mutual Fire Insurance Co. In religion he is a member of the Evangelical Association, and in politics a life-long reformer. After being clerk of the Township of Woolwich for nearly 32 years, on account of his health failing and old age, he resigned in 1905, Walter J. Snider of Conestogo being appointed his successor.

      Chronicle-Telegraph Newspaper, 100 Years of Progress in Waterloo County Canada Semi-Centennial Souvenir 1856-1906 (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Chronicle-Telegraph Newspaper, 1906) pg 32

  • 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..., 633.

    2. [S148] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1901, Woolwich F-3 Page 14.

    3. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div 4, Page 52.

    4. [S232] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Calvary United St. Jacobs 4585 Cemetery Internet Link.
      [Large Family Plot ]W / JOHN L. WIDEMAN / Born / Dec. 27, 1833 / Died / Dec. 6, 1917 / Aged / 83 Yrs. 11 M. 9 D.

    5. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div. 1 Page 50.

    6. [S348] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1911, Div. 16 Page 18.

    7. [S1821] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1891, Section 3 Page 40.

    8. [S915] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1861, Dist. 8 Page 75.

    9. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

    10. [S878] Book - Fifth Annual Report of the Waterloo Historical Society, Biography of John Lehman Wideman pg 61.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Dec 1833 - Markham Twp., York Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Postmaster - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Postmaster - 1891 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Methodist - 1891 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Postmaster - 1901 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Oct 1901 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - clerk - Woolwich - 1903 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Drug Store - 1911 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Evangelical Association - 1911 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cancer on his Jaw - 6 Dec 1917 - St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Calvary United Brethern Cemetery, St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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