Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Rev. Jacob Hembling Woolner

Rev. Jacob Hembling Woolner[1, 2, 3]

Male 1826 - 1917  (91 years)

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  • Name Jacob Hembling Woolner 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 25 Sep 1826  , Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Gender Male 
    Land Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 103, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Land Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 111, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Immigration 1832  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Occupation Cressman Mennonite Church, Breslau, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    minister 
    Residence 1849  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Farmer 
    Religion 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Farmer 
    Religion 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Farmer 
    Religion 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Minister 
    Religion 1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Mennonite 
    Religion 1911  Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 000136-8357 
    Died 6 Oct 1917  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Cause: pnemonia (4 days) 
    Buried Breslau Mennonite Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I13589  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 

    Father Isaac Woolner,   b. 1 Aug 1792, St. Andrews Twp., Suffolk Co., England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1860  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Sarah Hembling,   b. 11 Jul 1797, Of, Beccles, , Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1832, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 3 Dec 1819  Ilketshall, Saint Andrew Parish, , Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Family ID F3720  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hannah Schiedel,   b. 15 Mar 1828, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1897  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 30 Sep 1849  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 13, 15
    Children 
     1. Sarah Woolner,   b. 30 Jun 1850, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1905  (Age 54 years)
     2. Noah Woolner,   b. 20 Jan 1852, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 13 Apr 1884  (Age 32 years)
     3. Isaac Woolner,   b. 24 Jan 1854, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. John S. Woolner,   b. 23 Aug 1855, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1925, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     5. Martin Woolner,   b. 4 Jul 1857, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Rev. Jacob S. Woolner,   b. 15 Nov 1860, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1941  (Age 80 years)
     7. Leah Woolner,   b. 1 Feb 1862, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1862, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Solomon Woolner,   b. 10 Feb 1863, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1933  (Age 69 years)
     9. Hannah Woolner,   b. 8 Aug 1865, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1908, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     10. Lydia Ann Woolner,   b. 7 Jun 1868, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1872  (Age 4 years)
     11. Ellen Woolner,   b. 1888, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F1103  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Nancy Reist,   b. 18 Aug 1839, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1913  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 9 May 1899  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 8
    Children 
     1. Woolner
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F5537  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Jacob Hembling Woolner
    Jacob Hembling Woolner

  • Notes 
    • Jacob Woolner, "the third son of Isaac and Sarah (Hembling) Woolner, was born in Suffolk, England, September 25th, 1826. He came to America with his parents in June,1832. After the arrival in Canada he had the misfortune of losing his mother. He was raised by Deacon Samuel Eby. On September 30th, 1849, he was married to Hannah, daughter of Mattias and Susannah (Ries) Schiedel. She was born March 15th, 1828. On March 16th, 1854, they moved on the farm composed of parts of lots Nos. 103 and 110, German Company's Tract, about one mile west of Kossuth, where they still reside with their son, Jacob. On May 30th, 1867, he was ordained, by Bishop Joseph Hagey, as a minister of the Mennonite body which position he has held ever since. He proved himself to be an able speaker and a good worker in the cause of the Lord. Of late years he suffered much through sickness and bodily weakness so that he was not able to fill his pastoral appointments. His family consisted of ten 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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      Woolner.-Pre. Jacob Woolner was born on Sept. 25, 1826; died Oct. 6, 1917; aged 91 y. 11 d. He was born in St. Andrew's parish, Suffolk County, England, and emigrated to Canada with his parents in the year 1832, arriving in Waterloo Co., on June 28, where his mother soon died of the cholera. On May 14, 1848, he was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church. On May 30, 1867, he was called to the ministry in which capacity he served the Church as long as health permitted him to do so and was an earnest laborer to help spread the Gospel to all until his end came. He was the oldest minister in the Ontario Conference, being ordained over 50 years ago. On the 30th of May, 1849, he was married with Hannah Shiedel. To this union were born 6 sons and 4 daughters, 2 of whom died in infancy. His first wife died in March, 1897, and in May, 1899, he was united in marriage with Nancy Kramp (whose maiden name was Reist). She died on Apr. 23, 1913. There remain to mourn his loss 5 sons, 46 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held on Oct. 9. Services at the house conducted by Bro. Noah Stauffer and at the Cressman Mennonite Church at Breslau by the Brethren Jonas Snider and U. K. Weber using the following texts which had been selected by the departed brother, Job 5: 26 and II Tim. 4: 7, 8. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to his ashes.


      Gospel Herald - Volume X, Number 30 - October 25, 1917 - p. 559

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      Breslau (Cressman) Mennonite Church

      Services were begun in Breslau in 1815. In 1834, Benjamin Eby's log meeting house, which had been built in Berlin in 1813, was moved to Breslau to the Cressman farm. Preaching services which were held every four weeks began in the reconstructed meeting house in 1837. A new brick church was built in 1856, at which time the old log meeting house was moved to Frederick Schaefer's brickyard. The old building may have been used for storage or an office until approximately 1880 when it was clad with white "Breslau Brick" from the brickyard, and used as a home by Frederick Schaefer and his family. The address of the house is reported to have been 18 Woolwich Street; it was still standing in 1985, according to Alder 1985, with the original log walls possibly preserved within the brick ones.

      A summer Sunday School was begun in June of 1872. It was held in the Breslau schoolhouse until 1877 when it was moved to the church. Sunday School continued on in the summers only until 1889 when Sunday School classes began to be held all year.

      The 1856 white brick church was taken down in March 1908, and was replaced with a new white brick church. In 1968 the name of the church was changed from Cressman Mennonite Church to Breslau Mennonite Church. Major renovations were made to the church in the same year. It is of interest to know that land amounting to approximately three acres was deeded to the congregation by Christian C. Snyder in three parcels, in 1837, 1859, and 1870.

      Joseph Hagey, the first minister at Cressman's, was ordained on February 10, 1839. He was ordained bishop in 1851. Ministers who followed him in serving the church at Breslau were Jacob Woolner Sr., Elias Weber, Isaac A. Wambold, Jacob S. Woolner, and Oscar Burkholder. Services were held every four weeks from 1837-1867, and bi-weekly from 1867-1894 when weekly services were begun3a

      3aWaterloo County Churches A Research Guide To Churches Established Before 1900 By Rosemary Ambrose

  • 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..., 685.

    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..., 251.

    3. [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..., 597.

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

    5. [S15] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Breslau - Breslau Mennonite CC#4579 Internet Link .
      Rev.Jacob/ Woolner/ born 1826/ died 1917/ his wife/ Hannah Scheidel/ born 1828/ died 1897/ his wife/ Nancy Reist/ born 1839,died 1913

    6. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, October 25, 1917 - Obituary of Jacob Woolner.

    7. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Jacob Woolner Death Date: 6 or 7 Oct 1917 Death Location: Waterloo Born: abt 1826 Birth Location: England

    8. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Jacob Woolner Born: Suffolk E Age: 72 Father: Isaac Woolner Mother: Hembling Born: abt 1827 Spouse: Nancy Kramp Age: 59 born: Waterloo Township Father: Daniel Reist Mother: Muser married 9 May 1899 married: Waterloo, Waterloo Township

    9. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 53.

    10. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 1 Page 30.

    11. [S342] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1911, Breslau, Waterloo Township Div. 5 Page 10.

    12. [S2573] aaaaWaterloo Township South 1891, Sect. 2 Page 3.

    13. [S2653] aaaaWaterloo Twp. 1861, Sect. 7 Page 49.

    14. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 62.

    15. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Rev'd Benjamin Eby, Mennonist Society, Berlin #148.
      Jacob WOOLNER, to Hannah SCHIEDEL, both of Waterloo. 30 Sept. 1849. Rev. EBY

    16. [S27] International Genealogical Index - Extracted Church Records, Church of England. Archdeaconry of Suffolk 0918503.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Sep 1826 - , Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - - Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 103, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - - Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 111, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1832 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - minister - - Cressman Mennonite Church, Breslau, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1849 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Sep 1849 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., 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 MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 May 1899 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1911 - Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: pnemonia (4 days) - 6 Oct 1917 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Breslau Mennonite Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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